For the last few years, we have been focussing on the world of the ‘Forgotten Game’ – the bad games, the good but predominantly ugly. Well, we are now going to mix it up – whilst we may still look at the odd forgotten games, we are also going to look at ones that are really popular, that bring back great memories and just celebrate the whole world of the computer game! Today we are going to look at a game that I was always annoyed that you couldn’t get to the end of because it was an arcade game and you had to pay for it and no matter how much you paid you never got to the end – The Simpsons Arcade Game.
The Simpsons Arcade game was released in 1991, it was published and developed by Konami. The narrative of the game was based around The Simpons witnessing a robbery at a jewelry store by Waylan Smithers – one of the diamonds falls into Maggies mouth and he kidnaps her and the aim of the game is to venture through many different lands to try and save her. Some of the locations that you head to are Krustyland, Moes Tavern and Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
I have a very weak memory of the actual game but I do remember that it was played at an arcade at a pier – I remember there used to be this version of it here you could physically sit down on a chair and play it with three other people – depending on what colour joysticks and buttons you choose depends on what Simpson Character you are in the game. I really don’t know what seaside location that game was at but I remember really liked it. I remember when I was a kid, that me and mum played it at that arcade.
Although, saying that, I do remember the game being quite hard and that it wasn’t the easiest to control and I only remember the first level in the high street and the fighting round at the end – that is all I remember. Although saying that, I have some great memories of this game and I remember the fun because the buttons on the arcade game had a great button feel to them and I wonder if that is why I remember them as well! It was a good little game!