I know The Simpsons: Minutes to Meltdown can be a tough nut to crack (especially for you casual gamer types), so I figured I'd whip up a guide for the game. Get all the details you need plus some cheesy jokes found only in the Unofficial Guide for The Simpsons: Minutes to Meltdown!
Homer Must Save Springfield (Again!)
22 Jul 2007
The Simpsons: Minutes to Meltdown is now officially released on all major mobile carriers. In the game you star as Homer on a desperate quest to get across Springfield and reach the Nuclear Power Plant before it blows... taking all of Springfield with it! You can search for it via your phone or get the details online at The Simpsons Mobile online.
First Official Screenshot
22 Jul 2007
I know you're all going mad over the new flash website and it's awesome load times... but if you're not, make sure to check out this new screenshot. Lard Lad must've eaten a hell of a donut to pass that kind of gas!
Bart vs. the Nerd
20 Jul 2007
Ever wonder what those of us who played the old Bart games on an NES used to think of them? Our friend Angry Video Game Nerd sums it up nicely:
GTS: Blood Island
12 Jul 2007
It looks like the next Simpsons game is going to involve some GTA style gameplay in a game or level called Grand Theft Scratchy: Blood Island. And, Poochie makes an appearance (perhaps now the world is ready for his gnarly 'tude). Check out the newly updated website for details and sweet, sweet parody action!
New Simpsons Game Footage
11 Jul 2007
Check out the slew of new Simpson Game footage at Gamespot, or scope the official E3 2007 trailer.
More Ways to Win the Yellow Xbox 360
05 Jul 2007
Earlier this week I reported one promotion in which Xbox 360 players must download and play a certain game in order to enter the running to win a Simpsons-themed Xbox 360. Today, details were revealed about other promotions where players can win one of these bright yellow beauties.
- Myspace users can enter the "Simpsonize Your World" contest where the only requirement is that you have to fill your page with as much Simpsons stuff as possible. Details here.
- Xbox 360 Fanboy is reporting that sending an email to a specific email address with a specific subject line will enter participants in a running for one Xbox 360 and a trip to L.A. to watch the premiere of The Simpsons Movie.
The Simpsons XXII Details Revealed
05 Jul 2007
There were many details revealed in the last few days about the upcoming Simpsons game currently titled The Simpsons XXII, named as such for the fact that this game will be the 22nd Simpsons video game ever released.
Among the various announcements we learned the following:
- Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, makes a cameo appearance as a boss near the end of the game. Groening is of course no stranger to appearing alongside the characters he created, as he also had a cameo in the episode entitled "My Big Fat Geek Wedding."
- There will be a level where Homer must battle a giant boss of some sort. Rumor has it that the boss might be Lard Lad, a giant advertising mascot run amok that first appeared in the "Treehouse of Horror VI" Halloween special.
With E3 quickly approaching we are sure to get a deluge of facts and confirmations or denials about some of the information floating around, so stay tuned for the latest!
Mobile Version of The Simpsons in Development
05 Jul 2007
EA recently revealed, via Mobile Entertainment magazine, that they are working on a mobile/handset version of The Simpsons called The Simpsons: Minutes to Meltdown. The game stars Homer as he attempts to stop a disaster from befalling the city within a time limit of 30 minutes. The pig in the game appears to be the same one from the various trailers that have been released to hype of the movie's release on July 27th, strongly hinting that this mobile game may be based on the premise from the film.
You now have the chance to win one of those snazzy Simpsons-themed Xbox 360s that were first announced back in May! It's simple:
- Go to xbox.com/simpsonsplaywin.
- Register your Gamertag.
- Play an online match of Cloning Clyde.
- Check your email!
Five Grand Prize winners will each receive one of The Simpsons Movie branded Xbox 360 Pro Consoles. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone after the drawing on July 29, and the winners list will be posted on Xbox.com. For complete information on the different ways to enter the contest as well as a complete list of prizes, check out the official rules.
TheSimpsons.com Lookin' Fabulous
18 May 2007
When FOX does something, they do it right. Check out the awesome new official Simpsons website at www.thesimpsons.com. Be warned that it may be a bit slow in loading but it's worth the wait.
