Good Lord, The Simpsons has been on the air for twenty-four years. There's nothing that America's animated nuclear family can do on TV that they haven't done before. Maybe that's why Fox seems to insist upon thrusting them into other mediums, most notably video games. The latest destination for the jaundiced citizens of Springfield is The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a
shameless ripoff loving homage to the city building genre typified by Sim City.
The gist is that Homer has, through the fault of free games with in-app purchases, destroyed Springfield in a nuclear blast. You're in charge of re-assembling the town and finding its residents, all of whom are voiced by the original voice actors. The game is interspersed with bite-sized snippets of Simpsons animation, most of it lampooning mobile gaming in general. Note that while the opening cinematic highlights the ridiculous nature of in-app purchases, you can still spend ungodly amounts of money on the "donut" in-game currency.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is currently available to EA's "Rest Of World" region, which usually means everywhere the Google Play Store works except North America. That's a bit strange, since the iPad version of the game has been available in the US for a year. I'd expect to see a US release sooner rather than later.
Update: It looks like Android users all over the world are being denied access to the game at present. If you've managed to download it, please drop us a line in the comments with your location and device.