I have been watching the Simpsons since they were a short on the Tracy Ulman show and had really crummy animation (and didn’t exactly look like they do now). The Simpsons are not new to video games since they have been fairly popular with license happy video game companies (can you name the first home console they appeared on?).
The Simpsons Tapped Out is just like the other time management games that require the player to “build” something and wait for actions to finish, slowly building up to bigger and bigger things in the game. Of course, as with those other games, there is the opportunity to “speed” things up by paying real money for rarer items that give the power of speeding up time (who wants to wait 24+ hours for a house to be built when you can spend a buck or two and have it now?).
The allure of the Simpsons characters is there in all its glory, clips from the show with characters giving their signature voice samples help bring the game to life- though not quite like you are playing an episode (there is a nicely animated short for an introduction that is all original though).
Homer has basically let the nuclear power plant blow up and everything in Springfield has been scattered and blown away. This opens up the rebuilding of the city in your own style so you can arrange things as you see fit (and have the money to do). If later on in the game you decide that you are not happy with Ned Flanders living next door, you can move his house somewhere else, maybe by Krusty Burger or the “stairway to nowhere” (save up, that thing is like a million in game bucks- though just a few real bucks away if you really really want it).
Characters are returned to the town based on building their related building and including them in the new Springfield. Principal Skinner comes back when you build the school, Krusty the Clown comes with Krusty Burger and Cletus returns when you build his farm and so on. As you build houses/stores you can collect taxes to accumulate in game money and earn experience points to level up (and eventually buy more buildings and unlock more characters).
As with other games in this genre, The Simpsons Tapped Out is a freemium game. The main draw here is that the game is free to play but to do much of anything cool and interesting in any meaningful amount of time you have to spend real money to do it (some stuff is simply WAY out of conceivable price ranges of normal gamers that would not want to spend real hard cash).
Fans of these types of time management gaming, or Simpsons fans, will enjoy The Simpsons- Tapped Out for at least a few days before hitting the proverbial financial wall and have to make a choice- blow or go.
The Simpsons – Tapped Out by EA
Platform: Android (JXD S7300 used for review)
Genre: Time Management/Freemium/Licensed
Rated: Everyone on Google Play and 12+ 0n iTunes.
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.