Bart vs. The Space Mutants
is the first Licensed Game
for the Nintendo Entertainment System
(also ported to the Sega Master System
, Game Gear
, Sega Genesis
and numerous computers) based off The Simpsons
, developed by Imagineering
. The game revolves around Bart attempting to foil the space mutant's plan to power their world-conquering machine by collecting random objects.
Followed by The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World
This game provides examples of:
- Amusement Park: The third level.
- Boss Remix: Sort of - the three boss themes are simply parts of the main theme repeated over and over. It gets really annoying after a while.
- Cassandra Truth: According to the manual, the reason Bart has to collect letters to get assistance in the Boss Battles is because he's trying to get evidence to subvert this.
- Collection Sidequest: The evidence.
- Depth Perplexion: In certain places, you can stand on the horizon or "walk" along a river by jumping on the background. The game is highly inconsistent with this, even within the same screen. note
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: More or less lampshaded in the game. The aliens have a machine that can run on anything, but never think to fuel it with something already in abundance; instead they choose purple objects, or hats.
- Easter Egg: By firing a rocket at the "E" in the Kwik-E-Mart's sign, you get both an extra life and the game's Sound Test! Unfortunately, it only plays sound effects.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Including shoes and walking shopping bags.
- Graceful Loser: The aliens prove to be this in the ending.
- Mini-Boss: The alien man in the second level.
- Nintendo Hard: Bart can only take two hits before dying, and for the most part he has absolutely no way to actually fight the enemies.
- Pass Through the Rings: Near the end of the second level.
- Power-Up Mount: Inverted - the second time you see the Recurring Boss, he rides a giant shoe.
- Recurring Boss: Again, the alien man in the second level.
- Rushmore Refacement: Complete the game, and the space mutants add Bart's face to honor their Worthy Opponent.
- Shout-Out: Bart's x-ray glasses are generally considered a reference to They Live!.
- Sliding Scale of Collectible Tracking: This game uses "It's Here Somewhere".
- Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom: The second level has giant shoes which act as these.
- Some Dexterity Required: The control in this game is dreadful. Bart cannot and will not execute a proper running-jump. As a consequence, simple platform sections and obstacles become nightmarishly difficult to overcome.
- Sound Test: See Easter Egg.
- Summon Magic: You can summon Grandpa to give you coins with a whistle... providing you stand one exact spot in the first level. Otherwise you'll just summon a dog to attack you.
- Using a donut in the last level summons Homer to act as a Smart Bomb.
- Symbol Swearing: In the cutscene before the third level.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: The second boss drops suitcases, which you need to jump on in order to damage her.
- Totally Radical: The box.
- Unwinnable by Mistake: It's almost impossible to clear the Museum without losing a life due to a section with very slow disappearing reappearing platforms that eats about 300 seconds off the timer.