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Description

Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a platform game where the player goes into the role of Bart Simpson (from the TV show The Simpsons) and must stop the Space Mutants from invading Springfield.

On each of the five levels, Bart must collect (or get rid of) the ingredients that the Space Mutants are planning to use to build their machine, such as purple objects or balloons. He also has to collect enough "proof" of the aliens existence (brown coins left behind when they are jumped on), so his family members will help him when he meets a boss (characters such as Nelson and Sideshow Bob). This won't be easy since the Space Mutants are "using" human bodies as disguise. In order to discover who are the real Space Mutants, Bart must use his X-ray Specs.

The ways Bart can get rid of those objects sought by the Space Mutants are numerous. For instance, in the first stage, Bart must get rid of purple objects. He can dye them red, cover them, wash them, etc. Some even involve a little puzzle solving, like playing a trick on Moe to make him get out of the bar.

Bart also has some coins that can be used in many ways throughout the game, like buying things, getting devices operating, etc. Those coins are essential to solve some puzzles in the game.

Screenshots

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants Game Gear Bart using his X-Ray Specs to identify disguised space mutants.
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants Game Gear Title screen
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants ZX Spectrum So here I am spraying the litter bin and nothing happens. Turns out it takes a lot of paint before the colour changes
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants SEGA Master System Our Favorite Family

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User Reviews

The first and still one of the best Simpsons licensees Genesis chirinea (39177)
Eat My Shorts, Dude NES ETJB (447)
A good start for the Simpsons NES Zovni (9307)
Conversion of average platform game which has some nice ideas, but is ultimately dull. Amiga Nick Drew (370)
Eat My Cartridge, Man! Genesis ETJB (447)
A good use of a lucrative license - a game worthy of attention Amiga Martin Smith (62888)

Critic Reviews

VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Play Time DOS Feb, 1992 77 out of 100 77
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Video Games SEGA Master System Dec, 1992 45 out of 100 45
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1992 5 out of 12 42
Power Play Commodore 64 Apr, 1992 41 out of 100 41
Play Time Commodore 64 Mar, 1992 33 out of 100 33
The Video Game Critic Genesis Oct 18, 2007 D 25

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Trivia

Amiga bundle

The game was bundled with the Amiga for about a year, in a bundle called Cartoon Classics which also included Captain Planet, Lemmings, and Deluxe Paint 3. The pack was unchanged when the Amiga 500 Plus model launched. Because the Amiga didn't come with a joystick at the time, the bundled version was edited to allow for keyboard control.

Amiga version

For the Amiga version, Arc Development decided to include an animated opening sequence in the style of the actual Simpsons show. In order for them to do this they had to send each frame to Matt Groening and he hand drew over each one. Despite this effort, the animation still looks poor in comparison to the show.

Awards

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #85 “Readers' Top 100”
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