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                                  VIRTUAL SPRINGFIELD
                                    FAQ/GUIDE, v1.3
                           Written and maintained by SubSane
                             Last Updated December 7, 2006
         1.1 Game Details
         1.2 Story
    2.0 BASICS
         2.1 Controls
         2.2 Status Screen
         2.3 Cursor Icons
    3.0 GUIDE
         3.1 Town Square
         3.2 Aztec Theatre
         3.3 Town Hall
         3.4 Stone Cutters HQ
         3.5 Library
         3.6 Moe's Tavern
         3.7 Springfield Elementary
         3.8 Noiseland Arcade
         3.9 Kwik-E-Mart
        3.10 Simpsons' House
        3.11 Flanders' House
        3.12 Springfield Gorge
        3.13 Nuclear Power Plant
        3.14 Krustylu Studios
        3.15 Retirement Castle
        3.16 Cemetary
        3.17 Church
         4.1 Collector Card List
         4.2 Item List
         4.3 Mini Games
         4.4 FAQ/Information
    6.0 LEGAL / MISC.
         6.1 Version History
         6.2 Guide Credits
         6.3 Contact Information
         6.4 Legal Stuff
    ===== 1.0 INTRODUCTION =============================================
                            1.1  Game Details
    This game was developed by Digital Evolution, and published by Fox
    Interactive. Released in 1997.   
                                1.2  Story
    Welcome to Springfield, home of Moe's Tavern, Krustylu Studios, Apu's
    Kwik-E-Mart, and oh yes, the Simpsons. Run amok with your favorite
    characters in the first complete, 3D re-creation of their town
    featuring all original animation and sound effects along with a
    newly recorded script from the cast of the show.
    Your visit begins as you're dropped off in the Springfield town
    square. From there you navigate your own course in this "pea-size
    town with lima bean size dreams." Don't forget to look both ways
    before crossing the street--you never know who could be speeding.
    Your options are limitless in Springfield. Stop by the lovely
    Simpsons' abode, where you can check under Bart's bed, open Homer's
    mail, flip through the family photo album and channel surf on the
    Simpsons' TV to check out Homer's favorite programs, dial the Cory
    hotline with Lisa and make prank phone calls with Bart. 
    As a Virtual Springfield visitor, you will be greeted by the lovely
    town folk and can enter other shops and buildings in Springfield. To
    get some religion, you can attend church and either listen to the
    Reverend Timothy Lovejoy's uplifting sermon, or click on the
    Simpsons' heads to hear what they are really thinking! You can browse
    at the Kwik-E-Mart and shoot the bad-old burglar, rifle through
    Bart's school locker or the teacher's desk, or play mini games at
    the Noiseland Arcade. Visitors can also collect 74 trading cards
    hidden inside shops and other locales.
    ===== 2.0 BASICS ===================================================
                                2.1  Controls
    You will need a computer mouse to click on stuff. The mini game
    controls will be in the Mini Games section.
     - - - -
     Open......Alt + 1        
     Save......Alt + 2        
     Quit......Alt + 3        
     Collect...Alt + 4        
     Music.....Alt + 5
     Sound.....Alt + 6
     Unpause...Esc or Enter
     - - - - -
     Open......Command + O
     Save......Command + S
     Quit......Command + Q
     Collect...Command + C
     Music.....Ctrl + M
     Sound.....Ctrl + S
     Unpause...Esc or Return
    The arrow keys can also be used to walk around from place to place.
                             2.2  Status Screen
    There are a couple of things on the screen besides the environments.
    Here is an explanation of the various menus and options that can be
    clicked on the screen.
     From the top-left to bottom-right:
     Area name
     - - - - -
     There is a green bar in the upper-left corner that displays the name
     of the area you are in.
     - - - -
     The compass is in the top-center of the screen. Here you can see the
     direction you are currently facing.
