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The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

User Reviews

The first and still one of the best Simpsons licensees Genesis chirinea (34590)
Eat My Shorts, Dude NES ETJB (447)
A good start for the Simpsons NES Zovni (9344)
Conversion of average platform game which has some nice ideas, but is ultimately dull. Amiga Nick Drew (371)
Eat My Cartridge, Man! Genesis ETJB (447)
A good use of a lucrative license - a game worthy of attention Amiga Martin Smith (63048)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 10 2.5
Amstrad CPC 3 2.8
Atari ST 2 3.8
Commodore 64 7 2.5
DOS 9 2.8
Game Gear 6 2.8
Genesis 15 2.9
NES 34 2.9
SEGA Master System 6 2.3
ZX Spectrum 4 2.8
Combined MobyScore 96 2.8

The Press Says

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Neste novo e sensacional game, Bart Simpson é o único que pode salvar Springfield, a pequena cidade onde mora, da invasão de mutantes espaciais. Eles precisam de objetos terrestres para sua terrível arma poder funcionar e a missão de Bart é impedir que eles consigam esses objetos.
However, this doesn't get boring because Bart is such a charismatic star. The sound is similarly inspired by the TV show. It includes sampled speech of some person (not Bart, though) saying "Eat my shorts!" and an acceptable version of Danny Elfman's soundtrack. By all accounts, The Simpsons could become as popular as Mario.
Commodore 64Commodore Format
It's a mix of puzzles, tricky timing and skillful joystick handling. The graphics could be more detailed at times and it's sometimes difficult to know what you can and can't jump onto. But on the whole it's a great, fun jaunt.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
As you can tell, I'm really into this game. As far as I can see, it's got everything it should have. It's fast, it's easy in places and dead wicked in others and it's got a massive amount of variety. What more could you want? The graphics are very cartoony, as you'd expect, and there's pots of colour. Bart himself is actually see-through, so you can see him when he walks in front of yellow things. It's great making him walk past green things cos he looks like he's about to throw up! And, if you look at him closely, you can see him blink and do other cartoon-type things. Nice touch that.
ZX SpectrumCrash!
So, here they are: The Simpsons and the great character of Bart in the lead role. The game’s captured him well — the little sprite even blinks (neat touch). What’s quite striking is that the sprites are all on the small-ish size — don’t be put off: this just means that, effectively, there’s more screen area to play around on. It’s great fun exploring all the locations and discovering all the items. Difficulty levels vary: level one’s easily played through (but discovering all its secrets takes some time), level two starts getting tricky with the moving platforms and level three is a real challenge, especially the Doors puzzle game. Also quite tricky is getting the hang of the ‘holding’ menu from which you can pick stored items — bit fiddly that. The Simpsons is quite a different style of Speccy game, there’s something there for everyone — real family fun!
Commodore 64Commodore Format
It's a brilliant game and it's not easy to make a good game from a character licence and no plot (as Ocean themselves - and some of you - know all too well). But Bart Simpson makes his debut with the cool you'd expect from a stylish under achiever.
AmigaAmiga Power
A hit, pure and simple. A few false starts, some slippage and the odd weak licence has meant a disappointing Amiga showing from Ocean this year - here's where it ll comes right.
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The Simpsons smacks of quality from the cartoon-quality intro sequence, complete with speech, through to the game itself. Looking very Bart-like, our hero is a highly complex little dude and it'll take a while to figure out all his moves, but once you have, it all becomes a lot simpler. Be warned that this game is no pushover - and some might argue it's a tad too tough. But with plenty to see, explore, try out and chuckle over, this this a game I'll want to keep coming back to until the challenge is finally completed. My advice is to check this out before parting with any dosh because this may not be your idea of a great game at all...
NESTotal!! UK Magazine
If it wasn't for the lack of a password system, Bart and family would have been kicking around the 90s. Still, this is a real smart game and no mistake!
NESPower Unlimited
Bart vs the Space Mutants is gebaseerd op een origineel concept. De aliens slokken alle paarse objecten op. Die moet je dus rood schilderen. Om dit doel te bereiken moet je wel tegen wat frustratie kunnen, want briljante gameplay heeft het spel niet.
