Stuntman (video game)

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Early European cover art (the actual release has Atari's logo instead of Infogrames)
Developer(s)Reflections Interactive (PlayStation 2)
Velez & Dubail (Game Boy Advance)
Composer(s)Marc Canham[1]
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • NA: 23 June 2002
  • EU: 6 September 2002
  • JP: 1 September 2005
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: 24 June 2003
  • EU: 4 July 2003
Genre(s)Action-adventure, racing

Stuntman is the name of two action-adventure racing video games; one was developed by Reflections Interactive for the PlayStation 2, and the other by Velez & Dubail for the Game Boy Advance, with both being published by Infogrames under the Atari brand name. The games focus around the career of a motion-picture stuntman. It takes the player through various movies in which they perform dangerous stunts as called by the game.

Critical reaction to Stuntman varied. The game was hailed for its innovative gameplay and physics, but was criticized for being linear and its difficulty level requiring too many retries of levels. The game was followed up with a sequel, titled, Stuntman: Ignition, in 2007.


Stuntman has three single-player modes: Stuntman Career, Stunt Construction and Driving Games. In Stuntman Career, the player must attempt a series of car chase stunt scenes. Each track has several stunts, which are indicated with visual cues and in voice. The player must complete each track in a limited time and with a specified accuracy of the stunts to be able to proceed to the next scene.[2] After all the scenes of the film are completed, a theatrical trailer of the film is shown that combines pre-rendered scenes with highlights from the car scenes based on the actual performance of the player. After succeeding a scene, the player is rewarded with money based on accuracy and time, and unlocking of vehicles and tools for the construction mode. After completing a scene, the player can watch a playback and optionally save it.[3]

The career mode allows the player to participate in six films, each filmed in a different location and in a different genre. Toothless in Wapping is a gangster film made in London and resembles Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (both of which were directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham). A Whoopin' and a Hollerin' is inspired by Dukes of Hazzard set in rural Louisiana. Blood Oath is filmed in Bangkok and is inspired by John Woo-films. Conspiracy is a Tom Clancy-type thriller where the player uses a snowmobile in Switzerland. The Scarab of Lost Souls is based on the Indiana Jones films where the player uses a jeep and troop carrier in Egypt. Live Twice for Tomorrow is a parody of James Bond where the player uses sports cars in Monaco. Between films, the player must perform stunts in front of crowds at a stadium.[2][3]

The Stunt Construction mode allows the player to create their own stunts by placing equipment in an arena and then perform the stunts.[3] The Driving Games mode involves tests of vehicle control, such as maneuverability, precision and timing.[4]


The game's soundtrack contains two songs by Overseer: "Basstrap" and "Velocity Shift."[2]

During the E3 2006 Expo, it was announced that THQ had acquired the rights to the Stuntman franchise. Also announced was a sequel for next-generation systems being in development at Paradigm Entertainment. On 28 February 2007, THQ announced Stuntman: Ignition was released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 on 28 August 2007.[5]


Review scores
AllGameN/A2.5/5 stars[6]
Game Informer8.75/10[11]9.25/10[12]
Game RevolutionN/AB−[14]
GameProN/A3/5 stars[13]
GameSpy2/5 stars[16]2.5/5 stars[17]
Nintendo Power3.8/5[20]N/A
OPM (US)N/A3/5 stars[21]
Entertainment WeeklyN/AC[22]
Aggregate score

The Game Boy Advance version received "favorable" reviews, while the PlayStation 2 version received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[25][24]

Maxim gave the PS2 version a score of eight out of ten and said, "If you think the best parts of movies involve explosions, car chases, and death-defying leaps (is there anything else?), then this homage to Hollywood’s unsung lunatics is just the thing for you."[23] However, FHM gave the same version a score of three stars out of five and called it a "Genuinely great idea, but incredibly frustrating."[26] Entertainment Weekly gave said version a C and advised players to "Wear a helmet while playing, because you'll be banging your head against the TV in frustration."[22] In Japan, Famitsu gave the same version a score of all four sevens for a total of 28 out of 40.[10]


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  8. ^ EGM staff (August 2002). "Stuntman (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 128.
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  16. ^ Fisher, Russ (6 August 2003). "GameSpy: Stuntman (GBA)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 16 December 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  17. ^ Turner, Benjamin (24 June 2002). "GameSpy: Stuntman (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 16 December 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
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  20. ^ "Stuntman". Nintendo Power. 172: 141. October 2003.
  21. ^ "Stuntman". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 106. August 2002.
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  23. ^ a b Boyce, Ryan (28 June 2002). "Stuntman (PS2)". Maxim. Archived from the original on 18 July 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
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  26. ^ Moynihan, David (8 September 2002). "Stuntman (PS2)". FHM. Archived from the original on 4 January 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  1. ^ Released under the Atari brand name

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