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  • Summary:
    In The Simpsons Arcade Game, play as your favorite Simpsons character as you attempt to chase down Smithers and Mr. Burns on an epic quest to save Maggie. Featuring 4-player online and offline cooperative play as well as 8 classic Springfield locations, players can participate in several
    different game modes. 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 run. Also included is the Japanese 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. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    Kudos to Konami for giving us Simpsons fans everywhere finally what we've always wanted.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    Only in The Simpsons Arcade Game can you get a Mr. Smithers that is psychotic kidnapper and a suicide bomber, or have Mr. Burns as a death-dealing robot. This game and its characters don't make sense. They're bizarre, but they sure are fun to witness.
  3. 80
    Whether you're tackling it solo or with friends, Simpsons Arcade likely won't take more than an hour to run through from start to finish, making the $10 price tag seem a little steep. Even so, there's a lot to take in, especially in this version.
  4. Feb 3, 2012
    Fondly remembering The Simpsons Arcade is the caveat, though, as nostalgia is a key component to enjoyment. Objectively, by today's standards, The Simpsons Arcade is not very good. It's a brainless button-masher that is beaten through sheer attrition, and is so numbingly repetitive that one's thumb will feel arthritic despite the incredibly short length. To anybody playing this game for the first time, it's not going to be looked upon favorably in the least. However, Konami didn't release it for people new to the game.
  5. 60
    Nostalgic fun that's aged badly. [Apr 2012, p.105]
  6. Feb 6, 2012
    The nostalgia factor will drive many to want to purchase this, but numerous flaws, possibly covered up the first time around by childhood innocence, and a lack of extra features should have you waiting for this to go on sale first.
  7. Feb 3, 2012
    If you have cherished memories of playing The Simpsons Arcade Game, keep holding on to them and ignore this port.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 17, 2012
    this game reminds me of times when I used to sit infront of an arcade console and wasted hundreds of quarters on the same level! I really enjoyed this game and it always puzzled me why they didn't put it on home consoles? but now they have and It's...... ok. Once again they almost butchered z good arcade game. the graphics are timeless and the sound jumps out and in sometimes but overall, not bad. the controls are just like in the arcade wich works really well surprisingly. However, this is my problem with arcade ports: the life system is broken beyond reapir. In the arcade, you put in quarters and that was your extra lives but, at home..... you only press start so you have unlimited lives. this makes the game INCREDIBLY easy and there isn't any adversity to overcome! overall it's a classic beat em' up and I enjoy playing it alone or with friends. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2012
    Look, you can complain about the length all you want but for any old school gamer like me that pumped God knows how many quarters into the machine as a young teen (some of you people out there know what I'm talking about) it's completely worth the $10 for nostalgia. Konami did a fantastic job bringing this to a whole new generation while at the same time it should please the one's that truly remember the game in an arcade setting. Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    If you love an old-school 80's/90's beat-em-up, this is it. They took the Arcade game and ported it really well into the 360, better than most I've seen. Really enjoyable. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2012
    If your basing a review on the length of this game then you're reading the wrong review. This game is for Simpsons fans and arcade fans of the genre that Konami was king of back in the day. Its easy to play, its funny, and its an absolute blast to play it with 4 people. I pumped so many quarters in this game back in the day, $10 to play the game while sitting on my couch is a steal. And when you beat the game, just start a new one! It takes 5-7 hours to beat MW2, MW3 or Black Ops but no one complains about that because its CoD. And that game is $60 reskinnned every year!! Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2012
    The pre-release of the arcade classic, which was showing its age in 1991 is BACK! Of course the graphics and gameplay are awful, but you should already know that, so it shouldn't have anything to do with the overall score. Should it? Actually it does, as your paying 800 MSP for a arcade game. 400 MSP would be a more justified price as it is not that much bigger or more complex , then the games 'Gameroom' provides. I would recommend playing the trial, as you will probably get all the nostalgia you'll need. Trust me after about 4 playthroughs you will never touch this again. Achievements 7/10 a fairly easy 200 points and makes you do a variety of objectives. Could be done in 2-5 hours, depending on skill. The reason why this game gets a 5/10, is because it is really good fun/nostalgia for the first 30 minutes- 1 hour. But after that you will, no doubt get bored. And is it worth £6.50 in MSP for that? Seriously just play the trial. It would be looking at a much higher review if it did what HALO CE did. Classic mode and remastered. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2013