General Trivia

  • The Land of Chocolate (the very first level of the game which also qualifies as a tutorial), is the only level in the game to have just one playable character (with Homer being that character).
  • Though Maggie is technically a character in this videogame, she's an extension of Marge's character, as you can only use Maggie when Marge is a playable character in a level (and Maggie's only ever used for crawling through stuff like vents).

Cultural references

The Land of Chocolate


The following landmarks can be seen:

Bartman Begins

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the movie Batman Begins.
  • Bartman's utility belt has a game pad for a buckle, similar to the main character in Captain N: The Game Master.
  • Where you locate one of Homer's Duff Bottle caps, there is a skeletal hand trying to grab a fedora hat. This is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • The trophy Bart collects in this level is the movie "Krusty Begins", another reference to Batman Begins.
  • The first reference to Mario appears here, in the form of Yoshi (as a skeleton in the dinosaur room).

Around the World in 80 Bites

Lisa the Tree Hugger

  • Bart's collectible trophy in this level is a poster showing Krusty the Clown saying "Only you can prevent Forest Fires", a reference to Smokey the Bear.
  • At one point you come across a platforming stage very similar to the game Frogger, Bart even yells "You older players should like this."

Mob Rules

  • The game store sign 'Sequel Stop' is a reference to the store chain GameStop.
  • Marge makes reference to DC superheroes Aquaman and Hawkman.
  • At the end of the level, Kang and Kodos use the word 'space' to replace certain words, a nod to how The Smurfs would say 'smurf' instead of some nouns and verbs.
  • Flanders acts very violent, though he usually isn't.
  • Seymour Skinner is in front of the Museum when you get him to join the mob. Perhaps he's going to do another robbery?
  • Ralph Wiggum says that his previous "babysitter" was the game Big Mutha Truckers.
  • The real name of the EA Executive is never revealed. In fact, at one point, when his name would be normally addressed, his name is instead bleeped out.
  • In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, Lisa brings together a cube, a sphere, and a triangle, the arrangement of EA Games' original logo.
  • The trophy Marge collects in this level is Hair Street Blues Hairspray, referencing the TV show Hill Street Blues.
  • Lewis says his favorite comic is Lewis Black and said he misses the show, Mad About You.
  • Üter says if they ever make a movie about his disappearance, he would like to be played by Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Janey says she misses Ms. Pac-Man.

Enter the Cheatrix

  • The name of this episode is a reference to Enter the Matrix.
  • When Bart first gets the grappling hook and uses it, he will sometimes say he is like "Spider-Man in a Batman costume".
  • The boss at the end of the level is Nintendo character Donkey Kong (or maybe his grandfather, Cranky Kong, based on first appearance and game).
  • The door opening and closing sound from Doom can be heard in the second room.
  • Somewhere in The Blood Room there is a graffiti saying The BFG, possibly a reference to the BFG 9000 weapon in Doom.
  • Also in the blood room, there is a large vat with "Achtung! Blut!" (Attention! Blood!) on the side spewing green blood. This is a reference to Germany's often strict video game rating system.
  • There is also Fatality graffiti on the walls, used in Mortal Kombat games when the player successfully completes a finishing move called a Fatality.
  • The witch laughter from Worms hell theme plays near the blood meters.
  • Donkey Kong forming a thumbs up while sinking into the green liquid bears a heavily resemblance to the T-800's death in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • There are many posters of game publishers EA in this level.
  • All of the portal pipes are a reference to the Warp Pipes in the Mario games. In fact, the sound that Bart and Lisa make when going down one of these pipes is the same as the sound that is heard when Mario goes down a Warp Pipe.
  • The enemy football players can be heard chanting "4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42, HIKE!", a reference to "the numbers" in the TV show LOST.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog, Taizo Hori (the main character from Dig Dug), and Mario can be seen on treadmills powering the machines.
    • Sonic can be heard saying, "I can't spin anymore! My back!".
  • Bart will sometimes say, "I hope we get to meet Zelda! ZELDA!" referring to Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda game series.
  • At the end of the level, it is revealed that Prof. Frink married a Koopa Troopa.

