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The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield

Windows - 1997

Year 1997
Platform Windows
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Licensed Title, Puzzle elements
Publisher Fox Interactive, Inc.
Developer Digital Evolution
Perspective 1st-Person
4.59 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield Windows

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

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This Little Girl 2018-08-06 0 point

what a waist of time!!! it didn't even download

Itchy 2018-05-04 1 point

This is the best game on the planet, and Miss HOTUD can go and insert an unripe banana into her butt.

Mitsota101 2018-04-08 0 point

Does not run on modern windows; refuses to open in DOSBox or ScumMV.
Requires real Windows 95 to run.

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