The Simpsons Game
- The Simpsons Game (2007 on Nintendo DS)
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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.
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Average score: 71% (based on 79 ratings)
Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 75 ratings with 4 reviews)
What's not to like?! Simpsons games these days have gone up from the trash pile in terms of graphics, sound, and overall gameplay. This game is a culmination of that comeback. I've never seen a game this colorful in my entire life! Cel-shaded graphics keep the Simpsons tradition.
But of course, it isn't just about graphics. Gameplay is, as always, the main topic. And boy, did it pass with flying colors! I keep replaying half the stages over and over again, because they're long, there's so much to do, and the challenge is fair. Each character has something fun about them. Homer can turn into a giant ball, Bart(man) can glide and use a grappling hook, Marge can rally people to do anything she says, and Lisa has the hand of Buddha.
Oh, and voice clips. Ever since consoles had the ability to deliver digitized sound, you'd know the Simpsons would have a game with some funny dialogue. And it did so quite nicely. Move over Conker, this is the funniest game ever made!
Well, I could barely hear the music, because there's so much going on. Even if nothing's happening, you can barely hear it, so it's hard to tell if it sucks or it's awesome.
Oh, and the Futurama cameo. I really didn't want to bring back that fateful memory of the day I popped in a DVD of Into the Wild Green Yonder, watched 5 minutes, and then took it out and smashed it BECAUSE IT SUCKS!
Other than that, this game is FREAKING AWESOME!!!
The Bottom Line
I'm not trying to suck up to Matt Groening here, I LOVE THIS GAME!!! When I bought it, I thought it would suck, but no! If you want to buy a Simpsons game because of the game itself, not because it has the words "The Simpsons" slapped on it, then get this game!
PlayStation 3 · by Miles "Tails" Prower (97) · 2010
As a fan of The Simpsons TV show (and an even bigger fan of video games), I was disappointed by Hit & Run, which was neither particularly good as a game nor satisfying as a Simpsons product. After having seen screenshots and reading some of the reviews for The Simpsons Game, I thought it would probably be a more exciting experience. And indeed, it was.
The first thing you'll notice here is just how well the game captures the spirit of the TV series. The graphical style immaculately transfers the cartoony characters and environments into cel-shaded 3D; the transition is so smooth that you'd swear you are playing a real cartoon, with the third dimension somehow magically squeezed in. The Simpsons look, move, and talk exactly the way they do in the series. The Simpsons Game is like another episode in the show.
Unlike Hit & Run with its sporadic, weak lines, The Simpsons Game excels not only in presentation, but also in writing. Almost every single line of dialogue is written perfectly in the spirit of the series. It is a pleasure just to watch the cutscenes and hear those characters talk (luckily, there is a feature that allows you to watch all the 40 or so movies in the game).
The situations and the dialogue can get extremely funny: I laughed out loud several times (while Hit & Run hardly caused me to smile). All the characters behave just like their prototypes, nobody acts out of character, and they keep passing the ball to each other, providing non-stop entertainment. The story is what you'd expect from some of the most whacked-out Simpsons episodes; with constant self-references and breaking of the fourth wall, the story gradually becomes more and more weird and even metaphysical, culminating in an ending that is almost scary in its twisted logic. The writers chose video games as object of parody and satire in the game; the whole narrative is in fact about video games, and it contains cynically amusing remarks about the industry.
The humor is not only present during the cutscenes; the levels themselves are conceived as parodies and contain plenty of funny locations, enemies, and assorted one-liners that are guaranteed to make you laugh. Video games are being mercilessly lampooned throughout the whole game. You'll explore hilarious levels such as Medal of Homer or Shadow of the Colossal Donut. You'll meet the famous designer Will Wright, whose evil plan of destroying obsolete 8-bit Simpsons games (because they "don't sell any more") you'll have to foil. You'll engage in paradoxical, metaphysically challenging dialogues with real-world people (including the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening!) and video game characters, and fight hilarious Simpson-themed "video game-ish" enemies such as undead Ottos or a dragon with two heads, those of Selma and Patty.
The varied thematics of the levels keep them interesting despite the stale gameplay. You'll play as Marge, calling gun-wielding dogs to rebuild a whole neighborhood that has been turned into a seedy San Andreas-like environment (albeit with an Itchy & Scratchy theme, e.g. cat whores and mouse gangsters); in another one, you'll have to figure out how to target and destroy the weak spot of a huge walking donut commercial, in an obvious parody of Shadow of the Colossus.
Stripped of its glorious license, The Simpsons Game is just another overly easy 3D platformer with mediocre gameplay. One could blame the designers for hiding their unwillingness to get rid of video game cliches by masquerading them as obligatory part of the humorous narrative ("look, it's another video game cliche! Ha, ha, ha"). The thought of the developers' self-awareness softens the blow, but the fact remains that The Simpsons Game is full of video game (particularly platforming) cliches; whether they were intentional or not, they aren't particularly fun to encounter. My personal gripe is the characters' inability to swim. Of course, it is presented as a funny cliche to collect ("don't you know you never learn to swim until the sequel?"), but... come on.
Most of the game consists of jumping puzzles and using the characters' special abilities. Granted, it's fun to crush enemies with Lisa's "Hand of Buddha" or turn into fat Homer who throws gummi at people the first time you get these abilities. But the scripted nature of the game doesn't leave room for strategy: you'll rarely have choices between your abilities, and for the most part will have to use them exactly at the points the designers tell you to.
When I say "tell you to", I mean it almost literally: whenever you need to use an ability to solve a puzzle, the game conveniently shows you an icon of the corresponding character. What's the point of figuring out how to solve a puzzle if the game tells you exactly what to do? The only "challenge" that remains is to find the "hot spots" where an ability can be used.
The Simpsons Game is far too easy, clearly marketed towards more casual players. You'll still need to redo jumping sequences thanks to the irritating jerking camera - a flaw that has plagued many 3D platformers, including far better ones. Occasional awkward navigation and imprecise, graceless movement coupled with frequent environmental clashes prevent the game from at least being a smooth, if childishly simple, platformer.
The lack of challenge is a pity, since the game's clever script and parodies can be best understood and enjoyed by video game veterans accustomed to actually using their brains to overcome obstacles. Ironically, the game is once again aware of it: at one point, the 8-bit Simpsons contemptuously dismiss the game because "how can there be challenge if you have infinite lives?". Well... just like with the cliches, maybe the designers could have actually listened to their own creations?
The Bottom Line
The Simpsons Game is probably the best Simpsons game out there, and it's fun to play through one time. However, I didn't feel compelled to come back to it. It is a clever and faithful recreation of a beloved series, but a fairly weak game relying too much on its license and its humor to be truly fulfilling.
PlayStation 2 · by Unicorn Lynx (180489) · 2013
The gameplay is truely feels like a real Simpsons game that people been waiting for. The cutscenes are just plain funny but not as funny as The Simpsons today. You can explore The house which I always wanted. The graphics in the Wii version aren't that bad. But the other the versions have them better. The only thing I can love is the Wii moments.
There can be some drawbacks to this game. The camera system doesn't function and that makes me not clearly trying to jump across. The controls have some issues. You have to keep shaking the Wiimote over and over. The levels can take a long time. You need to solve puzzles that can a bit confusing. The game is just too short. Only 16 levels and the story isn't that exciting.
The Bottom Line
However, I can only say this game worth renting on any system that's good for about 2 weeks. If your a hardcore Simpsons fan, I say go buy it. I can't highly recommend it.
Wii · by Mario Duenaz (19) · 2009
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Game added November 12th, 2007. Last modified May 21st, 2023.