Bart Simpson has been sent to his room and it's up to you to help him escape and collect the items he'll need to rescue his hero Krusty the Clown. Along with the standard side scroller jump/duck, Bart is armed with a variety of weapons such as a slingshot, spray paint, and water balloons which he can use to dispatch the space mutants, basement ghosts, and other uncool things getting in his way.
There are six levels for exploration including a spider infested attic, the Springfield Mall, and a twisted Itchy & Scratchy dream world. Ultimately, when Bart manages to complete all the levels, he is taken to Krustyland for a final showdown with his nemesis Sideshow Bob.
Bart's been grounded and Sideshow Bob has kidnapped Krusty the Clown. What are you gonna do?
If you've played Blackthorne, Alien Rampage and Abuse and want to play a platform side-scroller a little on the lighter side definitely give Bart's House of Weirdness a go. You're not going to see blood and guts in this one but you will have a lot of fun evading the mall cops, boogey men in the basement, bugs in the attic and anything else that might be the bane of a kid the age of Bart Simpson. You'll even battle through a couple of not-so-dreamy daydreams that involve aliens and a most bizarre episode of "Itchy and Scratchy". In the end, if you succeed, you will be deemed "The Coolest" because you will have collected your cool shades, cool shoes, and your way cool cap.
The game documentation would like you to believe that Bart's House of Weirdness is an adventure game, but let's be honest here. The game is an arcade game pure and simple. It's made up of six levels each originating from the vivid imagination of Bart Simpson himself. The entry point to each of the levels (which can be played in any order) is, of course, Bart's bedroom. While not part of achieving your objective coolness there are also things that can be done in the bedroom but I'll leave that up to your own discovery (keep it clean please). In the end if you are persistent and skilled enough you will enter Krusty's Jungle Land where you must defeat the arch villain clown Sideshow Bob. Beat Bob and collect the "all time coolest thing in the universe". Don't ask me what that is. You'll have to discover it for yourself.
Along the way you will collect weapons such as the spray paint can, the slingshot, water balloons, dart gun and burp gun. Each weapon specialized for certain situations. You will also collect health power-ups (donuts) and ammo (rocks, burp balls and super burp balls) and even extra lives. Game play is probably more suited to a joystick or gamepad than a keyboard but I did manage to get accustomed to the keyboard controls after a bit. Bart can walk, jump, duck, shoot ahead, shoot up or shoot down. Mastering the movement controls is always the key in a game like this because things will be flying at Bart from everywhere. Bart starts with 3 lives and his coolness meter is his health gauge. Keep an eye on your coolness. You can become uncool in a hurry.
Bottom line. Any fan of the Simpsons is going to enjoy this game and will recognize a lot of the characters in it. Game play is a little awkward with a keyboard but playable. All in all I would rate this game as .... "Cool Man".
A fun action game with minimal adventure elements, The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness is a cross between a toybox and a game, starring the world's most famous brat. The action begins with Bart being grounded yet again in his room. It isn't the worse thing in the world, of course, and when you've got an imagination like Bart does, staying entertained is easy indeed.
The game is a collection of 5 interwoven "adventures," most of which can be played in any order. Each adventure has a specific goal, which can either be an action or an item (e.g."have fun!," or picture of a book). The goal is clearly spelled out in the box at the bottom of the screen, so you always know what you are looking for. While you can earn points like in most other platform games by collecting coins, defeating aliens, earning cool items, etc., points are only for recording high scores, and are not essential to completing the game. All adventures are a lot of fun to play, not least because of unique, fun items you can find and figure out the use for. The space aliens sequence (triggered by Bart's daydreams) and the basement action game are in particular very entertaining.
After Bart finishes all adventures, he can begin his greatest mission: saving his hero, Krusty the Clown, from Sideshow Bob. You will then guide Bart high and low through Springfield, searching for 3 cool items that will help him rescue Krusty. When Bart has all the cool items (and has completed all the missions), he can enter the final level, Krusty's Jungle Land.
The game is by no means revolutionary as far as gameplay goes, but it features a lot of innovative variations on the themes that fit well with the spirit of the show. For instance, the traditional health meter is replaced by a Cool-O-Meter (gauge from Un-cool to Cool), which measures Bart's coolness-- something he really cares about. When everything is going well, Bart's cool. If he takes damage his cool rating.drops, until he is toast. Bart can raise his level of coolness by finishing a level, finding donuts, or jumping on mushrooms. The game also includes many fun "extras," such as a VCR that you can use to fast-forward or rewind your adventures, and an option to change the game music (from Bart's stereo).
The only gripe I have with this fun game is that you must go back to Bart's room to save. This can be annoying if you are miles from his house, or in his dreams. Still, this minor issue hardly detracts from a very entertaining experience. Highly recommended for fans of the show, and everyone else who aren't afraid of the joystick.
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