     Card viewer
     - - - - - -
     The card viewer is the little red switch just to the right of the
     compass. Click on it to view the collector cards you currently have,
     and click on the cards to view the different ones.
     Help menu
     - - - - -
     The help menu is the button next to the card viewer. It says HELP.
     In there you can view general information, some of the locations,
     and information about the game.
     Voice controls
     - - - - - - - -
     The picture of Bart is the voice control. Click on it to adjust the
     in-game voices volume.
     Music option
     - - - - - - -
     The button below the voice controls is the music option. Click on
     it to turn the music on and off.
     Open menu
     - - - - -
     The open menu is the donut box in the bottom-left corner. Click on
     this menu to open saved games.
     Save menu
     - - - - -
     Next to the open menu. Click here to save your current game.
     Close option
     - - - - - - -
     If you have the open or save menu on the screen, click on the closed
     donut box to close the menus.
     Map menu
     - - - - -
     Click on the map near the center to view the Springfield map.
     Collect menu
     - - - - - - -
     The donut box next to the map is the collect menu. You can view all
     collected items in here.
     Quit option
     - - - - - -
     The green trash can in the bottom-right corner is the quit option. 
     Click there to quit the game.
                             2.3  Cursor Icons
    Since this game is a point-and-click game, the cursor on the screen
    is a very important feature. There are various types of cursors that
    will appear as you progress through the game.
     Yellow arrow
     - - - - - - -
     The yellow arrow indicates where you may walk. If the arrow over a
     spot is yellow, click to go that way.
     Red arrow
     - - - - -
     The red arrow means you can not go to the area that the arrow is
     pointing to.
     Pointer hand
     - - - - - - -
     The pointer hand is a hand pointing with the index finger. When you
     see this hand, you can either enter into a new area, or you can zoom
     in on a specific spot. When you see this hand, click immediately!
     Grabber hand
     - - - - - - -
     The grabber hand is an open hand. When this appears, you can pick
     up an item. Always click when you see the grabber.
     Slash hand
     - - - - - -
     The slash hand is a fist with a red slash through it. This means
     that you can't click on that spot right now, but come back later to
     see if you can.
     Stoncutters circle
     - - - - - - - - - -
     The rotating Stonecutters circle is a loading icon. When this
     appears it means the game is loading a new area or spot.
    ===== 3.0 GUIDE ====================================================
    Hmmmm... How to do this. The main point of this game is to collect
    all of the 74 collector cards that are scattered in Springfield.
    Even though there are 74 cards, there aren't 74 locations for each
    separate card. There are a limited number places where you can get
    cards, and sometimes a new card may appear where you previously
    acquired one.
    Anyway, here's how this thing is set up. There are 17 places to visit
    in Virtual Springfield, and all of them are in this section. For
    each place I point out the cards, items, and mini games that are
    located there.
    Certain things, like notes on a paper for example, will also be
    pointed out because they open up other areas in the game.
    The cards appear the first time you enter a room, but might disappear
    when you come back. ALWAYS get the cards as soon as you enter a room. 
    Finally, this is Virtual Springfield! This guide does not cover every
    single little thing there is to do in this massive game, so go and
    explore if you want to have fun!
                              3.1  Town Square
         ~First established in some very old year, Jebediah
          Springfield tackled the infamous bear on the very 
    There isn't much to do at the Town Square, which is where you first
    enter Springfield. I guess you can listen to Troy McClure's
    introduction speech and ogle the statue of Jebediah Springfield.
                             3.2  Aztec Theatre
         ~The Aztec Theatre is Springfield's place for culture 
          and sophistication. Currently showing "Space Mutants: 
          The Musical" and "Ernest Gets Constipated".~
    Again, there's not much to do. If you click on the box of gummy bears
    in the trash can a gummy bear will fall out. Click it to watch it hit
    a bunch of people. You can also click on Krusty and the middle of
    the aisle to watch other funny scenes.
