Most of us have seen the hilariously yet morbidly cute video called Dumb Ways to Die that went viral earlier this year. Something about those cute little cartoon characters singing and dancing to the tune of stupid decisions is just so luring. I mean, setting fire to your hair had never been that catchy before this video.
Now, that adorable video has been transformed into its own iOS game. It is your job to correct the characters’ poor decisions to save them from what would be an inevitable death. Can you survive? Find out after the break.
How To Play
Dumb Ways to Die is a collection of short mini games that are played using mostly tap and touch controls, with the exception of one game that uses tilt controls and another that uses the microphone. These mini games are generated in a random order to create a varied overall game that requires attention and quick reactions.
In public? The airplane mini game that requires the microphone can be toggled on and off via Settings. Not only does this save you valuable lives, but potential embarrassment as well.
After three mini games, the game speed gets quicker and the challenges get harder. For every mini game you complete successfully, you are given points. The game only ends after you have failed to survive through three mini games; your final score is whatever you have left off with from the levels you successfully completed.
What Makes It Fun?
Gameplay as a whole is very fast-paced and challenging. Each mini game brings its own new element to the overall game, which helps make the game less stale. Most games will only take a few minutes from start to finish, which makes it perfect for when you are in a time crunch because it is easy to find points in time to stop playing.
However, this game is also very, very addicting due to its fast-paced nature. Time and time again you’ll want to beat your high score, which makes you want to return to the game. Dumb Ways to Die has a very good balance of difficulty, pace, and addictiveness that makes this game stand out.
While playing through the mini games, you may notice that many of the games are focused on trains. This is because the app was developed by Metro Trains Melbourne, the public rail system based in Melbourne, Australia. The app is used as a platform to teach proper safety around trains, as even the slightest mistake around trains can cause fatal results.
Each of the train-centric mini games demonstrates the need to be cognizant around train tracks, as well as patience if you’re stopped in a car by the tracks. Plus, every time the game ends, you have the option to pledge to be safe around trains by pressing the Safety Pledge buttons. Metro Trains’s message is spread effectively and in a manner simple enough that even a small child can understand the importance of their cause.
The artwork in Dumb Ways to Die is absolutely gorgeous. The app uses the same artwork as seen in the video counterpart, and I must say that the style is perfect for an iOS game.
Dumb Ways to Die shows off a flat style of artwork, which, combined with the use of nice, not too bright colors, gives the app a cartoonish feel without losing a layer of sophistication. The characters are cute, but not at all creepy. A nice selection of fonts are used to keep the app from looking all too childish as well, which is always a nice touch.
Overall, Dumb Ways to Die is a very nice game. The game is simple enough that there is virtually no learning curve, so you can hop into gameplay from the start. Gameplay is fast-paced and addicting and is perfect for when you are crunched for time but still need that fix. Artwork is beautifully simple. And, perhaps above all, the game was made in order to spread a message that can help save lives.
The only caveat I have found with the game is that it does become a bit dry after playing it for a total of a few hours. There are only so many times you can play the same mini games over and over again before they start to get boring, especially as you get stuck at the same place as it gets very challenging to overcome time restrictions. However, new mini games can easily be added in an update.
Dumb Ways to Die is available for free from the App Store and is undoubtedly worth the download.