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Secret ‘The Simpsons’ Game Discovered On Old Dev Kit

A ‘secret’ unreleased and unannounced The Simpsons game has been discovered on a SEGA Dreamcast dev kit, and it’s pretty darn weird.

The game in question is called The Simpsons: Bug Squad and from what the gameplay video below shows, you’re a bug in the home of the Simpson family.

Images from secret simpsons game described in the article
Credit: Disney/YouTube: Dreamcast Channel

The unreleased game was discovered after a user on the Dreamcast-Talk forums by the name of Sreak posted some old files from a broken SEGA Dreamcast dev kit hard drive for fellow users to explore. The story was then picked up by Kotaku.

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Quite quickly other users began to find some interesting files in particular those relating to The Simpsons: Bug Squad.

Forum user Megavolt85 discovered the images of The Simpsons: Bug Squad and then soon enough they were able to get the game running. A video was then uploaded by pcwrzd13 of the Dreamcast Channel. Check it out below.

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As the name of the game suggests you play as a bug, though there is no sign of you being a squad in the prototype/tech demo.

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The tech demo has no audio whatsoever, and includes only two rooms of the Simpsons house (kitchen and living room) as well as a wandering Homer Simpson.

To be fair, the tech demo looks quite good with its cell-shaded visuals and it seems to be a faithful recreation of the popular sitcom, running on hardware from the early 2000s.

From what I can remember, the insect not featured in this tech demo has never been seen in The Simpsons TV series. 

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So it makes me believe that it was a random character made to show what some of The Simpson’s house can look like running in-game, perhaps for a Simpsons game once planned to release for the Dreamcast.

Unless The Simpsons: Bug Squad was an actual planned game for the SEGA Dreamcast that never saw the light of day…

Simpsons characters celebrate
Credit: 20th Century Studios

The tech demo was created by Red Lemon, a studio that developed the cancelled SEGA Dreamcast game, Take The Bullet (as found below).

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Sadly we might never know the truth behind this ‘secret’ Simpsons game…

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Featured Image Credit: Disney/YouTube: Dreamcast Channel

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