    You're also in a theatre, so why not catch the latest McBain flick?
                               3.3  Town Hall
         ~The governing body in Springfield resides in this 
          grand building. Free from corruption since last
    Look under the flag stand on the left side to find a card.
    Open the middle drawer of Quimby's desk to find a Krusty key. Use the
    Krusty key to open Krusty's office at Krustylu Studios.
                           3.4  Stone Cutters HQ
         ~Who keeps gasoline high-priced? Who breeds
          radioactive mice? They do... they doooooo!~
    Click on the podium and open the box in there to get the CMB key.
    This key will let you open the fireplace at Burns' office.
    The green book up on the stage is the Book of Possession. Click on it
    to get it and have some fun with Flanders' kids.
                               3.5  Library
         ~Visit the library while you can because it will be 
          demolished due to lack of interest. That, and the 
          old folks really stunk up the place.~
    There will be a card in the trash can by the entrance, so grab it!
    There isn't much else of importance. Feel free to look around, if
    ya need some book learnin'.
                             3.6  Moe's Tavern
         ~It's the local pub, a cesspool of disease and public 
          displays of stupidity. Find Springfield's best and 
          brightest here.~
    If you check under the bar you'll find a couple of things. Check in
    the pink box to the left to find Spanky's key. You can use this to
    open Principal Skinner's office at the school.
    If you click on the cabinet behind Moe a secret door will open up.
    There will be a secret card in the back next to a panda crate. Just
    open all the crates to get it.
    You can also play the Love Tester mini game that's in the back by
    the bar.
                        3.7  Springfield Elementary
         ~Despite the bitter teachers and disturbed principal,
          students still manage a solid D average. Highest in
          the district!~
    Ok, if you go into Ms. Hoover's class, you'll find that the bottom
    drawer of her desk is locked. You need to go to the Simpsons' house
    and pick up the note from Lisa's desk to unlock Ms. Hoover's drawer.
    After you get the gerbil food you can open the cabinet under the
    gerbil and find a card hidden in the back.
    The door to Skinner's office is locked, but if you got the key from
    the pink box at Moe's you can unlock his office. Click on the radio
    on the wall opposite his desk to get a card.
    Check Skinner's e-mail, the one from mprince@excel.edu. This will
    allow you to use the telescope at the cemetery.
    Get the note from under Bart's bed, then you can open the lockers.
    Click on the taped piece of paper to get access to the lower drawer
    at Retirement Castle.
    Look in Milhouse's desk to get a hint about one of the mini games.
                            3.8  Noiseland Arcade
         ~Noiseland Arcade is a virtual wonderland... of games.~
    The Larry the Looter game is a game of robbery. Stealin' stuff is
    all you do.
    Krusty's Carnival of Cash is one of those where you have to aim the
    coins into a hole to win.
    Slugfest is a boxing game where your main goal is to clobber your
    opponent to a bloody pulp.
    The Bumblebee Game is based on everyone's favorite and highly
    respected entertainer, the Bumblebee man! In the game all you must do
    is splatter him with tomatoes.
                              3.9  Kwik-E-Mart
         ~Need beer? Boobie magazines? Rotting hot dogs? This 
          is the place to be.~
    There are several displays in front of the counter, but the Chowder
    Chips display is the important one. Click on the sea captain to have
    him blow out a card from his pipe.
    If you click on the door behind Apu you'll get to play the Apoom mini
    game. In this oddly familiar game you have to literally kill the
    thugs who are trying to get a five finger discount. Man, that is one
    powerful broom...
                            3.10  Simpsons' House
         ~Here it is, the best most important location in the
          Springfield universe! Er, um, actually it's just the
          Simpsons' house...~
    Once you're in the living room go to the left to find yourself in
    the backyard. Go up in the treehouse. Click on the balloons to play
    the Balloon Toss mini game.
