Game review: The Simpsons Arcade Game

LET us go back to the 90s, a time when games where simpler, well those days are here again my friends with the release of THE SIMPSONS ARCADE GAME on XBOX LIVE ARCADE©.

Monday, 13th February 2012, 7:58 am

Now you can look at this release from KONAMI and either wonder why they bothered, or what a refreshing retro look back, I am not sure personally, maybe some things need to stay in the past.

I must admit I did have fun playing this game for a while (ten minutes) but the lack of any challenge what so ever, the infuriating endless arcade music, quickly began to grate on me.

Originally released way back in 1991, it does show how far the gaming world has progressed over the years, and it seems the industries recent fad is to release updated, HD ready versions of old classics, like HALO and METAL GEAR SOLID, is this a sign the games companies are running out of ideas?

I mean let’s face it back in the day when we knew no better, this franchised tie-in was the best thing in the arcade (maybe) but do we really want to be bothered with it again.

It does look dated, mind you as an app or a tablet game it might be distracting, for a while, but as a console game, I don`t know.

The story revolves around an evil SMITHERS (I know, who thought of that one?) stealing a gem from Mr BURNS, which ends up being swapped for MAGGIE’S dummy, resulting in SMITHERS becoming a child snatcher (dodgy ground to be on for a game story)

The ensuing chaos gives the go ahead for the other main characters to pursue SMITHERS through the street s of Springfield, Fighting a variety of foes, including bosses at the end of each level.

Each family member has different special move (if that’s what you can call them) BART uses his skateboard, MARGE can use the vacuum, all pretty basic stuff.

As for game play well it`s what you would expect, you use two buttons, one for jumping, one for fighting and that’s it really, alright you can pick up objects and throw them and there are weapons like a hammer that can be used, all of this doesn`t take away from the age of this game.

The simplicity will put off many gamers because we have all become way more sophisticated than this kind of thing. ok if you are into retro gaming then please invest your 800 Microsoft© points on it, and there are some gamers out there who missed this first time round and perhaps want to be reminded of how far gaming has come in the past 20 odd years .

Personally it’s nice to see how polished and graphically superior this game was in its day, and like I said SIMPSONS ARCADE would make a great APP, but as a game that is moderately expensive for what you get, it isn`t really worth it.

I have played free games that are way more of a challenge and are more sophisticated than this.

The biggest redeeming feature of this game is the on-line play and the multiplay elements which I found fun, but don`t bother if you want to play on your own.


THE SIMPSONS ARCADE GAME is a nice harks back to a bygone era, the repetitive music, easy gameplay and bright graphics. All of which is nice and nostalgic, but somewhat dated, with the new features and unlockables (open up Japanese version on completion) I can see the KONAMI have put some thought into it, as a multiplayer then this is a fun game to play, it’s just a little too dated for my taste, I will give it 6 out of 10 as I do think it is a touch too easy and overpriced.

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Publisher: Konami

Developer: Backbone Entertainment

Genre: fighting/arcade

Release date:03/02/2012

Xbox 360©

Playstation 3©


Commodore 64/128


Review by Dayvid Ryan