Literally jump the shark!

Daredevil Dave is a funny, quirky, stunt-based arcade game that offers limited gameplay but lots of heart.

Daredevil Dave is a funny, quirky, stunt-based arcade game that offers limited gameplay but lots of heart.

The game's personality and humor--surely inspired by premillennial celebrity weirdo Super Dave Osborne--is evident from the main menu and the tutorial, as you play a self-absorbed and proudly reckless (but still somehow lovable) motorcycle daredevil, portrayed with pop-up cartoons and hyperbolic voice-over.

The game has 18 levels in all, ranging from more-conventional stunts involving trucks and flaming hoops to utterly ridiculous situations with lava, sharks, helicopters, and bombs. In each stunt, your goal is to hit the landing ramp as precisely as possible, to win money and avoid financially disastrous (and hilariously detailed) hospital bills. The gameplay has two steps: one in which you survey a particular course and adjust the angle of your launch ramp, and a second in which you twist your throttle (by swiping down on the right side of the screen) to attain the perfect velocity. The game also has a practice mode that lets you try out jumps without risking hospitalization.

The best part of the game is watching Dave's blowout crashes, played out with sound effects and excruciating rag-doll physics, and--knowing its audience--the game wisely includes an unlockable "injury mode," which challenges you to rack up the largest hospital bills possible.

There's not a lot to the game--basically, calculating trajectories and adjusting your throttle for your target speed--but Daredevil Dave largely makes up for that with its winning delivery.

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