Top 5 Simpsons Games of All Time
Over the years, there have been a vast amount of Simpsons games that have tried their very best to encapsulate what made the classic cartoon what was so great. While some of them were complete and utter flops, there are a number of Simpson’s games that are incredibly good, even to today’s standards. Of all of these games, I’ve compiled the top 5 that I’d consider the best Simpsons games of all!
5. Bart VS The Space Mutants
Bart VS The Space Mutants may have been the very first Simpsons game to ever be released, but that’s not the only thing that has cemented itself a place on this list. As you can tell, you play as Bart Simpson and by the looks of things, a large amount of space mutants have come to take over Springfield, with Bart being the only one (for some reason) to stop them.
The game plays out like a typical side-scrolling platformer on the NES and while both the game and the console were known for being relatively difficult, amongst fans this is considered one of the best Simpsons games to date; which is even more impressive when you consider that this game came out originally in 1991.
4. The Simpsons (Arcade)
The Simpsons – also known as The Simpsons Arcade – is a side-scrolling beat-em up game that came out in the early days of 1991. This game was exclusively designed for arcades; due to the fact no home consoles had the kind of power that was required to run this game. Despite this, the game managed to do incredibly well and not only is it considered one of the best Simpsons games of all times, but also one of the best beat-em up arcade titles ever to be released.
When it came to the gameplay, it had the usual beat-em up style of picking from a number of characters, like Homer, Bart, Marge, and Lisa, and effectively beat the life out of anyone that game your way. Even though the game may have a story that is incredibly forgettable, the overall gameplay made it an incredible title for the Simpsons brand.
3. The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare
Bart’s Nightmare was a similar title to that of Bart VS The Space Mutants, where you play as Bart Simpson in a side-scrolling version of Springfield. The game starts out with Bart falling asleep at his desk as he makes a start on his homework, which leads to his own “nightmare” and it’s your job to get him out of it as soon as you possibly can.
Filled to the brim with Simpsons characters we all know and love, along with aesthetics that may not look quite as stunning in regards to what we have today, but in terms of a retro title, it’s managed to keep its look pretty well over the year. Originally released for the SNES in 1992, this right here is a Simpsons game that deserves its place on this particular list.
2. The Simpsons Game
The Simpsons Game released around the same time as the first-ever Simpsons movie and it led to the game selling incredibly well, but it also helped the fact that the game was getting some serious traction at the time for all it had been doing. As far as Simpsons games go, this one followed the same formula of the Simpsons family getting launched into a whole heap of a mess that only the Simpsons could find themselves getting into.
It played out as a 3D, action-platforming, and had the player enjoying a variety of different locations that the Simpsons have found themselves in over the years, such as the “land of chocolate.” Regardless of age, any fan of the Simpsons had this game back when it was released on the PS2 in 2007 and still holds up really well in 2017.
1. The Simpsons: Hit & Run
No list of the “best” Simpsons games should not be without the one game that anyone could load up right now, and still have more fun than some of the games that have come out nearly 15 years after Hit & Run’s original release. Some coin it as the “Grand Theft Auto” for the Simpsons universe, and just one quick look at the gameplay would explain exactly why.
You find yourself playing as numerous members of the Simpsons family and even those that aren’t, like Apu, and set off to do missions for a myriad of different Simpsons characters. Some of these missions have you racing around Springfield to get that errand done on time or maybe you’re just feeling like hijacking some poor fellow’s car and running down every post box you come across. There’s a lot to love in this one Simpsons game and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that it’s the number one title on this list, because in the eyes of many Simpsons fans and gamers alike; this game is absolutely incredible.