Autistic boy 8 inspires relaunch of game that helped him

An eight-year-old autistic boy has inspired the relaunch of a hit mobile game after platform updates rendered it defunct.

Jack loved the game Joe Danger - a motorbike-riding daredevil - as it helped him cope with stress.

However, updates to Apple's iOS operating system meant it no longer worked.

So his father wrote to developers Hello Games asking them to bring it back online.

"Jack is eight-years-old, about the sweetest kid on the planet, and has been diagnosed with autism," he said in the letter.

"Jack LOVES Joe. He loves everything about him. He has a collection of toy motorcycles that are his 'Joe Dangers'; every motorcycle we see on the street is 'Joe Danger'.

Jack's dad described how his son would say, "Come on, daddy, let's go play Joe Danger!" as soon as he came home from work.

"Just being able to say that sentence is a MASSIVE deal for a child with autism," he added in the letter.

The game also helped Jack interact with friends and family and allowed him to "experience normal kid stuff".