The Simpsons Game

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a game by Rebellion, and Electronic Arts Redwood Shores Studio
Platforms: DS, XBox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 3 reviews, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 33 votes
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The Simpsons Game
The Simpsons Game
The Simpsons Game

Over the years, we have been treated to a number of video games within the Simpson’s universe. We have had to name a few, The Simpsons Wrestling, The Simpsons: Road Rage, Simpson’s Skateboarding and of course, the iconic The Simpsons: Hit & Run. However, these games had never truly aimed to offer a linear, narrative-based story within the cartoon universe. So with that in mind, Redwood Shores set to work about creating a title that would service the fans while offering a truly unique gaming experience, with a little help from Matt Groening’s brainchild, of course.

This game has similarities to the aforementioned Simpson’s titles. However, this game takes a more platform and puzzle heavy approach. To make comparisons outside of this series, it plays rather like other platformers such as SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger or Futurama. This title aims to offer the same level of wit, humour and hilarity of the TV show along with some tight controls and stellar gameplay, but can it pull it off. We find out in our review of The Simpsons Game.

Bucks The Trend

When it comes to video games that coincide with a movie release, often it means that the video game will be an afterthought. Or alternatively, a shameless cash grab that mirrors the plot of the movie. However, in a rather unprecedented turn of events, the movie was rather lacklustre, whereas the game provided a captivating story, offered the same quality sense of humour as the show and even provided some parody and satire on the gaming industry to boot. It’s not often we get one over on the movie industry but this was quite the overshadowing indeed.

The game borrows themes from some of the most famous episodes in the shows run to aid in the art of level design. You will be able to visit the land of chocolate for example. Plus, the game, much like Hit and Run, offers a cavalcade of references and fanfare so long time watchers of the show will feel right at home when playing this title. It can be easy for developers to fail to capture the essence of a TV show and what makes it successful. However, in this instance, you have to say that this is far from the case.

Simple Yet Effective

Then with regards to the gameplay itself, this game doesn’t try to be anything more than a well-made platforming title. A decision that works in its favour. Players will have a melee and power attack to take down enemies, you’ll be able to jump and use action commands to traverse certain areas. Plus, there are a few puzzles thrown in there for good measure but none that are frustrating, obtuse or unnaturally difficult. The gameplay is fun and serves as a vehicle for the story and the humour to flow freely and in truth, that’s all that fans really want.

The Verdict

Then with regards to the graphical detail of this game, it replicates the cartoonish aesthetics of the show very well. Animations are rendered smoothly, character models, assets and the levels are all well put together and detailed.

Then with regards to the audio, the voice actors reprise their own roles in this title. Meaning that everything is authentic and only adds to the quality of this title’s presentation.

7.5

Overall, The Simpsons Game does a brilliant job of providing an interactive Simpsons experience to the fans. The gameplay is fun, the art style is instantly recognisable, the voice acting is authentic and the story is humorous and witty throughout. The only downside to this adventure is that as a gaming experience, it doesn’t push the boundaries of what a platformer can be. It doesn’t push the medium forward or offers any unexpected twists or mechanics to the player. That being said though, it still does more than enough to warrant a playthrough for any avid Simpsons fan and even for neutrals, we would say give this one a go too.

Pros

  • Authentic visual and audio
  • A great narrative throughout
  • Full of references and great humour

Cons

  • Gameplay isn’t anything special
  • Combat is quite limited and repetitive

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DS

System requirements:

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

XBox 360

System requirements:

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

Playstation 3

System requirements:

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

Playstation 2

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

The Simpsons Game is a video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It was released worldwide in October 2007 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PlayStation Portable. The game generally received favorable reviews from critics, with praise directed at its humor and varied gameplay mechanics, but some criticism was directed at its camera control for console versions.

D’OH!

The Simpsons Game is a video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It was released worldwide in October 2007 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The PlayStation Portable version was released in 2008 by THQ Inc. The game allows players to play as Homer Simpson or Bart Simpson and several new characters, including Krusty the Clown or Hans Moleman.

The game features an overarching plot involving Sideshow Bob's attempts at revenge against Bart Simpson for ruining his chances of becoming mayor of Springfield after framing him for armed robbery years earlier. The game follows the Simpson family and their neighbor, Ned Flanders, as they travel around Springfield, wreaking havoc and unlocking secrets in a series of self-contained episodes. According to Electronic Arts, The Simpsons Game incorporates elements of "action, adventure, driving, fighting and platforming" genres.

Eat My Shorts!

The gameplay is split into several different styles: action, adventure/puzzle-solving, driving/racing, and beat 'em ups. Each section has unique story-based levels and gameplay mechanics. For example, players use different characters for these sections—such as Bart for stealth missions or Lisa for math problems—who are not available in other parts of the game. The majority of each level is played out with a two-dimensional side-scrolling perspective that allows players to explore environments freely.

The game was praised for its use of humor from the show, and reviewers enjoyed "The Simpsons" references such as Bart's chalkboard gags. However, the gameplay was criticized for being repetitive and tedious. Some critics found that the game often did not feel like a video game because it lacked the fun factor that most video games are known to have. The mini-games were also criticized; in particular, one reviewer stated that some mini-games were poorly designed (e.g., finding Homer’s keys).

Conclusion

If you are looking for a good Simpsons game, look no further than the other titles in EA's long line of wildly successful games based on the popular animated series. While there have been many successful Simpsons games over the years, this one is certainly not one of them. It is still fun to play.

7

However, it's just not as engaging as its predecessors. Its gameplay is similar to the Grand Theft Auto games and Watch Dogs. While the game isn’t perfect, it can still be pretty fun, as some of the missions are creative and unique, and playing with your favorite characters from the TV show is pretty cool.

Pros

  • Fun levels
  • Great humor
  • Plenty of levels

Cons

  • Wonky camera
  • Some levels are boring

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