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: 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.
Summary: The Simpsons Game is a very strange animal. On the one hand, it's the sort of rote, generally uninteresting action platformer that dozens of high-profile licenses have cribbed for nefarious game-making purposes over the years. Yet, at the same time, this is a game that knows what it is and takes every opportunity imaginable to riff on that very fact.
Pros: Fantastic writing that successfully lampoons both gaming culture and the Simpsons itself, Sharp visuals, Lots of stuff to collect and unlock
Cons: Middling gameplay, Camera likes to get in your way, You can beat the game in about six hours, Wii control scheme is awkward and unresponsive at times
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.