- Sega Master System
Too hot for just the NES, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants is now available to razzle and dazzle Genesis players. Bart and his family are back to battle slimy, putrid space monsters that have infiltrated the town of Springfield!
Doin' the Bartman
Space mutants have taken over the bodies of Springfield's townsfolk and are collecting specific Earth items to construct a weapon that will enable them take over the planet! When Bart slips on his X-ray glasses, he sees the creepazoids for what they really are! The Bartmeister's on his own in this moderately paced, action side-scroller. He's got to free the possessed neighbors, remove the coveted items, and convince his family that the alien menace is for real!
Each of this game's five levels takes place in a different part of Springfield. In each level, while working against the clock, Bart must seek out purple colored items and either cover them up or spray paint them red. The Springfield Shopping Mall offers a bevy of hats. The Krustyland Amusement park is full of innocuous balloons. The Springfield Museum of Natural History houses valuable "Exit" signs coveted by the aliens. The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant holds power rods, which Bart must collect and return to the reactor! Also, if Bart collects enough letters to spell out a family member's name, they will come to his aid when he comes face-to-face with an alien Level Boss.
You need sharp reflexes to succeed. Many of the objects Bart needs are cleverly hidden and require quick, tricky jumps to reach.
Power On, Dude
Fortunately, there's an abundance of bonus items and Power-ups to aid the Bartman. Collect hidden Krusty the Clown icons and/or 15 coins to earn a 1 -- Up. Weapons such as cans of Spray Paint, Slingshots, and Dart Guns, and special items such as Keys, Whistles, Wrenches, and Rockets also come in handy. It requires clever thinking to figure out where and how to use these items. Experimentation is the key to success.
- Use the Wrench to open the fire hydrant, which washes away the awning's purple paint
- Use the whistle near the Springfield Retirement Home. You just might "cash" in on something big!
Dejа Vu or New?
The Genesis version looks and plays almost exactly like its NES counterpart. However, the Genesis' 16-bit horsepower gives this version a definite edge on graphics and music. These twin tendencies also mean that all the boffo tricks and tips NES players have discovered work for bro-Genesis! So, NESers, keep your traps shut and don't ruin the surprise for the Genesis vidiots.
Although the graphics and sound don't tax the Genesis' capabilities, this game is visually enjoyable and challenging. The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants is simple in plot, but full of enough twists, turns and surprises to delight and frustrate you! So what if it's the same as the NES version?! Don't have a cow, man!!
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