The scene from the 1997 episode of The Simpson where Milhouse plays a second of the arcade game water world based on the Kevin Costner film of the same name has been given new life thanks to an independent developer.
The long version of the fake game water world was unveiled Sunday night for fans of the series to see what lay beyond the one-second game in which Milhouse wasted $10 on quarters. In the game, you can explore the atoll and fight the Norsemen, trade land, make a water purifier, and sail aboard the Deez to find dry land.
Kevin Costner's Waterworld: A large scale real imagining of the 'fake' Waterworld arcade game that Milhouse plays during a 10 second joke in a 1997 episode of The Simpsons. https://t.co/j2qUwQ67Mi by @Macaw45 https://t.co/SQpzkMs52e
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“I have always been fascinated by the fake video games that were occasionally seen on The Simpsonand the by waterworld it always caught my eye as a kid,” said Macaw45, the Australia-based indie developer and Twitch streamer, on the game itch.io page. Of course, it’s just a short joke poking fun at how expensive the movie was to produce at the time, but this fake game itself, with its gigantic on-screen Kevin Costner character taking a single step before that the machine ask for more rooms, always made me so anxious to know ‘what would be beyond that screen you see in the program …’»
Macaw45 said that he originally planned to make the Waterworld game short, but ended up putting more effort into its development so that it would have a broader scope than expected. This means that the simpsons fans they will be able to play it longer than Milhouse.
Yes ok The Simpson mocked the film’s controversial production budget, which was between $172 million and 175 million at the time, also inadvertently poked fun at the actual video game adaptation of the film for the Virtual Boy. Just as critics criticized the film for its lackluster script, they eviscerated the game for its poor graphics and slow gameplay. It was so bad that Stephen L. Kent, the author of The Ultimate History of Video Games, considered it as worst video game of all time.