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Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal / Genre: Racing / Driving / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 7+ / Audio Support: Stereo / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Language / ESRB Descriptor: Comic Mischief / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Max. Number Of Players: 4 / Memory Support: With Memory Support / PEGI Content Rating: Violence

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      13.08.2014 23:51
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      hit and run!

      When I think of games that are based on a series I think of this as being one of the better ones especially when I compare it to other simpsons games such as the skateboarding game.

      **Game basics**
      Platform -this is on ps2 and xbox.
      Price- £29.99 new from amazon. Used from £3. I do think the new price is a bit on the high side. I cant remember paying that much when I bought it years ago!
      Game play- This is an adventure style video game that is based on the show.
      Sound- the voices are done by the actual cast members which I think is a nice touch.
      Difficulty- Not that hard I think this would be suitable for most ages .
      Players - it says that it is for 1-4 players which makes this a good party game .
      missions - there are 56 missions with 7 different levels. Not the shortest game but I don't think its enough based on the rrp.
      Age- for 7 and up
      Storyline-two aliens Kang and Kodos are filming a reality television series about Springfield. You have to destroy the spaceship and help return Springfield back to normal.
      **What I liked**
      The tutorial for this is done very well so even if you had never played a game before you would understand easily. At the same time its not overly long or boring.
      The controls are easy to use.
      Gameplay . As I said there are 7 levels and each level has so many missions you have to complete before moving to the next one.7 missions at each level need tobe completed with the 8th being optional. You also can compete in a street race at each level.
      This uses enough main characters and as it switched characters depending on the mission I didn't get bored of any of them.
      You get a good selection of different costumes and vehicles in the game.

      **Would I recommend**
      If you have an xbox 360 then I would recommend the xbox version. I don't think its as good as others that are similar. I would say it has an element of being like grand theft auto but for a younger audience.

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      17.07.2012 20:46
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      A bit lame

      Simpsons hit and run is a driving game which i can sort of describe as grand theft auto, cartoon style, but ultimately it falls short of the mark. You can play as members of the Simpsons family (each with their own unique cars), and basically you earn money various ways, such as doing missions, and destroying things and picking up the coins. However i found this money system really bad, as by destroying thing (by crashing into them in your car), you damage your car, which cost money to fix? So... basically its not a brilliant resource system. If you destroy enough stuff cheif Wigam will chase you, and when that happens it is kinda fun, except that you never seem to shake him, its more a timer. Its just a little point, but it does get kidna annoying and repetitive after a while.
      You can exit the car, and get in other people's cars, but it doesn't work very well, but honestly i cannot put my finger on why this is. I think it may be the fact that the normal cars are terrible, you really have to use the expensive to repair fast cars to do anything or get anywhere!
      The graphics are ok, and there is a cartoony feel, but sometimes the graphics feel lazy rather than artistic, because its 3d, and Simpsons is 2d, there are a few views that just don't sit right (mostly when you are on foot and trying to look around for a door or something like that).
      The missions themselves are dull, mostly just races, or drive to somewhere, or cause a certain amount of damage. It doesn't really feel like there is much of an overlying plot, like there is in say GTA.

      Anyway, in summary then, i think the true reason why this game made it to platinum is because it was meant to be a sort of GTA but for younger players. I think this game isn't really all that good, i think its just one a select few of free to roam games on the ps2. I give this game 2/5 stars

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      07.05.2012 10:10
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      Definitely recommended worth buying and playing because of its action-packed missions and characters

      Save Springfield!
      By car, By foot, By the seat of your pants!

      I absolutely love the Simpsons and I think they are so hilarious at times. I watch every episode on channel four at six every night I possibly can.
      When this game was released into the shops for the first time, I went to get it straight away for my son because he also likes the Simpsons and I got it for a fairly good price indeed!
      Anyway, when I got home my son wasn't there so I decided just to have a little go and it was amazing!

