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Genre: Action / Rating: T - (Teen) / Published by: EA - Electronic Arts

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      20.01.2012 03:31
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      Any Simpsons fan will love this game, even though it is pretty short

      I have been a big fan of the Simpsons for a long time and even though I see many people thought this game was really bad, I actually quite enjoyed it! I thought this game was great for just casually playing with ease and although it was over quickly, I did replay it a few times and attempted at getting 100% within the game.

      The age rating is 12 plus for this game, which is fair, as many of The Simspons fans tend to be around this age. It isn't too rude or violent for anyone worried about these things, and it is pretty similar to the humour and violence included in a regular Simpsons episode. The graphics are not amazing on this game, but the plot does make up for it with its wit.

      The Simpsons game is based on a plot where the characters of Springfield go through many different things, such as questioning their existence, going to a medeival world, saving the world using Buddhas powers, saving their video gamed selves and meeting God. The game has many cutscenes and you can't skip them if you just feel like playing straight away, which can be annoying if you just want to start straight away. Although, they are funny the first time you play the game, if you replay the plot, you'll find they just start to get annoying (but you can also look forward to the loveable Bender from the Simpsons creator other television show - Futurama!)

      You have the ability to play as many characters within this story, as the different levels are centered around particular characters, Usually you play in a pair, while swapping around the role of main character throughout the level. This adds great variety to the game, as you get to use many different powers during the game, and have to think about how to complete the game using these powers.

      The gameplay itself is not to challenging but not too easy, so any level of gamer will be able to enjoy it. It also includes fun little minigames throughout to make use of its touchscreen, my personal favourite is when you must defeat the evil dolphins (they were included in a Simpsons Halloween episode ages ago).

      Another funny little sidegame is the loveable, Pet Homer. Where Homer Simpson is basically treated as your pet and you can make him eat or do various things. The great thing about this, is that all through the game you could unlock features for him, so you kept playing the game to get all of them and see everything Pet Homer could do.

      I would reccomend this game to anyone who is a Simpsons fan and looking for relaxed gameplay. Although the game is quite short, it does make up for it in charm and the loveable characters themselves.

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      27.12.2010 21:27

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      Well recommended for all DS owners.

      OVERVIEW:
      In this game, you take control of four of the five Simpsons. Each Simpson has a superpower(s) and you need to take all the bad guys trying to attack you.

      In the game, Bart finds an instruction book that falls out of the sky. He tells Homer, and together they go to beat up the baddies! Later in the game you get to become Marge and Lisa. Maggie, however, is one of Marge's 'superpowers'. Bart becomes Bartman, Homer can take in helium and float, Marge can ' make-a-mob' and Lisa can use the Hand of Budha to move objects. These are just a few of the powers each character has.

      GRAPHICS:
      The graphics are extremely good for a DS game. Matt Groening & co. have made in total 20 minutes of never seen before footage, based on each level. The graphics in game are smooth, and the secret footage graphics are unbelievable. I would expect that standard on a 360 or PS3.

      SOUND:
      The sound is fairly decent too. It has many great catchphrases in-game such as "Doh"and "Ay Curumba!" The only flaw with it is that it is fairly quiet and even turning it up to full volume it still sounds like another game on medium.

      CONTROLS:
      The controls are very basic and easy to master. Took me about 10 minutes to master, and trust me, I am fairly poor at knowing where all the buttons are!

      CONCLUSION:
      I feel that EA have done a marvellous piece of work here, and that I recommend any DS owner to buy this game. It retails at £14.99 (on the DS).

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      08.12.2010 12:09
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      It could have been much better then it is

      I have always been a huge fan of the Simpsons and the television series is just stupid at times and yet funny so I keep going back.

      They did a film recently and it was pretty good and obviously after a big film you get some games which come out to help promote both the film and the series as well. This game on the Nintendo DS however is not that fantastic.