The Day of the Dolphin

Shadow of the Colossal Donut

  • The name of this level is a reference to the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus.
  • When Bart and Homer succeed in defeating the Lard Lad Donuts mascot statue, Kang says "Shazbot!", the common expletive of the character Mork from Mork & Mindy.

Invasion of the Yokel-Snatchers

The Game Engine

Bargain Bin

  • A 'Bargain bin' is usually a box full of old things from video games to DVDs.
  • Will Wright's green diamond is a reference to the plumbobs in The Sims series of games, which he created.
  • Will Wright makes many references to EA.
  • There is a poster for Sim Kitty, which is a reference of Sim City (also created by Will Wright)
  • There are also posters for Sim Sandwich, mocking the wide range of games in the Sim franchise.
    • Similarly, he also briefly references the above game, mentioning that it was "his biggest flop", and that creating it also "ruined his life."
  • The chasm death cliché is a reference to Wile E. Coyote.


  • The name NeverQuest is a reference to the online MMORPG game EverQuest, and possibly the game Neverwinter Nights.
  • Its alternate title in the Nintendo DS version, "The Mythos of Marge", is possibly a reference to The Legend of Zelda.
  • When Homer gets the keycard, he says "My precious", which references Smeagol/Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
  • Homer's outfit is a reference to the character Link from The Legend of Zelda.
  • Marge's outfit is a reference to Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda.
  • The chests which contain different items are references to MMORPGs, along with fantasy games such as The Legend of Zelda.
  • Homer refers to Marge as being "a sexy MILF", which Marge corrects by saying that the word is "elf".
  • The Mobbits are parodies of the Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings. Marge will sometimes refer to them as "hairy toddlers", a sort of pun on the fantasy character name Harry Potter from the titular book series.
  • One of the Mobbits sometimes says that he prefers Narnia, the fictional land of the C.S. Lewis The Chronicles Of Narnia book series. It's either the Rod or Todd Flanders Mobbit that says this, since C.S. Lewis is a Christian book author.
  • Some of the characters and their costumes are from Earthland Realms, an online game in the Simpsons universe which parodies online MMORPGs.
  • Upon entering the maze area, Marge notices the camera switching to overhead POV (point-of-view). Homer states that this is just like his favorite old sword-and-sorcery game, Dig Dug - which is neither a sword-and-sorcery game nor even set in overhead POV, at least not until the sequel, Dig Dug II.
  • He possibly meant The Tower of Druaga, a fantasy adventure game also made by Namco, or more likely Gauntlet by Atari Games, due to the similarity of how its "narrator" points out things like not shooting the food.
  • Sometimes, in the final part of the level where Homer, Marge, and the Mobbits confront the Dragon, Marge asks "Which one of you is gay again?"
    • Also, in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, the "boss fight" against the Patty and Selma Dragon is a spoof on the arcade game Joust.

Grand Theft Scratchy

  • The name Grand Theft Scratchy is a reference to the sandbox game Grand Theft Auto.
  • Marge sometimes says "Extreme Makeover, Marge edition!", referring to the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
  • Poochie wears a shirt with a logo in the style of Rockstar Games' logo, the maker of the Grand Theft Auto series.
  • This is the only level of the game to use the word "Bitch" in gameplay. (Will Wright said "bitch" in a cutscene in Bargain Bin) However, Marge used that to refer to female dogs.
  • The Itchy and Scratchy gang members respectively resemble the Crips and Bloods in real life with their blue and red clothes.
  • The altered radio song is really a recording of "That's What Friends are for", a 1985 song by Dionne Warwick.

