The Simpsons Game

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious game with many inside jokes for fans.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 53 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Inappropriate role model behavior, but that's the source of the humor.

Violence

Some animated blood in one or two levels (later on in the game).

Sex

Some sexual references, such as saying Marge's eyes look like "boobs."

Language

Some words might offend including "hell," "damn," "butt."

Consumerism

Some references to pop culture and other video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking alcohol, smoking, but nothing major.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThreeman April 9, 2008

Best. Game. Ever.

My headline says it all! No questions!
Parent of a 12 and 12 year old Written byratoncomoteva August 27, 2010
Kid, 10 years old March 15, 2011
This is very good. Violence: The Simpsons game includes a frequent amount of punching and kicking. Sex: Kodos says: "killing humans is like s-x" L... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHelper109 November 6, 2012

Not bad, but not for young kids

This game is not really bad, but it's not for really young children. they also use the "B" word in the game.

What's it about?

With a zany story line crafted by the Emmy award-winning writers from the TV show, the Simpsons family -- Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie -- are aware they're trapped inside THE SIMPSONS GAME, and so they use their newfound special powers to live out their fantasies and help save their town of Springfield. For example, the overweight father Homer can unleash a serious belch or change into a giant ball of fat to roll over enemies, while bad-boy Bart, armed with a slingshot, can peg off baddies with ease or glide through the air with his Bartman cape. Most missions let you play as one of two characters, and in some cases you'll need to use one in particular to take advantage of their abilities. When playing alone, the game's artificial intelligence controls the other family member, but at any time a second player can pick up a controller to start playing.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Simpsons animated TV show was considered very offensive back in the early '90s -- Bart's underachieving attitude, Homer's language (which upset his religious neighbor, Ned), and some violence and gore -- but is this as big a deal today? Does the game push the envelope as the show did in its day, or is it now seen as clever, irreverent social satire? Does the game feel like an interactive episode of the show?

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