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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CARTOON CHAOS!!
This has all the traits of the simpsons from genuine voice actors to cartoon graphics and unique comedy. A fun if not taxing game, you will complete this quite quickly, but will have fun doing so!

Camera angles can be awkward at times but this doesn't detract from overall game play which sees you playing through different "epsodes" of simpsons playing as all...
Published on 3 Nov 2007 by MADMANinBlack

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2.0 out of 5 stars Why you little!!!!
Well, after many a dodgy tie-in game, finally a game based upon the Simpsons IP that isn't a complete failure. It's not ground breaking either, but a middling, fun game.

If you're a Simpsons fan, then the humour is spot on and the cutscenes superb to watch - as you would expect given that the Simpsons writers themselves were involved in the game.

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Published on 24 Feb 2008 by The Scribe


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CARTOON CHAOS!!, 3 Nov 2007
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This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This has all the traits of the simpsons from genuine voice actors to cartoon graphics and unique comedy. A fun if not taxing game, you will complete this quite quickly, but will have fun doing so!

Camera angles can be awkward at times but this doesn't detract from overall game play which sees you playing through different "epsodes" of simpsons playing as all your favourite characters with a range of special moves to both attack and reach different areas of the game.

throughout the game are hidden tokens from krusty tokens to duff beer caps to be collected as you pass through the different levels.

A good easy to play over the top FUN! game, don't expect anything different. A must play (possibly rent though!) for all fans of the simpsons!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cartoon fun!, 6 Nov 2007
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This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I rented this game from blockbusters just to ry it out and I must say the game is brilliant! The graphics are awesome, at time you can't tell the difference between the FMVs and the actually game itself. The game plays as a team one so you can control two the simpsons at any one time, then all have indivual powers and are so useful and needed for specific tasks within the game. There are loads and loads of rip offs of other games and films that are subtely done including, star wars, terminator, everquest, mdal of honor, grand theft auto. You can also walk around springfield itself going into loads of different places like moes, kwik-e-mart, simpsons house amd many more. This is a really good game but no real lastablility for me.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why you little!!!!, 24 Feb 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Well, after many a dodgy tie-in game, finally a game based upon the Simpsons IP that isn't a complete failure. It's not ground breaking either, but a middling, fun game.

If you're a Simpsons fan, then the humour is spot on and the cutscenes superb to watch - as you would expect given that the Simpsons writers themselves were involved in the game.

The bane of all platform games (camera angles) makes an occasional appearance, but doesn't ruin the game completely. It's not as good as say, Lego Star Wars II, but much better than many platformers.

In my opinion, there's too much emphasis placed upon collecting things - Duff bottle caps, Marge's saving coupons, Malibu Stacey's, Krusty stuff - it's like the developers needed to pad the game out - and they did, because you will complete the story line fairly quickly.

The video game cliches are reasonably funny and at least take a different tact on the collectibles approach, but again, they are just padding.

So, aside from a collectible overdose, you might be thinking I like this game. As a Simpsons fan, you're right. I loved the main story, enjoyed it and thought it was a reasonable game. However, there's a problem with the Simpsons on the 360 which others have also found and been left annoyed by - the autosave mechanism.

As you progress, the game autosaves. It does so when you get a collectible, cliche or complete a chunk of the story. However, the autosave is buggy and is known to corrupt the save file. Theory seems to be that it sometimes takes much longer to save than the game indicates, so after the autosave logo disappears, you exit the game and hey presto - your save is corrupted. This is shocking and something EA should have picked up in QA.

Unfortunately I fell foul to this bug after completing the main storyline and was about to embark on getting the missing collectibles - what a kick in the teeth!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun to be had if you perservere, 4 Nov 2007
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= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Like many Simpsons fans out there, I was hoping that this would be the title to turn it around for America's favorite animated family in the video game arena. With two-player co-op and a focus on the humor that has made the show a primetime staple since 1989, The Simpsons Game has everything a fan could want...but not everything it needs to be a fun, interesting game.

The biggest problem is illustrated through one of the game's funniest features: the cliché. As you jump and punch your way through each mission, you will encounter hackneyed video game traditions like giant saw blades and pressure pads. Then the Comic Book Guy pops up and calls attention to the blatant unoriginality of these devices ("Ah, the crate. As seen in everything."). While this almost always gets a laugh, pointing out clichés doesn't make them any more fun to play.

