The Simpsons Game

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2007-09-11


Developer: EA Redwood Shores Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: October 30, 2007 Also On: PS2, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360

The Simpson's game is a video game spoof on the video game industry featuring the colorful characters from Springfield. The game is broken up into sixteen different episodes that have a theme of a particular game. Grand Theft Auto and Medal of Honor are among victims, with game episodes of Grand Theft Scratchy, Medal of Homer, among others, as the themes that EA has decided to reproduce in The Simpson's universe.

The storyline and art direction are all crafted by the television show's writers and artists. The trademark voices of The Simpson's characters, such as Homer, Lisa, Marge and Bart are all reprised by the same people that work on the tv show. The game looks remarkably like the television show with a cell-shaded look to it. The power of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 helped the developers make the game look more like the cartoon with special techniques used to create the illusion that you're playing in a cartoon.

The three levels that I played had you doing a number of tasks. In Medal of Homer, you find yourself in a French village where its residents have all surrendered. It's your job as Homer and Bart to collect these flags throughout the level. In the Grand Theft Scratchy level, Itchy and Scratchy release a video game that Marge finds offensive to kids. She goes on the march in Springfield with a loudspeaker trying to recruit citizens to rise up against the video game. Using Marge's speaker, you can take control of NPC's and order them to attack people dressed in Scratchy outfits and posters for the game.

Fans of The Simpsons television show and movie will love the video game that Electronic Arts is developing. The game is a mix of beat-em-up action and platforming, putting it in the vein of the classic arcade game. It has humor, fun gameplay, high quality cut-scenes and all of your favorite characters from Springfield. The wait for a good Simpsons game is almost over. On October 30, The Simpsons will own your home console of choice.

Written by Kyle

Reviewed by Kyle Bell