The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Game review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
A tamer, sillier alternative to Grand Theft Auto.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 54 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Like the show, not a ton of diversity beyond controversial Apu. Some edgy humor.

Violence

Can run people over with car, or just kick and beat them.

Sex
Language

Some salty language.

Consumerism

Fictitious billboards along the way, plus the Simpsons themselves are a product.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some Duff beer stuff, and other alcohol references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the humor and language are right in line with the show's salty style, and while the game's animation is, obviously, very cartoonish, players can run people over with their cars, and beat and kick them. On the other hand, the plot includes both parental protesting over a controversial video game, and a soda with mind-controlling properties, both of which might encourage conversations about marketing to children.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written bySircjalot August 19, 2018

A great game for kids 10 and up.

It is like a tone down Grand Theft Auto, that is the Simpson's. You can steal cars (well your not really stealing. Instead of kicking the driver out of th... Continue reading
Adult Written bySbeve November 24, 2020

poggers

This game SLAPED! with great music and painful difficulty this game should be enjoyed by everyone. I grew up with this game and i'm mostly menially stable.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRedtime June 24, 2020

This was my childhood

Well, this is a great game and probably played this from like age 5-8 on my dads laptop until I stopped. Honestly it’s a great game, I enjoyed it and it was ok... Continue reading

What's it about?

In this newest Simpsons driving game, players become various characters from the animated show and complete silly missions (as Homer, you might deliver Lisa's digestive tract model to school, eating the gall bladder along the way; as Lisa you might save a school of fish from graduating to the dish of the day). As players advance through various levels -- and characters -- racing and chasing, collecting and delivering items, the storylines link to reveal that something sinister is going on in Springfield.

Is it any good?

The missions get a bit repetitive, but the well-animated town, complete with Kwik-E-Mart and Squid Port, gives players plenty to explore, and there are side missions, wardrobe changes -- and secrets to unlock. The Simpsons writers and cast collaborated on THE SIMPSONS: HIT & RUN and there are loads of jokes and insider-references for the show's loyal viewers (favorite characters such as Mr. Burns and Ralph Wiggum appear, and players can drive Homer's Mr. Plow or dress in Lisa's lumpy Florida costume). There's not a lot of educational value here, but this racing game could provide a tamer -- and sillier -- alternative to Grand Theft Auto.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to children. Do you think the parents in the game have valid concerns about the game they're protesting? Should game developers be held responsible for promoting controversial games to children, or is the responsibility of families to exercise good judgment?

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