      You begin with learning some ideas about how to play the game as you use the control pad and occasionally the stylus. You witness all the great characters and the vast amount of time you are playing with the Simpsons clan.

      You start level one with Homer and you have to go around collecting random items and these could be beer bottle caps and with other characters it is cards. Your aim is to complete each level.

      As you continue you are going to find new ways of finishing levels. For instance Homer can battle guards with combat moves whilst bart uses his sling shot to gain advantage over them. You do have a life meter in the corner. If this drops to the bottom you begin the level again.

      The only way you do not begin the level again is if you are safe on a checkpoint which levels have got. So the idea is there and the way you play is mentioned but now comes the problems.

      Each level you move to a new building such as the school or perhaps visit the museum they have and you might need to play with two characters. You find the checkpoints and move forward until the level is done but you can die constantly and never fail.

      On level two the guards kept getting me when I was Bart and I died over 12 times and eventually finished but it felt it was pointless me even playing. You die and your allowed back instantly and my belief would be you should restart the entire level back to the beginning but this might be me.

      When playing the game you notice how some areas have such poor graphics. The main characters have got something about them which helps them stand out but the backgrounds to levels look small and dainty and you can hardly work out what you can and cannot jump onto.

      They have videos now and then which are displayed and admittingly they can take forever sometimes to finish but they serve a purpose. They help the store continue and they have proper sounds on there of the real characters. You have volume turned up you hear characters like Lisa and Homer talking about what is going on.

      Like I said there is good and bad points and I guess because the game takes so long to complete it makes it worthwhile no one wants a game which finishes within a few hours and the story is decent enought to enjoy.

      I like how you see various characters you see in the show on the game such as Chief Wiggum and Moe and plenty of others as well it helps make the game feel more real.

      I was not happy with the graphics and the game play well it can be good at times but very slow in other parts I just guess it is how the game has been designed. You might be able to do moves with one character in one level easily and yet another level it gets rather complicated and frustrating.

      I think the help they provide at times is good as you might not realise what some things do on various levels. Finding out Bart has a cape is something new and fun to play with but you never know it is there unless the game tells you how to activate it.

      For me the game is worth under £10 anything over is expensive and it could have been a lot better then it was. Better graphics and plenty of great material in terms of the storyline would have kept me wanting more.

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        03.04.2010 22:00
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        Poor game from EA

        The Simpsons DS game has to be one of the most boring DS games I have ever tried. I gave it plenty of chances and kept on with it, in the hope that it would get more interesting but it really didn't.

        The concept of the game begins when the Simpson family realise that they are living in a video game and each member of the family discovers their own unique game power. Lisa is very spiritual, Bart is good at the slingshot, Marge is good nagging and of course Homer is good at eating. You can't play as Maggie but she is used in the game through Marge.

        The good thing about the game is that you can use either the +control pad or the stylus and touch screen to navigate around. So if your fingers get tired using the buttons simply use the stylus! The controls are really easy to use and it doesn't take long before you master them all. Having said this though I didn't find the controls very responsive, for example when you would press jump it did it too slowly and this became quite annoying.

        The game also allows you to unlock certain movies, which are just short clips for you to watch. This is unseen before material and I was quite surprised at the quality of the graphics here. This was one of the plus points of the game.

        As with all games, the game starts out with you being able to do hardly anything but as you progress through the game you can unlock new things and actions which you are alerted to by comic book guy.

        I think this game is more for younger players due to its simplistic nature. You even have your own pet Homer in the house who you can feed and rub his tummy!

        There are a large amount of catchphrases used in the game from each of the players.

        I think the game was so boring because I found it extremely repetitive and the entire gameplay was so slow paced.

        You can also play this game in multiplayer mode and you only need one game card. The game in multiplayer mode isn't the full game though, it is just a series of mini games which can be quite fun to play.

        The game is currently on sale at £11.98 on amazon, but I wouldn't even bother at that price. I say it's more for kids but I feel that even they will get bored of it.

