In this day and age, there is almost no television show or movie that doesn’t have a game made based on it. It’s as if it doesn’t count as a real show or movie if it no game accompanies it. Being one of the most popular and longest-running animated series of all time, The Simpsons was just waiting for a game to be made based on it. Now there is one, and for Android at that!
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is set in Springfield, of course. The events of the game unfold as Homer, distracted by a game, accidentally causes a meltdown that destroys the entire city. This seems pretty bad, but somehow Homer has the power to go around rebuilding the city. He is probably the most unlikely candidate to do so, but I suppose since he caused the accident in the first place it’s only fair.
Gameplay is rather similar to that of other Android games in this vein, where building and managing resources are key. Once Springfield is completely rebuilt to your liking, however, there are other things to check out. Missions can be found all over town, from the Kwik-E-Mart to the Duff Brewery. You can even go to Cletus’s farm and try to grow Tomacco and other weird plants.
As you complete levels and tasks, you earn donuts, the only real currency in Homer’s opinion. As you earn donuts, you can buy things for the game to make it more fun. Not that it isn’t fun, though; between partying with Duffman at the Duff Brewery, making Apu work overtime, and playing pranks on everyone you meet, there almost isn’t time to worry about earning donuts.
Since it’s based on a television series, be ready for animated shorts that are exclusive to The Simpsons: Tapped Out. These are scenes that you can only see if you play the game. The entire game is also graced with amazing HD graphics, meaning every color is more true to life. Yellows are more yellow, reds more red, etc. It makes for a truly visually stunning experience.
Though the plot and characters may be new to the Android world, this type of building and resource management game is not. Also, there are some issues with some players not earning enough donuts by just playing the game, and they find themselves having to shell out real money in order to earn enough. Have you played The Simpsons: Tapped Out? If so, would you agree with this?