Article written by Aran Suddi.
Published on 14/09/2012 at 12:00 PM.
Hello Games entered the gaming consciousness in 2010 with the release of Joe Danger, which was met with critical acclaim. The title put gamers in the shoes of Joe Danger, a stuntman who would navigate various courses in a side scrolling manner while facing off against Team Nasty. Now Joe makes his return and this time he’s making a movie.
Joe Danger: The Movie can be described in four words: colourful, fun and frustrating. The sequel has built upon the original with more stages, challenges and vehicles. The main game mode is Movie Mode which features five acts, inspired by film franchises such as Indiana Jones, James Bond and Jurassic Park. Each act has a different number of stages with different criteria for success, such as collecting all the stars or completing the stage within a certain time.
The stages themselves are full of colour and offer a lot of variety, as well as stage specific hazards that can make or break your run, like the first stage which sees Joe in a mine cart hurtling down a hill dodging lava pits.
For those who think that Joe Danger: The Movie will ease players in, you are sorely mistaken. Joe Danger: The Movie starts off fast and furious then ramps itself up to almost impossible levels.
Players will have to learn quickly how to control Joe and his many modes of transport with a trigger button for acceleration, one for reverse, face buttons for boost and jumping. The shoulder buttons act as the trick buttons. The challenge lies in pulling off combos to rack up the points while maintaining control to achieve the different objectives each level offers.
Completing the objectives is the key to advancing through stages.
Each completed objective gains one Star, which acts as the in game currency to unlock more stages. If you get to a point where you don’t have enough Stars to unlock a stage then you’ll have to replay a stage of your choice and complete a challenge. As well as the star collecting and time trials, other challenges include finding letters to spell Danger in a stage, some of which are only accessible by using a jetpack, which is one of the most fun and easiest vehicles to control, or disarming nuclear missiles by landing on top of them.
Outside of Movie Mode, there is the Deleted Scenes mode. These levels focus on different skills such as maintaining trick combos through an entire stage to performing air stunts and landing in certain zones. These challenges can also be considered as difficult as the main Movie Mode, especially the levels where you have use a unicycle to travel along a wire while maintaining balance. Instead of Acts, there are Cups such as the Totem Cup or the Dino Cup. Again, stages are unlocked by completing the objectives presented.
Movie Maker mode allows players to build their own tracks and share them online where others can download them for free. The stage builder is very easy to control and a major plus is being able to edit the stage while playing it. Stages that are built can be as simple or as complicated as the maker wants, and it will be interesting to see what kind of stages players create.
The other plus is that once the main game is completed there will be a variety of stages to download which will lengthen the time spent with Joe Danger: The Movie.
Multiplayer is also available but there isn’t an online component. Multiplayer modes include simple races where players compete to rack up the most points, to a Capture The Flag style mode. Leaderboards make a return and ghosts are present on tracks which show how others did on the stage. This adds a competitive spirit but the lack of a full online mode is a shame.
Joe Danger: The Movie is a fun game that offers a great challenge to gamers, though it has a steep learning curve. Players will have to rely on a lot of trial and error to advance past certain stages. Though there are frustrations, you can’t help but love the game design and the different challenges.
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