"Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror" is a video game released to the Gameboy Color console in 2001 by THQ. It is based on the popular American animated series "The Simpsons". In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Gameplay is that of a typical side scrolling action title. Each "Simpsons" character is represented in various stages of play which come across as accurately based on the "Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror" television specials showcased throughout Halloween night. The title itself is not particularly difficult to play but does require the player to gather objects and engage with numerous interactive items, such as doors and switches, to progress further into the game. Difficulty could be seen in the general repetitiveness of the game, as each stage features the same sort of task with a different Simpsons character, which could be seen as boredom inducing rather than fun. In an interesting change of pace, I would suggest that Marge Simpson has the most entertaining stage as she comes equipped with a ray gun and must do combat with hordes of the undead.
Visually, Treehouse of Horror is a solid title featuring well drawn characters and environmental features. The colours are also numerous and accurate to the television series. Each stage is dark in presentation but this could be to reflect the gloomy Halloween setting which the game is based in. The audio in this game, however, is very lacking and features a numerous Simpsons introduction themes remixed into various Halloween-like styles. I would perhaps suggest it as more suitable to play the game in silence for a better experience.
Treehouse of Horror is a good side scrolling game but does have a few niggling flaws which diminish gameplay experience. It is worthy of purchase by a prospective buyer but it is unlikely that this game would see much gameplay time, perhaps seen as more appropriate as a "seasonal" game during the Halloween period.