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  • Summary: The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy also features the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who reprise their roles for the game. In The Simpsons Game, Homer, Marge, Bart,The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy also features the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who reprise their roles for the game. In The Simpsons Game, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa use exciting, all-new powers to save the world from rising chaos. To help the Simpsons, gamers at home must journey through all of Springfield (as well as vast worlds beyond!), vanquish an amazing array of villains, and fight their way through parodies of popular games. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Play UK
    82
    One of the more surprising games of the year - and the best Simpsons game to date. [Issue#160, p.92]
  2. If nothing else, this playful romp packs enough in-jokes for both Simpsons fans and gamers in general that it’s definitely worth playing through at least once.
  3. In the end, what you are presented with is a very solid Simpsons title. Its humor, as stated, goes beyond just pleasing regular and hardcore Simpsons fans. So aside from the camera, the game is just find-diddly-ine to go on out and pick up.
  4. Play Magazine
    75
    Untimately, though, The Simpsons lives and dies on the strength of its gameplay and here it doesn't particularly shine. [Nov 2007, p.64]
  5. The gameplay might not be anything special, but The Simpsons Game delivers more than enough laughs to make it worth a look.
  6. PSM3 Magazine UK
    70
    Flimsy platforming and lame combat, but so funny it's hard to care. Fans will go nuts. [Christmas 2007, p.70]
  7. games(TM)
    40
    The non-existent friendly AI combined with the relentless assault of dull attackers makes The Simpsons an almost depressing experience. It doesn’t feel quite right to be laughing when you’re not enjoying yourself. [Chrismas 2007, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Oct 16, 2021
    10
    ok, so i need to gush about this game for a moment or im gonna explode. this game. is the best game of all time. that's not some weird inok, so i need to gush about this game for a moment or im gonna explode. this game. is the best game of all time. that's not some weird in joke, or a joke that's gone too far, no, i genuinely believe that.

    Plot:
    The game starts relatively normally. (relatively.)
    the first level is a dream level through The Land Of Chocolate, a perfect introduction to the mechanics and humor of this game. in the dream, homer is able to turn into a giant ball and smash into **** he wakes up.

    next level:
    while walking through an alley after being denied an M rated game (lmfao) bart has a copy for a manual of "The Simpsons Game". he comments that the only simpsons game he remembers is the one where they pretend Homer isnt an alcoholic. he realises that he can use the manual to gain superpowers. he then meets with homer and they find some people robbing a museum, blablabla, not important.

    after that level they find that the entire family has powers. homer's is being a giant ball and smashing ****.

    there's a filler eating contest level and a level of bart and lisa taking down a logging company, then aliens invade (cliche, but its self aware and they do NOT take themselves seriously). infact, through the game, everytime there's a game cliche, Comic Book Guy pops up and comments on it, and you collect that cliche. useless, but funny.

    they end up having to dive into "the game engine" by having a can spill on a computer (again cliche) to find some way to stop the alien invasion. they have a run-in with bill wright (some ea guy, whom my favorite quote is "i'm will wright **** has some funny quips about the sims. not important.

    they then run through some video game parodies. Medal Of Homer, Grand Theft Scratchy, Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game and NeverQuest to get some keycards, to open a gate to get to "The Creator"

    they then meet, and beat the **** out of their creator. matt groening. there's some futurama cameos too, not important. after this, lisa uses her psychic buddha powers (oh yeah, she's got buddha powers) to build a stairway to heaven (eheheheh) to find the literal christian **** god.

    there's a heaven level with all the stage's unique enemies. and then you PLAY DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION AGAINST GOD. this is the end of the game. im not done gushing.

    There is so much about this game that makes it **** wonderful. the story is great, it knows that the players do not want some boring platformer. they don't take themselves seriously at all, making jabs at EA (the publisher, i know, gross) and the game's own cliches.

    On the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, there's an open hub world, a fully modelled springfield in which you can enter buildings, and while you walk around, other characters from the show walk around and tell funny quips, adding to the ***atmosphere***. the attention to detail is insane, you could play this forever and keep noticing dumb little details. a reference to an episode, just pop culture, or anything that was in the public conscience at the time. it pulls no punches at all.

    on top of all this, the platforming and level design is impeccable. i didn't at any point get confused or frustrated at a level, they were the perfect difficulty, all the puzzles and parkour sections are impeccable. you never get so stuck at a point that you have to quit, the controls are snappy and responsive, the camera is only a little **** (all game cameras are a little **** and it just feels like the developers knew what they were doing.

    throughout the game, there's also individual tokens for each character you can collect, and if you collect all of a character's tokens, you get a little digital collectible. useless, but gives you a reason to go back and finish it.

    the graphics, i admit, are dated. you can see some glitches in the render engine, due to it being a bit of a weird cel shading / nicely rendered hybrid. i, however, find it charming and pretty. the character models look flawless, (aside from homers eyes, idk they feel dead)

    there was also a wii, ps2 and psp release, and i think a DS demake. i've played the psp and ps3 versions only though. but from footage i've seen, the DS version looks like a 2D sidescroller following the same story. the PSP, PS2 and Wii versions do not have any hub worlds, power ups, certain levels are changed, and they look ****tier, but it's still a good way to experience it.

    i hope i've explained in enough detail here why i **** LOVE this game. it's a good experience, even if you're not too familiar with the show.

    i will admit, there is a level of nostalgia here. i played this when i was like,,, 7? and i keep coming back to it. so take that bias into account.

