The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants is a platformer, developed by Imagineering and Arc Development and published by Acclaim Entertainment and Ocean.
Released in 1991 at the height of popularity for the Matt Groening tv show, the game was very popular at the time, and for me was included as a pack-in title with my Cartoon Classics Amiga 500 computer.
PLAYING SIMPSONS: BART VS. THE SPACE MUTANTS
The aim in The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants is to control Bart Simpson across five levels, trying to prevent aliens take over the world.
Bart is the only one who knows about the invasion, and using his 3D glasses, he you can identify aliens in human form. Very much like the 1988 John Carpenter film, They Live.
You must prevent the aliens from collecting the items they need for their ‘Ultimate Weapon’. The items include purple objects in the first level, hats in the second, balloons in the third, exit signs in the fourth, and nuclear rods in the fifth.
You can navigate the levels on foot or with a skateboard, a side mission is to convince the Simpsons family that they aliens exist, they will in turn help you on certain levels.
The levels uses elements of The Simpsons and some of the television humor appears in the game: for example, in the first level Bart can make a prank call to the bartender Moe in order for him to run outside so that the player can spray paint his purple apron (an example of an item that the aliens need) into a red color that the aliens do not want. The game includes some minigames.
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants is the first game based on the hit tv series. The game was designed by Garry Kitchen, who previously worked on Keystone Kapers and Pressure Cooker for Activision.
Game platforms: NES, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Sega Megadrive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System