The Simpsons Game Reviews (Nintendo DS)

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Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
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Nintendo Front (Nov 29, 2007)
Auch auf dem Nintendo DS macht „Die Simpsons: Das Spiel“ eine gute Figur. Der Charme der TV-Serie wurde sehr gut eingefangen und wird jeden Fan der gelben Familie in seinen Bann ziehen. Die Hüpferei bietet kurzweiligen Spielspaß, wenn auch nicht ganz anspruchsvollen. Dafür begeistern sowohl die Optik als auch die Sprachausgabe. Negativ fällt allerdings der Umfang auf, grade mal vier bis fünf Stunden brauchen geübte Spieler um das Abenteuer zu meistern. Die zusätzlichen Minispiele sind zwar ganz nett, machen aber auch nur am Anfang etwas Spaß. Was bleibt ist ein gelungenes Jump’n Run, das zwar abwechslungsreich, aber ein wenig zu einfach ist. Wahre Simpsons-Fans sollte dies allerdings nicht all zu sehr stören, da sich das Simpsons-Feeling auch auf dem DS einstellt. So sieht ein gelungenes Lizenzspiel aus!
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 10, 2007)
It’s great to see that after 19 seasons, 404 episodes (and counting) of genuinely funny comedy (the initial bunch are still the best), not to mention countless money-making merchandising, Matt Groening and his cohorts are finally starting to take the video gaming side of things seriously. The Simpsons Game for the DS may not be innovative nor appealing to worldwide mainstream audiences - you really do need to be a fan of the show to appreciate what’s been done here - but it’s a highly creative production nonetheless. It’s fairly easy-going (except for the last two levels which will require some help from a gaming mother or father) and the level progression is perhaps too straightforward for its own good. However, if you’re up for a rollicking good time that tells a tale about how video games have consumed our life, and you don’t mind the Simpsons’ outrageous take on the typical all-American family, this comes highly recommended.
80 (Nov 19, 2007)
All in all, The Simpsons Game for the DS might not look quite as visually impressive as its counterparts on the bigger consoles, but it offers many hours of fun, and - as already mentioned - is worth buying simply for the lovingly crafted Simpsons cut-scenes. If you're a DS owner then you should definitely give this one a look. If you're a DS owner AND a Simpsons fan then get down your local software emporium now!
GameZone (Nov 14, 2007)
The Simpsons Game is actually a fun little platformer for the Nintendo DS and while it doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary, there’s plenty of entertaining and funny levels that capture the spirit of the show. Humorously spoofing some classic games throughout the experience, the game has a lot to offer gamers even though the main game is really short. It’s worth a look if you like The Simpsons or a fun platform game.
DS-x2 (Nov 09, 2007)
There's certainly a great deal to celebrate with The Simpsons DS. It has a great storyline, features amazing sound and video and really is accessible to all. The big problem with it though is the gameplay. Some is far too simplistic but other parts are completely the opposite and gamers will struggle to discover what is required to progress. Fortunately though this does little to harm the overall enjoyment of what is a very polished package and while there's little replay value in the main game, you'll be showing off your 'Virtual Homer' well into next year.
IGN (Nov 07, 2007)
The Simpsons Game turned out surprisingly well on the Nintendo DS. Though much of what makes it good has been lifted from the console renditions (script, level ideas, voice-over), the DS developers give the handheld gamers a unique gameplay experience. It's not a hard game by any means and it's a little straightforward and short, but it offers some great chuckles all the way through.
Gamer 2.0 (Nov 09, 2007)
In the end, what you are presented with is a very solid Simpsons title. Its humor, as stated, goes beyond just pleasing regular and hardcore Simpsons fans. The self references mixed with cultural ones are worked out brilliantly, and hopefully it spurs the show’s writers to step up the effort and return it back to its roots. So aside from the camera, the game is just find-diddly-ine to go on out and pick up. Woo hoo!
The game is worth buying just for its cute graphics and great sound details. But keep in mind that this is also a solid 2D platform title that’s worth your time. Sadly though, the game wont take more then 4 hours for you to complete. You might add an hour or two if you are willing to collect all the extra items in the game, but overall it’s a very short title.
Video Game Talk (Nov 01, 2007)
Despite a genuinely funny story and great content for fans, flaws in the overall game design keep The Simpsons Game from being an elite game. It's not a bad game by any stretch, but ambiguity and guesswork lead to frustrating moments in a platformer like this one. More direct goals or objectives would have been great for this game to satisfy more players than just diehard Simpsons fans who will fight and struggle with this game until the very last frame of animation. There are moments of greatness, but these are mitigated by cheap hits and even cheaper deaths. Fans of the show may feel compelled to spend $30 on this, but for just about everyone else, The Simpsons Game is worth a rental to experience the humor and the surprises stored within the story.
Cheat Code Central (Nov 05, 2007)
Overall, while it does sport some flaws, The Simpsons Game for the DS is a solid gaming experience. Platformers may be an overdone genre of games, but The Simpsons Game does a decent job of providing a good game, while not necessarily an innovative one. The graphics and music are fantastic and do a great job of supporting a slightly stumbling gameplay mechanic. And overall, while there are a few significant problems, The Simpsons Game is fun enough to be worth the time you spend to play it.