Medal of Homer

  • The name Medal of Homer is a reference to the Medal of Honor video game series.
  • In the background, people can be heard yelling "We shall surrender like we've never surrendered before!" and "I have surrendered, therefore I am!". They are presumably Cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
  • The Castle is named Castle Duffenstein, an obvious reference to Wolfenstein 3D.
  • Upon entering the church, Homer will sometimes say that he prefers "Castle Smurfenstein", possibly a reference to the computer game Castle Wolfenstein. The interior of the church resembles the decor of Wolfenstein 3D, an FPS predecessor of Doom.
  • The trophy Bart collects in this level is the movie "Saving Krusty's Privates", a parody of Saving Private Ryan.
  • The first part of the level is a reference to Call of Duty.

Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game

  • The title refers to the Super Happy Smile Time Family Wish Show, the Japanese game show in "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo".
  • In the first cut scene, Homer states that he won't eat any sushi unless it's chocolate covered (and if there's no sushi in it).  However, sushi is a food in the level and Homer will eat it.
    • At the beginning parts of the level, Homer will say how much he hates sushi when he eats it.
    • At the end levels, Homer seems to enjoy sushi more.
  • Milhouse is dressed as the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy.
  • Lisa reference Miyazaki in the Flying Airship portion of the level.
  • A cliché references Dungeons and Dragons.
  • The level makes some references to Pokémon with the game within a game "Sparklemon" featuring references such the "Sparklemon Capturing Ball" (a reference to Pokéballs).
  • The Flying Boat has a figurehead resembling Hello Kitty.
  • The Flying Boat seen in this level is a reference to the Flying Airship - a recurring feature in the Final Fantasy series.
  • The statue of Santa's Little Helper is dressed like Amaterasu (from Ōkami) with a Keyblade (from Kingdom Hearts) in its mouth.
  • One of the lines said by Comic Book Guy fire sumos is "Just a flesh wound", a recycled line from Final Fantasy IX which is, in itself, a reference to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The line is indicated as such with Comic Book Guy laughing at the fact that he is taking it from Final Fantasy IX and not Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The fire sumos make a reference to Cyndaquil, the Fire-type starter Pokémon from the Johto region.
  • The floating head talks to Homer and Lisa about the evil Rin Sha corporation this is probably a reference to the Shin-ra Company of Final Fantasy VII.
  • Defeated fire sumos sometimes say "Every light must fade, every heart returns to darkness", a line stated by Ansem from Kingdom Hearts.

Five Characters in Search of an Author

  • The title Five Characters in Search of an Author is a reference to the Twilight Zone episode called Five Characters in Search of an Exit and the book: Six Characters in Search of an Author.
  • Upon noticing Matt's piles of money, Bart says that the creator is "like Richie Rich, except straight".
  • In order to open Matt Groening's mansion door, the player has to do a Simon-type memory game, using floor pads that each play a different note. The song successfully pieced together is none other than The Simpsons Theme, which plays as the door opens.
    • Homer can say that he has an urge to sit on a couch, or has an urge to send money to Danny Elfman, who composed the Simpsons theme.
  • Upon entering Matt's office, Comic Book Guy points out the Evil Genius cliche as being "a rip-off of Lex Luthor," a constant adversary of Superman.
  • Matt introduces himself to the Simpsons by saying that "Your creator is TV's most beloved animation visionary!". Homer replies with "Seth MacFarlane!?"; Seth is the creator of rival cartoon sitcom Family Guy. During the battle between Bart, Homer and the many clones of Bender and Zoidberg, Matt sometimes says that he wished he invented Family Guy.
  • Matt's mansion has Futurama-like transportation tubes running along the ceiling.
  • During the boss battle of the level, Homer and Bart will have to face several copies of Bender and Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama.
    • While creating these "warriors of the future" Matt says "Say hello to my little friends!", a famous line from Scarface.
    • Insults thrown at the pair include "You were just too weird for network television!" (referring to Futurama's cancellation) and "You're my least favorite Billy West character!".
  • During the level's opening cutscene, all five members of the Simpson family are seen walking up the drive. When the gameplay starts, only Bart and Homer are present. Marge and Lisa reappear after that fight with Matt Groening, but Maggie doesn't.
  • The 'Video Game Engine Self-Destruct Button' is concealed behind a painting of Marge in the likeness of the Mona Lisa.
    • Another painting (seen only in the gameplay) resembles The Scream with Homer in it, and two statues resemble a Patty and Selma version of the Venus de Milo.
  • The trophy Bart collects in this level is the movie "Krusty Klownface", another reference to the movie Scarface.
  • In the DS version, at one point Bart jumps on notepads with the Simpson Family's Tracey Ullman Shorts designs.
  • This level has the most fourth wall breaks.
  • Matt Groening's secretary pronounces his name wrong and says "Groaning" instead of "Groening", but he says he is not sure how his name is pronounced. This was also brought up in My Big Fat Geek Wedding.