      Plot and Outline of the Simpsons Hit and Run:

      In this game, strange and weird things are happening around Springfield and the alien menaces found to be responsible are Kang and Kodos! There plan is to infuse a new kind of buzz-cola into Springfield's water supply which would make people go insane and shoot themselves with a laser gun! But it's not going to happen with the Simpsons around. Join them on there thrilling action-packed mission to investigate Springfield and put an end to this evil plan! There's over 50 action-packed and hilarious missions, bonus unlockables and multiplayer action, authentic story by "The Simpsons" writers and actual voiceovers by "The Simpsons" original cast!

      Because this game was so good it was qualified for platinum which tells you instantly that it's absolutely fantastic!

      This game is available on PS2, GameCube and Xbox in North America.It was designed and published b FOX, Vivendi Universal and Radical Entertainment!

      Where can I buy this fantastic action-packed game from?

      You can purchase this game from Amazon, Ebay and other internet based selling sites! They don't really sell it in shops anymore because it was released a few years ago and people don't bother with it anymore!

      This game is definitely worth buying and playing because of it's hilarious action-packed missions that you complete throughout the game and because of the fantastic characters that you can play as!

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      28.02.2012 18:59
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      Good time pass, cheap price, worth playing!

      The Simpsons Hit and Run is a car racing game which features the characters of The Simpsons.You can play in the game when you start off with 5 characters from the Simpsons which are Marge,Homer,Grandpa Simpsons,Lisa and Bart to start off with.

      The game has got 3 modes one is head to head racing, one is the challenge mode in the game and one is a time limit mode. The modes in the game are quite fun to play especially head to head as you have to collect passengers before your opponent does but if you catch your opponent and hit them the passenger then jumps in your car.

      Your goal is to deliver the passenger to their destination and each time you do you collect money for it.The person who gets the most money first wins the game.The game is enjoyable a lot when you playing with a friend as it does get exciting.This is the most fun i had with the game collecting passengers and fighting for them makes the game a lot enjoyable to play.

      Challenge mode in the game is about collecting passengers and dropping them off in time.Each time you pass a challenge you unlock more characters to use in head to head racing. This was fun to play in the game but after a few go's at it you do get tired of doing the same thing in the game.

      Gameplay is simple to pick up in the game but the bad point about the game is the lack of modes apart from 3 modes there is nothing else to do in the game. The game has not got much to do to be honest its only fun when 2 players play head to head apart from that its pretty boring!

      Overall apart from the head to head in the game it can get a little dull to play but in my opinion the head and head makes the game interesting! Its great fun to play, if you still got a PS2 you could pick this game up cheap great fun especially for the kids!

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        26.12.2011 15:02

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        The best Simpsons game there is

        I've played a few Simpsons games and I can say that this is by far the best. It's like Grand Theft Auto but a fun and non-violent version! The game uses the actual voices from the shows and has a nice selection of maps to tear around.

        It's fun to find your favourite places from the shows....like the Kwik E Mart, the nuclear power plant and the escalator to nowhere! The gameplay is simplistic enough....just jumping, bashing things, driving about and crashing into things! The comments made by the characters really add to the gameplay...especially when playing as Homer! It's quite a lengthy game as well...with a variety of missions so you won't easily get bored. It was also a bit of a challenge as well! But if you can't be bothered to do the missions, it really is just as fun to cruise about, find some different novelty cars to drive in and explore familiar Springfield surroundings. You can be cheeky and "borrow" anyone's vehicle and do as you like....just be wary not to destroy it to the point at which it catches on fire and explodes!

        The missions are various....from simple races to having to drive to places and pick things up, a few ram-raid missions and searching for items. I would say that anyone who loves the Simpsons and has a PS2 should definitely give this a go.

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        30.09.2010 23:00
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        A decent game

        Simpsons Hit and Run is a driving game which requires you to be various cast members of the Simpsons family and to tree and win each level. You are driving cars around and can explore various homes you visit in search of coins and these become very precious after a while as you can exchange them for new outfits for the character you are playing as and not only that but you can also use them to buy cars as well.

        You drive all cars the same and you get to run around and greet characters or you can drive around looking at various things to do such as jumping through courses and completing challenges and the map is the same as the setting they have on the actual show. When you see the Simpsons home the cars and people you see as neighbours are there as well which adds realism to the game.

        As you play you want to try and visit many areas so you are out searching locations and invading graveyards and Krusty Burger looking for various items you need to find.

