Dumb Ways to Die is a mobile game developed by Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd. It is available for both Android and iOS devices. This title is an interactive version of the successful campaign to promote safety run by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia. The campaign features several adorable characters (similar to those from the Mr. Men series) that die horribly no matter what they do. The main objective of the game is to save these characters from dying.
Dumb Ways to Die was originally a catchy song that reminded people how easy is to get hurt if you goof off around trains. It started as a simple safety campaign, but it became popular and won several awards such as the Integrated Grand Prix at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
The videogame version of this song consists of different frenetic micro-games similar to those seen in Wario Ware series, though these are significantly gorier than Wario’s, since characters usually end up eaten by grizzly bears, bitten by snakes, electrocuted or rushed by trains. Micro-games require you to think fast and act even faster to succeed, as those last a few seconds.
Dumb Ways to Die includes many of the scenes featured in the original music video of the song as micro-games. Each character has a problem that you have to fix. Tap rapidly on the screen to extinguish a blue guy who is on fire. Spell out “PATIENCE” to stop a character from driving around a railway. Add mustard to a hot dog following a line to avoid suffering the wrath of a snake. Blow into the microphone to boost a plane that is sinking. Micro-games are varied, and some of them are way more difficult than others. The plane micro-game can be disabled if you don’t want to use your mobile phone’s microphone.
Micro-games require you to think fast and act even faster to succeed
Split-second thinking is key in this title, as challenges start going faster the longer you succeed. If you fail three times, it’s game over. You have to achieve the highest score possible in order to unlock goodies. You can populate the train station that serves as main menu with the characters from the micro-games. Moreover, you can unlock the famous music video that explains how every character got in trouble.
Dumb Ways to Die 1.43 Features
Here you can check the features of this app before you download it:
- Loads of different micro-games featuring adorable characters
- Test your skills: rounds will go faster the longer you succeed
- Unlock your own copy of the original music video
- Compete against friends for the highest score and climb up the leaderboard
- Keep playing to unlock new characters to populate the train station
If you are interested in this app and need additional information before you download it, feel free to check the developer’s official website.
The minimum system requirements to download and run this app are:
- Operating system: Android 2.2 or later/ iOS 4.3 or later
- Hard disk: 35 MB of free space for Android/ 38.7 MB of free space for iOS