Cubed3 (Nov 13, 2007)
If it was not for the crippling brevity of the adventure, The Simpsons Game could have been one of the shockers of 2007, proving to be a damn fine platform adventure for DS. However, what is left is a technically impressive title with lots of positive points that is, disappointingly, over far too quickly. Saying that, The Simpsons charm does lure you in more than if this was any other standard platformer, so if you are a fan, be sure to at least give this a whirl…
It is a classic case of style over substance with The Simpsons Game - the game looks fantastic, all of the voice actors are on board and the script is hilarious. Problem is that this is not an episode of the show, it is a video game, and at the end of the day, it is going to be judged on its gameplay. As a video game, The Simpsons Game really has very little to offer - the action and level design is basic, puzzles are uninspired and it is riddled with clichés. Big fans of The Simpsons are unlikely to be swayed, but then again, they have been watching a show that has been bad for longer than it was great. Everyone else should just save their cash and move on.
62 (Dec 06, 2007)
Die DS-Version der Simpsons ist in erster Linie technisch beeindruckend: Die kunterbunte Grafik sieht super aus, die durchgehende deutsche Sprachausgabe verspricht auch mit Kopfhöhern keinen Tinnitus. Außerdem haben es die Entwickler geschafft, den Humor der großen Version auf die kleinen Bildschirme zu retten - die Parodien sind auch hier erstklassig. Spielerisch ist das Game hingegen zwar kein Totalreinfall, köchelt aber auf sehr kleiner Flamme: Der automatische Figurenwechsel nervt mindestens ebenso wie das mangelhafte Kampfsystem, die Plattformen sind oftmals kaum als solche zu identifizieren - wer in Paris auf Anhieb erkennt, dass die stark nach Hintergrundgrafik aussehenden Froschschenkel das Pendant zum Trampolin sind, verdient den Kautz-Sonderpreis der deutschen Augenoptiker-Gewerkschaft. Als fröhlich-gelber Jump-n-Run-Spaß ist die Simpsonerei daher ganz passabel, aber gerade in diesem Bereich gibt es just auf dem DS viele viel bessere Spiele.
Like the other versions of The Simpsons Game, the DS version is a standard action platform game that gets by on a good use of The Simpsons licence and a healthy dose of Simpsons style humour. With the game not being subtitled the DS version hasn’t even got the humour to fall back on and deaf gamers will simply have a decent 2D action platform game that happens to feature characters from The Simpsons. It’s tough to recommend the DS version to deaf gamers because of the lack of subtitles. The other versions we’ve seen have been subtitled and there the humour helps to add charm and much needed Simpsons flavour to the game. The DS version doesn’t have this luxury and it’s less appealing for it.
GameSpy (Nov 19, 2007)
If you're looking for a quality platformer on the DS, there are plenty of better choices out there. If you're looking for a funny game, however, The Simpsons Game ranks near the top of the list. Even though there are a few problems, they're worth dealing with to see which videogame the game's writers decided to parody next. And hey, at least it's better than the last portable "Simpsons" game.
55 (Nov 12, 2007)
Moins original que ses homologues Xbox 360, Wii et PS2, Les Simpson Le Jeu vaut tout de même le coup d'oeil sur Nintendo DS. Il est d'ailleurs ironique de constater que le titre entretient des liens de parenté avec les jeux Simpson Super Nes. En conclusion, cette version fait ce qu'elle peut avec les moyens du bord et le résultat est loin d'être désagréable.
50 (UK) (Dec 03, 2007)
Ultimately it leaves you in the same dilemma as the other versions: if you want a laugh, the show's a much better bet, and if you want to play a decent platformer you might as well dust off NEW Super Mario Bros. You wouldn't slap your Gran if she gave it to you for Christmas, to be fair, but ropey controls and level design will have you reaching for something else come Boxing Day.
Et ces niveaux sont affligeants de médiocrité. On sent que les bêta-tests n'ont pas été poussés assez loin. Ainsi, vous irez pester contre un double-saut à exécuter parfaitement si vous voulez continuer le jeu, par exemple. Mention caca d'or aux niveaux ultra-scriptés qui laissent peu de place à l'à-peu-près. Ainsi le niveau de Grand Theft Scratchy exigera de vous que vous déplaciez correctement les voitures au pixel près ou encore que Marge soit exactement au bon endroit afin d'envoyer Maggie ouvrir des portes. Les combats au corps à corps sont tout simplement impossibles là encore, il n'est pas rare de s'en sortir avec la moitié de la barre de vie en moins à chaque combat. Ce qui plombe fortement le jeu, c'est en fait le manque d'intuitivité dans les niveaux. On essaie de faire quelque chose sans trop savoir si cela va réussir ou non.
Gamestyle (Nov 27, 2007)
Remove the excellent presentation and engaging audio, and you have a video game that is not fit for purpose. The Simpsons Game is yet another missed opportunity from a series that has become a corporate juggernaut. It may be as colourful and graphically impressive as the latest Zelda release, but there the similarities end and all too abruptly.