Bart Simpson Just Wants To Play His Games
November 15, 2019
Here's a fun blast from the past courtesy of @90sManiax on Twitter. Acclaim published a series of poor-to-lackluster games based on The Simpsons in the early 1990s for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Super NES, Sega Master System, and Sega Genesis, and here we have an advertisement for several of the titles featuring original Simpsons animation as Bart tries to avoid his chore obligations in order to play. The three games advertised here - Bart vs the Space Mutants, Bart vs the World, and Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly - were all semi-popular in their day based solely on the red-hot Simpsons license, but had little to recommend in terms of gameplay. Even for NES games, these products were extremely basic with poor hit detection, grating sound, and unintuitive controls. I rented both NES games at different times in that era based just on being a fan of the license and came away disappointed. It wasn't until 1992's Bart's Nightmare for the Super NES that I finally found a Simpsons game worth owning, and even it isn't reaching its full potential. It was in 2007's The Simpsons Game that the property finally succeeded in the gaming world, largely because publisher Electronic Arts brought in the writers and animators from the television show to work on it. Now that's how you use a license!
The Simpsons Video Game Ad (1991) 📺 pic.twitter.com/oaT2hLOnGg— 90sManiax (@90sManiax) November 15, 2019
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