The Simpsons: Tapped Out free game for iOS confirmed

Huge EA Mobile 'freemium' title features Simpsons writers and actors

Electronic Arts has confirmed it will launch an official The Simpsons game for iOS. The freemium game has been made with the legendary show's writing and acting cast

EA mobile has announced its plans to launch The Simpsons: Tapped Out - a free game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch "within the next few weeks."

The 'freemium' game puts you in charge of rebuilding the town of Springfield after, you guessed it, Homer blows it to oblivion after a trademark cock-up at the nuclear power plant. Thankfully, the townspeople survived and you can use them to assist your quest, unlocking more of them along the way.

However, this isn't your average spin-off. The iOS universal title was made in collaboration with the show's writers and voice actors so it's about as authentic as they come.

EA says it has invested hugely in the game and if the company's bravado is anything to go by, legions of build-ins Simpsons fanatics could propel Tapped Out to a dominant position in the iOS gaming landscape during 2012.

Bernard Kim, senior vice president of global publishing for social and mobile for EA, told CNET: "We want this to be one of the biggest titles this year. We've invested a lot. It's absolutely a top-tier development priority for us."

"Hardcore Simpsons fans will get a lot out of it," he added.

EA reckons that giving players the option to boost their progress by spending real money on in-game do-nuts will be a huge success, while those who still want to play for free will still be able to enjoy the game.

An Android version of Tapped-Out will launch a few months after the iOS title hits the App Store. An official release date is yet to be confirmed.