The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World

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a game by Acclaim, and Arc Developments
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega Master SystemSega Master System, NESNES, GameGear
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 7 reviews, 8 reviews are shown
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World

It's a quiet, rainy afternoon in Springfield and Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are watching "Itchy and Scratchy" reruns. During a break, Krusty the Clown announces the results of the first annual Montgomery Bums artwork contest. And the lucky grand-prize winner of a worldwide treasure-chasing trip for his entire family is (drumroll)...Bart Simpson! Look out world, here come the Simpsons!

He's in Deep, Deep Trouble, Man

Aye carumba, there's gotta' be a catch! There is. Unbeknownst to the Bartmeister, crafty ol' Monty set up the bogus contest, so he could finally give screw-ball-employee-of-the-decade Homer a permanent vacation. Now America's favorite orange-hued family is about to embark on a hazard-packed sightseeing expedition through four countries. To make it 'round the world safely they'll have to evade tourist traps, grab Krusty collectibles, and defeat Monty's henchmen.

Doin' the Bartman

Bart has a blast searching for cheap Krusty toys scattered throughout each country's vertically and horizontally scrolling attractions. Hidden in some areas are more valuable Krusty collectibles, which Bart's fellow Simpsons help him locate. If he finds all nine, Bart gets a special ending (we won't give it away, but let's just say Burns and sniveling yes-man Smithers get their just desserts).

In addition to regular Krusty junk (fifteen pieces = one free life), Bart collects other special items such as diamonds for extra lives and Jebediah's and Bart's favorite refreshing Kwik-E-Mart drinks, Grape Squishees. If you just gotta' "do the Bartman", grab the cape-plus-suit power-up and fly free as a grade-schooler for a few seconds.

ProTip: Leap from the top of the Chinese ship's second sail and hold down Left on your control pad. Near the edge of the screen is the Bartman cape. Fly straight up for big-time points and free Baits.

The map screen enables you to take a breather from the regular adventure mode and play special bonus games, such as a slot machine, a memory-match game with cards depicting Springfield residents, and a sliding-tile puzzle portrait. If you're a true Simpson's buff, try your hand at the trivia bonus game with tidbits like "Why did Marge start a crusade against cartoon violence?" (Answer. Because Maggie hit Homer on the head with a mallet.)

  • There's no cost to play a bonus game, so plug away until you win the prize.

  • Match three Ottos in the slot machines for a maximum Krusty score.

Montys Round the World

Bums contacted his evil distant relatives to deep-six the Simpsons, but Bart figures if he can thwart an invasion of Space Mutants from trashing Springfield, the Burns bunch should be no problem. However, he has to reach them and feed them first, easier said than done. And away we go!

First stop: China. Bart rambles around an ancient, seafaring ship in search of goodies. Then he puts his skateboarding skills to the test in a dare-devil's thrill ride down the Great Wall of China.

  • Walk left on the boat until you reach the edge, then fall off while holding down Right on your control pad. You'll land near Maggie and her Krusty Collectible Model Ship.

  • Touch Lisa on the Great Wall and the Krusty Collectible Statue will appear later in the level.

  • Toss your firecrackers at Fu Manchu-Burns when he doses his fan.

Next Bart freezes his fanny at the North Pole. The Ice Cave is a maze of stalactites, icicles, and directionless corridors. Then Bart must negotiate a partially frozen swiftly-flowing river.

  • Bounce off the Ice Cave bubbles when they're fully formed.

  • Swat Marge's baseballs at the Krusty Collectible Snowman, then chase it down when it falls through the floor.

  • Jump on the Ice River floes to gain momentum.

  • Fling firecrackers at the igloo to uncover the Krusty Collectible Ice Cube.

  • Hop on Abominable Snow Burns' head five times for victory.

If Bart doesn't catch frostbite in the arctic circle, he'll definitely sweat the sun in Egypt's dry heat. A cursed pyramid, a storm-ridden desert, and the Sphinx await him there, all inhabited by poisonous snakes, sting-ready scorpions, and other malicious sand-slithering creatures.

  • Listen to Lisa's blues inside the Pyramid and she'll fork over the Krusty Collectible Mummy.

  • Look for the desert level's Krusty Collectible Sand Sculpture in the giant pit's first opening on the right.

  • Save Homer from a long fall by stomping on his fingers and knocking him into the Sphinx's mouth. He'll reward you with the Krusty Collectible Mini-Sphinx.

  • To unravel Ramses-Burns, grab the magic carpet's loose thread and pull.

