A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Inappropriate role model behavior, but that's the source of the humor.
Violence & Scariness
Some animated blood in one or two levels (later on in the game).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references, such as saying Marge's eyes look like "boobs."
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Some words might offend including "hell," "damn," "butt."
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Products & Purchases
Some references to pop culture and other video games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few references to drinking alcohol, smoking, but nothing major.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is about as controversial as the television show. It includes Itchy & Scratchy blood and violence (for the uninitiated, that's the show's parody of violent cat-and-mouse cartoons), some minor curse words, a few sexual references, and so on. In other words, if you let your kids watch the show there isn't anything in the game that will raise a red flag.
Is It Any Good?
This video game enjoys smooth "cel-shaded" animation that resembles the TV cartoon, even with the move to 3-D. The game offers 16 distinct "episodes" and more than 8,000 lines of dialogue. While a fan of the TV show will get a lot more out of The Simpsons Game than someone who is not, it's evident a tremendous amount of effort and detail went into this ambitious game. The end result is an adventure that's more fun than making a crank call to Moe's Tavern.
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