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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.


The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants NES Doesn't the world look cool viewed through those glasses?
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants NES The mission is clear
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants NES The show begins
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants NES Three jumping enemies

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A good start for the Simpsons Zovni (10648) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Eat My Shorts, Dude ETJB (450) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Raze Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Total!! UK Magazine Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Power Unlimited Dec, 1993 8.1 out of 10 81
Entertainment Weekly Apr 12, 1991 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1991 28 out of 40 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1991 6 out of 12 50
1UP! Mar 19, 2010 48 out of 100 48
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30 Jun, 2005 1.6 out of 10 16


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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.


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