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The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Juggernauts

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Released: 1992

Genre: Sports

Format reviewed: Game Boy

Publisher: Acclaim

Developer: Imagineering

Submitted by: Mike Wilcox

The Simpsons seemed to be everywhere in the early 90's. And videogames were no exception. I first got my taste of Simpsons games when i played The Simpsons Arcade in…..er…..the arcade. It was great. Then, I played Bart Vs. The Space Mutants on the Amiga. I loved it, especially the animated intro, which blew my mind. Escape from Camp Deadly came next, and was quite good. Then came this (facepalm). What were Imagineering thinking???

Bart stars in the gameshow 'The Juggernauts', as a contestant, and has to win a set amount across a number of events (like skateboarding down a hill to knock off a juggernaut, to throwing a basketball through a hoop while traversing an electrified grid). While the game theory is sound, the gameplay isn't. It's much too difficult to get any sort of enjoyment out this, and I found I'd lost all three of my tries on the Electro-Grid Ball game, which is the Second event!!! You always seem to fight the controls, which is not a good thing. When this came out, the Simpsons games seemed to go down hill rather rapidly, and it's a shame, as there is some promise. Just not the delivery.

Saying that, the graphics are quite good, and it doesn't sound too bad, I just wish more time was spent on making the game playable.