The Simpsons Game

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 54 reviews

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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
Parent of a 4, 6, 11, and 15-year-old Written byden5769 March 10, 2010

fine for older kids, but the language is iffy.

My 6 year old son really likes this game, but it wasn't until late into the game that the language got bad... where Bart says things like "Kick ass... Continue reading
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 20, 2012

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!
Teen, 13 years old Written byhomestar07 May 6, 2021

DS version.

I play the DS version and it's pretty funny. Nothing too bad. It's like Mario with The Simpsons characters.
Teen, 16 years old Written byGamechanger47 November 4, 2018

It’s T for teens for a reason

They often use the words hell, ass, bitch, and damn. The level grand theft scratchy is not for kids. At all. There is a lot of violence in the game, but not int... Continue reading

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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