PS3 Attitude’s 20 Days of PSN: #5 – Joe Danger
Joe Danger is undoubtedly the star of the PSN. Developed by the astonishingly talented Hello Games, Joe Danger lands in at #5 on our top 20.
Hello Games was founded by four friends who decided to make their own titles after working at big companies such as Sumo Digital, Criterion and EA. Their first game, Joe Danger, was released to critical acclaim.
The road wasn’t easy though – with a team of only four people, funds were hard to come by. However, after speaking to several corporate publishers, they decided they’d probably be better off on their own.
Their work paid off. Joe Danger broke even on the first day after releasing exclusively on the PlayStation Network, and has since sold over 500,000 copies. Featuring simple yet fun gameplay with colourful, cartoonish graphics, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular, and a wonder why the corporate publishers wanted to change anything in the first place.
The simple gameplay combined with with the vivid colours and sounds make it an incredibly engaging experience. Performing stunts proves addictive, while avoiding obstacles by ducking or jumping over them adds difficulty. Yet if you do crash, it doesn’t frustrate in any way. The whimsical ways in which Joe crashes makes this while game feel lighthearted, and somehow never manages to get on your nerves.
There’s also an old-school feel with all the collectibles. Things like coins and stars are a natural choice; ambiguous yet rewarding. But players can get more points by collecting the letters that spell ‘Danger’.
Joe Danger is an incredible easy game to jump in and out of. Whether you want to spend 5 minutes or 5 hours playing, you always feel rewarded afterwards. For the price, you can’t not buy it.
#5 in our 20 Days of PSN goes to Joe Danger.