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        21.10.2009 20:40
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        The simpsons Game review, would not advice you to buy for little ones.

        The Simpsons game for the Ds is simply fantastic. Every simpson fan who has a DS should buy this game, as its totally awesome! Through each level different things happen from being attacked from some strange zap creatures to you attacking the strange zap creatures! Each level you are either Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, all with different techniques and styles ans special granted super powers! Each level involves of a short video, which can be quite amusing, usually telling you what the level is going to be about! Levels can including gathering doughnuts and make Homer eat them and turn into a Huge ball to wipe out all the enemy's. The super power only lasts for a short space of time by the way. Levels can be quite sickly by you killing rabbits, it also shows this in a video clip before the level starts. Also the language in it is not really suitable for young children by the rude remarks Bart and Homer say.

        Overall I'd say its a pretty good game, apart from the language and violence, but hey, it is simpsons after all!

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        05.08.2009 18:10
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        not worth the money in my opinion!

        Love watching the Simpsons, so when i saw this game in the shop it certainly caught my eye! The image on the front, shows homer running away from a host of characters including the mayer and a chocolate rabbit, so i though hmm this going to be random fun!

        I was greatly dissapointed im afraid, this is a big let down from the Simpsons and im surprised they'd let such a poor game out on sale!

        In the game you play different main characters, so far ive played Homer, Lisa and Bart. You work your way though the level, collecting 'donuts' for extra points. The levels do vary, one you may be chased by something another you solve mini-puzzles in order to move from each part of the level. However i found after an hour or so, the levels became repetetive and boring! It became more of a chore to complete the game rather than excitment!

        The graphics are average and it randomly shows you clips from the show, which i feel are just thrown in to justify selling the game for ovcer £10!

        I also found it quite hard to actually get the characters to do what i wanted, such as jump at a certain point, which was stressful at times! not good for smaller people!

        I would not buy this game again and felt very let down! I paid nearly £20, but would say its only worth about half of that and you certainly wont get £20 worth of game play out of the game!

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        03.06.2009 16:42
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        not exciting for any one over 8, big let down and waste of ££

        I bought this game for full price and was quite dissapointed with it! The game is quite simple and the levels are very silimar, making them quite repetetive. Each level you play a character out of the TV show and basicallt get them from point A to B. The levels are very easy and the whole game can be completed really quickly, and is not a game you can play over and over again.

        The levels are set around different parts of 'Springfield' although the graphics are very basic and chunky! The main menu graphics are quite good the rest rest are a let down for the game. Every so often within the game, you are shown clips from the TV show, which can be amusing but also quite random!

        Playing the game can be easy at time and at other times frustrating! Such as jumping from one ledge to another, some times you can and some times you cant, which can be GRRR!!

        Overall not fantastic, although lil' ones will probably get more out of the game and enjoy the repetetiveness of the levels :P

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        26.01.2009 15:36

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        Not as good as you'd expect

        I bought this game after having it on my Wii and finding that great fun to play.

        Unfortunately the DS version jsut wasn't the same. Well it was, literally, exactly the same as the Wii version - but the controls were difficult, the graphics appaling compared to other games available now, and it just wasn't very stimulating. It only took around an hour to complete, so it's not the sort of game that will last long.

        Some parts can be entertaining, bits of the programme added in, and the odd mini game that crops up, but on the whole it's very simple and easy to complete, and I prefer more of a challenge. The fact you can switch characters is a good thing, it adds a bit more variety to the game. Although it can be difficult moving 2 at once!

        I expected the game to be a lot better than it was, as I'm a bit fan of the Simpsons, unfortunately it just wasn't that great.

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        02.01.2009 11:25
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        A fun, but short and easy game, based on America's most famous family

        ***Why I bought it****

        This was the first game I got when I purchased my DS and I admit it, I bought it because of the TV series and the fact that I used to enjoy playing the Simpsons in the arcade years ago.

