Summary: Any gamer of a certain age will be able to bore you extensively talking about two particular arcade games: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons . The classic TMNT game arrived on Xbox Live Arcade years ago, but as with many licensed arcade games, it seemed unlikely we'd ever see The Simpsons hit a digital platform. Sometimes, however, the legal red tape can be cut through, and nostalgia wins the day.
Summary: There's a reason fans clamored for this game to be added to the marketplaces. Simpsons Arcade is a masterpiece, a game that stands the test of time and brings a tremendous amount of fun to modern times.
Pros: Classic arcade experience, Easy controls
Cons: Nothing, unless the game invokes bad childhood memories
Excerpt: Bart Simpson wants to meet Zelda. Lisa thinks marketing money should go into making better video games and Mario and Sonic are trapped in endlessly-spinning EA-owned hamster wheels. Find parody funny? Good. There's a lot more where that came from in The Simpsons Game. Those of you looking for the game of the movie, move on. Looks like we won't be getting that.
Conclusion: In terms of the graphics, audio, plot and script, The Simpsons Game is the best Simpsons property this side of the actual series. In fact, the Simpsons vibe and quality are so high that this feels a lot like a lost episode. But an episode this is not, and as a videogame, The Simpsons Game brings about its own demise.
Pros: Great premise and parodies, Co-op play, Downright funny, like the show, Finally, good use of a TV license
Excerpt: The Simpsons is an international treasure, no messing. For those who like their animated comedy with a hefty dose of sarcasm, satire and plain ol' daftness, well, The Simpsons has been doing it best for longest. The good news for gamers and fans of the show is that the family from 742 Evergreen Terrace finally gets the game it deserves in the shape of…aww, I've forgotten the title. D'oh! The Simpsons Game! That's it! The thing is, it's not merely a Simpsons game.
Excerpt: too long for a full-length feature film featuring their favorite TV family (that's a lot of "F" words!) to arrive in theaters. It finally happened last fall, and at the same time, EA dropped the long-awaited game.
Excerpt: It's not enough for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie to simply star in a video game. In this umpteenth attempt at making a Simpsons-centric game -- some were good, some were bad, some were really, really ugly (I'm looking at you, The Simpsons Wrestling ) -- the Family Simpson must also know that they're starring in a videogame. That's right: The most self-aware show on television gets an appropriately self-aware game.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Although parts of the control are occasionally irksome, and although there's nothing spectacular about the gameplay itself, the originality and sheer imagination of the game's plot, the ideas for the levels and the amusing irony throughout, make this a must-play experience for most gamers. Definitely worth checking out.