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  • Summary: The long-awaited home console port of the classic Simpsons arcade game is finally here! Join three of your friends as you chase down Smithers and Mr. Burns on the epic quest to save Maggie. Battle your way through 8 classic Springfield locations in this hilarious blast from the past!

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
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  1. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    If such an arcade-cabinet had existed near my home 20 years ago, my parents would still be paying off the debts I would have accumulated by feeding it quarters. Even if you take into account the shortcomings, The Simpsons Arcade is along Turtles in Time as one of the best Beat 'em ups out there.
  2. Feb 7, 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.
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Thankfully, the source material is the finest of its kind, and adapts enough modern bells and whistles to make the game well worth your while.
  4. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 4, 2012
    70
    Just like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons Arcade Game is only for the most hardcore fans and nostalgic players who used to spent as much money on playing this game in the arcade as Homer does on donuts. [March 2012, p.99]
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Mar 5, 2012
    70
    While it's far from an essential download, this beat-'em-up offers old-school fun to the hands of Simpsons fans. [Apr 2012, p.87]
  6. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Mar 22, 2012
    66
    As a solo game, it's very repetitive. [Apr 2012, p.103]
  7. Play UK
    Mar 28, 2012
    54
    It's boring, the AI cheats and it's too expensive for something that can be finished in half an hour. [Issue#216, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    Say whatever you want. I really don't understand why critics are considering this hd port is a failure. Why would it be, really? It's the sameSay whatever you want. I really don't understand why critics are considering this hd port is a failure. Why would it be, really? It's the same old game which we spent hours and quarters playing. THE SAME. Better, actually; since it offers improved graphics and a couple of extra features. It's a great, classic game that filled me with nostalgia today. I'm in my 30s right now and I used to play this when I was 12. And I remember that I used to day dream about having this arcade game at home - which was made possible, today, after 20 years. This is something money can't buy, folks. Worth every cent and second. Will be playing this for a long, long time... Expand
  2. Soy
    Jun 28, 2012
    7
    It should just be considered a minor miracle they got the licensing issues ironed out to get this out after so many years. Sure the replayIt should just be considered a minor miracle they got the licensing issues ironed out to get this out after so many years. Sure the replay value is almost nil, but it's a fun blast to the past for those of us who sunk quarter after quarter in this sucker back in the day. $5 would've been a better price point, but it was still worth it for the nostalgia. HD-upgrade? Remember Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled? Yeah, let things be. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2020
    7
    I always think that my time playing video games based on “The Simpsons” is over, but then something happens to pop up and catch my attentionI always think that my time playing video games based on “The Simpsons” is over, but then something happens to pop up and catch my attention (though, looking at the rest of the series’ games I haven’t played…I can safely say this is probably a good stopping point). I played a number of games based on the TV series as a child, but as of late, growing up has shown me that those games have aged poorly, and are nothing more than “decent” today. For all the love they receive, I personally haven’t been able to love “The Simpsons: Hit and Run” and “The Simpsons Game” as much as everyone else, as the removal of my rose-colored nostalgia lenses shows me some of the more aged elements of these games. That said, there was one other “Simpsons” game I played throughout my childhood: the classic arcade game. My older brother and I wasted many quarters playing the game when we went to arcades that had the game, and we were both very surprised when, in 2012, the game was re-released on digital storefronts as “The Simpsons Arcade Game.” Recently, I decided to finally try and beat the game…and to my surprise, I still enjoy it!
“The Simpsons Arcade Game” is no masterpiece, but I still think there’s fun to be had with it. Yes, the graphics look dated, but much of the game still feels rather faithful to “The Simpsons.” From a gameplay perspective, it is simplistic, and I’m sure many would prefer the novelty of playing a game like this on an arcade cabinet, but it’s still a very accessible title and one that you could have some quick, lighthearted fun and laughs with. Even today, “The Simpsons Arcade Game” is a fascinating trip down memory lane to see what games of yesteryear were like, and for as base-level as the gameplay is, there’s something oddly charming about a simple game like this. Even if it’s sort of an “empty calories” kind of game, it’s still a nice title with enough ridiculousness in its aesthetics and storytelling to make it pretty memorable, especially when you have multiple people to play it with. I also appreciate this port of the game, not only for being arcade perfect, but for adding a few rather interesting features that spice it up rather nicely: there are a set of difficulty levels, a few options as to how many “credits” you want to have (the console version can simulate that feeling of putting a bunch of quarters in a machine), and even the ability to play the USA and Japanese releases of the game. If nothing else, I can appreciate how much care went into making this the ultimate package for fans of the game that have nice, nostalgic memories with it.
    I won’t say “The Simpsons Arcade Game” hasn’t shown its age, because it has: playing through it, I see how it’s an extremely simplistic, mindless beat-em-up with some uninspired boss fights that’s very much a “press this button to win” kind of game, and the type of title where your appreciation of and attachment to the game are intrinsically linked to the nostalgia and memories that you had with it before. Thus, if you’re one of the uninitiated that never experienced it in the arcades, you might have a tough time with the game, and you might find it to be too repetitive to stand out. Not only that, but $10 might be a bit steep of an asking price for a game that can be beaten in just over half an hour, and while some of the new extras and bonuses are cool, I don’t think the game provides a ton of replay value.
    And yet, despite some clear flaws…I still enjoyed myself. Maybe this is a case of my own nostalgia with the game, but “The Simpsons Arcade Game” actually fits into a category that I previously created for games like “Star Fox Zero” and “Sonic Forces,” where the games have clear flaws, and I do acknowledge the flaws, but I can honestly look past them. “The Simpsons Arcade Game” fits into that category, as despite its simplistic gameplay, I still had some fun button-mashing my way to victory, reliving some of the memories I had as a child, and finally getting to see the game in its entirety. Again, it might be hard to recommend for someone who isn’t initiated already, but for its short duration, it’s an interesting look into an old era of gaming. Good luck finding it now, given that it’s been de-listed from the digital stores, but if you have the chance to play it, give it a quick try. It’s no masterpiece, but as far as 1990s gaming relics go, “The Simpsons Arcade Game” is a solid blast from the past.
    Final rating: 7 out of 10 “Good”
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  4. Apr 15, 2012
    5
    I remember playing this game at the arcades, It is a very simple game, with little attack options. This version is more of the same, and yes,I remember playing this game at the arcades, It is a very simple game, with little attack options. This version is more of the same, and yes, it has not aged as well as I initially thought. However, it has a few fun moments. Expand
  5. Feb 25, 2012
    5
    The game has not aged well at all. Being a fan of old school beat em ups like turtles in time or streets of rage, this can't even compare.The game has not aged well at all. Being a fan of old school beat em ups like turtles in time or streets of rage, this can't even compare. Bland repetitive enemies, uninteresting locations, and one button no combo combat make this arcade game a pass. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    3
    This game is too fun, but actuality he needs a HD graphics, why a port? anyone like a port.
    My 3 points is for the game, not the port, only
    This game is too fun, but actuality he needs a HD graphics, why a port? anyone like a port.
    My 3 points is for the game, not the port, only what the old game was.
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  7. Mar 6, 2012
    0
    I was very disappointed in this. Its not a port its literally playing the old game on your ps3. theres no up ressing or anything. you couldI was very disappointed in this. Its not a port its literally playing the old game on your ps3. theres no up ressing or anything. you could argue that it still has the same sense of gameplay as the original one we all remember fondly from the arcades. But Allas I dont think it does. Expand

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