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It is traditional for video games based on films or TV shows to be rubbish. They are often rushed out to strict deadlines and it often shows as important things like storyline, graphics and - most importantly - gameplay lack polish and finesse...or in some cases lack anything good in any way at all!!!
The Simpons, whilst being a smash hit animation series for many years, has a somewhat poor history when it comes to video games! There have been several games produced, but none that you could really say was an out and out hit.
My first experience of a Simpsons based video game was Bart v's The Space Mutants, way back when I purchased my very first Commodore Amiga. It was included in a bundle of software with the Amiga. Having never watched the Simpsons due to it being shown on Sattelite TV, which was in its infancy in the UK, I didn't really know a great deal about the show or characters etc, so a lot of the subtlety and in jokes were rather lost on me. Instead I had to judge it purely in terms of a game, and from that point of view, it was not amazing, it was essentially a walking along platformer with minor elements of problem solving. It was rather let down by controls which seemed rather vague and time after time you found yourself jumping into things you had intended to avoid etc, which does not exactly lead to a fun time.
My second experience of a Simpsons game was probably the best received Simpsons game thus far: The Simpsons Hit and Run. Imagine Grand Theft Auto but made family friendly and chock full of bright colours and Simpsons characters and locations. It was pretty good but the constant one-liners from the characters as you played could easily drive a person insane!!!
When it was announced that there was to be a new Simpsons game coming to the current age of games consoles, I was rather sceptical. In the end I caved in and got myself the version of the Nintendo DS. I chose this version as I could get it cheap and also because I like hand-held gaming as I can do it whilst my girlfriend watches TV or whatever, rather than having to take over the lounge to play games.
My first impressions of the game were quite positive. Ok it was a fairly simplistic platform game but it seemed to be well done. The graphis good, the sounds good, controls which actually worked and a good sense of humour. I was quite surprised to be actually enjoying it.
After a few hours my initial enthusiasm had died down rather. The gameplay, whilst offering different characters with different abilities, and lots of different settings and locations, once bioled down to the core of it, it was still just a simplistic platform game and rather repetitive.
I have to admit that I did play this game right through until I had finished it but I did so, not so much because I was enjoying it but more because when I saved and loaded the game it showed what percentage I had played, and it seemed to leap up after each level so I knew it would not take too long to complete.
In conclusion I would have to say that I would find it hard to recommend this game to people unless it was for a child to play; as I think the simplistic nature of it would be fine for children and I'm sure they wouldn't get anywhere near as bored by the repetition as an adult would; or if I was talking to somene who was a huge huge Simpsons fan, in which case they would probably enjoy the humour for a while at least. For the casual gamer I would say really it's one to avoid unless you can pick it up really cheaply somewhere and just want something to pick up and play for a little while.
I'm giving it three stars as I would ideally like to give it 2 and a half but as that is not an option, I feel it would be too harsh to give it only two stars as it does have some redeeming features, the graphics, sound and controls are good and for kids I think it would provide quite a lot of fun.
I picked this game up hoping that it would be as good as the family guy game was for PlayStation 2 but was incredibly underwhelmed by it. If it wasn't the Simpson's characters it would have just been a run of the mill DS game where you complete the level next level complete that next level and so on.
I have the Playstation 2 version of this game which was slightly better but nothing special either in all honesty. The graphics are typical to the DS and the game was either too easy in parts or overly complex. I myself am not particularly great at games that involve any kind of skill or tactic and my skills consists of pressing buttons frantically hoping it does what I want it to needless to say I didn't get on well.
I have tried to play this game a number of times but the story didn't thrill me and I just got bored and switched it off. I also didn't like how you have to get to a certain point before you can save because then you have to go back to the same bit all of the time when you haven't got time to finish it which can be frustrating.
Some of the catchphrases the game uses are amusing like ones used in the show itself but do begin to get repetitive when you've been on the same difficult bit for ages. I would suggest to anyone thinking of getting this game not too because it's really not worth it. I would recommend the Family Guy game which is available on a number of different consoles because unlike this game it has more variety of levels and puzzles, you change characters more and you can never guess what the next thing you will do on it will be.
In summary if you like games that you have to sit down and play for ages you might enjoy this game but to be honest this game is just a standard level up game "Simpsonised".
As you play through The Simpsons Game on your Nintendo DS, you'll find yourself laughing constanly at all of the irreverent references the game makes concerning the TV show, pop culture in general, and the video game industry. It won't take you long to work through the game but you'll be satisfied from start to finish.
The entire game revolves around Bart's discovery of a magical instruction manual that gives each member of the Simpsons family unique game powers. At first, Bart, Homer, Marge, and Lisa use their powerful abilities to defuse everyday situations. Bart and Homer stop a robbery at the museum. Marge and Lisa lead a mob to get Grand Theft Scratchy banned. Soon, they come to realize that the city of Springfield has been transformed into dozens of side-scrolling, isometric, and minigame levels, and that its residents have been corrupted into the bad guys and bosses populating those levels.