The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutantsa game by Acclaim
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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 (see p. 32 -- April '91 issue) 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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Hang up those capes and spider webs super-heroes of yesteryear 'cause the baddest of bad boys, Bart Simpson, is here to take command of your post. The little bug-eyed guy is just in time, too, because a mass of tentacle Space Mutants has just paid Springfield an unexpected visit.
Don't Have a Purple Cow, Man
In this action/adventure combo Bart discovers that five sections of Springfield, including the local shopping Mall, Krusty-land Amusement Park, and the Museum of Natural History are teeming with aliens disguised as humans. The trouble is nobody but Bart (via his handy X-Ray Specs) can see 'em. Alas, the Bart man is on his own in this one player game, and unless he works fast to collect and disguise various items such as hats, exit signs, and purple things that the aliens are after to help build their Ultimate weapon, Earth will fall into their slimy grasp!
Bart Grows Up
We were more than pleasantly surprised to see how Bart's game has matured since the early version we saw in the late summer. The addition of dozens of new obstacles, enemies, and items to be recovered cranked up the challenge factor tremendously.
Spoiled by the prime time animated Simpson's TV series, our expectations for the graphics may have been a little too high. Though the horizontal scrolling graphics aren't bad, they don't knock you outta your chair either. On the upside, Acclaim's done a good job of matching the same color scheme that's used on the series and they've got Bart's walk down pat.
To successfully nab Level One's first Krusty the Clown icon, good for an extra life, stand at the far left of the screen, wait for the Zebloid to jump towards the right, then use Barts Super Long Jump to leap onto the garbage can. This gives Bart enough height to reach the ledge where the icon is.
Unless you want to get your bottom stung by a bee, take care not to jump directly in front of the first bush, located just past the buildings with the clothes line strung between them.
Along with his three main weapons (Spraypaint, a Slingshot, and a Dart Gun) Bart can also purchase a variety of other helpful items such as wrenches and rockets, something to use against enemies like Side Show Bob and the babysitter from hell, Ms. Botz. Making the purchases is simple, it's figuring out how, when, and where to use them that gets your blood boiling -- it's also half the fun.
When you want to fire a rocket at something purple, position Bart to the left of the target and make sure his toes are resting on the crack of the sidewalk.
Bart likes a good flick, maybe he should stop by the theater at show time(s) to check out the purple attractions.
To be safely carried over the wet cement in the Shopping Mall Level, go to the second floating platform and jump up and down three times.
Bart and his family have come out of the starting gates lookin' strong. There's so much to see and do (don't leave a single shrub, ledge, or garbage can unexplored), that you'll, without a doubt, get many hours of enjoyable game-play under your belt. Besides, how could you resist helping the king of smart alecks prove he's not such a bad guy after all.
Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a platform game where you play the role of Bart Simpson (from the TV show The Simpsons) and must stop the Space Mutants from invading Springfield. On each of the five levels, Bart must collect (or get rid of) the ingredients that the Space Mutants are planning to use to build their machine, such as purple objects or balloons. He also has to collect enough "proof" of the aliens existence (brown coins left behind when they are jumped on), so his family members will help him when he meets a boss (characters such as Nelson and Sideshow Bob). This ain't be easy, since the Space Mutants are "using" human bodies as disguise. In order to discover who are the real Space Mutants, Bart must use his X-ray Specs. The ways Bart can get rid of those objects sought by the Space Mutants are numerous. For instance, in the first stage, Bart must get rid of purple objects. He can dye them red, cover them, wash them, etc. Some even involve a little puzzle solving, like playing a trick on Moe to make him get out of the bar. Bart has some coins also, that can be used in many ways throughout the game, like buying things, getting devices operating, etc. Those coins are essential to solve some puzzles in the game