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->'''Bart:''' The only Simpsons Game I can think of is the one where we all pretend dad isn't an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]].

''The Simpsons Game'' is a platformer based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. It's also an AffectionateParody of loads and loads of other games, and [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshades just about every trope]] they can think to {{lampshade|Hanging}}.

Each character has their own special powers: [[AntiHero Homer]] can become a giant belly and smash into things; Bart becomes [[SecretIdentity Bartman]], and is able to glide and shoot with his slingshot; Lisa can [[BadassPreacher harness the power of the Buddha]] and [[ThePowerOfRock stun enemies with her saxophone]]; and Marge can [[SloganYellingMegaphoneGuy rally up supporters]] and is able to send Maggie into small gaps.

During the game, Bart finds the manual to ''The Simpsons Game'', from which the [[BadassFamily family]] discovers their superpowers. Soon afterwards, there is an AlienInvasion. After that, the family is sucked into their computer and starts playing through levels based on other {{video game}}s. Finally, they attack the fortress of the creator, Matt Groening, and ultimately [[spoiler:make a stairway to heaven in order to battle Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Creator/BenjaminFranklin, and {{God}}]].

Notable that it came out a few months after ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' was released, although they aren't connected beyond both being ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons [Media]''. Also gets points for having both the writers and the original voice cast brought on to help with its development.
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!!This game provides examples of the following tropes:
* ActingUnnatural:
-->'''Lisa:''' It's the mother ship!\\
'''Bart:''' This must be the level boss for this part of the game.\\
'''Homer:''' The boss! Quick, act natural. ''[puts on business glasses and [[ClipboardOfAuthority pretends to write on a clipboard]]]''
* AffectionateParody: Of just about everything.
* AlienInvasion
* AnalProbing: A conversation between two alien {{Mooks}} in the AlienInvasion level,
-->'''Alien 1:''' This human has tiny pieces of paper which gives him big, big savings. We must study him!
-->'''Alien 2:''' Study him with AnalProbing?
-->'''Alien 1:''' Of course with AnalProbing! What else would we do?! Talk to him?!
* AntiHero: Homer and Bart.
* ArtEvolution: The cutscenes are animated in the style of the show, instead of using the game engine, and they had to be done in High-Definition for the PlayStation3 and {{Xbox 360}}. On top of that, the first level is "[[CallBack The Land of Chocolate]]", previously seen in a dream sequence from the 1991 episode ''Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk''.
* BadassFamily
* BadassNormal: Obviously Parodied by Bart's Powers
* BalloonBelly: Homer's powers.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Kang and Kodos.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: MattGroening]]. This is revealed in one of the last missions.
* BitingTheHandHumor: While the original show constantly mocks Fox, the game constantly mocks EA.
* BottomlessPits
* BraggingRightsAward: Getting all the collectibles gives the Simpsons unlimited energy for their attacks
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** The Simpsons family are quite aware they're in a VideoGame.
*** One with [[LogicalExtreme hilariously self-referential cutscenes]].
** Though apparently [[spoiler:the Sea Captain]] is the only one who's aware of the series it's based on.
** [[spoiler:Ralph Wiggum]] is aware that "someone's looking at me!"
* BrickJoke: In Bartman Begins, the mastermind behind the robbery is revealed to be [[spoiler:Skinner]]. In Mob Rules, he is a recruitable character, and is found ''in front of the museum he tried to rob.''
** During the first cutscene of The Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game, Homer refuses to eat any sushi ("unless it's full of chocolate and there's no sushi in it"). The only available food in the level is sushi, and he eats it anyway. This is just a gameplay mechanic, but it's still hilarious.
* BrokenAesop: Intentional and in-game. Marge gathers an angry mod to smash up Itchy and Scratchy adverts and beat up anyone who tries to stop them... because they're opposed to violent video games like the Itchy and Scratchy game. Lisa points out the irony.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Sideshow Bob]] is working with Kang & Kodos. Bart [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how weird it is that he'd be working with the aliens; [[spoiler:Bob]] advises Bart to "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Try not to think about it too much, and instead just focus on what an unexpected treat it is to see me here]]".
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The French villagers in [[MedalOfHonor Medal Of Homer]] play this trope straight to a frankly [[PlanetOfHats absurd]] [[DudeNotFunny degree]]. Young Abraham Simpson even [[ExactWords calls the French like this]] in the same segment.
** Just to be clear about this, the first mission in the level is a FetchQuest to remove all the white flags from a French city.
* ClicheStorm: [[invoked]] One of the collectibles in the game is "VideoGame Cliché Moments", as pointed out by [[MetaGuy Comic Book Guy]].
* ContinuityPorn: Sure, this game isn't part of the animated canon and it was even [[LampshadeHanging shown]] at one point, but any Simpson fan who's played this game would instantly recognize any bit and piece of Simpson history referenced in it.
* [[spoiler: CreatorCameo]]: [[spoiler: Not only does Matt make an appearance, he's also a boss.]]
* CrossOver: [[spoiler: Near the end of the game, TheSimpsons fight the characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'']]
** Namely, [[spoiler: Bender and Dr. Zoidberg clones in the Groening mansion, where they're summoned by none other than the man himself.]]
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: [[spoiler:There is a VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution parody/ShoutOut in the final level of the game, but the arrows are in the wrong place for those familiar with the real game. It should be left-down-up-right, EA Games, not left-right-up-down!]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Comic Book Guy Cliche 13 is "Obvious Weakness" and comes with the caption "A must have for the masters of the obvious."
