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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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90 (Nov 27, 2007)
This one is definitely for the fans. The Simpsons Game is a little simplistic and repetitive in terms of pure gameplay, so non-fans of the show might not appreciate what’s on tap here. But long-time viewers will absolutely love it. It actually looks like the show, and all the familiar voices and trademark sense of humor help complete the package. If ever a game was more than the sum of its parts, it’s this one. Not only is it the best Simpsons game ever made, its one of the best licensed games as well.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 19, 2007)
Its gameplay isn’t any more innovative than the average action title, and the camera is as ridiculously dysfunctional as the Simpsons family, but the stellar story more than atones for it, as The Simpsons Game is the best Simpsons game to date, bringing Springfield and its denizens to life as never before.
Game Vortex (Nov 23, 2007)
When it comes down to it, The Simpsons Game is really all about fanfare. Between the graphics and the very Simpsons-like kooky story, this was for the people who already follow the show. Will the game be fun for people who can't tell Ralph from Martin? Sure, but probably nowhere near as fun.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Nov 06, 2007)
Auch diesmal verkommen die Simpsons nicht zum lieblosen Lizenzspiel, ganz im Gegenteil. Man merkt dem Titel an, dass jede Menge Arbeit darin steckt, die Entwickler schaffen es, das Flair der Serie komplett auf die Konsole zu übertragen. Die schicke Grafik im Simpsons- Look und die hervorragende Sprachausgabe können überzeugen, spielerisch wird gehobener Durchschnitt geboten. Das Prunkstück ist aber der typische Simpsons Humor gepaart mit herrlichen Videospielparodien. Wir haben es hier definitiv mit einem der witzigsten Spiele aller Zeiten zu tun, da sieht man auch gerne über die ein- oder andere Macke im Leveldesign hinweg. Simpsons Fans dürfen gerne noch 0.5 Punkte auf die Wertung draufpacken, da sie hier voll auf ihre Kosten kommen. Auch Liebhaber von gutem Humor können bedenkenlos zugreifen. Alle andern brauchen das Spiel nicht unbedingt, weil es spielerisch keine Bäume ausreißt.
PGNx Media (Oct 31, 2007)
The Simpsons Game is a must-have for Simpsons fans. There is so much funny dialogue and fan service, coupled with the superb presentation that I can't imagine a Simpsons fan not cracking up for the game's entire duration. If you don't like the license, though, the game probably won't do much for you since the underlying gameplay isn't anything special.
84 (Nov 07, 2007)
Seit dem abgedrehten Psychonauts habe ich vor dem Bildschirm nicht mehr derart viel gelacht und geschmunzelt! Der Humor der TV-Serie wurde einfach hervorragend ins Spiel transportiert und geschickt mit Anspielungen auf andere Videospiele vermengt. Sicherlich, das Gameplay ist etwas altmodisch und bietet nicht so viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten, doch dafür sind die 16 Levels samt dem ganzen Stadtgebiet von Springfield einfach nur liebevoll entworfen und ziehen Fans der gelben Familie sofort in ihren Bann. Die nebenstehende Wertung ist aber auch ganz klar als Fanwertung anzusehen - wer mit den Simpsons nur wenig anfangen kann, ist hier absolut falsch und zieht mindestens 10 Spielspaßpunkte ab.
GameLemon (Feb 21, 2008)
If you understood the quote introducing this section, then you are the perfect candidate to play The Simpsons Game. This is a funny, amusing, and highly enjoyable title, but there are a few issues that keep it from reaching game immortality. A little more gameplay innovation, coupled with a tweaking of the controls, and this could have been one of those games that stand as a must-own. As it stands now though, fans of the show will love it, and that's really the primary audience anyway. Cancel your appointment with Dr. Nick, drop Grandpa off at the Retirement Castle, and tell Patty and Selma they'll have to come over another night, you've got better things to do.
