Game: The Simpsons (Pinball)
Release: 1990
Platforms: Pinball Table
Publisher: Data East
Developer: Data East
Players: 1
Play: eBay, Pinside

The Simpsons name is synonymous with fun, action--and profits. From the hit television series to posters, dolls, and T-shirts--Simpsons-mania has rocked the country.

Winner, Winner, Pinball Dinner

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. [Source.]

Pinball Legacy

Sotheby's auctioned off a specially created pinball machine from the personal collection of Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons who passed away in 2015. It even included a placard on the machine stating as much.

The Hands-On Approach

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening gave advice to the producers of the game. The bumpers are dressed as nuclear reactors and several characters from the show function as targets. Other targets depict the Simpson family's favorites such as chocolate, pork rinds, and 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." [Source.]

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Simpsons writer John Vitti talks about writers' pinball machines

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