Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Brilliantly charming and consistently entertaining, it's a true XBLA classic.
  2. Dec 14, 2011
    This utterly delightful game is one everyone owes it to themselves to play.
  3. Dec 14, 2011
    If you haven't had the pleasure of playing Joe the first time around, then this game is a no brainer as a purchase. If you have already played it, I still say buy it, as the Lab mode is basically another version of the game's original career mode, but twice as hard.
  4. Jan 7, 2012
    It isn't often a developer puts in this much love when porting over an existing title from another service. But Hello Games did it, and the final result is the best version of Joe Danger to date.
  5. Dec 14, 2011
    The game mirrors its hero: classic and old fashioned, but still boasting the skills to amaze us. Joe Danger constantly surprises and delights. The clever level design encourages return visits to look for all the hidden goodies, much like a Mario platformer does. It's a joy ride.
  6. 90
    It's a brighter, more entertaining version of Trials HD, and a game that you simply need to download. [Issue #81, p.102]
  7. Jan 25, 2012
    A great arcade game with the perfectly right fun to challenge ratio. If you belong to the fans of Trials HD or to the little old Excitebike and you still don't have your own Joe Danger copy, then there's something wrong with you.
  8. 90
    A shining example of longevity, and if I didn't have to sit here and write these words, I would be back in front of the TV, trying to get that next star or reach the top of the leaderboards. This is a gem of a game, and luckily one that Xbox 360 owners can now enjoy as well.
  9. Jan 11, 2012
    Simply put, Joe Danger: Special Edition is a winner.
  10. 90
    Joe Danger is even more fun than ever in the Xbox 360 version of this PSN classic. This should not be missed by anyone who likes good games.
  11. 90
    Joe Danger is one of the most fun games available on the Xbox Live Arcade.
  12. Jan 2, 2012
    This game is motivating like The Sims, but packed with action – and the Special Edition with laboratory levels is even worth buying for gamers who have the original game: 30 levels and a level editor. Well done, Hello Games!
  13. Dec 21, 2011
    Joe Danger SE has some minor flaws, but the vast majority of the experience is both fun and very well-crafted. It's a must-buy for 360-only owners who love the Trials and/or Excitebike series and missed out before due to its PS3 exclusivity. Even for PS3 owners, the lab stages and greatly improved controls due to the 360's controller are worth rebuying it for.
  14. Dec 19, 2011
    Yes, it's the same gorgeous game who hit PSN time ago. This version includes new nasty levels on Lab mode. You can't go wrong with Joe Danger.
  15. Dec 16, 2011
    Hello Games did it again! Joe Danger SE is a wonderful Live game, with addictive gameplay, tons of unlockables and a valuable challenge level. The diabolical Laboratory, the most interesting add-on for the Xbox 360 version, doubles the single player longevity, offering a significant replay value. For 1200 MP, you cannot miss it.
  16. Dec 16, 2011
    A charming triumph, an absolute joy to play, and a fresh modern title that effortlessly manages to play the same notes as the best video games of the 90s.
  17. Dec 16, 2011
    It's difficult to find a game more crazy and funny than Joe Danger Special Edition, a very good arcade game who once again proves that the simple concepts can be the base for the better games. One of the best games of the year for the Xbox Live.
  18. Dec 15, 2011
    Joe Danger Special Edition is a complete triumph, the wait has been more than worth it and it is one of the best games to come out on XBLA in 2011. The only reason not to own this game, is if you hate fun.
  19. Dec 15, 2011
    Hello Games! came out of nowhere and dazzled us with the disarmingly clever racing-platform-puzzler Joe Danger a while back, and now they're back on a different platform and showing their more sadistic and cruel side with the introduction of the 'Laboratory' – a new set of fiendishly difficult levels for Joe to traverse. This is a fine gem, a proper love letter to the Excite Bikes of yesteryear.
  20. Dec 23, 2011
    It's crazy and funny. If you haven't had the pleasure of playing Joe the first time on PSN, this version is a must buy.
  21. Jan 9, 2012
    The different challenges range from easy to exhaustingly difficult, and the gameplay is so addicting that you'll want to complete every one. The level design and multiplayer components are subpar, but Joe Danger: SE makes up for it with a stellar career mode that will keep you playing all night "for just one more star."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 15, 2011
    This game is utterly fantastic. It's what games should be, fun and irreverent but with proper core game mechanics for the true gamer keep you going back for more. If you liked trials you should get this, itâ Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    Oh Joe, how I have screamed at you! With elements of Trials, Excite bike, SSX and Tony Hawks this really is a candy coloured treat! You will be glued to that leader board and you will curse Joe... a lot! Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2011
    Fantastic game - This is game has the fun elements of excitebike, the stunts and physics of Trials HD with touches of classic mario bros/Sonic the Hedgehog style of fun. I don't think I've ever cursed at a game more than Trials HD (that game is fantastic, but frustratingly difficult in a very good way)...this game is far more forgiving than Trials, yet can be as challenging as you want it to be. Great game all around a must play for anyone who has enjoyed any of the games mentioned above. Full Review »