Gaming Age (Nov 24, 2007)
All in all if you are a fan of the show, past or present, you must pick this one up. You know who you are, especially if you've bought all the DVD's, saw the movie opening weekend, or even did the Simpsonizeme campaign online to make yourself a Simpsons character, this game has you written all over it. While the Conan O'Brien years of the Simpsons are nothing but a wonderful memory, it is nice to laugh at the Simpsons one more time and actually mean it!
TeamXbox (Nov 01, 2007)
Although The Simpsons Game isn't a particularly special or innovative platformer, the writing, self-deprecating humor, and in-jokes make up for many of its shortcomings. This is one of the best Simpsons video games yet, mainly due to the fact that it takes so much inspiration from the show itself. Non-fans (seriously, how can you not be a fan of The Simpsons?) might not enjoy the game that much, but the hardcore owe it to themselves to check it out. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to retire to my business hammock!
82 (Dec 04, 2007)
That being said, EA's adventure through Springfield always manages to coax a giggle - in no small part due to the characters all arriving accompanied by their real-world voice actors - and successfully scores full-blown laughter on several occasions. If Electronic Arts had chosen to construct a licensed Simpsons game around anything but this particular theme, comically hammering the gaming industry from all sides at every available opportunity, The Simpsons Game simply wouldn't have managed to emerge as an experience that all fans and gamers, regardless of age, can appreciate and enjoy. As it is, it may contain a smattering of fundamental quality lapses, but its faithful delivery and superb comedy timing make it hard not to like. And, when all is said and done, it's worth playing The Simpson's Game just to witness the moment a deflated Mr. Burns welcomes a suggestion from Smithers to lighten his mood by dispatching some ruffians to pummel Al Gore.
XBox Front (Nov 12, 2007)
Die Simpsons – Das Spiel macht vieles richtig und wenig falsch. Die nette Simpsonsoptik, die Originalsynchronisation und die Liebe zum Detail bieten kurzweiligen Spielspaß für jeden, der sich darauf einlässt. Natürlich sollte man dem Jump’n Run Genre und den Simpsons gegenüber nicht abgeneigt sein.
Good Game (Nov 13, 2007)
Even though there’s lots of costume unlocks and trophies to collect and I did have a lot of fun with this, I probably wouldn’t play it through more than once. 8/10 from me as well.
Good Game (Nov 13, 2007)
But all-in-all Bajo, it is pure fun, especially when playing with a mate. In spite of its simplicity, fans of the show will get a big kick out of this game. 8/10 from me.
MS Xbox World (Nov 13, 2007)
It may not be perfect, but The Simpsons Game is bold enough and packs enough gags to have you rolling along the floor either as Homer, or yourself as you constantly can’t believe the superb visuals and cut scenes. It doesn’t hold too much replay value unless you like collecting every item available, but it does enough to be easily the best Simpsons game I have ever played.
The Simpsons Game is easily the family's best outing yet: genuinely clever and with a devilish ability to spot gaming's weak spots and exploit them for massive laughs, it's the kind of game that will appeal to fans and gamers of all ages. Sure, the underlying gameplay isn't really anything new, but there's enough fun to be had here that you can put the problems out of your mind, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Lawrence (Nov 20, 2007)
Like the majority of hardcore Simpsons fans, I’ve been tremendously disappointed with the last 8 or 9 years of the show. Homer got too stupid, the jokes weren’t nearly as clever, and the overall quality couldn’t even come close to the show I grew up watching. I went into the Simpsons game expecting the worst. Licensed games in general are terrible, and this license in particular passed its prime almost a decade ago. Surprisingly, I laughed more during this game than any other in the last few years. It’s one of the few times I can say the humor and dialogue almost makes up for a few shoddy gameplay elements (poor targeting system and camera). There are countless excellent references for longtime fans of the show (Mr. Sparkle, the Spirograph factory, the Hellfish treasure) as well as nods at other videogames (Sonic, Mario, Wolfenstein 3D, GTA, Shadow of the Colossus). There’s the occasional unfunny line, but most of the humor and parodies are spot-on. Worth playing for the humor alone.
