The Simpsons Game (Nintendo DS)
The wacky world of Springfield's best-loved family comes to the Nintendo DS in what is possibly the best game interpretation of the animation ever. Publishers Electronic Arts have done a bang-up job of interpreting this animated franchise and given fans and gamers a rare treat.
At its core, The Simpsons Game is a 2D platformer where you get to control the four main characters. Bart comes into possession of the game manual and finds out that they are characters in a video game and they have super powers.
Unlike most Simpsons games, this version is presented like an actual TV episode, with good writing and great one-liners. The best thing is that the game spoofs the gaming industry and game and gamer parodies abound.
The game even takes the mickey out EA's own, putting Sims creator Will Wright in the firing line: he's portrayed as a deranged nerd bent on destroying an old 8-bit Simpsons game. The game also parodies other games like Frogger, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and Pokemon.
There's even a spoof of Nintendo's Nintendogs where you can feed and play with an underwear-clad Homer. Completing levels gives you extra stuff to feed him or new items that he can play with. If you overfeed him, his arteries clog and you have to use a defibrillator to shock him back to life.
The game is well-crafted and really fun to play. The only negative is that the stylus control is a bit difficult. The game is not too hard, and with an unlimited supply of lives, it's a great choice for gamers of all ages and abilities. A definite must-have.