The Simpsons Arcade Game [Review]

  • Platform: Xbox 360 Arcade (Reviewed) & PSN
  • Published by:Konami
  • Developed by: Konami
  • Genre: Arcade fighter
  • ESRB Rating: E For Everyone
  • Number of Players: 1-4 co-op
  • Release Date: February 3rd, 2012(XBL) February 7th, 2012 (PSN)
  • Price: 800 Microsoft Points or $10

Believe it or not the Simpsons span such a large time frame that they were even on when arcade machines ruled the day. I can remember going to the mall and killing hours at a time in the arcade section pumping quarters into The Simpsons Arcade game. Back then it was played on two full screens in a large cabinet, much the way the old X-Men arcade game was set up. That very same X-Men arcade game came to Xbox Live and PSN over a year ago, people started speculating that The Simpsons weren’t too far behind. Not only are we now getting this classic game, but they released it pretty much around the same time that they announced it. So does the game live up to my childhood memories?

The first thing I’ll say is that the voices are all from the people on the television show, though it’s a bit cruder then you might remember. All of the Simpson characters have had vocal changes throughout the years, especially Homer and especially from the first couple of seasons of the television show compared to now. Coupled with that and the fact that the soundcards of the day weren’t exactly capable of what they are now days and it’s understandable that the sound isn’t the best, but the voices and themes are all there from the show, which is still a nice touch.

The graphics while enhanced, still come from a period when graphics weren’t that great, though there is a way to stretch the screen, there isn’t a way to make it full screen. Instead you are given an arcade cabinet view that works pretty nicely, but a full screen option would have been better. You can also choose to sharpen and smooth the in game graphics from the option menu. The controls are pretty standard, if you’ve played the X-Men arcade game then you’ll know exactly what to do. Remember that this was an arcade game and these types of games were meant to overwhelm you and force you to use more quarters, it’s how they made money at arcades. So it’s easy to get overrun with enemies and killed, this is a game best played with friends over Xbox Live or even locally.

One of the best things about this arcade game is if you beat the game you unlock the Japanese Rom version of the game, which gives you a whole new reason to play through it. There are also plenty of other things you can unlock, like character art, music and even sound effects. These are all very nice touches to a pretty good game. I was surprised at how well the game actually held up, it’s as much fun as it ever was, although it seems much shorter on the consoles as opposed to the original arcade. It’s not actually shorter, but when your younger and are pumping quarters into the machine, it seemed like it took hours to beat the game back then, now it’ll take you roughly 45 minutes to an hour. There are plenty of reasons to play through it more then once, including scoreboards and co-op.


The story starts off that Maggie is taken, so it’s up to you and the Simpson family to come to her rescue. Another cool feature is that you can play as any of the main four Simpson characters, Homer, Marge, Bart or Lisa. This means there is a character for everyone. I don’t think I know a single person who isn’t a fan of The Simpsons, so often today people look at shows like Family Guy or South Park as the trend setters, but it was The Simpsons that started it all. They were rude, crude and full of attitude back when it wasn’t really something you saw on television, let alone an animated television show.

At the end of the day it’s hard to find a reason not to purchase this game, though it has a bit of a high price point (800 MS Points or $10). I think the game is well worth that, especially if you have friends that are into The Simpsons as well. It’s great fun to take a nostalgic look back to the animated past with The Simpsons arcade game. Definitely a must have for any and all Simpsons fans and fans of classic arcade beat’em up’s.



2 Responses to “The Simpsons Arcade Game [Review]”

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