AceGamez (Nov 25, 2007)
"…it's time for the final word. The Simpsons Game is a unique title. This excellent, unusual and highly amusing story is coupled with humor that's consistent throughout the game and genuinely funny, up to the standards of an episode of The Simpsons TV show. It is this, combined with the whole cast of wacky stereotypes from this little town called Springfield, which saves the game from sinking into mediocrity. Yes, the gameplay often involves derivative platform jumping, simple puzzles and basic fighting - and apparently the camera can be a bit of a nuisance - but the variety of game-parodying levels on offer, the authentic graphics, the wonderful voice acting and the diverse soundtrack help it rise above mediocrity to become greater than the sum of its parts. So, in conclusion, if you are even a casual fan of The Simpsons then you will doubtless find plenty to enjoy in The Simpsons Game to justify your purchase. This is Kent Brockman, reporting live from Springfield, for AceGamez."
GameTrailers (Nov 01, 2007)
The Simpsons Game is a good time in spite of the somewhat mediocre design and technical glitches. Considering that the license is notorious for being slapped onto downright awful games, most fans will probably decide that good enough really is good enough. If nothing else, this playful romp packs enough in-jokes for both Simpsons fans and gamers in general that it’s definitely worth playing through at least once.
Console Monster (Nov 13, 2007)
All in all you will find that The Simpsons Game is a fantastic representation of The Simpsons, but in game format. What more could you ask for! Whilst the game does feature gameplay that rates just above average, the storyline and continual sense of humour is up there with the best. The Simpsons Game will instantly appeal to fans of the series and typically a younger generation of gamers, due to the often easy gameplay. However there are enough jokes thrown in there and fantastic game parodies that only a seasoned gamer or adult would appreciate.
Gamer Within (Nov 04, 2007)
Though the combat is shallow, the puzzles are repeated frequently, the gameplay if prolonged by time challenges as well as fetch-and-collect quests, and the platforming elements are all pretty basic, the humor, satire, and sheer creativity of where the story takes you definitely make The Simpsons Game an enjoyable experience. It’s so hard not to start rambling about the many memorable moments this game has, so let me give you the short of it. If you’re a gamer and a die-hard fan of the show, you’ll be in heaven here. Given how short the game is, it’s hard to recommend for a full-price purchase but it’s definitely worth a weekend rental at the very least, thus earning The Simpsons Game the coveted “wait until it’s thirty bucks” recommendation. It’s a game that any fan of the show or games in general just has to experience.
Planet Xbox 360 (Nov 05, 2007)
When I first played The Simpsons Game demo I was not impressed. EA chose to show one of the most frustrating scenes from the game to an audience unfamiliar with the product. Truthfully, it was not until I played through the first few episodes that I began to warm up to the game. The hilarity is outstanding, and because every effort was made to ensure each episode stands on its own, the humor does not get stale. Most gamers can expect to get about 10-12 hours of play their first time through. Though the replay value is strong only for those that are obsessive about collectables or having the best times on the leaderboards, The Simpsons Game is going to be worth a rental to most gamers.
Computer Bild Spiele (Nov 07, 2007)
Endlich ein Simpsons-Spiel, dass der gelben Familie alle Ehre macht. Die detaillierte Grafik der Xbox-360- und PS-3-Versionen fängt den Stil und Charme der TV-Vorlage hervorragend ein. Zwischen den witzigen Videos und der Spielwelt ist kaum noch ein optischer Bruch festzustellen. Den Versionen für PS 2, Wii und PSP gelingt das nicht so gut. Spielerisch wird das hohe Unterhaltungsniveau der Serie erreicht. Jede Spielstufe wartet mit einem völlig anderen, absurden Szenario auf, in dem nicht nur Ihre Lachmuskeln, sondern auch Ihre Fingerfertigkeit arg strapaziert werden.
IGN (Oct 29, 2007)
The Simpsons Game is exactly what it had to be, but nothing more. Had it offered online cooperative play, or local co-op play that was actually as much fun as the single-player game (if not more so) then the score would definitely be higher, but as it stands The Simpsons is a enjoyable, though very short, single-player game that both hardcore and casual Simpsons fans will love. Heck, if you like to laugh then this game is at least worth a rental.
