The Simpsons Pro Wrestling Pal

The cover of the game.

The Simpsons Wrestling is a professional wrestling video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons, made for the PlayStation console. The game was developed by Big Ape Productions, published by Activision and distributed by Fox Interactive. It was released in the PAL region on March 22, 2001, and in North America on April 12, 2001. There are 19 characters in the game, all of whom are voiced by the same actors that provide their voices in the show, and each character executes his or her own exclusive moves and gestures and power moves in the wrestling ring. The matches take place in detailed 3D locations from Springfield. A match in the game ends when one wrestler pins his opponent for a three count. The game received mostly negative reviews from critics; it received an aggregated score of 32% on Metacritic. They criticized the game for having simplistic, unbalanced gameplay and bad graphics, but praised the game's audio track.


The cover depitcts the name of the game while under it being that the crowd watching Homer being picked up by Groundskeeper Willie in a wrestling match.


During matches, wrestlers have an energy meter that drains as they perform attacks, and gradually refills when they are not attacking, or by special items that appear randomly in the ring. Different moves use up different amounts of energy, and certain characters can win any match by repeatedly using a particularly damaging move that does not require much energy. Several different power-ups are also available in the game, including a donut that re-fills the energy meter, bowling pins that can be used as clubs, bubble gum that slows players down, and others. The game can be played in two modes: a tournament style single-player game or a grudge match where two players can interact. The matches take place in ten different detailed 3D locations from Springfield, such as the Simpsons' house, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the Kwik-E-Mart, and Moe's Tavern. Speech bubbles appear around in the wrestling ring, and if a wrestler collects five of them and lights all the letters in the word "taunt"(anvil if playing as Itchy/Scratchy), he/she can activate taunt and temporarily become invincible. Like most actual wrestling matches or any professional wrestling based video game, a match ends when one wrestler pins his/her opponent for a three count, although the wrestler himself makes the count as opposed to having a referee make a three count.


Other Characters (in crowds watching)