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The Simpsons

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Commodore 64

Alt name The Simpsons Arcade Game
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Beat 'em up / Brawler, Licensed Title, Platform, TV Cartoons
Publisher Konami, Inc.
Developer Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.45 / 5 - 121 votes

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A great conversion of the arcade game of the same name, based on one of the world's most popular cartoon series of all time, Konami's The Simpsons features great graphics (for its time, of course), fluid animation, and best of all-- faithful characters' personalities and gameworld that truly brings the Simpsons' Springfield to life.

In this episode, the Simpson's troubles begins when Mr. Smithers has kidnapped Maggie right in front of her family. Your mission is to rescue the youngest Simpson from the clutches of the evil sycophant. You can choose to play as any of the remaining Simpsons, each with his or her own characteristics that fans will instantly recognize. Bart is the most fun of the bunch: he scoots around on his skateboard, which he can use to whack people with the skateboard, or jump over them. When he dies, a devilishly red Bart (complete with pitchfork) hovers over the corpse, and (if you have any remaining lives) the new Bart zooms in in his Bartman costume.

The second-most fun character to play is Marge, who wields a mighty Hoover vacuum cleaner as her weapon. Lisa swings her jumprope around like a whip, and is the most difficult character to play because of her low health level and limited attacks. Lastly, Homer simply punches the bad guys with his fists, but can endure a lot of damage before dying. Most bad guys are dressed in purple suits, but many of them are disguised as nonchalant citizens who quickly ambush you by surprise. All of the game's 8 levels ("stages") and 2 bonus levels take place in locations from the show that are faithfully recreated, including the Springfield Cemetery, Moe's Tavern, Krustyland, and even The Nuclear Power Plant.

Although The Simpsons offers two-player mode, Konami unfortunately removed the "team play" feature in the arcade original that offers new attack modes when two players team up (e.g. Bart can hope on to Homer's shoulders, and Marge and Homer can tumble together like human wheel). However, there are still many creative weapons that scatter around the screen (my favorites being the slingshot and snowball), as well as food and other items, that gameplay is always refreshing.

Overall, this is a great game based on the show, and a must-play for every Simpsons and platform game fan. Just be wary of very difficult end-level bosses. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

fvkthisdumbport 2023-11-27 0 point

works fine in dosbox on win 10, including sound and music. good game but holy SHIT the controls are so bad i just delete the game. whoever designed controls for the pc port never used a keyboard in their life, or perhaps they hate keyboard users and wanted to punish us by making the control scheme so fucking bad only a person without bones can comfortably play it.
play arcade version on MAME, better version in every way, including customizable controls that are not retarded

Link 2023-10-09 0 point DOS version

If you're idle for too long the game just straight up ends which is pretty hilarious.

dogofdespair 2023-06-02 0 point DOS version

I can at least play it on the browser, I grew up playing the arcade version for this. too bad my win 10 pc says is not compatible with 16-bit applications.

Dragon 2021-04-08 -10 points

I don't know about this but please when you are going to make the game don't do something like this okay thank you

Fabio Gamer99 2019-06-02 0 point

does work on Windows 7?

need help 2018-07-18 2 points

how do i attack im really confused

Petr ZoufalĂ˝ 2017-05-20 0 point DOS version

I must use fn with insert on my notebook but it is worthless, otherwise, i can attack :)

Virginsteele 2016-03-30 0 point

Arrow keys to control, and DEL to jump, INS to attack.

I can't get the sound to work on DOSBOX, any ideas?

1up pro 2016-01-24 2 points DOS version

This isn't compatible with 64-bit windows, can someone help me???

Timmy 2015-08-02 0 point DOS version

This game movie is cool.

George 2014-10-13 -2 points DOS version

really keen to play, but it won't let me select a character!!!!

anthonymason103 2014-05-11 0 point DOS version


Edd004 2014-04-27 -3 points DOS version

hello, i use d-fend to play it...i just only can moves..i can't attack .-. help

antonis 2014-03-25 1 point DOS version

nice game!

Marttheking 2014-02-05 0 point DOS version

WOw Thanks Very awsome of all you guys

sup 2013-08-18 0 point DOS version


marco 2012-10-26 -1 point DOS version


jimjam 2011-07-08 0 point DOS version

nice! i remember playing this game at the arcade, thanks.

Mandrake1 2011-05-04 1 point DOS version

I prefer the MAME VERSION (the original game), but thanks :)

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