Xbox 360: Yellow Edition
10 May 2007
FOX and Microsoft will be giving away officially produced Xbox 360 Pros decked out in Simpsons yellow and images from the upcoming Simpsons movie. They haven't mentioned any specific promotions yet, but I'll be keeping an eye out for them. See the details at tmz.com.
XXII is here... I guess
09 May 2007
EA Games's The Simpsons Game Home Page is now live... Well, I'm just glad we got something. Visit the page for a load of screenshots of the 3D Cel-shaded Simpsons game we've all been waiting for. There's also a short article about the premiere of the game demo along with the 400th episode of The Simpsons for the press.
For more details about the game you can check out coverage at Gamespot and IGN, as well as the game info page here at CBG's VGC.
XXII is Coming
04 May 2007
Thanks to Binky at nohomers.net I now know about a little something I should've found days ago. XXII is coming... are you prepared?
UPDATE: The preview site appears to be down because "you have tried to access it too many times and need to be patient." However, the final line on the page indicates that something is still coming tomorrow. I'll keep the timer running for those that need it.
Medal of Dishonor: Homer's Day
04 May 2007
Subscribers to EA's official email newsletter may have noticed an unusual soldier among the ranks in a promo image for the latest game in the Medal of Honor series. Click on the image below for a closer look:
The official announcement (and maybe a screenshot or two) is looming, and this is the first sign that it's coming. Look for much more around the time of the next E3 or other large game expo.
Another for the Rumor Pile
16 Apr 2007
The May 2007 issue of EGM had a small blurb about the next Simpsons game. In the blurb they discuss some things we already knew (such as the game being based on the upcoming movie), but the writer also talks about some of the gameplay of the game. According to his source at EA, the game will employ various genres such as racing, first-person shooting, and role playing. The full scanned article can be found at the Scanned Articles page.
This sounds similar to the formula used for Family Guy where each of the three playable characters' levels used different gameplay styles to mix it up, but as always everything is speculation. EA has yet to make any big announcements for their Summer and Fall game line-up, so stay tuned for solid news once it comes in.
Bart's Nightmare Reviewed
11 Apr 2007
Check out a nice review for Bart's Nightmare over at Destructoid. The article is the latest in their "Games Time Forgot" series, this one written by the good Reverend Anthony. Praise the classics!
Next Simpsons Game in November?
29 Mar 2007
Wouldn't you know it, I go on vacation for a week and come back to news (well, more like rumors) about the next Simpsons game. Apparently, all the buzz is coming from the appearance of a game called "Simpsons: The Game" on several retailer lists. These listings place the next Simpsons game on Nintendo DS, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PSP and Wii. The new tentative date is sometime in November.
So, I'll have to adjust my predictions. This game will not release along with the film since that has been firmly cemented for a late July release. A November release for the game means they will be rushing to complete it before the Q4 spend monkeys hit the stores, and that's also a perfect time to release along with the movie DVD.
And so, the buzz machine gathers momentum. Oh, the excitement!
TMNT Arcade on XBLA... Is The Simpsons Next?
15 Mar 2007
TMNT, the classic arcade game from 1989 starring the then insanely popular mutant turtles, is ready for download on the Xbox Live Arcade service, which is already home to other classics such as Joust and Ms. Pacman.
What does this mean for The Simpsons? Well, as many should know there was another classic arcade game released by Konami in 1990 called The Simpsons Arcade. Players chose from Homer, Bart, Marge, or Lisa and battled their way across varied Springfield locales to save Maggie from the evil Mr. Burns. With another Konami arcade title now released, it opens up the possibility for The Simpsons to get on XBLA or one of the other console online services. TMNT was also released by a different publisher this time (Ubisoft), so it looks like Konami would not be one of the restraints in getting The Simpsons Arcade online. If I know my marketing tie-ins (or if FOX and EA follow Ubisoft's lead), The Simpsons Arcade would release around the time of the film in July 2007.
Simpsons Parody Grand Theft Auto
09 Mar 2007
This past Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, entitled "Yokel Chords," featured a side story in which Bart is forced to see a therapist. After dismissing the therapist's attempt to engage him, Bart is persuaded to cooperate with a copy of Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories.
Let's just hope that "Bad for Everyone" rating doesn't catch on.