Worth Playing (Nov 08, 2007)
Overall, The Simpsons Game ends up being hours of pure, smart fun for me. I haven't laughed out loud at a game in a while (where it was meant to be funny), and I would certainly recommend at least spending some spare weekend time on it.
Gamer 2.0 (Nov 09, 2007)
In the end, what you are presented with is a very solid Simpsons title. Its humor, as stated, goes beyond just pleasing regular and hardcore Simpsons fans. The self references mixed with cultural ones are worked out brilliantly, and hopefully it spurs the show’s writers to step up the effort and return it back to its roots. So aside from the camera, the game is just find-diddly-ine to go on out and pick up. Woo hoo!
Daily Game (Nov 21, 2007)
Easily the best use of a licensed property, but by parodying old gameplay mechanics, the game reinforces just how tired we've gotten of the same elements that the game itself relies upon.
Ripping on such topics as the console war, old video game characters, and gaming cliches, The Simpsons Game is the best episode of The Simpsons imaginable, only in video game form. It does, however, only last 6-7 hours, which I guess would be good for a season of the TV show, but this is a video game. There are extra challenges and 2 player co-op, but that is not enough to keep you interested for long. Mindless collectibles throughout the game only offer a tiny bonus, making them worthless. I recommend The Simpsons Game as a great rental for any Simpson fan, or comedy enthusiast. Just do not bother to purchase this with how little there is to play.
Cheat Code Central (Nov 01, 2007)
Simply put, this is the Simpsons Game fans have been waiting for. Even with its faults, I would dare say that no one will complain too much, mainly due to being doubled over from laughing so much. If you need an enjoyable game to pop in that makes you laugh to a degree worthy of the longest running animated television show in history, then this is for you. You'll be playing for hours exploring the world of Springfield and then, after a quick break, you'll want to dive right back in.
75 (Oct 30, 2007)
Si vous avez cru déceler une sorte de déclaration d'amour à destination des Simpson dans ce test, c'est tout à fait normal. N'allez cependant pas croire que ceci m'a aveuglé au point de sacraliser à outrance Les Simpson Le Jeu. Non, il n'en est rien mais avec un peu de recul, on se rend vite compte à quel point ce titre est drôle, rempli de bonnes idées et qu'il satisfera tous les fans de l'anime ou ceux qui veulent se faire plaisir en jouant. Dommage que la jouabilité ait quelques gros soucis contre elle tout comme quelques irrégularités dans la progression.
ZTGameDomain (Nov 11, 2007)
The Simpsons Game is an amazing fan-service production wrapped around a mediocre platformer. If you are a fan of the series you can add a full point to this score and take comfort in knowing that this is most certainly a must own. Rarely do we come across a game that somehow manages to still be entertaining despite how predictable and trite the game design is. As a stand alone platformer this game would be nothing, but when you add in incredibly hilarious writing, tons of gaming clichés and incredible level design you have a game that is a must own for Simpsons fans and a definite must-play for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
Jolt (UK) (Nov 26, 2007)
Still, for the two or three evenings that this will last you, there’s enough going on to keep you pushing forward to the end. Ultimately you have to take it more as a Simpsons experience than a regular videogame, if only because the gameplay is nothing more than serviceable. Let’s be generous and call it old school - the Gauntlet-style mini-game was a nice touch. As a whole package, The Simpsons Game is funny, charming and fun while it lasts, even if that is only about as long as it’ll take you to watch one series on DVD. Chances are you’ll get a kick out of it, however grudgingly.
75 (Nov 29, 2007)
Gamers looking for a satirical point of view on their own hobby needs to at least rent the game. Simpson fans must own this.
GamingTrend (Nov 13, 2007)
This game is fan service in its most pure form. It is a shame that the camera is, as Mr. Sparkle would say “Most-ah Disrespectful-ooh” to the polish present in much of the rest of the game. True fans of the series will find a lot to laugh about in this game, as well as those of us who are gamers since childhood. While the lack of online co-op play is unforgivable, there is a lot to like here. Unfortunately the unruly camera and shallow platforming elements make this game less “Ribwitch” and more “Krusty Burger”.