Final destination is the entertainment capital of the universe - Hollywood, California. Bart takes a leading role on several pre-production movie sets, including a pirate flick and a horror picture. But our star-struck adolescent must contend with insane actors, animals-gone-berserk, and jealous prime-time wannabees.

  • Find Maggie at the tip-top of the pirate ship's second sail and she'll unfurl the Krusty Collectible Jolly Roger Flag.
  • Drop down the first open grave on the fright-night movie set to discover a secret passage.
  • Homer has the Collectible Krustystein Monster on Soundstage 2 - just give him a nudge.
  • Launch firecrackers at Eric-von Burns when he lowers his boom.

Best (and Worst) of Bart

Bart II's graphics and sounds are similar to his Space Mutants title. His silly swagger remains, but so do the blocky background and foreground visuals. The theme music and sound effects are O.K. -- only the smart-alec digitized voices are missing. Play control is identical to the Space Mutants title, easy to learn though sometimes inaccurate. Finally, the lack of a continue feature or a difficulty select screen makes him repetitive and probably too tough for the younger set.

While Acclaim's latest Nintendo episode doesn't afford the scathing satire of the television show, it contains a lot of crowd-pleasing, true-to-TV Simpsons window dressing (like the trivia contest) and solid hop-a-lot action. After running him through the rigors of a zany-but-strenuous Nintendo workout, the conclusion of this review became obvious: If ya' loved Bart in the Space Mutants you're gonna' like him in Bart vs. the World. Despite a few shortcomings here and there, Bart's new game is a world-beater!

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Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Despite wacky dangers, Barfs round-the-world search for tacky Krusty souveniers is somewhat of a yawn.

This cartoon-style romp across the continents somehow falls flat on the Game Gear. Although there is some clever and challenging game play, the game just isn't as fun as it was on the NES.

The colorful graphics lack depth, and the backgrounds are nonexistent. Tiny sprites make it tough to follow the action, and the Simpsons characters are not well represented. The music is a little too frantic to be enjoyed, and there are no sound effects to speak of.

If you want to enjoy this cart, you'd better be a big fan of the show.


  • For an extra burst of i speed, press Button 2 as you jump across the ramps on the Great Wall.
  • You can't leave the first level until you've seen Maggie on the bottom of the ship.
  • Manufacturer: Flying Edge
  • Machine: Game Gear
  • Theme: Action
  • Release: 1993

People say:


For all of you who really could not stand the game play in Bart vs. the Space Mutants will not have to cringe when being tempted to purchase this cart. It really has a lot of diversity, and even plays a bit better than the old NES version. The control is excellent, plus the graphics are really good. Lots of appearances by all the Simpsons' characters really make this one a treat for fans of the animated series!


I remember this one back from the NES version. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. The game plays very slowly and there's no real control of Bart. Sure, some of the scenes may look pretty detailed, but it's just not very not very exciting and not very fun. Don't get me completely wrong, here. It's better than Bart vs. the Space Mutants and more playable, but it just doesn't offer enough excitement.


This cart is a big improvement over previous Simpsons' titles for the GG. The graphics are excellent and very bright and colorful. The sounds are really good, too. There is a lot more variety to the game play and the control is very responsive. Of course, the humor of Bart and his wacky friends is rampart throughout the game. Overall this is another quality Game Gear cart and Simpsons' fans should take note.


Ah, yes, more Simpsons! I remember the bad taste left by Bart vs. the Space Mutants (the 'Eat my shorts, man' one), so I really wasn't looking forward to playing this one. But I was somewhat surprised! The graphics are very good and the control was precise enough to keep one from throwing the Game Gear on the ground! Overall, a vast improvement over the previous "Space Mutants" for the GG.

  • Number of Levels: 5
  • Theme: Action
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Available: December

No problem, dude!

Get set, because the folks at Acclaim have come out of nowhere with a brand new Simpsons' adventure! In a multi-format puzzle/adventure contest, you must control Bart Simpson, the small dude with an attitude, who's amazingly made it to the finals of a special Krusty the Klown art contest! The winner receives an all-expenses paid trip around the world courtesy of nuclear power-plant owner Montgomery Burns! While the success of Bart's stick figure portrait of Krusty as the winning entry remains questionable, Mr. Burns must fork over the dough to get the Simpson clan around the world as promised. Mr. Burns realizes, however, that a loophole exists in the contest that requires him to send his old foes the Simpsons', but nothing says he must bring them back! Use your puzzle solving and action game skills to overcome Mr. Burns and his relatives in multiple locations around the world!

