The Simpsons: Hit & Run
Genre Action -> Arcade
Today's Rank 1771
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USA
Date 2003-11-11
Publisher V.U.G.
UK
Date 2003-11-21
Publisher V.U.G.
North America Retail Box ArtUp to now The Simpsons games have been nothing if not consistent: they've all been completely rubbish. However, The Simpsons: Hit & Run is an exception to the rule, and although it's hardly a classic in its own right it's just the thing for fans who want to worship their favourite characters through the virtual medium. Like many of the more recent Simpsons games Hit & Run is primarily a racing game--one that's very obviously using Grand Theft Auto as its primary inspiration. There's less swearing and gore but just as much running people over and driving lots of different vehicles. You can't steal them off the street, admittedly, and the missions are presented in a much more linear fashion, but otherwise this is GTA: Springfield through and through. Somewhat embarrassingly for GTA the on-the-foot sections are actually handled rather better than Rockstar's game, with a fairly non-rubbish camera and a decent control system that actually makes the occasional platform sections rather fun. Most of the game is about driving, though, whether it be racing Principal Skinner to school in order to give Lisa her homework or helping Bart buy some illegal fireworks from around town. It's only when controlling underage characters like Bart that the game's concept really starts to seem peculiar (he only drives unmotorised vehicles) but otherwise the addition of all the proper voice actors from the TV show make this the first Simpson's game ever that is in any way worthy of a purchase. --David Jenkins

Features:
- Mission-based driving game featuring the cast of the Simpsons
- New story and dialogue crafted by writers from The Simpsons television show
- All character voices supplied by the cast of The Simpsons television show
- Over 56 missions in 7 huge levels
- For one or more players
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