The Simpsons: Hit & Run

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

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 49 reviews

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
Adult Written byHoward Edison December 21, 2012

great alternative to GTA

Dude I'm A older teen!and it's a pretty good game!
Adult Written bygidge April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old November 19, 2009

game is fun if you are 9 or older.

this game is so awesome.It contains mild language. no uses of f*ck or bi**h.the worst is the occasional use of dum*ss.other than that there is words like stupid... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byhypemiitrudog07 December 7, 2012

If your kids can handle the humor here maturely, they can easily handle the Simpsons

In the Simpsons hit and run, life in Springfield used to be normal. However, since a new soda has been introduced, everyone has gone insane. In level 1, we go t... 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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