NESEntertainment Weekly
Parents put off by Bart's rebellious, anti-social attitude won't find comfort here. But those who remember what it was like to be 8 years old — and who enjoy Bart's animated adventures — will find that this game offers an amiable respite from the mayhem endemic to popular Nintendo titles like Double Dragon and Contra.
Atari STST Format
But all this doesn't matter; the Simpsons have conquered the world, and this is doubtless only the first of a long string of Simpsons conversions. Just in case anyone is interested, though, this one is better than it could have been.
Atari STAtari ST User
It is a fairly basic platform game that did rely on Bart's name to sell it. If you're really desperate then it might be a worthy buy, but if you're clever enough you'll have bought it first time around.
Intro, Grafik und Animationen sind gelungen, selbst das Scrolling ruckelt nur dezent - zumindest unter EGA/VGA, bei CGA wird umgeblättert. Dank der entschärften Steuerung haben PC-Bartler nun die deutlich besseren Karten als ehemals die Amigianer, flotte Musik und knackige FX gibt‘s ebenfalls, nur die Sprachausgabe fehlt. Insgesamt ein abwechslungsreicher Geschicklichkeitstest.
NESNintendo Power Magazine
Bart Simpson has finally made it to the NES from Acclaim. His adventure, though, is anything but a game for underachievers. This game is very challenging and could be frustratingly so to some players. The tasks that you must perform to complete the adventure require patience and skill.
AmigaAmiga Joker
Leider spielt sich der Genre-Mix letzten Endes doch nicht ganz so toll, was an der überbelegten Joysticksteuerung liegt: Rennen, schneller rennen, Hüpfen, Sprühen/Schießen und das Inventory sind halt ein bißchen viel auf einmal. Da ist es schon fast ein Glück, daß die Gegner zum Steinerweichen dämlich sind! Ansonsten kann man nicht meckern, die comicartigen Grafiken sind spitzenmäßig animiert, der Sound ist kein bißchen düdelig, und ein nettes Intro gibt’s obendrein. Da haben wir schon viel schlechtere Lizenz-Games gesehen...
Atari STST Format
[Budget re-release] Bart and his family look very much like the cartoon on which this licence was based which makes the game look attractive (except when Bart blends in with the background when things just get plain confusing) but you tend to spend so much time repeating parts of the game you've already achieved, you're going to get bored with it pretty soon. No better or no worse than any other platform game unless you happen to be an avid Simpsons fan, in which case it could well be the answer to all your Simpson-related ambitions.
Commodore 6464'er
So schlecht die bisherigen Film- bzw. Fernsehumsetzungen auch waren, „The Simpons – Bart vs. the Space Mutants“ wurde sauber programmiert und macht Spaß. Schwierigkeiten hat man bisweilen nur beim Springen, weil Bart (widerspenstig wie er bekanntlich ist) dem Joystick nicht so recht folgen will. Grafik und Sound sind ordentlich. Richtige Simpson-Freaks lassen sich aber den gelbhäutigen Jump-and-Run-Spaß nicht vermiesen und haben sicher viel Spaß mit Bart und Co.
NESVideo Games
Bart vs. the Space Mutants ist ein braves, etwas biederes Spiel, das weder Begeisterungsstürme entfacht noch sonderlich enttäuscht. Das Spielprinzip wird durch das Mitwirken der witzigen Simpsons-Truppe aufgewertet. Fans der Fernsehserie sollten mal ein Probespiel riskieren.
SEGA Master System1UP!
Mais que voulez-vous, Bart vs the Space Mutants est une daube, il ne faut pas avoir peur du mot. Une bonne grosse daube, D.A.U.B.E., D pour Débile, A pour Affreux (surtout sur NES), U pour l'Ulcère qu'il file, B comme sa maniabilité Balourde, E comme l'Ennui qu'il respire. DAUBE ! Mais il est malgré tout protégé par une sorte d'aura; c'est le premier jeu Simpsons, il a été adapté sur nombre de supports, les tests à l'époque n'arrivaient pas à être tous absolument impitoyables comme ils auraient dû l'être. Même nous, nous ne sommes pas parvenus à le casser sur NES, et c'est peut-être pourquoi ce test Master System s'imposait urgemment (en même temps qu'une revue à la baisse de la note du test NES, de 65% à 48%, de moyen à mauvais). Bart vs the Space Mutants est une daube sacrée. Cette adaptation Master System a quand même le mérite de limiter la casse, et d'adoucir nos souffrances en éclaircissant le graphisme et en apportant un peu de précision aux sauts.
