Video Game: The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
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
- 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.