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Bart vs the Space Mutants was released for the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive back in 1992 and is basically just a graphically updated version of the NES game released the year before, which was in fact the first Simpsons game ever created for home consoles.
The basic story for the game is that aliens have invaded Springfield and it is up to you (Bart) to prevent them from building a “super weapon” by spraying things purple, collecting hats and stealing balloons… Yeah… you heard me right…
“Don’t Have a Cow, Man!”
At least the graphics are okay for an early 16 bit game. The first level in particular is a colourful representation of the streets of Springfield, with plenty of references to keep Simpsons fans happy. One example I really enjoyed was the ability to prank call Moe’s Tavern. It took longer to work out than necessary and with no hints or direction at all, but it was a fun discovery.
I’m afraid that’s about all I have nice to say about the game though. One of the main things that makes or breaks a platformer are its controls and unfortunately Bart vs the Space Mutants is an absolute mess. Both run and jump are assigned to the same button and a long jump requires you to hold down two buttons at the same time. The inventory management is also a bit of a pain to use, often requiring you to pause the game to switch items.
Another issue I have with this game is the punishing difficulty. I don’t mind games being tough and I do enjoy a challenge, but this just feels either lazy or broken. The collision detection feels off in places, especially in later levels and to be honest, I’ve only ever made it far in this game by using save states on an emulator. You only get five lives, no continues and it only takes two hits to kill you, so… good luck!
If you’re looking for an enjoyable Simpsons game, then I’m sorry to say that Bart vs the Space Mutants isn’t it. This game is tough and barely worth the effort and patience required for even some of the biggest Simpsons fans out there. Every few years I seem to forget just how bad it is and play it again. Somehow there’s some nostalgia here that keeps me coming back, but it doesn’t take too long to get frustrated with it.
“Eat My Shorts!”
I’ve heard that the NES version of this game is slightly better, although still pretty horrible, so if you want to experience some Simpsons fun, I recommend you play the original Arcade game! Now that really was awesome! There’s also a couple of fun titles on the PS2 like “Hit and Run” and “Road Rage”, so check those out if you get a chance.
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