Dumb Ways to Die

A mobile game based on a rail safety campaign is a rarity and is surely interesting. That’s what the Dumb Ways to Die game is all about. It’s an interesting mobile pastime based on an interesting concept. It’s a novelty that has caught the attention of several iPhone and iPad users. Who would have thought such a game would top the list of popular free iOS apps? So what is this game all about? What makes it special or attention-grabbing? Here is the breakdown of this game of this wonderful game, made by  by Metro Trains in in a campaign to promote safe rails across Australia.

Game Overview

Dumb Ways to Die is a game that features a number of mini games. These mini games involve different scenarios but share the same goal of keeping the “adorable but dumb” characters alive. The mini games are based on scenes featured on the official music video of the Dumb Ways to Die campaign.

This mobile game is free but is only intended for users of iOS devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone5, iPad, and the 3rd to the 5th generations of the iPod Touch. Optimized for the iPhone 5, this game does not work on devices that use iOS versions older than 4.3. It supports multiple languages including Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean, German, French, Dutch, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Swedish, Portuguese, and Spanish. Apple’s app store grants a 9+ rating for the game for its intense cartoon or fantasy violence and mild realistic violence.

The game is generally simplistic but it is surprisingly entertaining, funny and somewhat addicting. It takes more than 35 MB of disk space so be sure to have enough free space if you plan to install the game.

Gameplay

The goal of the game is to save the comically dumb characters from dying in different situations through tapping, swiping, and tilting actions. The following are the different mini games featured in the game.

  • Why is his hair on fire? Who cares, just RUN!

This game involves a blue egg-shaped character whose head is on fire. To save the character, you need to make it run by tapping on the screen as fast as you can.

  • Quickly wipe your screen free of puke

This game requires the player to wipe away “puke” on the screen by “wiping” their screens with their thumbs or fingers.

  • Balance that wobbling glue eater

This involves the balancing of a wobbling glue eater by tilting the device.

  • Flick the piranhas out of range of those precious private parts

In this game, a character is half-soaked in a piranha-infested body of water. The player has to flick the piranhas away to prevent them from consuming the character one bite at a time.

  • Swat wasps before it’s too late

Featuring wasps and the face of a golden yellow character occupying the entire screen, the goal in this game is to eliminate the bees by tapping on them.

  • Best not invite that psycho killer inside

This is a game on avoiding a psycho killer. It involves three doors with eyeholes or peepholes. The player has to choose the door that does not have the psycho killer behind it.

  • Carefully remove forks from toasters

To get through this game, the player has to have steady hands to pull the fork away without touching the electrically-charged internal walls of the toaster.

  • Get back from the edge of the platform you fools

A game directly related to trains, this involves three characters that should be moved to keep them from getting hit by a passing train.

  • Have patience at level crossings

The goal here is to move letter tiles to spell the word “patience” correctly within a certain time limit.

  • No crossing the tracks! Not even for balloons!

This is a suspenseful hand-eye coordination game featuring red balloons and a dumb character playing with them on a dangerous edge. The player has to make sure that the dumb character gets the balloons’ strings properly to prevent the character from falling off the edge.

  • And who knew rattlesnakes were so picky about mustard?

Another hand-eye coordination challenge, this game requires a player to spread mustard following an indicated pattern.

Graphics and Sounds

Don’t expect revolutionary graphics with the Dumb Ways to Die game. It features a basic cartoony look that appears very basic but arguably adorable. The colors are prominently pastel-like and there aren’t complicated details in the game environment and the characters. If you prefer vivid colors with detailed graphics, this is not the game for you. There’s nothing special about the game’s sounds and music but it jibes well with the game’s theme.

Dumb Ways to Die is an entertaining game that makes for good casual gaming. It requires a lot of touchscreen use – even overuse – so it’s wise not to get too addicted with it.