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The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk

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The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk
Sure you got a large bag of gold.
Protagonist(s): Bart Simpson
Genre(s): Platform
Platform(s): Game Boy
Release: NA: February 1994
JP: September 30, 1994
EU: 1994
Developer(s): Software Creations
Publisher(s): Acclaim Entertainment
Country: United Kingdom
Series: The Simpsons
Predecessor: The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness (by release date)
Successor: Virtual Bart (by release date)

The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk (known as Bart no Jack to Mame no Ki in Japan) is a 1994 platform video game based on the animated sitcom, The Simpsons. Developed by Software Creations and published by Acclaim Entertainment for the Game Boy. The game is a parody of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.


The game combines the universe of The Simpsons with the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Bart Simpson takes the family cow to market to sell. On his way he meets Mr. Burns who convinces him to exchange the cow for some beans and a slingshot. When Bart brings the beanstalk home, his father Homer Simpson accidentally eats them and spits them out. In the place where they fall, a tall plant grows up to the clouds.


The player controls Bart Simpson through seven levels in his goal of climbing the plant to the giant's castle and then returning home alive. To achieve this, the player can resort to the slingshot he obtained earlier and other elements that appear in the game.

Why It’s Doh!

  1. Bart's slingshot bullets are linear and has very short distance, making very hard to kill enemies.
  2. To kill bees, you have to collect TNT sticks, which is not only confusing, but they're limited and difficult get them in some cases.
  3. The animations are slow and janky. For example, Bart shoots his slingshot very slow.
  4. You can only have 3 lives, no continues and no extra lifes/1-UPs on any level whatsoever. If you get game over, you have to start all over again from the beginning.
  5. There's no password option or any battery save in this game.
  6. The game is quite short, it can be completed in just 20 minutes (as this game is extremely difficult).
  7. The music is terrible, repetitive, and ear-bleeding, despite it only have five songs in the entire game.
  8. Dull platforming, the spikes are too far to Bart jump very long without taking damage, even trying to time it perfectly right before hitting the spikes and make a long jump, you will still get hit by the spikes.
  9. You cannot crouch in this game, similiar to Action 52 and Cheetahmen II.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The plot is decent.
  2. The graphics are detailed for a Game Boy game.


The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk received mixed-to-negative reviews. EGM gave a rating of 5.25/10, GamePro gave a 3.5/5, Nintendo Power gave it 3.275/5, and Game Players gave it 35/100 rating.



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