The Simpsons | Gaming Throwback

Developed by Konami (back when they made decent games) The Simpsons was released in 1991 for two different arcade cabinets. One was for two players and the other had the ability to play with all four characters at the same time. This side-scrolling, beat-em-up classic starts with the Simpsons family walking through downtown when they come upon a robbery lead by Smithers. The getaway turns into a kidnapping due to Maggie confusing the giant diamond for her pacifier. Choose your character and fight off Mr. Burns’ goons in classic settings like Moe’s Bar, Krustyland and the Nuclear Power Plant. At the end of each stage, you have to defeat a boss--which is really hard. And there are two bonus stages where players must smash the two buttons AS FAST AS THEY CAN. One of the unique aspects of this game is the ability to team up with another character. Bart can sit on Homer’s shoulders and swing his skateboard; Lisa can be thrown by Marge; and if you pair Lisa and Bart, or Marge and Homer, together, then enemies get hurt just by running them over. Regardless of how good of a gamer you are, you are going to sink a sack-full of quarters into the machine to beat this game. Mostly due to enemy bosses not following a predictable pattern. But, hey, you get to see a ton of your favorite Simpsons characters throughout the game and that’s what it’s all about, am I right? Which Simpsons game is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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