Video Game / The Simpsons Game

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

The Simpsons Game is a platformer based on The Simpsons. It's also an Affectionate Parody of loads and loads of other games, and lampshades just about every trope they can think to lampshade.

Each character has their own special powers: Homer can become a giant belly and smash into things; Bart becomes Bartman, and is able to glide and shoot with his slingshot; Lisa can harness the power of the Buddha and stun enemies with her saxophone; and Marge can 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 family discovers their superpowers. Soon afterwards, there is an Alien Invasion. After that, the family is sucked into their computer and starts playing through levels based on other video games. Finally, they attack the fortress of the creator, Matt Groening, and face the three endgame bosses, who are as ridiculous as you could imagine.

Notable that it came out a few months after The Simpsons Movie was released, although they aren't connected beyond both being The Simpsons media. Also gets points for having both the writers and the original voice cast brought on to help with its development.

This game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acting Unnatural:
    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 pretends to write on a clipboard]
  • Affectionate Parody: Of just about everything.
  • Alien Invasion
  • Anal Probing: A conversation between two alien Mooks in the Alien Invasion 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 Anal Probing?
    Alien 1: Of course with Anal Probing! What else would we do?! Talk to him?!
  • Anti-Hero: Homer and Bart.
  • Art Evolution: 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 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On top of that, the first level is "The Land of Chocolate", previously seen in a dream sequence from the 1991 episode Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk.
  • Asteroids Monster: Benjamin Franklin.
  • Badass Family
  • Badass Normal: Obviously parodied by Bart's powers.
  • Balloon Belly: Homer's powers.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Kang and Kodos.
  • Bigger Bad: Matt Groening. This is revealed in one of the last missions.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: While the original show constantly mocks Fox, the game constantly mocks EA.
  • Bland-Name Product: The Final Boss involves destroying Bland Name versions of the Seventh Gen consoles.
  • Bottomless Pits
  • Bragging Rights Award: Getting all the collectibles gives the Simpsons unlimited energy for their attacks.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • The Simpsons family are quite aware they're in a Video Game.
    • Though apparently the Sea Captain is the only one who's aware of the series it's based on.
    • Ralph Wiggum is aware that "someone's looking at me!"
  • Brick Joke: In Bartman Begins, the mastermind behind the robbery is revealed to be 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.
  • Broken Aesop: 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.
  • The Cameo: Sideshow Bob is working with Kang & Kodos. Bart lampshades how weird it is that he'd be working with the aliens; Bob advises Bart to "Try not to think about it too much, and instead just focus on what an unexpected treat it is to see me here".
    • We also get Will Wright, creation of The Sims, who only shows up for one level to kill some old-school video game versions of the Simpsons.
  • Character Alignment: In-Universe. Homer questions his own, understandably, in the "Neverquest" level.
    Homer: Am I Lawful Evil or Chaotic Good?
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The French villagers in Medal Of Homer play this trope straight to a frankly absurd degree. Young Abraham Simpson even calls the French this in the same segment.
    • Just to be clear about this, the first mission in the level is a Fetch Quest to remove all the white flags from a French city.
  • Cliché Storm: Invoked. One of the collectibles in the game is "Video Game Cliché Moments", as pointed out by Comic Book Guy.
  • Continuity Porn: Sure, this game isn't part of the animated canon and it was even 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.
  • Creator Cameo: Not only does Matt make an appearance, he's also a boss.
  • Crossover: Near the end of the game, The Simpsons fight the characters from Futurama
    • Namely, Bender and Dr. Zoidberg clones in the Groening mansion, where they're summoned by none other than the man himself.
  • Creepy Twins: Sherri and Terri's only appearance is in the Game Engine, doing a The Shining ripoff.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: There is a Dance Dance Revolution parody/Shout-Out 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!
  • Death Seeker: One of the Marios in the Game Engine can be heard saying he longs for death.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Comic Book Guy Cliche 13 is "Obvious Weakness" and comes with the caption "A must have for the masters of the obvious."
  • Double Jump
  • The Dragon: Bender and Zoidberg, to Matt Groening.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: The Around the World in 80 Bites episode.
  • Escort Mission: Medal of Homer has one. Abe lampshades it and Comic Book Guy declares it the Worst Video Game Cliché Ever.
    • Though it's not present in the PS2 version.
  • Exploding Barrels: "Frustrating AND hackneyed"
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Each character has a set of items to collect in each level.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Subverted. While the game instruction manual has many useful information in it, it doesn't tell how to beat a boss. Good thing that's what the Internet is for.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Aliens are still attacking your town and the game's almost over? Go directly to God for help.
  • Groin Attack: 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!
  • Helium Speech: Occurs when Homer inflates himself.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: The orange female prostitute cats look more humanoid than Scratchy.
  • Interspecies Romance: Professor Frink's relationship with his new turtle bride.
  • Invisible Wall: Because the game doesn't go on forever.
  • Karma Houdini: Matt Groening escapes the Simpsons' wrath, to merchandise their likenesses another day.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The Clichés, obviously.
  • Large Ham: Many characters, even those that are relatively less hammy in the series.
    Apu: GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL! WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAAAALLLLL!
  • Lethal Lava Land: In the Super Happy Fun Fun Game stage. "It's not that original."
  • Level Ate: "The Land of Chocolate" Tutorial Level.
  • Levels Take Flight: A fight occurs on a flying boat.
