Even the Simpsons haven’t been the best of luck when it comes to video gaming. Despite the animation family’s rampant televisual success, the show’s brand of humor has not quite worked in an interactive atmosphere.
So that it’s no surprise to watch EA hedging its bets using The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a FarmVille clone assembled around a freemium model that’s with its own license as much as its gameplay to haul from the punters.
The result isn’t terrible, though nagging time-sinks would be your luggage, but it continues the ribbon of under-whelming games built around among the largest names in the entertainment market the simpsons tapped out hack.
The game starts with Homer on the job, jabbing in an iPad-like apparatus and commenting about how boring that the FarmVille clone he is playing with is. There are some jokes, after which the nuclear explosion wipes Springfield from the face of the Earth. It’s your endeavor to reconstruct the fair city but you see fit.
A tutorial walks you through the intricacies of town-planning, teaching you how to purchase houses, complete quests, and earn the game’s two monies: cash and donuts.
Money buys bog-standard items – the sort of stuff you’ll have to make a thriving community full of second-rate characters who are not that interesting. If you’d like the show’s big guns, you will need to spend donuts.
Quests appear as exclamation marks hanging over characters’ heads.
Harness a single and you will get yourself a bit of catch of not-too-pithy dialog before that character puts off on his merry method to perform whatever menial task you’ve set for him.
Completing these tasks usually takes hours, but – unsurprisingly – adding a liberal dollop of donuts into the mix will speed things up. The same is true for building new structures, that get you cash and XP from the kind of taxation.
Once per day it is possible to visit alternative Springfields – both main one the game provides, or one which the buddy has created. You have to make cash there, too, and friends and family may do the same on your form of the town. You will have to have an Origin consideration to get the online features, though.
Game-play is punctuated by occasional jokes out of the throw of the series. The majority of these are poking fun at you because of being scammed out of your hard earned money by the freemium model, and more frequently than not they feel mean-spirited instead of satirical.
The Simpsons: Tapped outside wants to allow you to create and handle your own little Springfield, filling this up with characters that you know and love. In the end, though, it all feels just a bit too cloying. It barks at you for attention, rewarding consistent play but charging one to reap the huge benefits if you miss a day.
And when it has to do with the gameplay, there just isn’t enough variety to keep you amused. Similar to Homer at the onset of the match, all you’re doing is tapping on the screen, and deciding whether or not to devote your hard-earned snacks on speeding things up.
What you’re left with is just a parody that’s far too close to the actual thing for comfort.