Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    91
    Kudos to Konami for giving us Simpsons fans everywhere finally what we've always wanted.
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    90
    A real treat for anyone who has fond memories of the game from their youth. It looks and plays exactly like the original, and has enough fun extras to encourage multiple plays.
  3. Feb 3, 2012
    87
    We're sure devoted fans will love what Konami has done with The Simpsons Arcade Game's home release, and now it can be introduced to a new generation of players who will discover just how joyous it is. It's a blast from the past that has very little going against it, outside of its length. However, the replay value, particularly from playing alongside friends, easily makes this one worth the D'oh!
  4. Feb 10, 2012
    83
    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.
  5. Feb 9, 2012
    83
    It feels like travelling to the past. Solid gameplay, but the dated graphics, while appealing to nostalgics, may well put off younger players. Still, definitely worth a look for any Simpsons fan.
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    80
    If you look at The Simpsons Arcade Game from today's standards then the game is pretty terrible, with overly simple controls, rough graphics, and a very short campaign. But looking at the game through the eyes of a fan of the original cabinet from 1991 the game fares much better. It has what you'd expect a game based on The Simpsons to have: similar animation, fun gameplay, and entertaining multiplayer.
  7. 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.
  8. Feb 3, 2012
    80
    For those not weaned in the coin-op heyday, The Simpsons Arcade might feel too repetitive and too short. However, for those of us who were, The Simpsons Arcade is an absolute blast.
  9. Feb 3, 2012
    80
    Not only does it faithfully bring back the experience, but it's as complete of a package as one could ask for.
  10. Apr 3, 2012
    79
    Fun, but don't expect longevity - without the need to feed coins into it, you'll be through it in half an hour. [May 2012, p.87]
  11. Mar 21, 2012
    76
    Sore fingers aside though, The Simpsons Arcade Game not that difficult.
  12. Feb 7, 2012
    75
    I don't regret my time with The Simpsons one bit and would have downloaded the game whether I was reviewing it or not. I'm sure plenty of brawler fans are in the same boat and won't be swayed one way or the other by reviews. However, if you've never heard of this game before now, it probably won't have the same sprinkling of magic dust as it does for longtime fans.
  13. Feb 9, 2012
    70
    The Simpsons Arcade Game aims to satisfy most fans who had already enjoyed the original game and also manages to intrigue new recruits.
  14. Feb 3, 2012
    70
    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.
  15. Feb 22, 2012
    65
    An old coin-op just for the old gamers who want to live again the old feelings of the 90's arcade.
  16. 60
    At 400 points, we'd call it a steal, and online co-op is a very nice bonus. At 800, though, we're just not that fussed. [Issue#83, p.105]
  17. 60
    Nostalgic fun that's aged badly. [Apr 2012, p.105]
  18. 60
    A little too easy and loose to really deliver the goods. With all the other solid brawlers on offer, it's difficult to see The Simpsons as anything but an innocent waste of time.
  19. Feb 8, 2012
    60
    Ultimately, Simpsons Arcade is much richer with history than it is with content, but we'd easily play this over Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge.
  20. Feb 6, 2012
    60
    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.
  21. 60
    Indefensibly shallow and repetitive, but still great fun for Simpsons fans and nostalgic arcade goers in general.
  22. Feb 8, 2012
    55
    Mostly, The Simpsons Arcade Game is a phoned-in port. With so many companies generating improved remakes and ports, it's sad to see that Revolution has chosen to run something so simplistic for a game that hasn't aged very well.
  23. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    As a re-release of a classic arcade game, The Simpsons: Arcade Game is not really bad but there's an obvious lack of content and the game feels rather shallow.
  24. Feb 22, 2012
    42
    The Simpsons Arcade Game has a story that makes no sense, shallow gameplay, very little comedy and nonsensical boss battles. For ten dollars you're getting a brief experience that you'll likely never want to revisit. On the other hand, it's nice to see this game get a proper home console release after more than two decades!
  25. Feb 22, 2012
    40
    It's a good thing this beat'em all can rely on a prestigious franchise, rather than its true gameplay qualities (multiplayer excluded). Because there is far better elsewhere for this price.
  26. Feb 3, 2012
    30
    If you have cherished memories of playing The Simpsons Arcade Game, keep holding on to them and ignore this port.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 3, 2012
    8
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    8
    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!! Full Review »
  3. Aug 3, 2013
    2
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