The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield
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In Virtual Springfield, the metropolis throbs from the diligent employees at the nuclear plant to the all-night wonders of the Kwik-E-Mart and the eager students of Springfield Elementary. Explore every nook and cranny with over 50 locations. Listen to original cast members such as Phil Hartman, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Pamela Hayden, and more. In addition, view all-new Itchy and Scratchy cartoons at Krustylu Studios, attend the premier of the latest McBain movie at the Aztec theatre, and even channel-surf through Homer's favorite TV shows.
It's finally here. Those fluffy clouds, those rolling hills, those...nuclear cooling towers. Rip through the package faster than Barney sucks up a sixer of Duff, pop in the CD-ROM with the vigor of Homer devouring his morning donut, and discover a disc that would make even Ned Flanders dang-diddly-darn disappointed.
The gist of the CD is to wander around Springfield visiting about a dozen Simpsons sights - such as their church and house. Collect things and play games along the way. Have a good time.
But it's not going to happen. Movement around town is restricted to block by block. See something interesting along the way? Too bad. However, take a nice long pause at every corner, where the game stalls for 10 seconds to load from the disc. Meandering from site to site sometimes requires walking a dozen or more blocks - stopping and loading, stopping and loading.
Granted, once there, the actual places are a little better. The graphics are dead-on, and the jokes are OK. But after the material runs, you're back on the stop-and-go path. As Homer would say, "Lousy no-good rotten disc."
The Last Words:
Mark: This Springfield consists mostly of facades and false fronts. There's no there there.
Judy: I was looking forward to really getting to traipse about Springfield - and have been left on the bus. I am saddened even further by the gravely missed opportunity to create wonderfulness. Shame on you, Fox.
Joe: The 23-page introductory book was hilarious, which made the disc all the less bearable. As a resident of Springfield, Illinois, the reputed home of the Simpsons, I'm having a cow, man.
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It is worth checking out for a couple of bucks, but not much more than that.
So, for anyone attempting to install this on Windows 7 or higher, be warned before you buy this and attempt to take a stroll down memory lane, or at least be warned.. It's a shame, 'cause it was a great little item. This is an item that should not be subject to different computer's operating systems. If it worked on Windows 95-XP, it should still work it later versions. I know a few other games that are defunct like this one..Sim City 2000 comes to mind; but I think that one can still be purchased as an updated version..but not 100% sure.
There are a few little (and I mean little) games included. One of the main games is to simply find hidden baseball cards. A ploy to trick into clicking on the screen and revealing slight animation.
In total there is just under 25 minutes worth of animation here and it is cool that the original cast provided the voices. But unless you are a die hard Simpsons fan then I would leave this game be. Definitely only for younger kids.
What I got was an incredible game that allow the user to explore the town of Springfield as if you were walking through the streets with a virtual reality helmet on. While the game features excellent graphics and sound, and plenty of humorous characters and scenarios, I was only disappointed that the game manual wasn't too informative on how to collect items, especially the series of trading cards that are hidden throughout the town. Besides this minor fault, the game is great for adults, and it would probably be a bit difficult for young children to maneuver around the town using a mouse.
All of Springfield's humorous and wacky denizens are here, and some of the places where you can actually visit inside (e.g. the Kwik-E-Mart; Simpson's home; Flander's home) are hysterical and entertaining to the fullest extent. If you are a die-hard Simpsons' fan, then this game is for you. I only wish I could learn how to collect and use most of the items/clues that I need to complete my mission.