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App Review: The Simpsons Tapped Out

Today we take a closer look at the game The Simpsons Tapped Out.

Published onFebruary 12, 2013

The Simpsons Tapped Out
The Simpsons Tapped Out has only been out for a couple of weeks and it has already developed quite the following. That should come as no surprise, as the show has had a large and dedicated following for decades. We’re taking a closer look at The Simpsons Tapped Out to see if it’s really that great. If you’d rather watch than read, the video is posted at the bottom.

The Simpsons Tapped Out Game Play

The Simpsons Tapped out is a surprisingly easy game to play. It falls into the genre of a construction simulation game. Much like Sim City, gamers will rebuild the city of Springfield after Homer finally screws up at the power plant bad enough to blow up the whole town.  Along with the rebuilding, there is a story line underneath where Homer has to find his fellow Springfield residents and his family. So between both of those, there is always something to do.

Game play itself is pretty straightforward. In the bottom right hand corner there is the build menu that you use to add new buildings and decorations around the town. Next to it is the move tool where you can move things. Lastly is an option to visit the alternate reality Springfield, which you can do once a day to get a little extra experience and money. The bottom left is your task list, experience, money, and donut levels. There is also a star rating that helps you determine what you need to build.

The tutorial is pretty long and is slow going, but once you get passed it you have full control over what goes on and what gets built. As you build new things and buy new land, the game’s characters pop up one by one. Soon you have a bustling town of people to control and even more things to build.

It’s definitely a lot of fun and can be addictive.

The Simpsons Tapped Out Graphics

There isn’t much to say in this area. The Simpsons Tapped Out game has the exact same look as the TV show. Not the old standard definition show, but the newer, HD ones or the movie. Everything is crisp and clear and all the buildings and characters are true to the designs of the show itself.

One thing that struck us as pretty awesome is the whole cast is voiced by their original voice actors. So no cheap imitations or copied catch phrases from the show. Each character has a short list of unique phrases they’ll say when you make them do things. This helps gamers further enjoy the experience of The Simpsons Tapped Out.

Since the graphics look just like the show, we couldn’t imagine them doing much better in this area than they already have.

The Simpsons Tapped Out Replay Value

This is where the game definitely doesn’t shine. It’s meant to be a never ending game, which means there is no motivation to go back to the beginning and play it. You can move, build, tear down, and rebuild anything at will so there’s no chance of messing something up bad enough to start over. Additionally, even if there are no buildings, there are characters to control that generate money and experience, so you’re never without a way to make money. The game is ever progressing forward.

Given that the game doesn’t really end and we can’t imagine anyone wanting to start over after they’ve gotten far enough in the game, we decided that replay value on this game was very low.

The Simpsons Tapped Out Overall Value

The bottom line is this game has a lot of content, a lot of stuff to do, and is a lot of fun. Rebuilding Springfield is an interesting take on a Simpsons game and lets the gamer take control of the most popular animated town in cartoon history. Who wouldn’t put Moe’s Tavern right next to the Simpsons’ residence with the Kwik-E-Mart on the other side? The customization of the town and the journey to get there is definitely enough to keep gamers immersed for awhile.

Add to that the fact the game looks like an episode of the Simpsons with the whole cast having their original voices and it’s a complete Simpsons experience. If you’re a fan of the series, then it’s definitely a must have game. Even if you’re just a fan of building simulations or just like Android games, we imagine that most would enjoy the game itself.

Something that is interesting about it is every time you open the game, it’ll sync up to its servers and download new content if it’s available. In the Google Play Store description, it states that it’ll download up to 175MB on its first load. So we imagine the developers plan on adding more content as time goes and players will get it when their game syncs to the servers.

When you add all the content with the full Simpsons experience and factor in that the game is free, that makes The Simpsons Tapped Out an awesome game for anyone. If it seems up your alley, you can find it for free in the Google Play Store here.