The Simpsons: Hit & Run
- New story and dialogue from The Simpsons' TV writers
- All character voices supplied by the show's cast
- Over 56 missions in 7 huge levels
- Explore Springfield by car or on foot
- Hidden pick-ups based on show trivia
- For 1-4 players
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Up 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
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Thankfully, Hit & Run breaks the mould. Yes, it's GTA in Simpsons wrapping paper, but the quality of the licence has been fully utilised. Kids will love it for the dayglo colours and whacky characters. Adults will love it for the knowing humour. Fans will love it for the insane attention to detail and in-jokes.
And hey, surprise surprise, the game plays very well indeed. Sure, at the core the gameplay is pure GTA, but that's no bad thing. Especially when it's layered with massive amounts of audio feedback from the original cast. Plus there's loads of Easter-Eggs for the hardcore gamer/fanboy to unearth
In short, I wasn't expecting to be impressed. But every time I finish playing I come away smiling. Plus, where else can you see Homer J in a devil suit singing, "I am Evil HOM-ER!" Worth the price of admission on its own, frankly.
Its a great game!
You play as Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Apu, but you get meet most of the characters as you go from evergreen terrce to the Burns Casino.
It is a lot like Grand Theft Auto in the style of free movement as you can use any car on the road but there are also loads of individual cars for each character, as well as being able to explore the levels on foot as well.
All in all, it's good clean fun, GTA with none of the blood and violence but all of the diverse quirks. It's good for any age too, but it is affecting my degree.
You play from a list of charaters including Homer, Bart & Apu, and there is nearly every Simpsons character on the game walking about who you can interact with, Every level has 3 extra sets of costumes for your character that can be bought. There are over 40 cars to choose from (that need to be earned or won) throughout the game, and on every level there is a secret vehicle hidden within the level that can only be used on that particular level (try and find them, they're hard... but they're worth it, Apu's car is a monster truck!!!!!). On each level there are 7 missions and 1 secret mission (which earns you a vehicle), and there are also races that earn you cars too.., and there are also Simpsons collector cards on every level which when all collected, earn you a level on a bonus racing game.
The only draw back I can find with this game is that with 3 weeks of solid gaming I finished all the levels, the upside is that (like GTA: Vice city), you need to complete the game 100% before you actually properly finish the game, to do this you need to complete every level, and collect everything (cars, costumes, cards etc...)
But I have to say, for a Simpsons fanatic like myself, I was exspecting a ripoff game, but it really isn't!!!! It's awsome, and the GTA style stunts that can be done are pretty damn cool too....
Trust me, if you want a game that'll keep you busy for a while, buy this one!!!!
I've never been big on car chase/race games but being a Simpsons fan I thought I'd give it a try and I must admit I don't regret it. I keep finding myself making excuses to my wife just so I can sneak a play!! Shocking!!
It really is fun especially if u watch the Simpsons so you can dig all the in-jokes (where's my anorak??). The game play is easy to master and the detail that has gone into the game is pretty awesome.
Like I say...pure fun....Halo can wait until next year coz I'll be engrossed in this for quite some time!!!
Buy it and chuckle!!!!!
The game is most known for its Grand Theft Auto style gameplay as it just plays like one. You do good, you get rewards and if you do bad, well, cops come after you.
The game was voiced acted by the original Simpsons cast, and the game had great jokes and lines. The jokes and voices that the game contained made the game much more appealing in quality.
There re a lot of places to roam free around in Springfield. A lot of places featured in some Simpsons episodes are also there. The fun part is the at there are a lot of secret areas where each area has a moment. Such as seeing an NPC character doing something funny. But there are also secret cards hidden throughout the city to persuit.
The missions are alright. But the problem is that they heavily rely on vehicles. The missions are pretty much getting to places as quickly as possible in a vehicle. So that's when the game starts to lose its fun.
The graphics in this game are good. The detail is there when you feel that there needs to be, and the colours are spot on.
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Ordered the game. Came well before expected unfortunately it didn't work on my PC but worked on a friends. So I had to send it back and the customer service was excellent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charlie
had this game before so knew what to expect. arrived promptly and undamaged. no probsPublished 23 months ago by Jackie
This is a classic game that i loved to play as a kid and i still love playing the game today. Unfortunately this PC version is extremely buggy, e.g. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adeola Okuboyejo
A game that I just had to re-buy after I had it a while back for one of my consoles, it provides a large amount of entertainment to anyone that wants to play a good game. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by Alexander Burrell
I recommend it to everyone who likes good gaming fun with cars and a good amount of diffculty with recognisable charactersPublished on 23 April 2013 by Anne Francois