Title Bart vs the Space Mutants (Second Review) Game Type Platform Company Acclaim/Ocean Software (1991) Players 1 Compatibility All HD Installable Yes (With Aminet Patch) Submission Seppo Typpö (email@example.com) Profiled Reviewer Review Of all the animated TV series, 'The Simpsons' is without doubt one of the most popular. It comes as no surprise some game companies try to exploit this phenomenon by producing some officially licensed games based on the popular characters. "The Simpsons - Bart vs The Space Mutants" is one of these games. It is a horizontally scrolling platform game with arcade and puzzle elements. The game revolves around Bart Simpson, the family's only son who has recently discovered that Space Mutants are invading Planet Earth (or more closely, his home town, Springfield). While trying to save Springfield and the rest of the Earth, the player has to guide Bart over the five levels of the game, all of which have different tasks for you to accomplish. To aid his mission, suitable objects and helpful Simpson family members can be found in each level. Bart has a limited number of lives (three) but more can be collected during the missions. The game has some strong points - the puzzles on each level are quite clever, elevating the gameplay above the ordinary jump-collect objects-shoot tactics. The levels are generally well designed and guiding Bart under precise joystick control is pure pleasure. The game's only flaw comes from the number of lives and its effect on the gameplay. 'Bart vs Space Mutants' is a nice little game but it could have been so much better if Acclaim would have concentrated a little more on the puzzle elements and a little less on pixel-perfect arcade action. Persisent players will play this game through but many players will find the going too hard and will give up, missing a good portion of this clever game. Overall, "The Simpson - Bart vs The Space Mutants" is one of the better license games. The graphics are nice, the music is suitably funky and there's an animated intro, too. With slightly better tuning in the gameplay this could have been a classic, now it is merely a very good, but difficult platform game.