Game Over

  • In Bart's first level on the DS version, when fighting Benjamin Franklin, Lisa uses lightning on Franklin's kite referencing to a made up reason on how he passed away.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the Moe-orc (his name being a pun on Mohawk) says "Oh, for the love of Sauron", another reference to Lord of the Rings.
  • The bearded dwarf that jumps on the sofa and cries "Here we gooo!" is a parody of Mario, done in the same style as his voice actor Charles Martinet in Super Mario 64.
  • At the beginning of the level, Lisa builds a "Stairway to Heaven", referencing the Led Zeppelin song.
    • The fact that Lisa uses her Hand of Buddha to build a tower to Heaven may be referencing the Bibical story of the Tower of Babel.
  • William Shakespeare is guarding the gates of Heaven. Bart complains about his "John Grisham fancy talk". The music that plays during his boss fight is "Anvil Chorus", a composition by Giuseppe Verdi, from the opera "Il Trovatore", also by Verdi.
    • Benjamin Franklin guards the gate to God's house.
  • One of the houses is named "House of Hendrix".
  • Another house features a large sign that says "Reserved For Elvis".
    • The sign resembles the famous Las Vegas sign.
  • Yet another house says "Maude Flanders".
  • Rigellians are in Heaven.
  • There is a house that says "Hell Fish" however, "Heaven" is spray painted over Hell.
  • Skybucks is a reference to Starbucks.
  • The trophy Bart collects in this level is the movie "The Passion of the Krust", a parody of The Passion of the Christ.
  • The trophy Marge collects in this level is the Hairway to Heaven Hairspray, a second reference to the Led Zeppelin song.
  • The showdown with God is based on Bemani games such as Dance Dance Revolution.
  • When facing God, three games consoles appear:
    • The PrayStation refers to prayer and the PlayStation. It resembles a bible, complete with bookmark.
    • The Xodus Box refers to Exodus and the Xbox 360. The logo is the Jesus Fish.
    • The Hii is a parody of the Wii.
    • In the PlayStation2 and Wii versions of the game, the Hii is called "I am", as in "I am He" (another way for God to say "that's me"). "I am" is the literal translation of Jehovah, God's original.
  • In the final battle, the music playing is The Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane" done in a Dance Dance Revolution-style remix.
  • When God is defeated, a "blue screen of death" with a bomb icon appears that Bart tears away.
  • When God is pleading Bart not to destroy his save games (on the Mb memory card), he pleads "I'm on the final boss fight of Oblivion, I can't start again from the beginning!". The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has hundreds of hours of gameplay.
  • Bart calls God "Birkenstocks", a maker of sandals.
  • God says Planet Earth got a score of 96 on Meta-Metacritic.
The Simpsons Game
Levels The Land of ChocolateBartman BeginsAround the World in 80 BitesLisa the Tree HuggerMob RulesEnter the CheatrixThe Day of the DolphinShadow of the Colossal DonutInvasion of the Yokel-SnatchersBargain BinNeverQuestGrand Theft ScratchyMedal of HomerBig Super Happy Fun Fun GameFive Characters in Search of an AuthorGame Over
Characters HomerBartLisaMargeMaggieEnemiesWhite Chocolate RabbitWill WrightMatt GroeningGodAbraham Simpson
Powers Homer BallHeli-HomerGumi-HomerBartmanHand of BuddhaMarge's Megaphone
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