    Check the window of the treehouse to find a card taped to a tree
    If you go to Homer's room and search the top-right drawer, you'll
    find various mementos. Click on the Butterfinger wrapper at the
    bottom to read a note about the power plant. You have now unlocked
    the Donut Toss mini game at the power plant.
    You can also check the sink in the bathroom to play the Sink Race
    mini game.
    If you click on the right drawer of Lisa's desk, you will get a note
    about feeding the gerbil at school. This will allow you to unlock the
    bottom drawer of Ms. Hoover's desk at the school.
    Search the left drawer of Bart's desk to find a slingshot. You can
    then play the Slingshot mini game.
    Click on Bart's bed, then click on the piece of paper up in the wood
    to get access to the lockers at Springfield Elementary.
    You can find a card under the monkey paw in Maggie's room.
                            3.11  Flanders' House
         ~If ever there was a church away from church, it 
          would be Flanders' house.~
    Check the bookcase by the couch. There will be a card on the second
    row behind some books.
    Click on the bar to play the Bar Game mini game.
                           3.12  Springfield Gorge
         ~Springfield's little bit of nature. Set to be 
          bulldozed in 2009.~
    There isn't much here, except the great view of Springfield.
                          3.13  Nuclear Power Plant
        ~Despite what you have heard, the nuclear plant is
         not responsible for three-eyed fish, two-headed
         birds, or babies with twelve toes.~
    Click on the dark lower panel at Burns' office. It's on the left
    under a candle. You'll get a card from it.
    Go in the nuclear rod room (large room). There will be a card under 
    a gray paper on the left side.
    Get the Butterfinger wrapper from Homer's drawer at the Simpsons'
    house, then pull the lever at Homer's office to play the Donut Toss
    mini game.
    Get the CMB key from Stonecutters', then you can enter the fireplace
    at Burns' office.
                            3.14  Krustylu Studios
        ~Birthplace of Channel 6 News, home of The Itchy and 
         Scratchy Show, and stomping grounds for Springfield's 
         favorite drunk clown, Krusty the Clown!~
    Look under the Labor Laws poster in the lobby to get a card.
    Use the Krusty key that you got from Quimby's desk at Town Hall and
    go to Krusty's office. Click on the TV to get a card.
    Go to the Control Room and look behind the clipboard on the left to
    find a card.
                           3.15  Retirement Castle
         ~If you're missing an old person, you'll probably find 
          him or her among the residents of the Retirement 
    Search the top bookshelf to find a card up there.
    Get the note from Bart's locker at the school, then check the lower
    drawer to get a Stoncutters ring.
                               3.16  Cemetary
         ~Otherwise known as the "zombie district". It may seem
          strange and mysterious... and it is. At least the sky
          is clear.~
    If you go to the school and look at Skinner's e-mail (the one from
    mprince@excel.edu), you can use the telescope to look at the stars.
                                3.17  Church
         ~Welcome to the lord's house. Wipe your feet and 
          please keep all talk of reality outside.~
    Click on the podium and look at the bottom (next to the t-shirt).
    You'll find a card.
    ===== 4.0 OTHER STUFF ==============================================
                           4.1  Collector Card List
    1....Springfield Community Cards
    2....Homer Simpson
    3....Marge Simpson
    4....Bart Simpson
    5....Lisa Simpson
    6....Maggie Simpson
    7....Santa's Little Helper
    8....Snowball II
    9....Abe Simpson
    10...Patty Bouvier
    11...Selma Bouvier
    12...Ned Flanders
    13...Maude Flanders
    14...Rod Flanders
    15...Todd Flanders
    18...Krusty the Clown
    19...Sideshow Mel
    20...Sideshow Bob
    21...Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
    22...Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon
    23...Seymour Skinner
    24...Edna Krabappel
    25...Elizabeth Hoover
    26...Groundskeeper Willy
    29...Milhouse Van Houten
    32...Martin Prince
    36...Nelson Muntz
    39...Jimbo Jones
    41...Superintendent Chalmers
    42...Ralph Wiggum
    43...Comic Book Store Guy
    44...Disco Stu
    45...The Van Houtens
    46...Handsome Pete
    47...Montgomery Burns
    48...Waylon Smithers
    51...Professor John Frink
    53...Barney Gumble
    56...Kent Brockman
    57...Arnie Pye
    58...Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
    59...Helen Lovejoy
    60...Chief Clancy Wiggum
    63...Dr. Julius Hibbert
    64...Dr. Nick Riviera
    65...Mayor Joe Quimby
    67...Rainier Wolfcastle
    68...Troy McClure
    70...Sea Captain
    71...Lionel Hutz
    72...Hans Moleman
    74...Mrs. Glick
    75...Special Card
                               4.2  Item List
     Krusty Key
     - - - - - -
     Go to Town Hall and look in the top drawer to get this key.
