Parents' Guide to

The Simpsons Game

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Hilarious game with many inside jokes for fans.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Just like the movie AND the show!

Really fun game! It was fun,exciting,great levels,great music,ect.I can't stop playing this game on my Wii!
age 7+

Best on DS

The Wii version suffers from clunky, unrefined controls which make the game a real burden to play; and had the game not have had the Simpsons brand backing it up, then I probably wouldn't have bothered persisting with this game which was obviously rushed out in order to meet its deadline. I've also played the PS3 version, and the controls are only slightly improved over that of the Wii, however the poor controls seem to be universal across all platforms. The DS version however, which was designed separately from its console brothers (even though the storyline and level locations are largely the same), is a side-scroller which plays a lot better than the meatier console versions. If you can, give the DS version a try as its technically, the most refined version of the lot. Content wise, there is frequent hand-on-hand and projectile combat in The Simpsons Game, however the violence is cartoonish and is unlikely to cause concern (although some may be concerned by violence directed at child characters, which can be perpetrated by adult characters). There is also some very mild language throughout the game which is unlikely to cause concern, and the game contains two uses of mild coarse language in the form of "b-tch", which is used in two cut-scenes in the console versions of the games, and just once in the DS version. One level, which parodies the Grand Theft Auto series of games, features cat and mouse pimps and prostitutes, however, sexual innuendo is fairly minimal and is likely to fly over the heads of younger gamers. The DS version is accessible for gamers of all ages, however, younger children may struggle with the flunky controls of the Wii/PS3/PS2/360/PSP versions. Worth a rental for casual Simpsons fans.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (38 ):

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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