Good morning Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. Today I’m going to do something a bit different. Yes, I am going to tell you about a game, but it’s going to be about an arcade game. Many of you might remember what an actual arcade was, and good for you. Unfortunately, many of you hear the word arcade, and think about a place like Chuck E Cheese, well Fuck You! That’s not a fucking arcade! I remember going to the arcade with friends or family trying to decide which game to play first, in this giant room filled with arcade game cabinets, and pinball machines. Well if there was four of us, then we definitely knew one of the games that we were going to play. Well, time to bust out your cash, get your quarters from the machine, and race over to whatever character’s joystick that you wanted to be, because it’s time to play The Simpsons arcade game.
Yes, back in 1991, America’s most famous yellow family had an arcade game. The cabinet was a bit larger than usual, since it had four joysticks, instead of the usual two. Each stick represented one of the four playable characters that you could play as. (Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa). So basically whatever slot, under a stick that put your quarter into, that is what character you would play as. Don’t worry, it was clearly marked so you could tell who you were going to be.
The plot of the game goes as follows. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are out taking a stroll through town. Smithers and two goons just knock over a jewelry store. As they are running out, Smithers bumps into Homer, causing a precious diamond to go flying into the air, and landed in Maggie’s mouth. Instead of just pulling the diamond out of her mouth, Smithers just up and kidnapps her. So now it’s up to the rest of the family to go and rescue her.
This game is a lot of fun. It has eight stages, that takes you all over Springfield, and even Dreamland. There are also some bonus stages for more points. You get so see many of the characters from the show, many will come around to give you food for health, and even some weapons. Each character have special attacks that you can pull off, and there are even tag team moves that you can use as well. I know that most of you can only play this game now via emulators, or on an old Comandor 64, or maybe you are one of the lucky few that still have it from Xbox live, or PSN before it was removed. For the rest of us, hopefully you live near one of the last real arcades that are left, and that the game is there to play. Until next time Painkillers.
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