The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield
Windows - 1997
Description of The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield
Virtual Springfield is a disappointing 'game' from FOX Interactive.
Set in the Simpsons universe, this CD-ROM takes you on a virtual-reality tour of Springfield - more specifically, about 50 famous locations ranging from Moe's Tavern to Krustylu Studios. Naturally, you can also visit the Simpsons' home, where you browse the family album, snicker at Homer's mail, explore Bart's room, and more. Most of these locations feature Simpsons characters, voiced by the original cast members.
Although it is billed as a "game," Virtual Springfield is really more like an interactive 3D atmosphere. There are a few small (and I DO mean small - as in, finishable in 10 minute or less) mini-games scattered around the town, but all of them are boring. One of the bigger games is a treasure-hunt of sorts: if you can find all the hidden baseball cards in the game, you will be treated to extra animations and URL of a website (that no longer exists). This is merely a ploy to trick you into clicking as many objects as possible to reveal animated sequences, and you even have to exploit some bugs to find all the cards.
Even as a non-game interactive title, Virtual Springfield is not very appealing. Most locations are drawn with wonderful details that Simpsons fans will love, but very few objects in each screen can be interacted with. In all, anyone can finish this title in about 1-2 hours, and that includes finishing all the games and watching every animation clip (these clips alone total about 25 minutes). Although the humor is just as much fun as the TV show, the whole thing is all over too soon, and none of the games warrants a replay.
Faithful but very low "bang for the buck" value, this disappointing title is fun only for younger kids and die-hard (and I mean very die-hard) Simpsons fans. Too bad FOX did not take lessons from Starwave's superb Muppets Inside (reviewed on this site) on how to do justice to a blockbuster license.
Konami's Simpsons games (which you can find on this site) are far better than this marginal underdog that offers far less gameplay on a CD-ROM than many 5.25" classics under 100KB.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Bigredno38 2021-03-05 -1 point
I have this game running on my gaming laptop running Win10 Home, but dont remember how, now when I installed on my gaming PC with Win10 Pro....I can install but it wont run...very frustrating
J 2021-02-15 1 point
Anyone managed to run this game? I've been trying for a while and can't seem to do it
ChubbyHayden 2020-11-24 1 point
I've got that JOY JOY JOY JOY down in my heart. DOWN IN MY HEART!
smartly dressed penguin 2020-07-08 0 point
How absolutely fantastic this is. I remember mayne decades ago I stumbled across a Genie in the depths of a forest in Cambodia and he told me of a magic scroll tat would reveal the greatest video game that would take the world by storm!..........it wasn't this one and I am sworn to secrecy so cannot tell you which video game is the greatest. But this one isn't bad
baconboi 2020-06-19 0 point
is it compatible with windows 98 its the only virtual machine i have
Generalschrimpf 2020-03-01 -2 points
Cannot get to work on Windows 10.
I've tried running in compatibility modes for 95, 98/ME, and up to Vista.
Doesn't run in DOSBox.
Doesn't run in virtual machine made for older games.
It. Does. Not. Run.
Scratchy 2020-01-06 1 point
I like it from what I can see, but... WHY DID SOMEONE MAKE A DOS GAME THAT CANNOT BE RUN IN DOS MODE?
Atomicben 2019-08-31 1 point
It works, but wherever I try to install it, No matter what I get an error saying "Your currently selected hard disk doesn't have enough space"
Andy 2019-01-24 0 point
I suddenly remembered this game from my childhood. At the time I thought that I was missing something because I couldn't find 'the point' of the game. Curiosity made me look it up to see what the secret was. Oh, that was it... I hadn't missed anything.
Itchy 2018-05-04 0 point
This is the best game on the planet, and Miss HOTUD can go and insert an unripe banana into her butt.
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