Bartman Meets Radioactive Man is the last of the NES Simpsons game that had Bart Simpson as the star. This one is a bit different in that it is his alter ego Bartman, which is like Batman. That is a heroic character that Bart Simpson had used in some episodes of The Simpsons. Radioactive Man is from The Simpsons as well.
The plot in this game is that Bart is reading his comic and then all of a sudden Fallout Boy shows up and tells Bart that Radioactive Man is in trouble. They are discussing it and in a flash Bart Simpsons becomes Bartman. The task at hand is to restore Radioactive Man’s power from three of Radioactive Man’s arch enemies.
Graphically, it is roughly the same as Bart vs. The Space Mutants and Bart vs. The World. In terms of it being a little bit different, it really isn’t. Sure, there are new enemies in this one but it is about the same.
The gameplay is pretty basic. There are some power-ups in the game that are useful. By default, there is the punching and if you keep pushing the button repeatedly, it will look like a tornado briefly. Use a turbo controller if you can. There are also some items to attack such as laser eyes and also ice breath. They are limited into how much. There is also the flying ability, which is only for a certain amount of time.
Energy also exists that can be picked up. If you have full health and keep picking them up, it will continue to show the health bar at five until it finally reaches that point of starting to actually lose health. It is helpful and also useful.
In a few levels, there is what appears to be a world that’s going in a rotation. If you go inside, you will enter a bonus level and it will be one from another dimension or at least that’s what it appears to be. You have 60 seconds to survive. If you can do that, you will be able to advance to the next level automatically. If not, you’ll have to actually complete the level.
There are four boss battles. All the villains are the ones that are from the Radioactive Man comics that Bart reads. The last one is Brain-O The Magnificent, which is fought with both. It should be mentioned that the laser is different in that when you have one, it decreases your ammo by one.
Controls are straightforward and easy to use. There are no problems there and it does require patience as the game can be difficult to complete. While it is short, that doesn’t mean it is going to be extremely easy.
Of the three NES games starring Bart Simpson, this probably would be the best one of the bunch. For a game that has to do with the idea of being a superhero and having an adventure is interesting. It is a very hard game to find at stores. It is possible that it could be seen at flea markets or a store that collects old games. If you can find it, at least give it a look.