The Simpsons is an international treasure, no messing. For those who like their animated comedy with a hefty dose of sarcasm, satire and plain ol' daftness, well, The Simpsons has been doing it best for longest. The good news for gamers and fans of the show is that the family from 742 Evergreen Terrace finally gets the game it deserves in the shape of...aww, I've forgotten the title. D'oh!
The Simpsons Game! That's it! The thing is, it's not merely a Simpsons game. There are 16 parody-filled episodes to play through, and if you're a regular gamer and/or film-watcher, then you'll recognise some of the blockbusters the developer is having fun with, by inhabiting the films and games in question with Homer and company. Without wanting to blow the plot, expect to see some Harry Potter-esque scenes along with what looked to us like an Eragon/Lord of the Rings/Reign of Fire mickey-take, and many more.
Along with playable Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, there are around 170 characters with whom to interact, including Mr Burns and his lovelorn PA Smithers, the hapless Springfield police department, and an angry-looking primate that bears a remarkable resemblance to Homer. The story has been crafted by the writers of the show and the movie, and we all know how funny those are. The combination of great gameplay and genuinely funny characters will ensure that fans will be delighted with The Simpsons Game, and there might be a few converts along the way too.