BootHammer Video Game Reviews is excited to reveal our review for The Simpsons Arcade Game. It is an arcade beat ’em up developed by Konami that was released in 1991. It was in fact the first video game based on The Simpsons franchise. The voice actors of the immediate family (Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith) provide voices for their respective characters. It uses the same game engine and controls as the 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade smash hit (also made by Konami), and therefore has a strikingly similar feel…which is good thing. It was released on Xbox Live Arcade on February 3, 2012 and was then made available for the PlayStation Network on February 7, 2012.
The game’s release kicks off the celebration of The Simpson’s landmark 500th episode. “Of all The Simpsons video games, this demented classic is my favorite,” said Matt Groening, The Simpsons Creator and Executive Producer.
The game begins with Waylon Smithers and two of his goons stealing a giant diamond from Springfield Jewelers for Mr. Burns. Smithers bumps into Homer Simpson, whose family is conveniently walking down the street. The encounter knocks the diamond out of Smithers’ hand, and Maggie snatches it in her mouth (to replace the pacifier), prompting Smithers to kidnap Maggie (rather than just the diamond) and run off. The Simpsons must give chase, but hundreds of suit wearing goons under Mr. Burns’ employ stand in their way. The Simpson family go through many stages chasing Smithers, from Downtown Springfield, Krustyland theme park, Springfield Discount Cemetery, Moe’s Tavern, the Springfield butte, a concussion induced dreamland and much more. Eventually, Smithers retreats to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where you will race after him and eventually face the evil Mr. Burns.
Your exact attacks will differ depending on which two characters are being used. Food found within the game can be used for healing, and various items (such as a slingshot or hammer) can momentarily be used as an additional weapon. The Japanese version of the game includes small scale nuclear bombs that, when thrown, clear all on-screen enemies.
Characters and Modes
Play as your favorite Simpsons character as you chase down Smithers and Mr. Burns on this epic quest to save Maggie. Featuring four-player online and offline cooperative play as well as eight classic Springfield locations, players can participate in several different game modes for varied gameplay experiences. Quarters Mode recreates the feeling of the original coin-op classic for a more challenging experience. Survival Mode tests players’ skills with only one life at their disposal. Finally, Free Play Mode provides players with unlimited Continues for a more casual experience.
As touched on earlier, the Japanese ROM is also included in this version of The Simpsons Arcade Game, which features new weapons, higher scoring and a slightly different ending. This version of the game has never been released outside of Japan and is a different take on the beloved classic. As an added bonus, fans can view classic flyers and posters specifically made for the game back in 1991.
The best times of this game are had when you team up and take on this highly entertaining and hilarious port as a group effort. The Simpsons is easily one the best shows of all time and this arcade port is one of the best investments you can make in guaranteeing some serious nostalgic gaming fun. They keep coming at you and you keep knocking them down while it all goes down within the wacky Simpson universe. This one is getting 9 “D’oh’s” out of 10.
Review Rating: 9/10