        When you visit phone booths you can buy cars or even new outfits to wear and some are pretty funny and some are completely insane. The characters you play still have the same voices as done in the show as well so yet again this sort of adds to the realism factor of the game.

        There is a story behind the game and you are out to destroy these wasp cameras which are spying on Springfield and the idea behind the game is to use the characters to work out the various solutions to the game and how to complete it overall.

        The game consists of 7 levels overall and they do get tricky and at times the frustration levels increase as some problems are silly but you know you can do them but you never quite make it.

        I think compared to other games involving the Simpsons this is one of the better ones as the graphics are pretty good they could be better of course but overall they are pretty good and I find the game play good as well and quite quick and that is a very good thing to notice.

        You get to play with various cast members and visit people and explore the place which to be honest you don't see that often in the show itself so when you can explore the area the show is set it helps you understand things more.

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        07.09.2010 11:51
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        A great Simpson's game which is fun to play

        Simpsons hit and run for the PS2 was released back in 2004. I regard it as possibly the best Simpsons adventure available on any console at the moment.

        The story follows america's favourite family as they investigate crop circles and unravel a diabolical conspiracy thratening Springfield. In the game you play as Bart, Homer, Lisa and marge - but you bump into every charector along the way! As usual the full voice cast from the show is on good form here and they drive the story along really well.

        There are four levels in the game which are huge, and in these there are 5 missions and a bonus one. These play like a sand box game as you can go anywhere within them without doing any missions. It plays like grand theft auto as you can hijack cars and just trael around on foot. Although when you hijack cars it just fades black and suddenly your in the car with the original occupent in the passenger seat.

        There are lots of different vehicles available which can be unlocked as you progress through the game which include Otto's school bus, Mr. Plow's truck and a donut truck. These all handle pretty well too which is good. When your on foot you can kick people which will result in the police coming after you (Hitting people while driving has the same effect). There are plenty of hidden treasures to find and it will take a while before you find them all.

        The missions here are very basic with most missions just requiring the use of the car. If they had put more effort into the on foot aspects of the game - then this would have been very good instead of just a good, solid game.

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        06.09.2009 18:59
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        Simple but fun

        Games that adapt licenses so often wind up as very pale iterations that don't do their fans nor the product itself a great service. The Simpsons: Hit and Run, however, is a very fun game if you're a fan of the show, although if you've somehow never seen The Simpsons, I can't imagine this being much fun for you, as it has a lot of in-jokes. Still, you'd have to be a feral child to have never seen The Simpsons, and I don't know anyone who doesn't like the show, so it should be fine!

        Unlike the previous Simpsons games, this is actually in 3D, and is a driving game styled on the Crazy Taxi engine. You start out as Homer (and can later play as other Simpsons), as you are tasked with driving around Spingfield, performing numerous tasks within the time limit whilst not colliding with other cars and environmental obstructions. Some of the missions also require that you total the vehicle of an enemy, and whilst this isn't the deepest game in the world, it does make considerations towards the speed, size and weight of your vehicle, with each car having its benefits and drawbacks that you can decide depending on your own driving style.

        What surprised me was that you're actually able to get out of your car among other things (something you could never do in Crazy Taxi!), and there is a surprising level of freedom for a game that I assumed would be a mostly soulless cash in. There's quite a bit to do in the various challenge modes, and although it's hardly a difficult game, it is a fun diversion for a few hours. I didn't buy it at full price when it came out, but it's at least worth a rent, or the more likely option now of bagging it for a couple of quid on E-Bay. If you're a Simpsons fan and want something that you can just relax and play, then this is the one to go for!

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        12.08.2009 20:37
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        Good game.

        The Simpsons Hit and Run is a free roaming action title for the Playstation 2 console.

        The Simpsons hit and run puts the famous yellow family into their very own video game, the plotline is rather zany their hometown of Springfield is being attacked by evil robotic bees and its citizens are being brainwashed by Buzz Cola! The Simpson family must investigate the goings on and put the town of Springfield back to normal.

