There isn't really a major plot in the game, but most everything Simpsons-related (at least, in its early seasons) is included. The bright, attention-grabbing art and custom speech from the actors helped make it a success; it won the award for best pinball game in 1990 by the Amusement and Music Operators Association.
The game was initially well-received, and it has been credited to helping pinball resurface in The '90s, mostly due to it being one of the first games with a strong theme. Nowadays, however, it's rather hotly contested as to whether it's genuinely a good game, or simply rode the coattails of the show's popularity. Nevertheless it's still regarded as a decent play.
This pinball machine provides examples of:
- Amusing Injuries: Scratchy suffers these on the playfield.
- Bart Simpson is About to Shoot You: Shown on the playfield, in between the flippers."Shoot again, man!"
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot near the left ramp, complete with souvenir shops and advertisements."Get your picture taken with Bigfoot!"
- Bowling for Ratings: Bowling features prominently in the game, being the method for starting multiball.
- Electric Torture: The flashers include pictures of the Simpsons family undergoing electroshock group therapy.
- Generic Graffiti: "El Barto" is scrawled on one of the playfield plastics.
- Match Sequence: The match sequence is labeled "Homer's Lucky Scratch-N-Match", and one by one, several digits are eliminated until only a few remain.
- Mirror Match: Lisa Simpson and "Bleeding Gums" Murphy are playing saxophone on the slingshot bumpers.
- Score Multiplier: Termed "Doughnut Multipliers", they're earned by going on the top lanes. Up to 6 can be earned.
- Skill Shot: The normal "three lanes with one lit to award points" affair.
- Spelling Bonus: Spelling M-I-L-L-I-O-N-S and riding the ramp nets you a million points. The flyer mistakenly says you must spell S-I-M-P-S-O-N-S instead.Homer: "Please, please, please, please — one million smackers!"
- Take That, Audience!: A lot of it.Grandpa Simpson: "Don't you know how to use the flippers?"
- Timed Mission: Most missions, like the Millions round.
- Totally Radical: A bit, thanks to Bart Simpson.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts are prevalent in the playfield art.
- Apu: "Come again!"