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The Simpsons: Hit and Run

by Vivendi Universal
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
Teen
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews) 82 / 100


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  • 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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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000A0V3B
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 8.5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,173 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a mission-based driving game featuring out-of-the-car platform action, the interactive world of Springfield, and the signature humor of the Simpsons.

Product Description

Don't have a cow, man! Homer and the gang get the lead out in this outrageous, mission-based adventure.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair game that Simpsons fans will like November 28, 2003
A swarm of robotic bees has invaded Springfield, plus strange black surveillance vans are popping up everywhere. They're taking pictures of everything, from the air, through your windows, and even the girls' locker rooms; and Mayor Quimby demands to see the footage. This irreverent premise sets the stage. You start off as Homer Simpson, looking remarkably like the same Homer from the "Homer in 3D" episode, and perform various tasks usually involving a race against time or another character. For instance, you'll find yourself racing against time to collect all the items you borrowed from Ned Flanders (then loaned out to other people), or you may join Marge in a duel to damage a truck filled with mind-corrupting videogames before it makes it to the local shopping center.
Some say this game borrows from Grand Theft Auto, but it feels more like Mario Kart. Gold coins are all around and collecting them allows you to purchase different vehicles or outfits. It feels very "console-ish" with only a basic action button and kick button and you're definitely better off driving with a gamepad in hand. Even the mouse provides little use other than to look around. As you progress through the different missions, various sub-missions and bonus missions pop up. Completing these will unlock additional cars which can prove useful, but more likely necessary, later in the game.
I found the missions themselves to be fun, but some required expert level knowledge of the areas in advance, such as shortcuts or secret paths, in order to be completed in time. What this means is you are frequently subjected to playing a mission, failing it, then retracing your steps to learn the area before starting over, which can get annoying.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid rental November 20, 2003
By EBMOD
This is what I call a "quickie" game: guilt free, temporarily satisfying, and over with in time to make appointments. There isn't really enough in here that makes this game worth the asking price, as the missions are over in a hurry and your ability to explore Springfield is fairly limited. For the most part, all you get to see of the town is the outside of buildings, and all you do is drive around completing a series of overly similar missions.
"Collect *insert item here*", "Stop Smithers", "Go to the Kwik-e-Mart", "Talk to Marge", etc, is all you can expect from the game. There is no interaction with characters, the different vehicles add nothing to the game, and it all becomes tiring very quickly.
For this, you can expect to lose up to 1.8GB in hard drive space if you opt for full installation, which is needed to ensure smooth running of the game. In the minimum installation, the game ran with "hiccups", and this is on my 2.6Ghz, 512MB RAM with 3D video card system. In my opinion, the demand on the computer isn't worth the ultimately unsatisfying game.
As a rental, for a few bucks you'll get what you pay for. To buy you're much better off getting a game with more depth and replay value.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely frustrating January 26, 2004
If you suffer from high blood pressure or a low pain threshold, then for the love of Jebus, do not buy this game. It's a bunch of fun, it's funny, the graphics are good, the sound is great, and yes, it's like GTA3 but without the violence. You are given a whole world to play in, several characters to inhabit, plenty of vehicles and bonus missions and a dozen other lovely goodies. Perfect for the kiddies or, sickeningly, the kid in us all.
What you are not given, however, is a chance. All in all this is a very short game - you can play the story missions all the way through in under a couple hours. What makes it last longer than three episodes of the television show, however, is the insane level of difficulty in the mid to later missions. Not only are they mind-numbingly repetitive, but they are just ridiculous in their execution. You are given time limits and minimum distance from the vehicle/item, otherwise you fail the mission. There's no reason for these time limits - not that we're looking for reason in a fantasy world - but nevertheless they seem only to serve to make the game more difficult and, hence, stretch out the playtime.
Some missions you will try over a dozen times, maybe twenty or more. Even the game realises it's too hard - if you fail a mission something like five or more times, it gives you the option to "skip" that mission and move on to the next one. Only the next one's going to be much worse.
Another thing is that you aren't sufficiently rewarded. Play through a mission, tearing out your hair and chewing your fingernails to pieces, screaming obscenities at the computer and kicking the cat, and finally you reach your objective with a second to spare, black smoke pouring out of your vehicle. And what happens?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are these other reviewers talking about? January 9, 2004
By A Customer
I saw good reviews for this game elsewhere, then almost didn't buy it after reading the reviews here. What a mistake that would have been! First of all, I stink at driving games. I especially stink at games using the keyboard to steer (although you can use other methods with this game if you want). However, I've found this to be the best/most controlable driving game I've ever played.
Many of the cars are regular cars and they respond the way you'd expect (aside from when you're crashing through telephone poles, trees and people). The levels are well designed. They require a little exploration and thought. Without cheating, I was able to find all the secrets, beat all the races, get all the cards, etc without spending forever on a level.
The key to remember is that THIS IS A GAME! If you can't beat a race in level 1, don't sweat it. It's non-linear, for the most part. Unlike bad games, you can go back and try again. There was one non-critical race that I tried at least 20 times, skipped it for a while, then went back. I then realized a trick that I was missing (hint - you can get out of the car). DOH!
Bottom line - this game is super fun. If you even like the Simpsons, you should get it. If you're a big fan, you MUST get it. If you find it frustrating, you probably should spend a few minutes thinking instead of mashing the keyboard. If you have a teenager nearby, ask them for ideas.
Last note - the only negative is that the language is pretty bad at certain points. I know it's the Simpsons. But it would have been nice to have a filter to just turn off about 3 or 4 words that get repeated over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favorite childhood games
Published 14 days ago by oscar hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars windows 7? Nope.
It can't run on any OS later than XP... very sad, I loved this game.
Published 1 month ago by Indigo
4.0 out of 5 stars My son enjoys it
When my sons PS2 was sold. He wanted to get this game back so he got the PC version and it works perfectly on his Windows 7. Fully works and enjoyable he said.
Published 8 months ago by martin
1.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't work!
Not only does the entire installer freeze and not recognize the game disks if it's not set on minimum requirements, but the game always crashes as soon as you talk to Apu in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert Vitas
5.0 out of 5 stars KID FRIENDLY MY ASS!!!!!!!!!! (SPOILERS)
I have read that The Simpson's Hit and Run is a kid friendly version of GTA but I disagree. In level one Marge informs Homer he is late for his work inspection. Read more
Published 14 months ago by slouchypaul
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons Hit and Run
Good day, all. This product was a hit for my 6 year old son. He has had so much fun that any 6 year old would enjoy. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo-Hoo. What a great game.
Really enjoyed this adaption of the animated television series. Hardcore gamers wont be disappointed with this hiliarious ,mostly driving game. i highly recommend purchasing. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by ojait2
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know before I bought it
This game does not work with Vista! I have not been able to play it since I bought it! :( I wish someone had wrote about this before I bought it! Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by K. E. Parkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Frikin fun
I bought the simpsons hit and run 6 years ago and couldnt use it on windows 98 because we did not have a direct x sound card then when we got xp it worked and it was fun the... Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by T. cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS GAME
This is the best game ever invinted! This game is the meaning to life. You can never get bored from, there is always tons of thingfs to do! Read more
Published on May 19, 2007
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