Retro Gamer – The Simpsons Arcade

26 Jul 2009  2 Comments

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My first look at a retro game.

This week’s title is:

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This was one of the best Beat ‘em up games ever released, what killed me that it was never released on any console except for the PC and Commodore 64. So I ended up spending A LOT of money on the arcade. It would have been a much cheaper option for me to buy one of the systems back then.


After stealing a giant diamond from Springfield Jewelers for Mr. Burns, Smithers bumps into Homer, whose family is conveniently walking down the street. The encounter knocks the diamond out of Smithers’ hand, and Maggie snatches it in her mouth (in place of her pacifier), prompting Smithers to grab Maggie (rather than just the diamond) and run off. The Simpsons must give chase, but hundreds of goons in matching suits stand in their way.

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The player chooses from one of the remaining four Simpsons: Homer, who punches and kicks; Marge, who swings her vacuum cleaner; Bart, who wields his skateboard; and Lisa, who uses a jump rope like a whip. They must fight through the employees and chase Smithers as he escapes through various Springfield landscapes. The game’s levels are based on the streets of Springfield, Krustyland, a graveyard, Moe’s Tavern, Springfield Gorge, a dream world, the Channel 6 studio, and the Power Plant. Each level ends with a boss whose speed and strength would increase after taking a set amount of damage.

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In Stage 4 (Moe’s Tavern), there are several arcade machines, including one of the Simpsons arcade game, Which looked cool when playing the real thing.

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It took me an hour or so to finnish the game, after beating 290 enemies. and using like 30+ lives.

This is one of my favorite arcade games of all time, first because its a very good game, and second, I’m a huge fan of The Simpsons.

Retro Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Modern Day Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

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  • Mark

    Talk about a great video game memory! I loved this one!!! Cool to see other Beat em ups like TMNT IV Turtles in Time getting reborn. Maybe there’s future hope for this one too.

  • N

    Absolutely, I was going to talk about TMNT: Turtles in Time in the upcoming weeks. Most of the Arcade games I use to play were beat’em ups.

    I really hope that Konami would release an XBox arcade/PS Network version of this, I would buy it in a heart beat.


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