Review: Danger Mouse: The Danger Games (Nintendo Switch)

In this insane race showdown of epic proportions, you’ll play as the world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse, starring in Quark’s latest reality TV show, The Danger Games. Speed through city streets, battle enemies, and dodge explosions as you struggle for first place! Will you make it to the finish line in one piece?!

Pros:

  • Nice cartoon graphics.
  • 487MB Download size.
  • Opening and replayable tutorial race.
  • Racing gameplay that looks and feels a lot like an endless runner. Avoid obstacles, Takeout other players and win the race.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • A daily set of missions.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • Random name generator.
  • Cannot use your real name or Nintendo ID.
  • Actions- Jump, Slide, Boost and attack.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Three race types- Online (solo or duos), Splitscreen (Local 2,3 or 4) and practice mode.
  • Six locations to unlock and race in.
  • The duo mode is split screen online.
  • Races- Pick a character card then 3 power-up cards from your collection.
  • Aimed at kids.
  • Stars- Earn from races and upgrading cards or doing achievements and daily missions. These work like EXP in that eventually it will level you up and unlock new items and locations.
  • Coins- Earned from playing/doing daily missions and achievements and coins are used for upgrading cards and buying card packs.
  • Card collector aspect.
  • Supports cross-platform play as it connects with the game on iOS and Android phones.
  • Cards- Collect/upgrade cards and buy packs from the shop and win some from racing.
  • Each card has a set of stats or effects. Upgrading cards will increase these stats.
  • Each character card has unique stats and powers.
  • Earn/Buy packs of cards that come in a variety of rarity.
  • In the game you have four lanes that you can freely change between, You can jump/dodge or attack obstacles and other players.
  • HUD shows boost meter, Racer places and a bar at the top that shows distance and player positions.
  • Has a lot of famous faces including Count Duckula!
  • A lot of replayability.
  • No IAP.
  • Well presented.
  • Simple enough controls using just the face buttons.
  • Supports 4 Joycons on one Nintendo Switch.

Cons:

  • If you select duos or multiplayer (local) then you cannot simply back out as the option gets greyed out.
  • Feels and looks like a mobile game.
  • Obvious now but just in case, Uses Nintendo online service for online multiplayer.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Have to confirm controllers on every race.
  • No solo play outside of practice and you don’t earn much from doing it.
  • Slowdown happens a lot.
  • No good really for a single child on a long car journey unless they have their favorite character and powerups unlocked first.
  • Doesn’t explain everything.
  • Little level variation it is just the skin of the level that changes.
  • Repetitive.
  • Slow to unlock events and cards.
  • Some dubious hit detection.
  • Controls are fiddly at first.
  • Characters will repeat their catchphrase lines over and over.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

You know what, Just remember this is a game aimed at kids, Yes it has Count Duckula and Danger Mouse in it but it is not some 80s cartoon racing game ala Mario Kart. It actually plays more like an endless runner as you face off against 3 other players and must avoid obstacles and destroy the other players. First few games and it seems ok, Not brilliant but then I am not a child anymore, I gave it to a 10-year-old and he absolutely loved it and spent hours with it. For it may be simple and lack any hardcore addiction levels to us but it does have many many hooks in it to keep a younger gamer engaged, Leveling up and collecting cards being the biggest hook. My one beef though is it really lacks any solo play that still allows decent progression, Everything is online or local. Fine but now that online is paid for the game soon become a solo practice mode thing or a game you roll out on sleepovers and rainy days with friends. At any rate, the cross-play with mobile phones does mean parents can make up the numbers locally and much fun can be had. In short, it is for the kids but doesn’t scrimp on the challenge or replayability.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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