At this point in time, we think it’s safe to say that almost everyone in the world has heard of The Simpsons; they’ve been on TV for 22 years, and many generations have grown up watching the likes of Homer and Bart get into trouble on a weekly basis.
Over this period, The Simpsons have starred in many video games, and many of them have been extremely entertaining, but The Simpsons: Tapped Out is one of the best games that we’ve played that include our favorite cartoon family. The game is a success because it lets the Simpsons be themselves; you build your own version of Springfield, and the characters explore and make their way through your city.
The game begins with Homer concentrating on playing a Little Elves game on his mobile device instead of monitoring the temperature of the nuclear plant. He’s spending money on getting in-game upgrades while figuring that he can blame it on the kids; while doing this, the nuclear power plant’s core reaches a critical level, and the plant explodes taking all of Springfield with it.
We love the silliness of this premise. Only The Simpsons can survive such a tragedy and make a fun game out of it. All of the characters that you’d expect to find in a Simpsons game make it through the disaster, and they’re waiting for you to rebuild their town as Homer Simpson.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is similar to any other social game where you need to build a town or city, but it does include enough twists to set it apart from other generic games. If you’ve ever been a fan of The Simpsons, you’ll love the references in this game. You can build Ned Flanders a new home, a new Springfield Elementary or Krusty Burger. You can even rebuild minor characters like Hank Scorpio’s volcano hideout, but this is where the game treads into unlocking premium content for money.
As you rebuild, Springfield’s characters start coming back to town, and every character can do a bunch of jobs that relate to their role on the show. Krusty can walk his pet monkey, or you can get Lisa to read a book or practice her saxophone.
As you unlock more characters, they earn cash and experience points. Everything the characters can do relates to the show, so it’s especially fun for people who consider themselves fans. Every job assigned to the characters elicits a perfect reaction, and this takes the game to another level.
There are a few things that we didn’t like about the game. There are tons of voice clips that play during the game, and at first it’s really cool to hear your favorite characters talk, but there’s no way to turn the voices off. The voices tend to get repetitive after a while, and we wish there was a way to silence them without turning off all the game sounds.
The controls can be finicky when you are trying to move small objects like fences, homes or trees, but once you get used to them, it gets easier.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a great social game that knows its audience well. If you’ve ever seen the show, then you need to play this game; it has a charm and style that makes this game truly entertaining.