Level 1

Level one starts by familiarizing you with the basics of play! Level one contains each the puzzle games as well as an action segment filled with secret items! A special secret awaits on the ship, where you must fall straight down to reach your baby sister Maggie! Touch her and you'll get a special bonus

Level 2

This level can be very tricky, but it's simple when you know what to do. First find Marge and then wait until she throws tennis balls at you. Bounce them off your head into the Krusty statue. After the statue falls, go and find it. After this, jump to the top and move to the right to get to the level goal!

Level 3

The game starts to heat up in level three now that there are two action sequences and one less puzzle. Enter the ancient pyramids and continue to venture ahead until you encounter the Sphinx! In addition you must battle the Sphinx of Krusty and change into Bartman to safely exist the round!

Bart is back!

Bart has won his family a trip around the world by drawing a rather homely picture of Homer's boss, Mr. Burns. In revenge, Burns sends his own family members around the world to destroy the Simpsons! Travel around the world collecting pieces of art, Krusty the Clown icons and most of all, avoiding the insidious Burns family! It's up to Bart to save the Simpsons once again!

Bart is back and this time he's travelling the world! Bart has won the Springfield art contest and now he gets to go on a Krusty the Clown treasure hunt. The contest was judged by Mr. Burns and he wants to wipe the Simpson's off the face of the Earth. Bart must journey to six different lands and collect Krusty artifacts from each country. Bart vs. the World should please all fans of the original Bart Simpson game!

People say:


While the qualities of the original Simpson's game were questionable, this game is put together poorly. You travel the world working out a variety of simple puzzles in scrolling action sequences that feature haphazard interaction and only minor challenge. Could have been much better.


Game had someverygooa spots where you had to think about how to proceed. This version is more of a straight action game, and may appeal to some, but the majority of players will blow through this quickly. Too easy of a game and at best only average.


The first Simpson's game wasn't that great and I expected some improvement from the second one. As you can tell I was I let down. The graphics are choppy, the music is substandard and the play control is frustrating like the first. The only reason this one will sell is the name.


Bart vs the World is a disappointing new adventure for the ultimate brat, Bart Simpson! The idea is great, and the cinema displays help, but the actual game play and music are horrible! Even the 8-bit NES is capable of far better than this! Only small children will like this cart.

The radical troublemaker Bart Simpson has discovered alien mutants in Springfield. With only his Xray specs, a few coins, and street smarts, Bart must thwart the alien's plan to take over Earth!

In Level One, Bart must get rid of 24 purple objects in town. He must also convince Maggie that aliens are in town by collecting letter icons from disguised aliens. These mutants look normal until Bart uses his Xray specs.

Some purple objects are on window ledges. Luckily, trash cans act like trampolines and catapult Bart high into the air! If a can is not nearby, Bart can jump onto doors and windows to reach the purple items.

People who wear purple are also prime targets for Bart's spray paint! Bart can call and spray him when he comes out. The Cub Scout leaves the theater when the timer reaches 200 or 400. Also, if Bart stands on the grass near the statue, a purple officer will appear. When Bart hides the items and convinces Maggie of the alien's presence, both Bart and Maggie team up to defeat the level boss! Soon after, however, Bart learns that the aliens are now collecting hats in Level Two...

No way man! Yes, it had to happen! Bart Simpson and the rest of his post-nuclear family have arrived on the NES for an adventure as strange and funny as the show itself. You control Bart as he tries to convince the other patrons of his family that the townspeople of Springfield are being abducted by space creatures. Only by spraying all the items within a level does he win their support.

People say:


The Simpsons has some cute catches and definitely the name to score a million, but all of the extra features that are supposed to add to the game do, instead, detract and slow the play down. It does have originality within the tried theme to make Simpsons fans happy.


The Simpsons combine a good mix of action with adventure. There are quite a few not so obvious objects hidden in the game and will take some thought to flush them out. It plays well and with the character recognition and humor built in, it will be a hit.


Aye Carumba! While the game won't get any awards for graphics, the sound is pretty good featuring digitzed phrases like "Eat my shorts" and "Cool man" from Bart himself, lots of different things to do in order to accomplish the goal of each level. Makes you laugh and use your head.


This long awaited game left a little to be desired. Although the challenge is there, lack of variety tends to hurt this otherwise funny concept. The most amusing part of the Simpsons is calling Moe's Tavern and reading the conversation. Still, it is a good adventure game...for kids.

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