Summary: Parents need to know that this game is about as controversial as the television show. It includes Itchy & Scratchy blood and violence (for the uninitiated, that's the show's parody of violent cat-and-mouse cartoons), some minor curse words, a few sexual references, and so on. In other words, if you let your kids watch the show there isn't anything in the game that will raise a red flag.
Excerpt: Marge, stop this crazy thing! The Simpsons , yep, they're all in the family , living the wonder years as the modern stoneage family . You can always leave it to Bart , and with Lisa in the middle , The Simpsons itself has been a parody from the very beginning. Over the nearly two decades the show has been on the air, they've made fun of just about everything, and they've also made a ton of money.
Excerpt: There never seems to be a shortage of TV based video games to play. While most of these are horrible, some do turn out to be okay once in a while. Fox seems to really enjoy taking this chance on their franchises (Futurama, Family Guy, 24). The Simpsons have had a lot of different games over the years, but since the original arcade game, none have really come close to success at all. Road Rage was alright, but it is The Simpsons Game that really takes the cake.
Excerpt: The Simpsons have been popular television icons for well over a decade now. The dysfunctional family from Springfield are now well etched into modern popular culture and their fame has only continued to grow over time. Like many popular television programs, The Simpsons have been slapped on a variety of merchandise, including video games. In fact, The Simpsons have been digitalised into the video game world a number of times over the years.
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.
Excerpt: To be quite frank, we're annoyed. In fact, we'd almost go so far as to say irate. And why? Because we've been fibbed to, that's why, and potentially one of the best third-party games of the season has suffered as a result. The full reason for our ire goes back to last month when we got the chance for an extensive seven-hour session on the Wii version of The Simpsons Game.