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The Simpsons Arcade Game Review

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Release Date: February 3rd, 2012
Genre(s): Arcade
Publisher(s): Konami
Developer(s): Konami
Multiplayer: None
Co-op: 2-4 Player Online/Offline

The Simpsons Arcade Game Review

Posted by Peter Carpenter | 03 Feb 2012 |

To Start Press Any Key. Where’s the ANY key?

Being able to replay one of your favorite games from you were younger is always great, and today Konami re-released one of my favorites on the Xbox Live Arcade; The Simpsons Arcade Game. It’s just as I remembered, and even though it’s a pixel to pixel release, it’s still just as fun.

Single Player

The Simpsons Arcade Game is a side scrolling beat’em up that lets you pick from Bart, Lisa, Marge or Homer to take on gangs of enemies as you work your way to the Springfield Power Plant to rescue Maggie who has been kidnapped by Smithers after Homer foils a jewellery store heist. During the scuffle, Maggie picks up the biggest diamond in the loot and it’s up to you to rescue her from Smithers and Mr Burns.

The action is simple, with X to attack and A to jump, with the option to combine the two for a hopping attack. You can pick up weapons along the way, such as Bart’s slingshot or Krusty the Clowns oversized hammer, with other objects that you can pick up and throw at enemies. Once you beat the USA Rom mode, you unlock the Japanese Rom which includes additional weapons such as small atomic bombs, and increased health.

If you’ve played the original arcade game, you’ll be right at home as nothing has changed, including the graphics which have been left untouched in a 4:3 screen size that’s framed, instead of upgrading it to a widescreen presentation. I don’t mind that they didn’t update the graphics, but it wouldn’t have hurt it either. The other slight downside to the game staying true to the orignal is that it’s still just a short and can easily be completed on Normal in less than an hour. To add some replay value, once you beat the USA Rom mode, you can then play the Japanese Rom mode which as I said before only changes things with some new weapons and more health pick-ups, but is worth the extra play through.

Luckily for us, the one thing they did add to the game was some online co-op.


The Simpsons Arcade Game can be played with up to 4 players, either local or online. Yes! That’s what I’m talking about. It’s so much more fun to grab some friends and jump in a game together, so it was a great decision to include online co-op as well as the local support. Playing together on the couch may make you reminisce more about your days in the arcade together, but being able to play online with friends that don’t live close is always a great option to have.

To mix things up, you can pick from different modes such as Quarters, where each player has 10 credits each, Team Quarters where you all share 40 credits, Survival, where you each only have 1 life and 1 credit, or free play where you have unlimited continues. Mixing things up by playing the extra modes gives some, not a lot, but some extra replay value to the game, which is nice since the main game is fairly short.

Closing Comments

The Simpsons Arcade Game is simple, fun, and should bring most gamers back to a time where they sat in the arcade pumping quarters in the machine, all day long. Some may wish it had received a graphics makeover, and it may seem short for 800 MS points, but if you grew up in the arcade with games like this, then you’ll get your money’s worth and more.

Score: 9/10

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  • LarryL

    This is a great classic game. It bears saying that this game has never had a home console release. Everyone should buy this that enjoys either The Simpsons or Classic Arcade Beat’em Ups like X-Men and TMNT.

    The only bad thing about this game is when it was made, and that no follow-up was ever made. Because this game was made I think before even Season 2 aired, or when it was airing in like 1990. So the creator’s didn’t have alot of material to pull from. That’s the reason I do wish this were a remake instead of a port. Just because they could put in new voice overs and classic lines. AND new levels. I think some developer should consider doing that. But I’m still happy to have the classic.

    I can’t believe Sony’s giving this game away for free on PSN. I would have gladly paid for this game. Incredible.


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