Simpsons free-to-play iOS game coming soon

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is coming to iOS and Android devices, a free-to-play game that has players rebuilding Springfield after Homer destroys it.


The Simpsons have starred in their fair share of video games. Now, the long-running sitcom is crossing the threshold into the mobile platform. EA is working on a free-to-play iOS game starring the Springfield cast, which will use microtransactions as shortcuts to speed up game progress. The game is due sometime soon with an Android version scheduled to hit a few months after the iOS version.

CNET (via Touch Arcade) reports that the game is called Simpsons: Tapped Out. It starts as Homer wipes out the city with a nuclear explosion that leaves all of its citizens safely unharmed. The player is tasked with rebuilding the city and taking on quests starring various Simpsons characters. Lisa, for example, helps clean up the city first. EA promises the rest of the family, along with characters like Duffman and Hans Moleman.

The microtransactions connect to the in-game economy. You can buy doughnuts with real-life money and spend them on upgrades, but it won't be necessary to complete the game. "People that don't want to pay can still enjoy the title," said EA senior mobile publishing VP Bernard Kim in the announcement. "People who are more impatient can throw a little bit of money at it."

Tapped Out uses the show's writers and voice actors, and even summons the show's self-deprecating wit to poke fun at mobile games and microtransactions.

"We want this to be one of the biggest titles this year," said Kim. "We've invested a lot. It's absolutely a top-tier development priority for us. Hardcore Simpsons fans will get a lot out of it."

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    February 22, 2012 4:15 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Simpsons free-to-play iOS game coming soon.

    The Simpsons: Tapped Out is coming to iOS and Android devices, a free-to-play game that has players rebuilding Springfield after Homer destroys it.

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      February 22, 2012 4:34 PM

      It's already out on iOS. Looks fun!

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        February 23, 2012 6:23 AM

        It appears to only be available in the Canadian app store right now.

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      February 22, 2012 6:16 PM

      fuck that. give me the original arcade and ill buy the shit out of it!

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      February 23, 2012 6:24 AM

      It's a pretty simplistic freemium type game. I like the Snoopy Fair game and Tiny Tower better. The text/intro is funny though.

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      February 23, 2012 6:32 AM

      on a related note i like how the writers of the show know that it has turned to shit in the opinion of their audience. they trolled them in their 500th episode with a screen at the end that read

      oh simpsons of old how i loved you

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        February 23, 2012 7:02 AM

        Why don't they try making it not suck? That tends to help

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          February 23, 2012 7:03 AM

          Although to be fair I enjoyed the episode where they looked into the future this season.

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      February 23, 2012 8:14 AM

      Steve I wish in the article you (or someone on Shacknews would write an article ) commenting on the state of EA's mobile division:

      Look at their mobile projects:
      - Battlefield (pulled because of poor quality)
      - SimCity port (has been plagued by problems, poor CS, untimely updates, having to run in airplane mode to get it to not crash)
      - Theme Park (loses data/saves, crashes constantly)

      The list goes on. When are they going to get their mobile division right?

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        February 23, 2012 3:24 PM

        and let's not forget the Tiger Woods 12 fiasco... and how Tiger Woods online (same thing) has been in development for around 3 years (while taking money from customers) and still sucks and is unplayable most days due to their shitty servers.

        I also here players of other EA games have connection problems as well.

        EA? You really suck atm.

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          February 23, 2012 4:15 PM

          I mean TW13, The Masters.

          You think they would have learned not to LIE and rip off PC gamers since the FIFA shenanigans (now rectified)... but no, they do it again!

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