Fake Simpsons Video Games, Ranked


Buy me Bonestorm or go to hell!


In an effort to get my work published on Deadspin and/or Kotaku, which quite frankly is not going super well, I am going to now rank all of the fake video games that appear on The Simpsons. As a ’90s child who has been raised on all things Simpsons (shirts, pajama bottoms, bed sheets, lunch boxes, I could go on and on), the entire show has been ingrained in me. And when I first starting playing games in the early ’90s, The Simpsons games were obviously go-to choices. When watching the show, some of my favorite jokes and gags were about the fictional games the writers made up, because they could see how big the merchandising empire had become.

My criteria for these is somewhat arbitrary: essentially it’s how funny the joke is, how cool the game looks, whether or not I would want to play it, and how iconic the game is to the episode/show. If there is some gameplay, that really helps the ranking out considerably, but it isn’t 100% necessary. You can kind of tell what type of game each is, the genre or what it’s spoofing.

There are a ton of names on arcade machines throughout the show’s history, and a ton of fake games in their E3 parody episode, but those don’t really count because that would be downright impossible to cover all of them.

Shout-outs to some noteworthy runners-up that I couldn’t quite put on this list but really want to: the Itchy & Scratchy handheld game Bart plays while getting a haircut, Bar Brawl 4, Guts of War II, Astro Blast, Pack Rat and Pack Rat Returns, the Devil’s Advocate arcade machine Homer plays, the Pachinko machine Bart plays when he buys it with the credit card he found, and that one unnamed game Grandpa Abe played once in “Lisa’s Pony”.


30. Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge

29. Kevin Costner’s Waterworld

28. Word Jammers

Who wants to play Word Jammers?

27. Triangle Wars

The ship poops triangles!

26. Escape From Grandma’s House I and II

The original is better than the sequel.

25. Virtual Doctor

24. Stickball

Even the dog wants to play.

23. Rocky III vs. Clara Peller

Where’s the beef?

22. Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster

Shoot the heathens!

21. Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories

You get to destroy all human life in the first level.

20. Bowling 2000

Cannot believe Nintendo didn’t sue them over this.

19. Tandem Bike Ride With Your Mom

I can believe Nintendo didn’t sue them over this one, though.

18. Halloween Hit and Run

The footage is so messed up they took it down from YouTube. It’s a car running over kids in costumes on a sidewalk.

17. Fruit Shoot

Why is the Prince of Persia in Beverly Hills?

16. Low Blow Boxing

This would be at Moe’s.

15. The Iceman Killeth

The amount of modes here is astounding for a parody game.

14. Cereal Killer

13. Cat Fight

“Bitch!”

12. Disembowler IV

What happened to the first three?

11. Larry the Looter

10. Panamanian Strongman

Winners don’t use drugs.

9. Hockey Dad

8. My Dinner With Andre

7. Touch of Death

This was the inspiration for Dive Kick.

6. Escape From Death Row

Don’t take the insanity plea.

5. Dash Dingo

4. Super Slugfest / Super Slugfest Arcade Edition

Not a bad placing for the first ever fake Simpsons game.

3. Earthland Realms

2. Let’s Make a Baby

1. Bonestorm

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