        The gameplay is reminiscent of a Grand Theft Auto game but done in a much more family friendly way. You can control any one of the Simpson family, all of them control pretty much the same they can run around and attack, but only with punches and kicks as there are no guns in the game.

        You have the whole of the town of Springfield to free roam around and just enjoy seeing the famous city in video game form, you can do missions to advance the plotline which usually involve delivering packages, racing other players, or trying to take out people who have gone nuts after drinking Buzz Cola !

        The police will chase after you in the game like Grand Theft Auto if you perform actions like smashing into people in your car or beating up the people of Springfield, but the police are far easier to evade and wont send the army after you if you are to badly behaved!

        The game captures the look of Springfield reasonably well but the Simpson
        characters don't look exactly right in 3D. The original voice cast from the show returns to do the lines which makes it a more authentic Simpsons experience.

        This game is pretty fun, think of it as a Grand Theft Auto type game for a younger audience, it's actually very good definitely one of the better Simpsons video games around. You should have some fun with this game.

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          04.06.2009 00:35
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          A good fun game that I found very entertaining.

          Having been a big fan of the Simpsons series on TV I couldn't wait to try the game and roam around Springfield! The game itself is an action and adventure game that overall I did find very entertaining to play and I thought it was full of some great features. The graphics of the game are quite good and I think they resemble the TV series well, however there is scope for improvement. I was very fond of how the soundtrack was similar to the TV series making it seem even more realistic.

          I thought that the mao was perhaps the best part of the game and it really did give you a good feel for Springfield and it was great being able to run and around it. I remember many people saying to me how it is just the children's version of grand theft auto which is true in one sense. I absolutely loved the cars and I loved how as you complete the main story missions the whole of Springfield changes to a different theme such as ordinary or halloween. There are seven levels within the game and each level has a new set of missions which really were great fun.

          As for the gameplay in general, I felt it could have been improved. I did like the interface but I found the cars to be slightly glitchy when driving for example. I was very impressed with the overall variety of cars that were available however for weapons I felt rather the opposite. But considering it is mainly a children's game I suppose they were restricted. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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          20.05.2009 19:56

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          May cause fits of laughter

          I got this game for Christmas and I was very pleased with it. When I put it in my PS2 console Homer was wearing a Santa outfit which was really funny. The gameplay is very good but then again what do you expect from a Platinum game. I am on Bart's level now and I am finding the first mission hard to complete. When I am on Hit and Run it is easy to get away from the police but you should never go in somebody elses car because it usually breaks easily. Graphics wise the game is definitely on the higher side of the capabilities of PS2 graphics and usually all the Simpson characters render perfectly during the game. I wouldn't say this is an easy game although I am a mediocre gamer compared to my friends who breezed through most of the stages. The graphics are good enough although nothing compared to next gen maybe the old feel makes the game even better. The worst part of the game is the driving itself as it is very clanky and hard to control the car however fast or slow it is. The game itself is very old but still pure class and a must have for any PS2 owner.

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          14.02.2009 21:14
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          Highly Recommended.

          I don't know what I'm playing at lately but I've really got into playing video games recently. I recently played the Simpsons Game on the playstation and then my son suggested I should have a go at this game, the Simpsons Hit and Run, because I do like my Simpsons.

          This isn't a cartoony game like the other one is and is actually a bit older too. It's got much more computerish graphics to it though it's also in 3D. The idea of this is that it's a driving game basically. I'm Homer (and then other different characters later on) and I'm driving around a computer Springfield in my car to complete all these different tasks.

          Whether I'm grabbing tokens or racing against the clock or trying to destroy an enemy's vehicle, the idea is basically that I'm testing my computer driving skills really. I really liked that I had to keep changing cars and that they all had different speeds, acceleration and toughness as it made the game a lot more varied and challenging than it first appeared to be.

          I also liked that I had the option of completing as much or as little of the game as I wanted to. So if I wanted to just do the seven story missions (the little driving tests) I could do then move up a level. Or if I wanted a challenge I could try to find all of the collector items hidden around the level. In between missions you can get out of your car and do what you want, there's no limit to time or limit to lives or anything.

