The Simpsons pinball machine is a 1990 game released by Data East Pinball. It is based on the animated sitcom The Simpsons and features many elements from the series, such as character voices and music. The game was popular in the United States, becoming a hit for Data East Pinball. It has been cited as helping increase the popularity of pinball machines at the beginning of the 1990s.
The pinball machine is modeled after the animated sitcom The Simpsons. The bumpers are dressed as nuclear reactors and several characters from the show functions as targets. Other targets depict the Simpson family’s favorite foods, such as chocolate and pork rinds, and the family bowling. The machine is equipped with a Yamaha synthesizer that plays the theme song from the television series. It also features a computerized voice system on an OKI sound chip, and the characters are constantly talking. The original voices of the characters from the series are used. Mr. Burns says “Don’t blame me; I didn’t do it,” Homer taunts you with “Don’t you know how to use the flippers?”, while Bart says lines like “Don’t have a cow, man,” “Way to go, man,” “You blew it, man,” and “Hey, man, I’m an underachiever, too.”
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening gave advice to the producers of the game. The pinball game was released by Data East Pinball in 1990. It was licensed by Fox Broadcasting Company and produced in Data East’s factory in Melrose Park, Illinois. According to an article in Chicago Sun-Times, the producers took advice from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening while developing the game.
The Simpsons pinball machine won the award for best pinball game in 1990 by the Amusement and Music Operators Association, a group that represents coin machine operators.
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