Excerpt: A new feature at EdutainingKids.com, our Buyer's Guides help make buying choices easy for consumers. We test hundreds of children's products and strive to keep up to date on the latest releases. Of course, every family is unique. We can't please everyone. However, we are able to select some special titles that are at the top of our "edutainment" list--those that have that extra edge in the categories of design, entertainment, education, and play value.
Conclusion: The Simpsons Arcade Game was this perfect blend of my love for gaming with my friends, my love for gaming in general, and my newfound love for The Simpsons. That game sucked out quarters from me whenever I saw a machine. Sadly, during that time when Konami was creating it and other great 4-player arcade experiences, the games never made them to consoles. Well it was released on the Commodore 64, but seriously, how many people had that?
Summary: 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! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: Da Introduction: "Cowabunga Dude!" Welcome to Springfield, home of the Simpsons and setting for this high speed, mayhem-filled adventure! The Simpsons Hit & Run will have you racing all over town in an effort to save Springfield from an evil conspiracy that will see the town obliterated. The authentic character voiceovers will have you chuckling to yourself as you crash and smash your way through town until your heart is content.
Excerpt: Few Simpsons games have made us laugh in the same way that we laugh at the long running show, although EA’s unimaginatively titled The Simpsons Game is one of the funniest games that we have played in a long time. For many fans of the unhealthily yellow family this is job done The plot and humour are certainly effective, and they should be as the writers and actors of the show were involved.
Excerpt: If your childhood was anything like ours, you probably remember at least several sessions spent killing time before or after a movie with the Simpson family battling to save Springfield. Now thanks to EA, those nostaglic for the golden days of brain numbing activity can relive every aspect of the Simpson arcade game glory, minus the whole insert quarters bit. Priced at $4.99, the iPhone port of the Simpson’s arcade game is now available in the app store.
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.
Summary: While The Simpsons Game has plenty to offer in terms of humor and graphics, the game’s short story and limited gameplay practically nullify any redeeming qualities the game has to offer. The title can easily be beaten in a single day and this in our eyes, simply does not constitute a buy.
Pros: Excellent graphics, Very humorous, Authentic voices
Cons: Very short, Flawed camera system, Limited gameplay
Excerpt: The Simpsons are a perennial videogame topic. Many of the games created in the franchise are utterly forgettable. (Anyone up for a round of Simpsons Wrestling? Didn't think so...) But there have been a few well-done Simpsons games: Simpsons Hit and Run (a GTA clone) and The Simpsons Road Rage (a Crazy Taxi clone) were both enjoyable. The Simpsons Game isn't a direct rip-off of any particular game.
Pros: ups: Excellent writing and voice acting, two-player cooperative, lots of fan service.
Cons: downs: Occasionally wonky controls / camera, graphics are inconsistent, marred by the worst demo ever.