          I didn't complete this game and I don't think I will. Frankly I'm just not a good enough gamer! Even though I've got unlimited lives and time, some of the challenges are just a bit too tricky for me. I thought this was good basic fun though and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes either the Simpsons or fun driving games in general. I had a look on Amazon and it's out of stock for them but you can get it second hand from marketplace sellers for £3 which is a bargain.

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            08.01.2009 11:43
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            Good fun to be had if you like cartoon games, not so much if you like driving games.

            Simpsons Hit and Run - does what it says in the title. It is a Simpsons driving game, with lots of levels and missions. But if you do too many Hit and Runs you have to run from the police! A good feature is that you dont have to stay in your car. You can get to the hard to reach areas on foot.

            It is a really fun game, and you get to pick which family member you can be. There are several cars to earn and find. You have to do several missions to complete each level. The graphics are quite boxy - but still good as they are meant to be cartoon characters.

            I wont give away the story line away, as you will want to find that for yourself. It is good fun to play through out. As far as cartoon platform games go it is a great game, but if its a racing/driving game your after then this wont be for you.

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            09.10.2008 15:58
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            Good family fun

            I feel that this is the best Simpsons game produced. In this game you play as different characters in different levels. These characters are Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Apu. It is a mission based driving game. There are 7 levels and in each level you need to complete seven missions plus one bonus mission, although the bonus missions are not necesarry for completion of the game.

            You can also take part in street races. There are 7 hidden collecters cards in each level. If you find all 7 you will unlock a multiplayer street race and if you collect all 49 there is an itchy and scratchy suprise.

            The Graphics in this game are as good as can be expected from a cartoon world but it ressembles springfeild very well.

            The gameplay was just right. Not too long too get boring but enough to be worth its value. I would say for an average gamer it should take 48 hours of non-stop gameplay, but most normal people wouldn't do that!

            The controls are very easy to use and its easy to learn with an well done tutorial level.

            The soundtrack in this game is average but what makes this game good is the original character voices of the simpsons cast with the same humour you would expect from a simpsons episode.

            There are many veichels and costumes for you to play around with in this game and you unlock new ones gradually.

            It may not be on par with games like the GTA series, for example, but for a cartoon adaption game its pretty good and out of most Simpsons games this is definantely one of the best and it is fun for all the family to play children and adults alike. Almost every mission is driving based and I would have liked to have seen a little more variety, with some on foot missions for example.

            A very good family fun game!

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              28.09.2008 15:06
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              A welcome addition to the Simpsons franchise!

              The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a completely different type of game from the various other games that include America's favourite yellow family. This one has a story and feels like a lot more time has gone into it.

              Something strange is happening in Springfield. Cameras that look like wasps are seen around the town, a new soft drink is making people crazy and there are mysterious black vans that seem to be spying on people. It's up to The Simpsons to save the day!

              This game is set over 7 big levels around Springfield. In them you take control of a different character, even some outside of the Simpsons family, and take part in missions to find out what's going on and to put a stop to it! You can destroy the wasp cameras for money which you can then buy different outfits and cars from Simpsons episodes past, making this a great bit of nostalgia for fans.

              The levels are GTA inspired so they're vast and include so many different places that you've seen or heard about on the TV show, it really is a mecca for die-hard fans. A personal favourite of mine is the 'Treehouse of Horror' stage where there are lots of zombies, witches and ghosts driving and walking around, all done in the great Simpsons tradition of the yearly Halloween episodes. You also meet loads of different characters, and as this was made in conjunction with the voice cast of the TV show, everyone's voice is as it should be. The story is also crafted by the writers so you get the same funny dialogue and wacky situations that The Simpsons find themselves in every week.

              This game can be picked up very cheap as it's been out for a while now, so pick it up and have a laugh!

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              There are strange happenings in Springfield. People are missing, very mysterious crop circles are appearing and hidden cameras are being exposed. When Homer notices a black van with a satellite dish parked outside the Simpsons' house, he decides to investigate further into these odd events. What he reveals could be the biggest mystery to rock Springfield since Who Shot Mr Burns? The Simpsons' Hit & Run promises a hilarious mission-based driving game with exciting out-of-the-car platform gameplay, the signature satire of The Simpsons' and the interactive world of Springfield.