The Simpsons Arcade Review
- Great looking visuals bring Springfield and the characters to life.
- The control scheme is simple and easy to use.
- Players can create their own iPod playlists.
- The MIDI soundtrack is an uninspiring addition.
- The gameplay is very repetitive and can get a bit boring.
- The game takes a lot of its cues from the ‘91 arcade game, leaving very little original content.
The Simpsons Arcade is a great throwback to the arcade beat ‘em up genre but as for lasting appeal and value, it’s just not here. The game runs through the motions but doesn’t put anything extra into the equation.
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It’s been 20 years since The Simpsons made their initial television debut and since then there has been no shortage of merchandise, fan canon and video game adaptations. One such game was the ‘91 side scrolling beat ‘em up aptly named The Simpsons. Well now EA has put their time into developing similar arcade madness into a readily available iPhone game.
The Simpsons Arcade puts players in control of Homer as he begins an epic chase after a tantalising looking donut. What he doesn’t realise is that the donut is the tip of the iceberg in a top secret conspiracy. In typical beat ‘em up action players use the on-screen joystick to move and combinations of the attack and jump button to fight your way through a number of henchmen.
The game does a great job in capturing Springfield’s atmosphere through the detailed, attractive visuals but the MIDI style soundtrack seems ugly and an unnecessary choice on behalf of the developers; in which case players might want to use their iPod as an alternative. Much like the original arcade game, players work through a main story mode with a few small mini games along the way to break things up.
While The Simpsons Arcade isn’t a direct port of the original arcade game, just about everything is tweaked enough so that it’s different by technicality. Regardless, the game is a decent experience but might be a single run game. Diehard fans might enjoy what’s on offer but much like the later seasons of the show, it lacks that special something.
DescriptionNow get doughnut-chasing daredeviltry on iPhone® and iPod touch® at a great low price. Join Homer on a hilarious chase through Springfield in drooling pursuit of frosted fried dough. Clueless and hungry, he has no idea that his desired doughnut is the key to a devious scheme hatched by sinister Springfield forces…
“DOUGHNUTS. IS THERE ANYTHING THEY CAN’T DO?”
Play as Homer to help him avoid catastrophe and achieve his doughnut-driven destiny. Use touchscreen controls to punch, grab and flip, kick, butt slam, jump, pick up and throw objects, belly flop, and dodge enemies. And Homer’s not alone!
WOOHOO! REAL VOICES & SOUNDS
Authentic sound effects and famous character voices by the real, live actors from “The Simpsons” give the gameplay a true Springfield accent. And if the combined talents of artists, writers and actors doesn’t do it for you… then who needs you, get bent! Or, simply add your own personal touch.
OUR FAVORITE FAMILY FRENZY
Earn and activate "Family Frenzy" power-ups to summon help from Marge, Maggie, Lisa and Bart, who can come to Homer’s rescue. He’s gonna need it!
A MULTI-LEVEL GLAZE OF GLORY
A hungry fat guy’s work is never done. Help Homer race through 25+ levels in 6 different environments including Krusty Land, Channel 6, and Downtown Springfield, and run into favorite characters like Krusty, Bumblebee Man, Chief Wiggum, Squeaky Voiced Teen and The Rich Texan before the sinister plan is exposed… or EATEN. All this and fancy-named doohickeys too!
MINI-GAMES ADD A TOUCH
Use touch and accelerometer controls to “Slap Homer” back to life, indulge in “Doughnut Dreams,” or engage in a hilarious “Inflato-Head” balloon blowing up contest. Can all this be real? Of course not, jerk, it’s a video game played on a cell phone. But it’s pretty close!
SPRINKLE IN YOUR OWN TUNES
Listen to your own music as you play this daring and sugary arcade adventure. Suuure. Your music is much better than ours. We only do this for a living!
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