The development team clearly knew that basic switch puzzles and time trials are tiresome, yet the player is forced to endure them. Even though the goals themselves are sometimes funny, the generic combat and platforming rarely make them fun to complete. There are also dozens of stupid collectibles like coupons and bottlecaps scattered throughout the world. Trust me, they are not worth picking up.

I know that I'm not making the game sound great - it isn't - but the important distinction here is unlike most mediocre platformers, you are actually rewarded for bullying through the levels. The comedy is so pervasive and well done that it still makes you want to keep going just to hear a good one-liner or see the next hilarious parody. This is the first licensed game I've seen that captures the essence of its source material so well; it sometimes feels like you are playing an episode of the show (albeit with poor cinematography).

For all of its self-referential humour and nods to gaming classics (there are brief segments mimicking the likes of Frogger, Missle Command, Space Invaders, and Wolfenstein 3D), the process of actually playing The Simpsons Game is unfortunately average. The chuckles along the way make it worth the trouble for fans, but unless you're the most ardent Simpson's fan then of the game's redeeming elements will fall on deaf, bored ears.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Gameplay but Fantastic Production Values, 9 Jun 2009
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This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The Simpsons isn't new to the gaming world by any means. But it's been over a decade since they actually had a true video game. For years we've seen Simpsons games that were just knock offs of other games like The Simpsons Road Rage or Hit and Run. The Simpsons Game, however, is its own thing. After nearly twenty years of a successful television run, a blockbuster movie and having an influence on our culture as a whole, The Simpsons finally get a true video game to call their own. It isn't as good as the 90's original arcade game, but it's by far one of the best video game outings The Simpsons have had in a while. By far this is one of the better games based off a TV show to hit the video game market yet.

The first thing to get out of the way is simple. Any huge fan of the show will absolutely love this game. The writing staff hopped on board to do the writing and they do a fabulous job. It's full of all the clever wit of the show along with several references to show as a whole. Many of the levels are centered around events which actually took place in episodes. The game serves as brilliant fan service to those who have come to love and admire the show over the past twenty years. Not only that, but it's easily one of the funniest games ever made.

Just like the show, you should expect it to be full of parodies and poking fun. And in this game it does all of that. It especially makes plenty of pokes at the gaming industry as a whole. If you're a hardcore gamer this game only becomes that much funnier when you see parodies of some of your favorite games like Everquest, Medal of Honor, and Grand Theft Auto. There are also jokes about some of the other aspects of the game presented by Comic Book Guy. Moments where you discover you can't swim for example. Or Invisible walls. All of these are things that have been done in video games several times and The Simpsons Game decides to make fun of them. They even managed to get some people from the video game industry in here to do some cameos. For The Simpsons fan and gamer, it's almost heavenly the amount of humor and pop culture references that are here. You'll most certainly being dying of laughter throughout the entire adventure.

Even better. The game looks and sounds just like the show. The graphics have the look and feel of the show and the actual voice cast came on the lend their voices. In short, in reality it's like you're getting a full blown episode of the show that's well... hours long. And it works. The production values of this game make you put aside the mediocre gameplay in part because the game makes fun of itself too by being packed full of cliches they mock.

And that's where the problem with The Simpsons Game comes into play. The developers spent so much time on the production values of the game that they didn't spend nearly as much time perfecting the overall gameplay experience. That's not to say the gameplay doesn't have its merits. It certainly does. It's just that the gameplay only meets the standards, it doesn't try to exceed them.

Throughout the game you'll play as The Simpsons family. In every level there is at least one other Simpson to control and you can switch between them as often as you like. And you'll have to considering some of the puzzles you'll be doing. Each level is fairly open ended with bad guys coming at you left and right. Every Simpson has standard attack and a fairly special one. Bart, for example, can use his slingshot for standard attacking, but he can also become Bartman and glide all over the place. Some characters have downright zany powers, though. Lisa, for example can summon a giant hand, and she uses her saxophone to fight off baddies with music. It's a little over the top but then again, The Simpsons has never been a show grounded in reality.

