Summary: Backbone Entertainment did a nice job of porting this game over from the arcade. I just wish they had added a few more things to it. I
glad to have the option to play the Japanese ROM though. Even though I definitely enjoyed the game, I still felt the $10 price tag was a bit steep for something so brief and unilayered.
Pros: Another classic game finally comes to home console., Wow, it’s an actual FUN game to play with friends. No military BS, no sniping at each other, just a few good laughs., The game stands the test of time.
Cons: Yet another amazingly brief quarter muncher. Did we really blow that much cash on games with so little to them?, Despite being a good game, the price is too high for what you get.
Konami Finally Delivers A Long-Awaited Arcade Classic
7 February 2012
Conclusion: Concept: With licensing issues cleared up, we can replay one of the arcade era’s most treasured beat ‘em ups
Graphics: The cartoony style still looks great, but more visual filter options would be welcome
Sound: The core family members are voiced by the TV voice cast, but Smithers and Mr.
Excerpt: Certainly, you’ll see a large number of recycled goons, but the variety is still impressive considering the game’s era. There are pot-bellied businessmen, women with afros, ninja warriors, ghosts and lanky janitors, among others. New stages always have a new threat or two, and even familiar adversaries will mix things up by bringing weapons to the brawl. You can do the same thing yourself.
Excerpt: It’s been requested for like the longest time, and for good reason. Konami’s 1991 arcade take on The Simpsons is, without a doubt, one of the best video games the animated family has ever seen. Granted, that’s mostly because the home games featuring the likes of Homer, Bart and the rest of the clan have outright sucked, namely garbage like Virtual Bart and Bart vs. the Space Mutants .
Excerpt: It’s been 21 years since The Simpsons Arcade Game first debuted, and in that time, it’s never had a console translation — until now. Unlike the deceptively titled 2009 iPhone game, this version is every inch the classic that lit up arcades in 1991, right down to the pixelated visuals and scratchy voice samples. And it holds up astoundingly well.
Pros: + Offers a memorably strange, ultraviolent version of Springfield to smash through., + Original
Cons: ? Seriously, why’d this take two decades to come to consoles?
Excerpt: There are times when the past is best remembered rather than revisiting. For more than two decades, people have been clamoring for The Simpsons Arcade Game to make its way to home consoles. As part of the trinity of Konami's licensed beat-'em-ups--alongside Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-Men: The Arcade Game --it was the only one that had never ventured outside of the dank, smoky arcade scene.
Pros: Plays just like the arcade original
Cons: Dull, uninspired action, Can be completed in 40 minutes, Weak unlockables, Few modern enhancements
Summary: This one is definitely for the fans.
is a little simplistic and repetitive in terms of pure gameplay, so non-fans of the show might not appreciate what’s on tap here. But long-time viewers will absolutely love it. It actually looks like the show, and all the familiar voices and trademark sense of humor help complete the package. If ever a game was more than the sum of its parts, it’s this one.