- Previously undiscovered Simpsons game
- Developed by Glasgow-based Red Lemon Studio
- Never given the green lit to develop
The Simpsons Bug Squad is a tech demo that has been discovered of a, previously unknown, Simpson’s game that was in development for the Sega Dreamcast.
The Simpson’s is no stranger to off-shoot product lines from dolls to confectionary, it has done it all … and the same applies to Simpson’s inspired, much-loved, classic video games.
Well, now it would appear that the previous iterations of the Simpsons on video game screens were not the only ones planned for commercial gaming consumption.
The game, which was being developed by the Glasgow-based Red Lemon Studio, was discovered when a user on the Dreamcast-Talk forums discovered an old development and uploaded the contents to their computer hard drive.
The tech demo of the game, which never saw its way to fruition, sees players take on the form of a fly-on-the-wall, enabling players to make their way around the Simpson’s home, with Homer even wandering around the rooms.
Dreamcast Channel notes, in a pinned comment on their YouTube video, that they had been in contact with one of Red Lemon’s founders, Andy Campbell, who gave some clarification on the origin of the demo.
“We had a great coder who had developed an amazing cel-shading engine for DC. I knew Fox pretty well, so this was a demo we created, and I pitched to them. We were never commissioned, so this was technically never an official title in development,” says Campbell.
“This was a trip down memory lane. The tech was great, developed by a guy call Rich Evans, great coder. Bug Squad concept came from Jamie Grant if I remember. A great art team built the models. The tech was also pitched as a production tool for the show itself. No game made though.”
While the demo lacks any storyline, real game play objectives, sound effects or music, it gives a good example of how The Simpson’s video game legacy could have developed during the Dreamcast’s limited run.
It is difficult to know what the direction of this game would have been should it have been green lit by the production company but it is still an interesting piece of video game history none-the-less.
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