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(out of 9 reviews)
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Review this title!
Parent of a 12 and 12 year old Written byratoncomoteva August 27, 2010
AGE
17
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 4, 6, 11, and 15 year old Written byden5769 March 10, 2010
AGE
6
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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" and Homer makes references to being "too drunk". But there was one point late in the game that there is a parody of "Grand Theft Auto" where Marge says "Where's my Bitches!"... I get the joke, but my son doesn't need to hear that. If there was a way to turn off (or tone down) the language, it would be ok.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bySillygostly September 9, 2009
AGE
7
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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.
Adult Written byPetegertoil April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Good game

I just hope you won't be offended by the crude humor if you're young.
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 20, 2012
AGE
7
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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!
Adult Written bytvgirl July 4, 2009
AGE
12
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Fantastic Game That Lives Up to the Television Series!!

"The Simpsons Game" is as good as a game based on a TV show gets. It's hilarious and fun. The game is just as good as the TV show because it is just one long game mocking video games and other media such as "Batman", "World of Warcraft", "Metel of Honor", and "Pokemon". It is an original story and very creative. The humor in the game will attract older fans more than kids because the jokes are aimed toward them, but not because of adult themes. The jokes appeal to adults and older teens more because of the references to games that kids may have never played nor would they have interest in playing. Things to look out for: References to alcohol and drug use are very mild and just might go over a kid's head. Violence is very cartoony and funny sometimes (ie: Homer eats living chocolate bunnies, the bunnies let out bloodcurtling screams of confusion and horror). Also, there is one scene where Bart and Lisa are inside a factory that makes video games and there is an extended sequence where they are inside the "blood factory" and everything is covered in blood as well as blood shooting out of pipes like waterfalls. Language is a bit stronger than in the series, but just like a TV show the characters do get bleeped (this happenes 2 times in the game) what is not bleeped are words such as "d*mn", "h*ll", "bi*ch" and in an extended sequence making fun of "Grand Theft Auto" the words "h*" and "pimp" can be heard several times. Product placement is obvious, especially in the ending of the game where Matt Groening places his characters from "Futurama" in the game as well as other consoles such as Playstation, Xbox 360, and the Wii. Product placement also occurs in the fact that entire segments of the game are devoted to mocking other games by placing "The Simpsons" characters in the middle of the game being made fun of. I put Messages Aren't Positive for one reason: Religion is mocked. The entire ending level of the game (lasting a good 40 minutes of gameplay) takes place in Heaven and the game is won by defeating God in a game of "Dance Dance Revolution". It is a funny idea because of its absurdity. I doubt that Matt Groening was intentionally trying to offend, it is just supposed to be an abusurd idea to play against the Lord in "Dance Dance Revolution". The game shows good role models in the fact that the Simpson family works together to save each other and also Marge strives to make the world a better place for her kids in a humorous way. Bottom line: Fun to play, original and hilarious. Ages 12+. 5/5 stars. Enjoy.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 10, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

the simpsons game

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byThreeman April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Best. Game. Ever.

My headline says it all! No questions!
Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Silly game provides crude laughs

Sexual Content (Pause): Some sexual references. Violence (Pause): Lots of cartoon violence, and gallons of blood in one level. Language (Pause): A couple of uses of "hell", "damn", "crap", and "bitch". Social Behavior (Pause): Marge and Lisa are strong female characters, but Homer and Bart (along with many other characters) are bad role models. Some crude humor. Commercialism (Pause): Some references to other video games. Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Pause): References to drinking and smoking. Educational Value (Not an Issue): None.