NZGamer (Nov 14, 2007)
Ultimately, The Simpsons Game is one that can be recommended only for its humour. You’re not going to find an incredible game here but what you do get is slickly presented game with a whole lot of laughs along the way. It’s not that The Simpsons Game is a bad game; it’s just not great one. Is it worth playing? Yes; the dead-pan humour is worth your time and it’s not often you’ll get the chance to play a game that can have you rolling on the floor. Try it out, but just don’texpect a keeper.
GameZone (Oct 31, 2007)
The Simpsons Game isn’t going to win any awards for original gameplay, instead banking on the license and deep elements of the subject matter to carry it through. However, if you know this going in and are looking for an experience that is made for fans of the show before fans of deep platforming gameplay, then The Simpsons Game will make for a great rental.
For all it's self-referential humor and nods to gaming classics (there are brief segments mimicking the likes of Frogger, Space Invaders and Wolfenstein 3-D), the process actually playing The Simpsons Game is unfortunately average. The chuckles along the way make it worth the trouble for fans, but if you don't know Arman Tamzarian from Disco Stu, most of the game's redeeming elements will fall on deaf, bored ears.
Gamers' Temple, The (Nov 12, 2007)
"Best ... Simpsons Game ... Ever!" is what I would say if the gameplay was up to the same standards as the story. Oh well, at least it's not the worst Simpsons game ever.
70 (Nov 02, 2007)
Das größte Kompliment, das ich den Entwicklern bei EA machen kann, ist, dass ich das Simpsons Game weitaus witziger finde als die letzten drei Simpsons-Staffeln! Die Parodien sitzen treffsicher, die Zwischensequenzen sind brillant, die Story ist wunderbar abgedreht. Und obwohl der Brite in mir heftig grummelt, dass er auf die deutsche Sprachausgabe angewiesen ist, ist es doch gut zu hören, dass auch die im Vergleich sehr gut gelungen ist - mit Ausnahme einiger peinlich vergeigter Übersetzungsfehler. Als brillante Parodie auf die Gamesbranche und unterhaltsame Ansammlung toller Simpsons-Gags ist das Spiel also super. Nur als Spiel leider nicht: Das Missionsdesign bedient den kleinsten gemeinsamen Anspruchs-Level, die Kameraführung ist zum Teil grausam, PS2-, PSP- & Wii-Spieler müssen darüber hinaus auf den kompletten Springfield-Abschnitt verzichten.
UOL Jogos (Nov 16, 2007)
"The Simpsons" é um curioso caso, no qual a produção se sobressai em relação ao jogo propriamente dito. Sem os Simpsons, seria um jogo de plataformas medíocre, com direito a falhas irritantes e trechos enfadonhos. Porém, com um enredo bem bolado, o capricho nos gráficos, nas dublagens e no roteiro, torna o título indispensável na estante de qualquer fã da série.
XboxAchievements (Nov 26, 2007)
The Simpsons game is a fun experience to play through and represents the TV series very well indeed. However, there is not a huge amount of content in the game to keep you coming back for more, with a noticable absence of multiplayer over Xbox Live. Even the many comical moments you’ll find throughout the game doesn’t save this from becoming only a rental title instead of a full price purchase. Having said that, I recommend The Simpsons game as a must-rent game, which will keep you entertained through the short amount of time it takes to complete.
Is it funny? Yes. But so is watching the re-runs of the show. Unfortunately, passive TV-watching participation is more fun than playing the game itself.
PlayDevil (Feb 05, 2008)
"The Simpsons: The Game" is probably the best Simpson game to date. It offers great gameplay with stunning 2D into 3D visuals and excellent voice-work. While the lenght of the game isn't that long (can be completed in about 6 hours), the 16 Time Challenges do offer some more replay value. It's a joy to control any of the Simpsons, combined with their one-liners this latest Simpson game is a must-have for every Simpson fan ! And if you're not a fan, you definitely have to give it a try.