    The original animation team and cast made fully voiced, and wonderfully animated cutscenes for it. Every little detail is captured wonderfully and it makes you feel like you’re in an episode. It’s a welcome addition to this game.
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  2. Sep 24, 2021
    8
    The Simpsons Game is a game which has its ups and downs. I remember playing this game a lot as a kid on the PS3, and coming back to it now,The Simpsons Game is a game which has its ups and downs. I remember playing this game a lot as a kid on the PS3, and coming back to it now, it’s as good as I remember it. But I won’t let nostalgia blind me for this.


    Plot: The story doesn’t try to take itself seriously, and that’s was great about it. It’s a witty take on the cliche video game tropes we’ve come to see from every generic game at the time. The writing was clever and hilarious at times, and I feel that it was perfect.

    Gameplay: This is where the game takes a turn for the bad. The gameplay isn’t terrible, but it can get very tedious. The combat consists of button mashing and using special attacks that are really only useful if you play Bart or Homer. However, Lisa’s Saxophone gets better over the course of the game, but even then I found myself not using her a lot.
    The platforming was pretty decent, and the puzzles used to split up the gameplay were pretty good too, and some were even challenging.
    My last complaint about the gameplay is that about halfway through the game, there’s a giant difficulty spike, in which turned what was supposed to be a five minute level into a fifteen minute level, because the AI decided to go full Megamind mode and rush both me and my partner.

    Graphics: The graphics were pretty standard for 2007, nothing too grand, but didn’t look pretty earlier.

    Overall: The Simpsons Game is a good game if you are a fan of the early Simpsons. It’s a funny commentary on overused video game tropes of yesteryear, and is a decent game to pick up and play with a buddy.
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  3. May 31, 2013
    8
    I am not a fan of The Simpsons show. I have only seen a few episodes in my life, but that's pretty much it. Having said that, I'm reallyI am not a fan of The Simpsons show. I have only seen a few episodes in my life, but that's pretty much it. Having said that, I'm really liking this game. My friend gave me this game after I gave him MK vs DC. I haven't finished it yet but so far its really funny and it really is fun. The puzzles are good and so are the graphics. If you're a fan of the show, I'm sure you'll like it way more than I do. Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    7
    This game has got alot of bad press in my opinion. It's not horrible by any means. It's got plenty of humor and charm and lots of gameThis game has got alot of bad press in my opinion. It's not horrible by any means. It's got plenty of humor and charm and lots of game references that I could appreciate.

    Graphics = Good cel shading and cut scene swap outs. Very nice visual style.


    Sounds = All the characters and voices from the show, dialog only gets old if you get stuck on the same part.


    Controls = Pretty simple and easy to use, learning everybody's weapon is the trick.


    Difficulty = Really hard at times because you're not shown what to do sometimes and you can get stuck. Once you figure out your path than it's not so bad.


    Playability = Easy to learn, good for adult and kid fans alike.


    Value = I wouldn't say a $60 game but used for say $20 or $25 it's worth it. If you're a big Simpsons fan this is a must.



    Overall value = If you've played any Simpson's game and wished it was better, than this is your game. Hasn't been one this fun since the old arcade. They even reference how bad their old games were.
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  5. Oct 21, 2011
    7
    I don't know why this game is getting negative reviews. The game is decent, especially for Simpsons fans. The world has been captured like itI don't know why this game is getting negative reviews. The game is decent, especially for Simpsons fans. The world has been captured like it never has been before and the voice acting is solid. Although repetitive gameplay and a not so lengthy game doesn't make this a must buy. But for Simpsons fans? Absolutely. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2017
    6
    Well this is one average game. It isn't bad but it isn't that good. Though the ps2 version is worse. The controls are not that great. TheWell this is one average game. It isn't bad but it isn't that good. Though the ps2 version is worse. The controls are not that great. The camera is about broken, and the story is nothing special. There are more negatives but the ones I mentioned are the worst of them all. The best positives is the graphics are great. The cutscences are excellent. Most of them are all in the style of the show but a few are done in te engine and the voice acting in these cutscences are perfect. They got all the voice actors from the show. And overall the platforming is fun and creative. Again, not bad, but not great. Expand
  7. ARonHubbard
    Nov 5, 2007
    1
    Camera: broken Controls: broken Price: broken Do not buy. Rent if you're bored.

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