The Simpsons Game

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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.


The Simpsons Game Xbox 360 Homer's game powers are his morbid obesity.
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Overlooking a French city in "Medal of Homer", a parody of... well, seriously, do I have to tell you that?..
The Simpsons Game Xbox 360 Main menu.
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 As always, The Simpsons' logic is impeccable

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

For die-hard and casual fans alike, it’s a fun play Xbox 360 Brandon Tabbert (19)
Simpson, eh? I'll remember this name!.. PlayStation 2 Cor 13 (174162)
Best...Simpsons Game...EVER! PlayStation 3 Miles "Tails" Prower (100)
Mixed Wii Mario Duenaz (32)

Critic Reviews

MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Good Game Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamer Within Xbox 360 Nov 04, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Dec, 2007 74 out of 100 74
Gamers' Temple, The Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2007 72 out of 100 72 PlayStation 2 Oct 30, 2007 14 out of 20 70
That Gaming Site PlayStation 3 Sep 20, 2008 6.8 out of 10 68
Pocket Gamer UK PSP Nov 26, 2007 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Jan 27, 2008 C+ 58
1UP PSP Feb 15, 2008 C- 42


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