1UP (Oct 29, 2007)
But while the action can be uneven -- though never bad -- creativity and charm carry the game to a higher level. The humor will get you through the slow levels, the authentic voices and writing will satisfy your fanatcism, and the cameos (be it Matt Groening and a popular game designer who we'll keep under wraps for spoiler reasons, or levels featuring Kang and Kodos or the killer dolphins of "Treehouse of Horror" fame) will keep you entertained. It's not a great game, but it's a very good licensed product.
Game Tap (Oct 30, 2007)
Ultimately, it’s all pretty basic stuff. There’s nothing particularly fancy about the actual game mechanics and it’s somewhat odd that The Simpsons Game makes fun of various videogame clichés (such as not being able to swim, using levers or pads on the ground to open doors) and then turns around and uses them about a dozen or so times. I understand that the experience is supposed to be a parody of games as a whole, but that doesn’t seem like a valid excuse when it actually makes the whole experience feel a bit tedious at times. But it’s worth pointing out that playing the game cooperatively (through a split-screen option) makes the game a little more fun to play, since computer-controlled partners are nothing more than a damage sponge, but it also makes it much easier. If anything, you’ll at least get to see all of the great cutscenes quicker.
GameSpy (Oct 30, 2007)
After playing lackluster animation-based games like Futurama and Family Guy, it would be understandable if you were wary of The Simpsons Game. Luckily, this game isn't nearly as bland as those two examples. Sure, there are a few problems, but it's worth, say, dealing with the busted camera to see which videogame the writers are going to parody next.
GameSpot (Oct 30, 2007)
In the end, The Simpsons Game is one of those weird cases where a recommendation of it is based less on its merits as a game and more on its merits as an experience. The things that make this game are its sense of humor, sharp writing, and excellent presentation. The gameplay isn't awful by any means, but it's also completely unmemorable. It's something that's more to be put up with while you appreciate the many other things going on than enjoyed on its own merits. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, but The Simpsons Game is absolutely worth playing. Games this spot-on in the humor category don't come along too often. Considering what a fantastic job it does spoofing the variety of clichés and crutches our favorite pastime relies upon, that's got to count for something.
The many flaws of The Simpsons Game all point to one thing: a rush job. With the game announced in May for a targeted Fall release, is it any wonder that corners so obviously needed to be cut. Someday The Simpsons license will go to a developer willing to put the time and effort into making a game worthy of pleasing long-time fans and hardcore gamers alike. For now however, we'll have to settle for the big laughs and underwhelming action of The Simpsons Game.
The Simpsons Game stapelt cliché op cliché en manoeuvreert zichzelf daardoor in het hokje middelmatige games.
The Simpsons Game is funny and really feels like one giant (funny) Simpsons episode. There are some niggles with the gameplay though that will leave some players disappointed. Simpsons fans will probably be a lot more forgiving of the faults with the game though, as they will be laughing their way through the frustration.
DarkZero (Nov 13, 2007)
So much could have been done with this game that ultimately what we have ended up with is a disappointment, it’s not bad, but is way too similar to the last Simpsons game, ‘Hit & Run’. All they’ve done really is taken away the vehicles, added co-op play, changed the story and upgraded the graphics, sure the fans will love it, but they’d probably buy a turd if it had the Simpsons logo on it. Now EA have the Simpsons licence I guess we can expect more of these games in coming years, if that’s the case I just hope they do more with their next effort.
Game Watcher (Nov 18, 2007)
Ardent fans of the show probably ought to pick this game up for the wise cracks and references as much as anything else. Casual gamers who like inoffensive, easily attainable challenges wrapped up in pop-culture escapism (you know who you are), or parents looking for a stocking filler that’ll do for both boys and girls, would also do well to have a go at The Simpsons. It’s better than the film, but nowhere near as good as series 4-10 of the TV show. And Futurama pisses on them all.
