1997 1 CD-ROM
Win 95/98 Mac
Although not technically an adventure game, Virtual Springfield shares many of the same characteristics of an adventure. The closest thing I can compare it to would be Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time. The game is a spinoff of The Simpsons television program, and you travel through a 3D rendering of the city of Springfield and visit different locations you would see in the show.
The main "goal" is to find 74(!) "collector" cards hidden in the town which each represent a character from the show. If you collect all the cards you recieve a final card, which gives you a web address giving you additional information about the show and the game. As you would expect, the address no longer works.
What I liked:
The voices in the game are all the same actors that provide the voices on the show. The game does succede at humor when it does try to make a joke. Unfortunelty, this is not very often.
The game does have a couple of puzzles and "mini" games. These are only minimally fun.
What I didn't:
The navigation is horrible. You spend most of the "playing" time traveling through the streets of springfield, which I imagine didn't even look that good in 1997. When you click the mouse you travel a great distance, turning corners and flipping you around each way. It is nearly impossible to go to a building you might see because the navigation will take you past them. There is a cheat to go buildings through the map, which I found myself doing almost immediatley.
The game does not have many places to visit and you will see all the interesting things in 4 hours. Tops. Maybe less. Not much going on here.
There are 74 collector cards to collect.. and only about 10 spots to find them.. So at the end, if you want to "finish", it will consist of traveling back to previously visited places and pickign up cards, which may or may not be there. I quit before I got to the end. It took me an hour or two to collect 30. I have better things to do with my time. Or, at least I should!
This game can be quite fun for a big Simpsons fan (like me). I also have a feeling that it will become quite collectible one day, considering the huge number of Simpsons collectors. However, stay away if you are only a casual fan, or not a fan at all.