developer: Bits Studios
composer: Shahid Ahmad
release date: March 1st 1995
Sometimes i wonder how much money the simpsons games made back in the 8 and 16 bit era. Looking back there were 13 simpsons games released between 1991 and 1995. Almost all of these were received terribly so it begins to beg the question how valuable was the simpsons brand exactly. As it turns out valuable enough to justify a spin off game about one of the fake cartoons from the show.
Today I’m reviewing a game based of a cartoon from the universe of another cartoon. The itchy and scratchy game for SNES is a platformer where you have to traverse these semi open ended levels and fight a boss at the end. such as a Pterodactyl.
Along the way you fight some small enemies that run at you from all directions who are easy to deal with and environmental hazards scattered through out the level. Oh and i believe there is one more thing standing between you and the end of the level.
This cat is the bane of your existence, he hates you and wants nothing but the worse for you and your family. As you progress through the game he runs out from offscreen at tries to attack you. Now if this was once per level that would be a cool way to keep the player on their toes but he comes in every 7 second’s or so.
The game gives you a large hammer at the start as your main form of defence and from there you can pick up other temporary use weapons scattered around the level. This is by far the best part of the game a lot if these weapons are fun to use and creative, like a hammer the flattens scratchy in one hit and a bomb that sets him completely on fire.
These weapons really emphasize the satirical-ness of the itchy and scratchy cartoon as it pertains to the over the top violence of early cartoons.
Overall this game is intensely mediocre. There is very little here for just about any one. what good i will say is that as far as Simpsons games go this is one of the better ones which unfortunately doesn’t mean a whole lot. Unless your a collector don’t bother with this one.