AmigaPower Play
Kein Geniestreich, aber ein ganz nettes Hüpfspiel mit sehr angenehmer Grafik.
DOSPower Play
Unter MS-DOS ist Bart etwas schwieriger und umständlicher zu steuern. Wer am analogen Joystick verzweifelt, greift zur Tastatur, die in puncto Präzision ganz akzeptabel ihren Dienst verrichtet. Wer nichts gegen Hüpfen und Sprühen hat, kann ruhig mal 'nen Blick ins Spiel werfen.
Bart Vs the Space Mutants risulta un gioco mal realizzato ed a tratti fustrante. La ripetitività del comparto grafico e sonoro ed una scarsa realizzazione tecnica non aiutano il gioco ad avvicinarsi alla sufficienza. Un platform che non rende onore alla serie a cui è ispirata e che conferma ancora una volta come sia difficile trovare dei giochi degni di nota all’interno dell’ampia cerchia dei titoli su licenza.
Si Bart vs the Space Mutants n'avait pas été aussi difficile, aussi laid et surtout aussi agaçant à manier, il aurait pu faire un bon jeu. Mais c'est tout de même un gros "si". Comble de l'ironie, les versions Sega sont moins tartes mais sont encore plus injouables. La jouabilité est vraiment un domaine qui ne pardonne pas. Il y a des erreurs dramatiques qui rendent ce jeu effroyable à tenir en mains, comme l'inertie et la poussée du saut qui se veut sans doute réaliste mais n'est qu'une catastrophe à deux jambes, ou encore de nombreux problèmes de précision, des plates-formes qui s'arrêtent plus tôt que leur présence visuelle l'indique, ce qui pour le joueur n'est rien d'autre qu'une infâme trahison. Tous les passages remplis d'ennemis qui se comportent comme des pièges finissent par devenir insupportables.
SEGA Master SystemVideo Games
Simples Spieldesign und triste Grafik - die Steuerung ist diesmal sogar noch schwerfälliger ausgefallen. Was bleibt ist ein pepploses Rumgehüpfe mit Zeitlupenaction und Gruselmusik.
Commodore 64Power Play
Keine Hintergrundmusik und etwas spartanischere aber dennoch ordentliche Grafik. Die Kollisionsabfragen der Sprites sind etwas fairer, damit wird das Spiel leichter. Insgesamt auch nicht der Renner, aber ein putziges, halbwegs abwechslungsreiches Jump'n'Run mit dem witzigen Helden aus den Zeichentrickfilmen.
GenesisSega Force
Till råga på allt så är spelet töntigt svårt, och när ett spel är tråkigt, fånigt och dessutom svårt finns det en viss risk att det hamnar i den mörka, grå och dammiga delen av garderoben där alla andra värdo spel ligger. Så är ni tvungna att se Bart på er TV, titta på TV-versionen, den är tio gånger bättre........... tycker Patte! Föresten så stinker musiken också.
This is not the worst game ever, but if I would be you I would pick another Simpsons game like Krusty's Fun House or Virtual Bart. It could been better if they had included some better controls, easier levels, and some more extra lives with continues. Instead, it's a mess with the yellow family in Springfield. But just because the story, the good graphics and charming music, I can just give this game a three out of ten and have only one comment: Eat my shorts.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Bart Vs. The Space Mutants is actually quite fun to play, but it's relentlessly unforgiving, requiring you to complete every single goal flawlessly! If that's not enough, each stage ends with a boss encounter like a water-balloon tossing bully. Later stages promise madcap action in a shopping mall, amusement park, and museum. If only I could get that far! Since there's no password, you're always doomed to repeat the early stages, and considering the difficulty, that oversight is unforgivable.
This title was my first real taste of video game disappointment. Sure, I’d played crap games before this one, some that were even worse for sure. But this game was supposed to be an interactive version of one of my favourite television shows, and it was infinitely less fun than I expected. I mean, even when it was released, The Simpsons had made Fox millions of dollars (to add to Rupert's other couple of billion), so why couldn’t they spend a bit (well, a lot) more time and effort on making this game something special? In the end, this game is no different to the hundreds (maybe thousands) of other crap licensed platformers that were prevalent in the 90s. I just really hoped it would be something great.