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The Simpsons Game (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Bart Simpson goes to a video game store and buys a new ultra-violent Grand Theft Scratchy game, which is promptly confiscated by his mother Marge. Suddenly, a video game manual lands right in front of him. Miraculously, after having read the manual, the members of the Simpsons family discover that each of them possesses a unique superpower. Toying with these, however, attracts the attention of the aliens Kang and Kodos, who decide to invade the Earth. Now the unlikely superheroes must not only protect the town of Springfield from an alien assault, but also find the true reason behind their newly acquired powers, and perhaps their very existence.

The Simpsons Game is a 3D action game with platforming and light puzzle-solving elements, based on the long-running cartoon. The game is divided into sixteen episodes, each containing cutscenes reminiscent of the original Simpsons TV series. Every episode is set in a different environment; some of the scenarios are based in Springfield, while others take the player into meta-virtual worlds. Some of the episodes parody a popular game or genre, having names like Medal of Homer or Neverquest. Each stage features two members of the Simpson clan working together to achieve the goal. Players must switch back and forth using each family members' unique powers to complete the level. Most of the game's versions allow two-player cooperative play.

The four controllable characters have their own unique abilities, which are used for combat, puzzle-solving, or exploration-related purposes. Homer can expand into a rolling blob or inflate himself with helium and float for a while; later, he learns a few other transformation abilities. Bart can become Bartman, using a grappling hook to access certain areas, as well as move upwards in air streams with his cape. Lisa's main ability is called "Hand of Buddha", which is used mainly for moving around large objects; she can also play her saxophone to stun or confuse enemies. Finally, Marge can gather people with her megaphone and control their actions, as well as send the little Maggie into crawlspaces only she can access. Some of these abilities have limited uses and must be either recharged or replenished with special items, while others are available only at specific trigger points.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions also contain free-roaming gameplay - exclusively in those versions player characters can leave the Simpsons' house between missions and freely wander through virtual Springfield. Familiar landmarks (such as Moe's Tavern, etc.) are present and can be explored as well. These locations may contain additional dialogue and events. It is possible to use the bus to travel quickly to various destinations.

Screenshots

The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Save 8-bit virtual Simpsons from a horrible fate!
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Lisa is fighting evil dolphins
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Finally, you get inside the coveted Grand Theft Scratchy game! Cat hookers and mouse gangsters abound
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 One of the early levels. The game conveniently tells you which character or which ability you need to solve the very easy puzzle

Alternate Titles

  • "The Simpsons: Videopeli" -- Finnish title
  • "Los Simpson: El Videojuego" -- Spanish title
  • "Les Simpson: Le Jeu" -- French title
  • "Die Simpsons: Das Spiel" -- German title

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User Reviews

Simpson, eh? I'll remember this name!.. אולג 小奥 (168596) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

GameLemon Feb 01, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83
AceGamez Nov 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamer 2.0 Nov 09, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
NZGamer Nov 19, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Bild Spiele Nov 07, 2007 2.44 out of 6 71
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Nov 02, 2007 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Nov 02, 2007 65 out of 100 65
Console Obsession Nov 26, 2007 6 out of 10 60
videogamer.com Nov 02, 2007 5 out of 10 50

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