     It unlocks Krusty's office at Krustylu Studios
     CMB Key
     - - - -
     Go to the Stonecutters' HQ and open the box at the podium.
     It opens the fireplace at Burns' office at SNPP.
     Spanky Key
     - - - - - -
     Go to Moe's Tavern and look in the pink box to get this key.
     It unlocks Principal Skinner's office at the school.
     Stonecutters Ring
     - - - - - - - - -
     Look in the bottom drawer at the Retirement Castle to get the
     ring. You will gain access to the Stonecutters' HQ.
     Hamster Food Note
     - - - - - - - - -
     Look in the right drawer of Lisa's room to find this. You
     can now get the gerbil food in Hoover's desk at the school.
     Secret Stash Note
     - - - - - - - - -
     Look under Bart's bed and look in the wood to find this.
     You will gain access to the lockers at the school.
     Butterfinger Wrapper
     - - - - - - - - - - -
     Look in Homer's right drawer to get this note. You will
     be able to play the Donut Toss mini game at the SNPP.
     Gerbil Food
     - - - - - -
     Look in the bottom-right drawer of Ms. Hoover's desk to get
     this. You can then open the cabinet under the gerbil.
     Drawer Note
     - - - - - -
     Look in Bart's locker and click the taped paper to gain
     access to the bottom drawer at the Retirement Castle.
                               4.3  Mini Games
    (Note: You can use the mouse with all the games, but the keyboard
     is easier.)
     Bar Game
     - - - - -
     Click on the bar at Flanders' House, then the Holy Water.
       -The left and right arrow keys move the bottle.
       -The up key will shake the bottle.
       -Spacebar to shoot the water.
     Balloon Toss
     - - - - - - -
     Go into the treehouse at the Simpsons' House and click on the
       -Left and right arrow keys to move the balloon.
       -Up and down keys for distance.
       -Space bar to fire balloons.
     - - - - -
     Go to Bart's room and look in the left drawer of his desk.
       -Use all the arrow keys to aim.
       -Space bar to fire.
     - - - 
     Go to the Kwik-E-Mart and click on the door behind Apu.
       -Use the numeric keys to choose a weapon.
       -Space bar to fire weapons.
     Donut Toss
     - - - - - -
     Get the Butterfinger wrapper from Homer's room, then click on the
     lever at Homer's office at the SNPP.
       -All of the arrow keys to move the donut.
       -Space bar to throw donuts.
     Larry the Looter
     - - - - - - - - -
     Go to the Noiseland Arcade and click the first game on the left.
       -Right arrow key to move to the right.
       -Up arrow key to break the windows and steal stuff.
     Krusty's Carnival of Kash
     - - - - - - - - - - - - -
     Click on the arcade in the middle on the left.
       -Click the gold button to release a coin.
     Super Slugfest
     - - - - - - - -
     Click on the far arcade on the left side.