  • Lotus Position: Lisa, after gaining the freezing, lightning and flick abilities.
  • Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: The Simpsons meet Expies of their NES counterparts.
  • Mind Screw: We're playing the Simpsons Game, which is a game inside God's Earth Game, which itself is a game inside Ralph's game, which is in our game, which is in God's Earth Game, etc etc.
  • Mini-Game: The game itself is one to God's Earth game.
  • Monster Clown: 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!
  • Mythology Gag
  • No Fourth Wall
  • Orchestral Bombing: "Day of the Dolphin" and "Game Over" feature this.
  • Palette Swap: The various types of Comic Book Guy Sumo Wrestlers in "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game".
  • Patchwork Map: In the "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game" level, the ice world and the lava world are right next to each other, separated by only a fence. Lisa lampshades how little sense this makes.
  • Petting Zoo People: The Itchies, Scratchies, orange female prostitute cats, and dogs in "Grand Theft Scratchy".
  • Police Are Useless: As usual for the Simpsons. Chief Wiggum gets lost on the way to the Springfield History Museum, arriving just after Homer and Bart defeat the bullies.
    • They alsohelp out violent, criminally insane children. Wiggum is HELPING VIOLENT CRIMINALS.
  • The Power of Rock: Lisa can knock people out with a few notes on her saxophone. And can even hypontize them
  • Power-Up: Every family member has one that makes them deal more damage as well as being temporarily invincible.
  • Rage Against the Author: Simpsons vs Groening. After beating him up, the family call him out for milking their franchise. And...
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When defeating Groening doesn't stop the chaos in Springfield, they take it to the one person more powerful than him - God.
  • Respawning Enemies: "Infinite bad guys from a small door. Way to rip off the clown car."
  • RPG Episode: Homer and Marge go through a level called "Neverquest" and Homer and Lisa go through JRPG battles in "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game".
  • Scoring Points: In-universe, 8-bit Homer is confused that the modern characters have no interest in this.
  • Self-Deprecation: Matt Groening's cameo.
    Matt Groening: "Your creator is TV's most beloved animation visionary!"
    Homer: "Seth MacFarlane?"
    • And some Ungrateful Bastard to boot. The Simpsons spare him, and he still intends to destroy them.
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: In Shadow Of The Colossal Donut, it's possible to get past the walls of the Springfield Prison, at which point two Rigellians will spawn. If you jump back over the walls to the main area with the Krustybots, the aliens will follow, at which point they and the robots will ignore you and fight to the death. Not that this won't have much of an impact—the bots' Zerg Rush will overwhelm the aliens in short order.
    • Lisa can use her saxophone power to hypnotize enemies into fighting each other once she level-ups.
  • Shout-Out: To a metric ton of other video games. Even Hotel Mario, 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. [1]
  • Sigil Spam: The EA logo shows up a lot. Probably counts as Biting-the-Hand Humour.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: One of the classic/cliched video game stages in Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game.
  • Slogan-Yelling Megaphone Guy: Marge, though it's more for for controlling a mob.
  • SpaceX:
    • "I told you to pick up your space-rake!"
    • "Space me agrees!"
  • Super Drowning Skills: It's not the sequel yet.
  • Technical Pacifist:
    • Despite fighting against violence, Marge is strangely okay with rallying an angry mob, recruiting violent criminals, destroying property and murdering policemen and children in the first level she's in., Lisa even lampshades this after you complete it. At least she becomes more productive with it for the other 2 levels she's in.
    • Lisa's no better: she wanted to stop the Mr.Burn's deforesting scheme, and did it by murdering the loggers.
  • This Loser Is You: Oddly enough, God fills this role.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Sideshow Bob is revealed as working with Kang & Kodos for the purpose of making a cameo. This would be a surprise... uf the game's advertising didn't mention the surprise cameo whilst showing the character's distinctive silhouette.
  • The Unfought: The Alien Mothership due to it being shoved aside in favor of God.
  • Trees into Toothpicks: Mr. Burns wants to cut down every tree in Springfield, and turn each into luxury toothpicks.
  • Versus Character Splash: In Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game, when you fight the Sparklemons.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can beat up and knock out characters walking around Springfield
  • Video Game Tutorial: Because you wouldn't read the manual.
  • Wallbonking: One of the Video Game Cliché Moments. Invoked by Ralph Wiggum, of course.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Marge has the power to bend people to her will, which she uses to create a mob who destroy a bunch of Video Game merchandise and advertisements, as well as beating a bunch of innocents in the process. She does this in the name of censorship.
  • Widget Series: "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game" is a pastiche of weird Japanese video games, including references to Pokémon and Katamari Damacy.
  • World Tour: Downplayed heavily in the third level, where you travel around a giant set made to look like a real World Tour.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: A certain someone who hosts the Cliches achivement system will invoke this, take a wild guess who it is.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Playing as either Marge or Lisa won't save you from the enemies. In turn, Marge doesn't seem to have problems with setting her mob on female enemies, like the cat prostitutes in Grand Theft Scratchy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Homer asks if video games get easier as they go along. Of course, though some video games do get easier as you learn how to play them, the game starts to get more challenging as it goes on, such as by including more powerful enemies and by making the bosses stronger.
  • Zerg Rush: A tactic used by both the Rigellians and the Krustybots, both of which come in much larger numbers at a time and are much weaker than other enemies. The aliens simply beam in a couple dozen Mooks at once one or two times per stage, while the bots in the Shadow of the Colossal Donut level spawn continuously in groups of three that are easily dealt with by themselves but can become a threat if you let their numbers build up.

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