There's also co-op play but it feels like a last minute thought at times. This is because in some levels it is more than obvious that certain characters aren't really needed for anything other than pummeling your enemies. Only certain characters are suited for certain tasks. It's fine on single player, but on co-op your partner can sure feel useless at times. Just the same, however, the AI isn't really all that bad. While it's pain to have to keep an eye on both health gauges for those who have a go at single player, your partner can really hold his or her own in just about any situation. So it's nice that you don't have to constantly babysit an AI controlled character.

There's not much to the gameplay, but at least it's simple and easy to pick up on. But there's so much more that could've been done with it. It gets repetitive in many areas. At the very least, however, each new level you go to is distinguished from the previous one. And while the objectives are not by any means difficult to reach (it's a pretty easy game) you'll have some fun. There are also a lot of collectibles to uncover throughout the game. Each level is just teeming with items for The Simpsons clan to obtain.

As I said, however, it's a game that meets the standard but doesn't really try to exceed it. The good news is that the humor keeps you going through the game, even when the gameplay gets tiring. Simply because a laugh out loud video game. This game was definitely made for Simpsons fans and gamers alike. And despite the gameplay the humor and production values really make this a unique gameplay experience.

If anything, The Simpsons Game is worth a look just for the production values alone. It's funny, it carries the look of the show, it was written by the writers of the show and even includes the voice cast from the show. What's not to like about the production values for the hardcore Simpsons fan?

Pros:

+The production values are some of the best to ever be done in a TV gone video game. The clever witty writing of the show comes out. The clever parodies come out. It's just an all around funny game filled with gaming culture references.

Cons:

-The other thing we must face, the gameplay could've been so much better. It's not bad by any means, but certainly isn't as good as it had the potential to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Senseless fun for young adolescents, 23 May 2014
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My son can spend time on this game, doing the senseless missions. The characters are cool, as well as the effects (even from Dad's perspective). A game for kids who like to get lost in a cartoon world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The recipient loves it, 9 Nov 2013
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The product arrived on time , nicely packed and brand new as promised. My Grandson was thrilled with his birthday gift (which of course was the whole idea!). Thanks again Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My second favourite show turned into a good game, 20 Oct 2013
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The Simpsons Game is a really nice game.I love all the awesome references to the show,the great locations and some of the levels are actually really nicely designed.The plot revolves around the Simpsons rising against the video game industry and fighting aliens.This opens the door for many game references and video game cliches [I love the cliches].You can play as all the Simpsons'
family members,even Maggie.Each character has his own special skills and moves;Homer can turn into a ball,Bart can turn into Bartman,a superhero,Lisa can move things with her mind and Marge can command people to do whatever she wants and send Maggie through vents to solve puzzles.The overworld is the town of Springfield,where 75 collectibles for each character are hidden throughout.These colllectables can also be found at all the levels.Once you collect the designated amount of them ,you'll get a special price.Some of my favorite levels are Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game,with its creative locations,Land Of Chocolate,with its clever use of candy, and Five Characters In Search Of An Author,with a great boss battle against the Simpsons' creator,Matt Groening.There are several flaws [ex. the graphics are lame] but the biggest and most noticeable is the final boss with God himself.It's a lame and frustrating rip-off of Dance Dance Revolution.But it's a great game overall.If you're a big Simpsons' fan,you really should buy this game .You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 28 Jun 2013
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My eight year old loved it, very playable. he finished it in about two weeks with a little help from you tube when he got stuck. Well worth the money :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One crazy ride but you'll love every second!, 10 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Simpsons (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I enjoyed this game so much but mine was on PS2 i'm so retro J/K. It's an amazing game I never got around to getting it on xbox. It's typical of the simpsons sort of being a sarcastic take on video games in general! There are mini missions and bout 12/13 levels. There is even a sims reference in there which (as an obsessed sims fan) is my favourite level.
There are two levels that are timed. You will have played as all the characters when you've finished the game. When you're done the fun isn't over, you can now go back and beat your time records, you can collect different pick ups on all the levels depending what your character eg. Homer collects duff caps. the animation is drawn which I felt looked better than hit and run which was video game animation... just me?
The clever part is that you get two characters on some parts of levels and you'll have to switch between them to do certain tasks. Bart may use his slingshot while lisa can stun people with her Jazz power!
Well I highly recommend the game its awesome and you can play with another person too.
Like the sound of it? I do I want to dig out my old ps2 now!
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