Title Bart vs the Space Mutants (Third Review) Game Type Platform Company Acclaim/Ocean Software (1991) Players 1 Compatibility All HD Installable Yes (With Aminet Patch) Submission Shane Armstrong Review This game I had free with my Amiga when I bought it along with Lemmings and Captain Planet included in the bundle, so it holds a special place in my heart with regards to Amiga gaming. It came on two disks, the first disk containing entirely the intro to the game, which at the time was absolutely fantastic to watch. It was just like the TV cartoon, on which the game is based, including the music, and sets the scene of Bart being bored in his bedroom but looking out of the window and seeing a flying saucer land in his garden! You are then asked to insert disk 2, whereby the game begins proper. The plot for the game is quite bizarre now that I come to think of it, it had aliens landing in Springfield stealing purple objects from the town!!? these objects were to be used to build a weapon to destroy the Earth (man, where do they think this stuff up?!), however good old Bart Simpson was in this game to put a stop to that!! The controlled character of the game was Bart, and was played as a vertically scrolling platformer with puzzles along the way. Bart had at his disposal a pair of X-Ray specs which could be used to identify the real people of Springfield from the aliens that had taken the form of normal people. Therefore as you walked, ran and jumped through the game, you could call upon the specs at any time to identify who was coming at you! As I have said the game is not a run of the mill platformer, you do have to jump on aliens heads and collect coins, but there are a set amount of purple objects to find before the aliens, to progress to the next level. The graphics are wonderful and very cartoon like, with big bold colours, a la cartoon, and the sampled voice, sound and music effects from the cartoon greatly enhance the gameplay and anyone who is a Simpson's fan will instantly bond with this game. Certain key moments in the game are only surpassed when utilising certain accessories, i.e. cherry bombs and rockets (that Bart so much loves to use in the cartoon!) and these accessories are only available to the player when they are bought from shops around Springfield, paid for by collecting the coins dotted around the levels. This adds a whole new element to the game and makes the player think a lot more than the average platformer which in my opinion is a very good thing, because remember this is "The Simpsons" and any old dog of a game would have sold well just because of this license, but praise is due to the programmers for adding these extra elements to give the game more playability and longevity. Overall "The Simpson's: Bart vs. The Space Mutants" is an excellent little game, although it has to be said it can be quite hard, as the timing of certain jumps, for example, has to be absolutely spot on (the collision detection is sometimes too good!), but as with all good games it does make you want to go back and try again which is very rare, especially in licensed games such as this. For anyone who loves old school platforming with a different twist, Bart vs. the Space Mutants should not be passed by.