       -Player 1 uppercut: X, X, W
       -Player 1 pounding: X, D, A
       -Player 1 finisher (red health): D (wait), D (wait), Z
       -Player 2 uppercut: 2, 2, 8
       -Player 2 pounding: 2, 6, 4
       -Player 2 finisher (red health): 6 (wait), 6 (wait), 0
     Smite of the Bumblebee
     - - - - - - - - - - - -
     This is the green arcade on the right (Frink's playing).
       -Left and right arrow keys to move hand.
       -Space bar to throw tomatoes.
                            4.4  FAQ/Information
     Q: Is this a 3D free-for-all in the magical land of Springfield?
     A: Not quite. The only actual 3D element would be the streets.
        Everything else is just plain ol' animation.
     Q: Then why did Fox Interactive claim it was 3D?
     A: To sell it, duh.
     Q: I heard there was a Bart Cave. Where is it?
     A: That was just an Internet rumor back in the late 90s. The Bart
        Cave never existed, unfortunately. Come on Fox Interactive,
        Virtual Springfield 2!
     System Requirements (from '97. Hah!)
     - - - -
     Pentium 75Mhz
     16 MB RAM
     Windows 95 (or higher)
     DirectX compatible graphics and sound cards
     6 MB free hard drive space
     4x CD-ROM
     - - - - -
     Power PC 66 MHz
     16 MB RAM
     System 7.0 or greater
     1 MB free hard drive space
     4x CD-ROM
    ===== 5.0 CODES & SECRETS ==========================================
    1. Hold Shift, V, and S and click on any location on the map to
    automatically go there. No walking involved!
    2. There is an easier way to get cards. Go to Krustylu Studios and
    click on the Labor Laws poster in the lobby to get a card. Then go
    into the Control room and look under the clipboard for another card.
    Now keep going back and forth between the lobby card and control
    room card and the cards will never run out.
    3. Once you get all 74 cards, look through them to view a secret
    75th card. It will give you a secret Web link. Unfortunately, the
    link is no longer active.
    You can however view part of the page at everyone's favorite web
    archive site, archive.org. Check it out:
    ===== 6.0 LEGAL / MISC. ============================================
                            6.1  Version History
    December 7, 2006: Version 1.3
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Updated with the link to the 
    January 7, 2004: Version 1.2
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Added a whole bunch of stuff, including more detailed controls and
    a FAQ section.
    July 10: Version 1.1
    - - - - - - - - - - -
    This is just another rewrite for one of my old FAQs.
    April 12: Version 1.0
    - - - - - - - - - - -
    Completed the entire guide. Have fun!
                             6.2  Guide Credits
    Thanks to...
    1. Matt Groening. The man created 'The Simpsons', which has been on
    the air for 14 years and is still going strong. Shine on you crazy
    bearded bastard!
    2. If I thank Matt Groening, then I also have to praise the hundreds
    of individuals who are involved with the show. To the writers, voice
    actors, animators, producers, gofers, and every other person
    involved... thank you.
    3. Wilson Lau gets mad props for his kick ass 'Bart vs. the Space
    Mutants' guide. It inspired me to write guides for Simpsons video
    4. Fox Interactive and Digital Evolution for the game.
    5. Thank YOU for reading. After all, I didn't write this for my own
                          6.3  Contact Information
    The address is: subsane@gmail.com
    The issue of too many e-mails isn't a problem, so I'll most likely
    respond to any questions (for now). But, I do delete e-mails without
    a subject. Put 'Virtual Springfield FAQ' or something similar in the
    subject line.
                              6.4  Legal Stuff
    1. "Virtual Springfield" is copyright © 1997 Fox Interactive. The
    Simpsons and any related Simpsons characters are property of
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
    2. This guide copyright © 2003-2004 SubSane. This guide may be
    distributed freely as long as it remains in it's ORIGINAL and
    UNALTERED form. It is only for private use and may not be reproduced
    for commercial purposes.
    If I discover that this guide has been altered in any way and is
    being displayed publicly, I reserve the right to have the guide
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