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Name Simpsons, The - Bart vs The Space Mutants
System Genesis - Mega Drive
Year 1992
Developer Imagineering, Inc.
Genre Action

Simpsons, The - Bart vs The Space Mutants is a side-scrolling platformer/adventure video game released in 1991 as part of The Simpsons video game series. It was developed and published by Acclaim Entertainment for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Game Boy consoles of the time.

The title follows teenager Bart Simpson's quest to save Springfiled from an invasion of atomic space mutants. Dubbed "The Alien Annihilators", they are out to acquire four mutant maker items that will allow them to take complete control over the citizens of Springfield. Throughout his quest, Bart must pass through five differently themed levels where he has to use gadgets, items, and other tools along the way, while defending himself from more hostile aliens who want him dead.

In order to progress through levels in Bart vs The Space Mutants, players must set out on missions to obtain two special objects per level: a color coded key piece and one of four pieces from the "mutant maker". Each level also consists of various mini-games, disguises, weapons and helpful inventions which Bart can use in order to survive different obstacles throughout his journey. With each level completed successfully and with all mutant maker parts collected, the final battle between Bart and the alien annihilators is triggered at their headquarters at Butte Mountain.

The graphics for this particular Simspsons game were well received upon its release due to its cartoon-style animation and audio effects that effectively capture nostalgia of couch gags found in early episodes of The Simpsons show. Furthermore, while it did not quite reach commercial success due to limited copies being released by Acclaim Entertainment during 1992, Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants certainly made waves among fans who were no longer stuck playing only 8-bit versions from newly released SNES installments at the time. Some critics even point towards its gameplay as an enjoyable experience with mild difficulty when compared with otherplatformers released in 1991 such as Sonic & Knuckles or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.

Genesis - Mega Drive Action games