60 (Nov 07, 2007)
Bon, je m’emporte mais Les Simpsons : Le Jeu n’en reste pas moins par défaut le seul titre fréquentable basé sur la fameuse licence. Je dirais que les inconditionnels de la série peuvent à la rigueur y jeter un oeil.
Avid Gamer (Nov 01, 2007)
The level of detail is satisfactory and looks like an interactive Simpsons episode. Presentation is typically sharp and menus are easy to navigate. Now the crux. It’s obvious that the game is aimed at a younger audience, and not the hardcore ‘elite.’ It’s a game for fans, an elongated Simpsons experience. Level design is simple and the pace of the game is sedate, helped by the lack of any lives. There’s a drop-in-drop-out co-op system that works well but there are other games you can play with your friends. The camera can be a bit dodgy when playing splitscreen, but such a problem is typical with the mode.
Console Obsession (Nov 26, 2007)
The Simpsons Game certainly has plenty of things that should drive you forward, particularly if you are a fan of the show or enjoy gaming parodies, but we do feel that the game itself could have been a better one. Don’t get us wrong it’s entertaining enough, but it’s greatest strengths lie in all the wrong areas.
60 (UK) (Oct 30, 2007)
On that basis, then, the developers deserve a lot of credit for getting all the best Simpsons people involved with the game. For me though, the humour can only carry it so far. If you want a videogame platformer to make you and a friend laugh, you'd be better off playing Lego Star Wars. If you want to enjoy The Simpsons, you're better off buying one of the box-sets. Seasons 3 and 4 are almost completely brilliant, and you could buy either of them new for the price of the game, and probably pick up both of them second-hand for less. Easiest. Conclusion. Ever.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 27, 2008)
The Simpsons also has its share of technical issues. The control scheme is surprising unintuitive, although constant hints are provided to prod you along. The controls are erratic, which is truly evident in the Frogger stage, which should be simple but is absolutely frustrating. The camera often provides lousy angles and requires constant adjustment. There's lots of stuff to collect, but only specific characters can collect certain items, and that absolutely stinks. On the surface, the game looks absolutely beautiful, with crisp visuals, bright colors, and smooth animation. The Simpsons Game may be guilty of style over substance, but die-hard fans can probably bump up the grade by one letter.
Game Revolution (Dec 08, 2007)
The Simpsons Game may just be the funniest video game ever, but funny is not the same as fun,and it's just not a very good game. I found myself wanting to finish the game just for the humor, even though I was screaming at the TV after falling down the 10,000th pit or when the camera showing me the wall again while i get killed. Only real Simpsons fans will enjoy this game and get most of the references, and that's the tooth.
50 (Nov 02, 2007)
EA will of course say that the gameplay is as refined as it needs to be for its target audience, which is probably Simpsons fans on the younger end of the gamer demographic. And, admittedly, in two-player co-op mode there is some fun to be had. But with all the game references surely there's a bit of it that's aiming at a more hardcore player. For these gamers, The Simpsons Game, unfortunately, won't cut it. And with an RRP of £49.99, I can think of much better games to spend my hard-earned cash on this month. Rent if you have to, otherwise avoid.
Video Game Talk (Nov 19, 2007)
While playing through the game was actually quite enjoyable thanks to the humor aspect, the gameplay itself is very uninspired and quite frankly a little dull. Why oh why does the Medal of Homer level not feature massive gunplay rather than the flag collecting that is does? Oh, that's right - to make fun of the French. Even new features like Lisa's Hand of Buddha could've been interesting, but it was a one trick pony, even when new methods of attack are introduced. And the Pikmin inspired Marge sequences are slightly entertaining, but there absolutely is no challenge to them. Despite my unlocking of the Pwned achievement, the Simpsons is not a difficult game by any standard and can easily be completed in a single day. While perfectionists will likely take longer than the roughly 7 hour game thanks to massive numbers of collectable items, it's still a game that can easily be completed in a rental.
The A.V. Club (Nov 05, 2007)
Bart endlessly disses the industry for making crappy games, yet he never apologizes for this one.