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Waylon Smithers has just stolen a diamond from Springfield Jewelers for Mr. Burns. While trying to make a getaway, he crashes into Homer, which knocks the diamond out of his hand. Maggie catches it in her mouth, prompting Smithers to grab her and run off. The Simpsons decide to go after him, but Mr. Burns has tons of henchmen, who want to prevent the family getting their daughter back.

The Simpsons is basically a side-scrolling beat-em-up featuring the characters from The Simpsons TV show. The player can choose to play as each of the four Simpson characters. Homer, who punches and kicks; Marge, who swings her vacuum cleaner; Bart, who wields his skateboard; and Lisa, who uses a jump rope as a whip. Other weapons such as hammers and bowling balls are also available to use. The game's levels are Downtown Springfield, Krustyland, Springfield Discount Cemetery, Moe's Tavern, Springfield Gorge, Dreamland, the Channel 6 studio, and the Power Plant. Each level ends with a boss whose speed and strength will increase after taking a certain amount of damage. End level bosses are the wrestler Professor Werner von Brawn, a hot air balloon shaped like Krusty the Clown, a pair of bouncers, a drunk at Moe's Tavern, a henchman in a bear suit, an imaginary, gigantic bowling ball, and a martial arts sensei dressed like a kabuki actor. There's also the showdown finale against Smithers and Mr. Burns in a robotic outfit.

Between levels, the player can compete against the other characters in two mini-games to be first to complete a task (inflating a ballon and waking up their character).


The Simpsons Arcade Balloons
The Simpsons Arcade Wiggle the joystick Marge!
The Simpsons Arcade Angry Homer
The Simpsons DOS Title

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Simpsons Arcade Game" -- Home version title

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User Reviews

Just doesn't live up to the standards of the arcade version DOS Katakis | カタキス (42945)
What I Can Remember - 90s Arcade & The Simpsons (Arcade, 1991) Arcade WONDERなパン (4476)
Another failure for PC conversions of arcade hits DOS Zovni (10623)
A pretty decent conversion......OK maybe not DOS James1 (244)

Critic Reviews

Zero Arcade Aug, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jul, 1991 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sinclair User Arcade Jul, 1991 86 out of 100 86
The Game Hoard Arcade Jan 22, 2020 6 out of 7 86
Video Game Generation Xbox 360 Feb 14, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
VentureBeat / Gamesbeat Xbox 360 Feb 07, 2012 75 out of 100 75
GameCola.net Xbox 360 Apr 19, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Dragon DOS Apr, 1992 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Apr 04, 2012 C 50


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Character design

The Simpsons appeared in a series of shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show from 1987 to 1989. In these shorts, their designs gradually changed from crudely drawn to having a lot more polish. On both the back cover and the character profiles in this game, it is obvious that the five characters are based on the shorts that aired during the 1989 season of The Tracey Ullman Show. Since then, their designs have improved even more throughout the course of the half-hour The Simpsons show.

Characters peculiarities

  • Bart wears a blue shirt in the game, which is also the case on various T-shirts and merchandising items. He does not wear a blue shirt on the TV show however.
  • The bow in Maggie's hair switches between blue and pink during the game.
  • Barney's hair colour is yellow, the same colour as his skin. He appeared this way on a few early episodes of The Simpsons and has since been drawn with brown hair instead.
  • Smithers has a dark color-scheme for his hair and skin. This is not an accident, but based on a single episode of The Simpsons, Homer's Oddysey in which he appears like this but has since been given lighter skin and darker hair. He is also a lot more villainous here than he has ever been on the show.


At the time of this game's initial release, the show was in its infancy, with only two production seasons from which to borrow situations and plot elements. This explains, among other differences, why Lisa does not mind eating meat to restore health, and why Sideshow Bob acts as an ally, rather than an adversary, to the playable characters.


The rabbit-like characters often seen in the game are Binky (the two-eared rabbit) and Bongo (the one-eared one), two of the characters from Matt Groening's Life In Hell, a newspaper comic strip.

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Contributed to by Luiz Pacheco (1303), Sciere (798990), Scott G (792) and 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60592)
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