simpsons_couchWhat started as a curious animated TV show 20 years ago has since turned in to a cartoon dynasty spanning nearly 500 episodes, nine comic book series, several video games, a theme park ride and even a movie along with the accompanied merchandising blitz of books, board games, t-shirts, and other swag. The Simpsons Arcade [App Store] for the iPhone is the latest entry in The Simpsons empire, and while it's not the most amazing game on the platform, it's one of the better Simpsons games-- A bar set hilariously low by previous video games that take place in The Simpsons universe.

Before you get too excited, no, this isn't The Simpsons Arcade from the early 90's. Instead, it's a significant upgrade to the J2ME game. All of the graphics and animations seem to be substantially spruced up, although the same irritatingly repetitive music remains.

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In The Simpsons Arcade, you play as Homer, who is on a quest to chase down a mysterious doughnut which also happens to be host to a USB flash drive that holds some kind of secret information that nearly the entire population of Springfield seems to be in on. Using an on-screen joystick and two buttons Homer can perform a variety of simple moves and combos on the seemingly never-ending supply of henchmen that are dead-set on keeping you away from the doughnut in question.

On the way you can pick up a few different weapons that can be used for a little while, along with a few power-ups which allow you to team up with another Simpson for a brief period of time. Bart climbs on your shoulders and shoots with a sling shot, Lisa appears and damages all the enemies on screen, and Marge sends homer in to some kind of tilt-controlled murderous rampage.

In the following gameplay video you can see these power-ups and weapons in action, along with the first two bosses in game: Chief Wiggum and Mayor Quimby.

The gameplay in The Simpsons Arcade isn't anything to write home about. There are much better arcade-style beat-em-ups on the platform with better animations and more depth such as the recently released OMG Pirates! and other similar games. However, if you're a fan of the series, The Simpsons Arcade comes with enough Simpsons references between familiar locales and popular characters as bosses that you'll likely enjoy playing it.

App Store Link: The Simpsons Arcade, $4.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Kita

    Was going to get this but then saw 2xl atv for 99 cents!!!!

  • Kita

    Was going to get this but then saw 2xl atv for 99 cents!!!!

  • Gordon

    Second post

    • poesmij

      really usefull post,
      common man dont be such a child.

      it looks pretty fun,
      might gonna get this when its on a sale!

  • Gordon

    Second post

    • poesmij

      really usefull post,
      common man dont be such a child.

      it looks pretty fun,
      might gonna get this when its on a sale!

  • Shinkz

    Why does it have awful music? This is an iPhone/iPod game. It can support much better then that. It sounds worse then Gameboy music ;/ Hopefully it gets patched with something of higher quality. Why they didn't stick the Simpsons theme song in I don't know.

    Apart from that it looks great. But $5? Eh... I'll grab it if it drops to $3 or less.

    • br1an

      That's exactly what I asked on the preview article for this game last week!!

      Seriously... why the MIDI soundtrack?

    • Steve

      I think the music is kind of endearing. It's a retro style arcade game. Gives it a Double Dragon / Streets of Rage / Final Fight flair.

  • Shinkz

    Why does it have awful music? This is an iPhone/iPod game. It can support much better then that. It sounds worse then Gameboy music ;/ Hopefully it gets patched with something of higher quality. Why they didn't stick the Simpsons theme song in I don't know.

    Apart from that it looks great. But $5? Eh... I'll grab it if it drops to $3 or less.

    • br1an

      That's exactly what I asked on the preview article for this game last week!!

      Seriously... why the MIDI soundtrack?

    • Steve

      I think the music is kind of endearing. It's a retro style arcade game. Gives it a Double Dragon / Streets of Rage / Final Fight flair.

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  • Duffman

    Duffman says port the xbox 360 simpsons game too!

  • Duffman

    Duffman says port the xbox 360 simpsons game too!

  • Buskape

    What an awefull music! This is the only reason holding me back from getting this game as i am huge simpsons fan!

    • hollyhills

      you can turn the music off and it has the option to play your own music from your ipod library. hardly a reason not to enjoy the game.

  • Buskape

    What an awefull music! This is the only reason holding me back from getting this game as i am huge simpsons fan!

    • hollyhills

      you can turn the music off and it has the option to play your own music from your ipod library. hardly a reason not to enjoy the game.

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    Nice cameo from Binky on the splash screen.

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    Nice cameo from Binky on the splash screen.

  • HenryBaker

    4.99???? I like the Simpsons, but thats way too much for this type of game. Anywhere from 99 cent to 2.99 is what im willing to spend on this.

    • Chad

      It could be Simpsons Pong and it's going to be more than $3. All games no matter how good or bad charge a lot more because of a name. With the Simpsons having jumped the shark about a decade ago, I think this developer is overemphasising the value of this IP.

      They would do better just selling a Simpsons soundboard (even if one has been done before I'm sure this developer would have the only legal one).

  • HenryBaker

    4.99???? I like the Simpsons, but thats way too much for this type of game. Anywhere from 99 cent to 2.99 is what im willing to spend on this.

    • Chad

      It could be Simpsons Pong and it's going to be more than $3. All games no matter how good or bad charge a lot more because of a name. With the Simpsons having jumped the shark about a decade ago, I think this developer is overemphasising the value of this IP.

      They would do better just selling a Simpsons soundboard (even if one has been done before I'm sure this developer would have the only legal one).

  • Yagami_Light

    Epic win for posting a link to an AVGN video, Hodapp.

  • Yagami_Light

    Epic win for posting a link to an AVGN video, Hodapp.

  • Chris

    Crashes my iPhone 3GS... Anyone else have this problem? As soon as gameplay starts, the video goes all nutz (like its loosing power or signal) then crashes and reboots the iPhone..

  • Chris

    Crashes my iPhone 3GS... Anyone else have this problem? As soon as gameplay starts, the video goes all nutz (like its loosing power or signal) then crashes and reboots the iPhone..

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  • Ghemmie

    Why oh why oh why do they not just release the AMAZING Simpsons arcade game from the early 90s?? They don't have to change a single thing...just give it to me!!!!

  • Ghemmie

    Why oh why oh why do they not just release the AMAZING Simpsons arcade game from the early 90s?? They don't have to change a single thing...just give it to me!!!!