Genre: Beat 'em up
Platform: Arcade(reviewed), PC, C64
Since I need more time for my next GOTY article, I think it's time I break out another filler feature: Honorable Mentions. In this feature I'll look at games from years that I've already covered in previous top 5s that didn't quite make the cut despite still being very good. Today we'll look at Konami's 1991 beat 'em up based on The Simpsons, simply titled The Simpsons. I remember it being one of the earliest arcade games I ever played and being a fan of the show, I loved it. Playing it nowadays, I think it still holds up well and I noticed a lot of goofy references that I probably missed as a kid, like the rabbit from Life in Hell as one of the enemies.
|The deadliest boss of all: a balloon.|
The gameplay is very similar to other licensed Konami beat 'em ups at the time like X-Men and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so it controls very simply with one button for attacking and another for jumping. It's a fairly easy game, though the bosses can be kinda cheap as in any arcade beat 'em up. Enemies could have used a little more variety. For most of the game you'll fight the same 2 generic thugs, although each level has a few unique enemies that match the theme of the stage, like the zombies in the cemetery.
|Uh...Never mind. A giant robot suit might be a little more deadly.|
The graphics are simple but okay for the time, with each sprite showing a good level of detail and accuracy to the source material. Just look at the header image of my blog and you'll see, in the very upper right corner, one of Homer's attack animations that just cracks me up whenever I see it.