The Simpsons haven’t had the best of luck in regards to video games. Inspite of the animation family’s rampant televisual victory, the show’s brand of humour has not quite worked in an interactive setting.
So that it’s no surprise to see e a hedging its bets using The Simpsons: Tapped Outside, a FarmVille clone built around a freemium model that’s with its own license just as much as its gameplay to haul the punters.
The result isn’t bad, though nagging time-sinks would be your bag, but it’s the ribbon of underwhelming games assembled across among the largest names in the entertainment market the simpsons tapped out hack.
The game starts with Homer on the job, jabbing at an iPad-like apparatus and commenting about how boring the FarmVille clone he’s playing is. There are a few jokes, after which a nuclear explosion wipes Springfield by the face of the Earth. It’s the job to reconstruct the fair city but you see fit.
A tutorial walks you through the intricacies of all Townplanning, teaching you how to buy houses, complete quests, and earn the game’s two monies: cash plus donuts.
Cash buys bog-standard items – the type of stuff you’ll need to earn a thriving community filled with jelqing characters who aren’t really interesting. If you’d like the show’s enormous guns, you will need to devote donuts.
Quests appear as exclamation marks hanging over characters’ heads.
Tap on a single and you’ll get just a bit of grab of not-too-pithy dialogue before that personality puts off on his merry way to perform whatever menial task you’ve set for him.
Completing these tasks can take hours, however – unsurprisingly – adding that a liberal dollop of donuts into the mix will speed things up. The same holds for building new structures, which earn you cash and XP at the kind of taxation.
One time each day it’s possible to visit alternative Springfields – either the one the game provides, or you that the buddy has generated. You get to earn cash there, too, as well as your friends may do the exact same in your variant of their town. You will have to have an Origin accounts to get the internet capabilities, though.
Gameplay is punctuated by occasional jokes against the cast of the show. Most of these are poking fun at you for being tricked out of your hard earned money by the freemium version, and more often than not they feel meanspirited instead of satirical.
The Simpsons: Tapped Outside really wants to allow you to create and manage your own little Springfield, filling this up with characters you know and love. Ultimately, though, it all seems a little too cloying this link. It barks at you for attention, rewarding constant play but charging one to reap the huge benefits if you miss a day.
And once it has to do with the gameplay, there isn’t enough variety to keep you entertained. Similar to Homer at the beginning of the game, whatever you do is tapping on the screen, and deciding whether or not to spend your hard-earned snacks on speeding up things.
Everything you are left with is a parody that’s way too close to the actual item for comfort.