The Simpsons Game
|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 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Action Adventure Games, The Simpsons Games, 3D Platformer Games|
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.
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.
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.
- Authentic visual and audio
- A great narrative throughout
- Full of references and great humour
- Gameplay isn’t anything special
- Combat is quite limited and repetitive