The Simpsons Skateboarding
|The Simpsons Skateboarding|
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
|Developer(s)||The Code Monkeys|
The Simpsons Skateboarding is an extreme sports video game based on the animated sitcom The Simpsons. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in North America on 11 November 2002 and Europe on 6 December 2002. The game was developed by the The Code Monkeys and published by Fox Interactive and Electronic Arts. The story and dialogue were crafted by writers from The Simpsons, with all character voices supplied by the actual cast.
Springfield has been converted into a skate park for the Annual Skate Tour, full with skate-able objects and landmarks from the television series. Players are able to choose one of the nine characters available to compete for the grand prize. All of the characters' voices were recorded by the actual voice actors from The Simpsons. Each character has over forty unique moves. Players can test their skills in either a two-player head-to-head skate off, or in one of the fast and furious modes: Freeskate, Skate Fest, Trick Contest, and a game of skateboard H-O-R-S-E, unlocking additional characters, locations, and skateboards. Players can also choose to learn all the skateboard moves and tricks before they begin the actual game in the Skillz School mode.
The Simpsons Skateboarding was developed by The Code Monkeys, published by Electronic Arts (EA) and distributed Fox Interactive. Before EA made an official announcement about The Simpsons Skateboarding, an advertisement for the game was featured on the back page of the instruction manual for The Simpsons: Road Rage, which was released in 2001. There were no mention of a console in the advertisement and no gameplay details were revealed. In December 2001, EA representatives said they were not ready to comment on the product. On 16 May 2002, a few days before the E3 Media and Business Summit, they released the first information about the game. All of the characters' voices were recorded by the actual voice actors from The Simpsons.
The Simpsons: Skateboarding received negative reviews from critics. It was criticized for its chunky graphics, sound and music, lack of skateboarding tricks, and poor controls whilst the in-game dialogue were mixed. It received a score of 37.58% on GameRankings and 38/100 on Metacritic.
Andrew Reiner of Game Informer game the game a 1 out of 10 and wrote: "Never before have I seen a developer put forth such an effort to secure the Worst Game of the Year award. I’ll even go as far to say that this may very well be the worst PlayStation 2 game on the market. After spending a significant amount of time with this product, something that I wouldn’t even unleash on my worst enemies, I came to the realization that Simpsons Skateboarding manages to do everything, even the simplest of things, completely wrong. So how downright awful could this game really be, you ask? Well, at one point, I actually found myself contemplating whether or not the developer took it upon itself to create gameplay, or if the action that I was controlling was a strange glitch or bug. Was the testing department on strike? Did EA accidentally ship the early Alpha build? I don’t know what happened exactly, but the outcome is nothing short of a resounding d'oh!"
Kevin Murphy of GameSpy wrote: "The Simpsons Skateboarding should be a case study in bad game design. I've played lots of bad games in my life, folks, but Simpsons Skateboarding has got to be one of the absolute worst. It's among the worst of all The Simpsons games, which is no small feat in and of itself, especially considering that distinction puts it among Bart's Nightmare and The Simpsons Wrestling. There's so much that this game gets wrong I'm amazed that Sony allowed it to be released in the first place."
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- Kevin Murphy (2 December 2002). "The Simpsons Skateboarding Review". GameSpy. Retrieved 4 January 2009.