The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World (NES) Playthrough - NintendoComplete

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A playthrough of Acclaim's 1991 license-based platformer for the NES, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World.

In this playthrough, I collect all of the hidden Krusty collectables, unlocking the final stage and the best ending.

(You can find my video of the Master System version here: )

Bart vs. the World, the direct sequel to The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants ( ), appeared on store shelves a scant eight months after the release of its predecessor.

There are no aliens to thwart this time around. Instead, The Krusty Show hosts an art competition sponsored by Mr. Burns. Bart enters and wins, not knowing that the competition is merely a contrived ruse to lure Bart into situations in which he might easily be murdered by Mr. Burns' relatives.

There are four main levels to work through: you fight Fu Manchu Burns in China, The Abominable Snow Burns at the North Pole, Ramses Burns in Egypt, and Eric von Burns in Hollywood.

The stages are more focused on precision platforming than the item collection of Bart vs. the World, making it feel like a very different game despite the similarities in graphics, sound, and controls. Most areas have you throwing cherry bombs at enemies as you leap between tiny platforms in search of the exit sign. Most of the stages are wide, open areas that encourage exploration, and there are tons of items tucked away in the corners if you care to go looking for them.

The controls feel just as awkward and rigid as they did in Bart vs. the Space Mutants, and the stages are loaded with jumps that require both A and B to be pressed at the exact same time. It can be super frustrating in a couple spots (especially in the first North Pole stage), but for the most part, it works, and it's overall a fair bit easier than the first game was.

The quality of the graphics and sound are about on par with those in Bart vs. the Space Mutants, as well. The backdrops are better detailed, though they tend to be drab and repetitive, and the cutscenes look great. The sound fares about the same - it's better varied, but the drone of the music comes off similarly to the first game's. It was a real shame, though, that it lacks any digitized voice samples.

Between stages, you can take part in minigames for extra lives. Most of them are simple, like a quick game of Concentration or the shell and then there are the slider puzzles. I won't go on a rant here, but I will say that there are few things I like less in my video games than slider puzzles.

Overall, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World feels like a step down from Bart vs. the Space Mutants. The lack any of the show's humor or personality in the stage design really hurts the overall experience, but the gameplay is solid and the game is still fairly fun. If you liked the original, you'll probably find something to like here, too.

At the very least, I found it much more palatable than I did the sequel, Bartman Meets Radioactive Man ( ).

*This video is a replacement for the original recording I had posted. The aspect ratio is now correct and the video quality is better.
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.

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