        If my memory serves me correctly the arcade version involved some criminals of Springfield kidnapping Maggie and the task was to go and rescue her, beating up baddies as you went. The player could select Bart (with Skateboard as a weapon), Lisa (with a skipping rope as a weapon), Marge (with a hoover as a weapon) or Homer and they would only control this character.

        Whilst a bit 'old skool' I was hoping that the new Simpsons game would follow this format, but it does not and I have to admit that I was disappointed.

        Unlike the arcade version this game is written by the show's writers, and includes many animated sequences in between each "episode". The voices of the Bart, Lisa, Homer, Marge and all the other residents of Springfield are provided by the actors who actually do the cartoon. I think that this is really clever and adds a lot to the game. These animations are in 3D, unlike the actual cartoon, which is strange.

        ****Graphics****

        The graphics are really good and the characters on the DS look like the characters in the cartoon and on the animated movie. The colours are bright and vivid and the background as good as any cartoon style city and background.

        There are no blocky graphics which is good. The creators have done a great job.

        ****Sound****

        The sound during game play is dire and best left off. However, in order to get the most out of the animations in between the episodes the sound needs to be left on.

        ****Levels****

        The game is split in to mini missions ("episodes") to complete. Each episode must be completed by the pre-determined character, or pair of characters (working together). You do not get to choose the character, which is a shame.

        The game consists of a 3D map of Springfield and in order to commence an episode you enter in to a building on the map. Some of the buildings, such as Moe's Tavern for example, do not involve any episodes. Moe's Tavern just shows the credits.

        The episodes are cleverly designed, creative and are quite good fun to complete. The best one has to be the Land of Chocolate. This is based on the dream by Homer whereby he is running around eating plants, biting chunks out of sign posts and eating the ears of rabbits.

        ****Controls and game play****

        The controls are very easy to get used to and there are several checkpoints throughout each episode that means if you do mess up and lose a life you will resume from the last checkpoint negating the need to re-do what you've done before. This is a common and a great feature of modern day games.

        As the game progresses you unlock various character traits, which allow the team working aspect to be more creative. For example Bart will grapple-hook his way to a higher platform and unlock a way for Homer to get through a locked door. In return Homer will balloon himself in to a bowling ball and knock down obstacles to allow Bart to progress. By performing or experiencing some "video game cliches", other items and powers can be unlocked. Even more features can be unlocked by collecting various items such as coins, coupons, and beer caps.

        ****Bad bits****

        The episodes are very short and the game is very easy. I think a seasoned game player will get bored of this very quickly as it will not be challenging enough. It will be interesting for a while because the graphics are good and the animated stories in between episodes are interesting to watch. It is ideal for younger players, and my nephew (who is 5 years old) loves playing this game, although he does require a bit of assistance with certain sections.

        ****Additional features****

        Another feature of this game is Pet Homer. Pet Homer sits on the couch in his underwear doing nothing. It is up to you to feed him (not broccoli though, as it ruins his mood), play ball with him, give him a DS to play with, tickle him, and defibrillate him if he gets a heart attack. I can not see the point of this feature as it is ridiculous, boring and adds nothing to the game. If you want a pet then play Nintendogs or a game of that genre.

        ****Price and availability****

        This game is not a new release so getting a copy should not be too difficult. I bought my copy from Argos for £19.99 although this game can be bought for under £15 from many online sites.

        ****Conclusion****

        Overall this game is not too bad. It wasn't the mindless beat 'em up arcade classic I was hoping for but I guess that time and game tastes have moved on.

        The episodes are short and easy so the game will not last that long. The animated sequences between the episodes makes the game interesting, and without them I think that this game would be a flop because it is just too simple.

        It is ideal for younger game players although I would recommend seasoned game players give it a go, if it is a Simpson fan, just don't expect too much. I would not recommend buying it but if it is up for rent at a shop near you then it may be worth a punt.