* DoubleJump
** [[LampshadeHanging How original...]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Bender and Zoidberg, to Matt Groening.]]
* EiffelTowerEffect: The Around the World in 80 Bites episode.
* EscortMission: ''Medal of Homer'' has one. Abe [[{{Lampshading}} lampshades]] it and [[MetaGuy Comic Book Guy]] declares it the [[WorstWhateverEver Worst]] {{Videogame}} Cliché [[CatchPhrase Ever]].
* ExplodingBarrels: [[LampshadeHanging "Frustrating AND hackneyed"]]
* GenreSavvy
* GottaCatchEmAll: Each character has a set of items to collect in each level.
* GroinAttack: At the end of "Shadow of the Colossal Donut", Homer and Bart manage to defeat Lard Lad. Homer continually punches the mascot's crotch, much to Bart's disdain.
--> '''Bart''': Homer, try to show a little dignity in victory.
--> '''Homer''': {still punching} Eat fist, lard crotch!
* HeliumSpeech: Occurs when Homer inflates himself.
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: The orange female prostitute cats look more humanoid than Scratchy.
* InterspeciesRomance: Professor Frink's relationship with his new turtle bride.
* InvisibleWall: [[LampshadeHanging Because the game doesn't go on forever.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The Clichés, obviously.
* LargeHam: Many characters, even those that are relatively less hammy in the series.
--> '''Apu:''' GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL. WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAAAALLLLL.
* LethalLavaLand: [[LampshadeHanging "It's not that original."]]
* LevelAte: "The Land of Chocolate" Tutorial Level.
* LevelsTakeFlight: A fight occurs on a [[IfItSwimsItFlies flying boat.]]
* LotusPosition: Lisa, after gaining the freezing lightning and flick abilities.
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Simpsons meet [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of their [=NES=] counterparts.
* MiniGame: [[spoiler:The game itself (Big suprise!)]].
* MonsterClown: In his level, Lard Lad brings miniature Krusty robots to life to attack Homer and Bart. They simultaneously wow and terrify Bart.
--> '''Homer''': I wish I had my clown poison!
* MythologyGag
* NoFourthWall
* OrchestralBombing: "Day of the Dolphin" and "Game Over" feature this.
* PaletteSwap
* PettingZooPeople: The orange female prostitute cats
* [[ThePowerOfRock The Power of Jazz]]: Lisa can knock people out with a few notes on her saxophone.
* PowerUp: Every family member has one that makes them deal more damage as well as being temporarily invincible.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Simpsons vs Groening. After beating him up, the family call him out for milking their franchise.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler: When defeating Groening doesn't stop the chaos in Springfield, they take it to the one person more powerful than him - God.]]
* RespawningEnemies: [[LampshadeHanging "Infinite bad guys from a small door. Way to rip off the clown car."]]
* RPGEpisode: Homer and Marge go through a level called [[EverQuest "Neverquest"]] and Homer and Lisa go through JRPG battles in "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game".
* ScoringPoints: In-universe, 8-bit Homer is confused that the modern characters have no interest in this.
* SelfDeprecation: Matt Groening's cameo.
** With a hell of a TakeThat in the mix:
--> '''Matt Groening:''' "Your creator is TV's most beloved animation visionary!"
--> '''Homer:''' "SethMacFarlane?"
** And some UngratefulBastard to boot. The Simpsons spare him, and he still intends to destroy them.
* ShoutOut: To a metric ton of other {{video game}}s. Even ''VideoGame/HotelMario'', when the Mario {{expy}} says at the end "I hope it's a-spaghetti!". Not a lot of tropers are willing to describe them, but you have a list of them at [=WikiSimpsons=]. [[http://simpsonswiki.net/wiki/The_Simpsons_Game/References]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld
* SloganYellingMegaphoneGuy: Marge.
* SpaceX:
** "I told you to pick up your [[spoiler: space-rake]]!"
** "Space me agrees!"
* SuperDrowningSkills: [[LampshadeHanging It's not the sequel yet.]]
* ThisLoserIsYou: [[spoiler:Oddly enough, God fills this role]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:Sideshow Bob]] is [[TheReveal revealed]] as working with Kang & Kodos for the purpose of making a [[TheCameo cameo]]. This would be a surprise... If the game's advertising didn't mention the surprise cameo ''whilst showing the character's distinctive silhouette''.
* TheUnfought: The Alien Mothership due to it being shoved aside in favor of [[spoiler:God]].
* TreesIntoToothpicks: Mr. Burns wants to cut down every tree in Springfield, and turn each into luxury toothpicks.
* VersusCharacterSplash: In ''Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game'', when you fight the Sparklemons.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can beat up and knock out characters walking around Springfield
* VideoGameTutorial: [[LampshadeHanging Because you wouldn't read the manual]].
* {{Wallbonking}}: One of the Video Game Cliché Moments. Invoked by [[TheDitz Ralph Wiggum]], of course.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Marge has the power to bend people to her will, which she uses to create [[TorchesAndPitchforks a mob]] who destroy a bunch of VideoGame merchandise and advertisements, as well as beating a bunch of innocents in the process. [[MoralGuardians She does this in the name of censorship]].
* WidgetSeries: "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game" is a pastiche of weird Japanese {{video game}}s, including references to ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy''.
* WorldTour: Downplayed heavily in the third level, where you travel around a giant set made to look like a real World Tour.
* WorstWhateverEver
* WouldHitAGirl: Playing as either Marge or Lisa won't save you from the enemies.
* WouldHurtAChild: Enemies don't seem to have a problem with attacking Bart and Lisa.
** Marge and her mob don't seem to have a problem attacking the kids buying Grand Theft Scratchy.
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