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Homer's Crazy Taxi
on 16 August 2017
2001's 'The Simpsons: Road Rage' was a shameless rip-off of 'Crazy Taxi', but lets not dwell on that, it wasn't the first time ideas were stolen from an earlier game, and it won't be the last. Try to think of this as an affectionate homage (hom-age get it!! Hom-er ... Sorry!) to the aforementioned car game, with a 'Simpsons' twist and typical character dialogue, which is essentially what we have with it.
Whilst not the most challenging or even exciting retro game around, it's still good fun, but be warned, you might find it a bit repetitive after doing virtually the same thing from start to finish. I liked it more as a kid, but after recent plays ten years later, I am far from convinced that it's a great game, it's nothing special anyway, but at the price you can pick it up off for now, there is nothing to lose, and, as well as having the chance to run people over, it is a multiplayer!
The aim of the game is very straight forward, the player drives around as a Simpsons character, picking up as many people from Springfield as possible, and get them to their destination on time. At first, you can only play as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Grampa, but as you go on, you will unlock many other characters, and all the ones that you know and love are here in one way or another, either on the streets of Springfield, or as the one driving the car. You will unlock five playable districts, totalling up to six, and there are some great lines throughout, exactly what the characters would say in the show, so in order to get the humour, you have got to be a fan, or at least familiar with some of the characters. If you aren't, then you'll probably still enjoy the driving and challenge.
The graphics in this are very good (especially for it's time), and so is the voice-acting (well, it is the same people from the programme!), and 'Road Rage' is still not a bad way to spend a few hours at all. It made me grin again, and I found all the driving around enjoyable. If you are a fan of 'The Simpsons' though, it will help.