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          15.10.2008 21:45

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          A good game for platform and Simpsons fans

          This game is great if you are a fan of the Simpsons or if you are a fan of fun platform games.

          Basically, you get to play as different members of the Simpson family as you have to complete scenarios around Springfield. Homer enters an eating contest, Lisa must shut down the tree cutting factory and Bart has to stop the bullies.

          The different family members all have 'special' powers. Bart can transform into Bartman, Marge can release Maggie from her hair, Homer can turn into a fat ball and Lisa can use the hand of Buddha to transport herself and other objects.

          There are appearances from all of the favourite Simpsons characters along the way and you can even play with your 'Pet Homer' when you are not playing the game. You can feed him, shave him and generally keep him happy.

          This game is quite addictive but I did manage to solve it around 2 days after getting it for Christmas so it didn't keep me entertained for that long. However, I would recommend it if it is your sort of game or if you love The Simpsons, like me.

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          19.09.2008 16:50
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          If its cheap and you are bored go for it!

          The Simpsons Game

          I started playing this game yesterday when I was off work sick. It was quite fun, pretty easy, and very fast to finish. I was playing it for about an hour, and I am nearly at the end of completing it.
          It is basically a platform game, but with some of the comedy from the TV show added in.

          The characters that I have played with so far are Bart, Homer and Lisa. Bart turns into the Bartman and can kind of fly with his cape, well more glide. Lisa can use her mind to move objects and Homer can turn into a fat ball and roll around squashing people.
          It seems that the storyline in the game is to progress through the different levels with each character collecting certain things, which the other characters cant collect. Homers is food, and he goes round eating pizzas and doughnuts. Lisa and Bart are both collecting some kind of tokens, not really sure what they are.
          All of the characters have to fight some of the the "baddies" in this case the baddies are museum wardens (as part of the game is set in a museum) sometimes they are fighting PC wiggan.

          The game is quite fun if you like platform games (which I do) but it is not a very difficult game, it would be pretty easy to complete within a couple of hours. Perfect for a short haul flight, but not for long term fun.
          The game is currently retailing at around £30 but can probably be bought for less second hand in game or on the internet.

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          15.07.2008 21:03

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          If you can get it very cheap and are a huge Simpsons fan try it, otherwise don't bother.

          This is only the second Simpsons game I have ever played, the first being the dire Bart v's The Space Mutants way back when.

          I was hoping that the standard would have improved,and to a certain extent it has, though I feel it could have been done a lot better.

          This plays like a pretty bog standard platform game, though each of the characters has their own special powers which allow the to reach places or do things that other characters can't. Bart can change into Bartman and can glide, Homer inflates into a big ball and can roll about etc. While this sounds like there is quite a lot of freedom, to be honest it's all rather structured so you don't even really have to think about who needs to do what as it's all rather obvious.

          I played this game through to the conclusion, but in all honesty it was mainly because when I saved I could see the percentage complete going up in huge leaps (this is not a long game), rather than actually because I enjoyed it.

          Having seen the recent Simpsons game on other consoles I would say this is a poor relation, and I wouldn't really recommend it.

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          14.07.2008 15:51

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          could be good with just one character

          For the first part of this game, you need to move homer around a chocolate infested land. Its quite funny as his character is very similar to that of the tv show. A great feature of the game is that inbetween levels, there is a new animated simpsons short film, giving you more laughter and new footage that you wont have seen on the tv. I liked this game until I had to move 2 characters around and I felt this hindered the progress, because whilst you were moving one character around, the other was getting killed by enemies and its just too hard to keep track of them whilst you are concentrating on the other. A good part of this game is that it uses both screens constantly so you arent just staring at one part of the console for long. When bart has to fling discs above they move onto the other screen, very clever.

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      • Product Details

        Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa use exciting, all-new powers to save the world from rising chaos. To help the Simpsons, gamers at home must journey through all of Springfield (as well as vast worlds beyond!), vanquish an amazing array of villains, and fight their way through parodies of multiple popular games.