The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Common Sense Media says

A tamer, sillier alternative to Grand Theft Auto.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$44.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Radical Entertainment
Release date:October 27, 2003
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 8 years old July 16, 2011
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8
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dtr5

u can kick and run over everything even the phone box and the trash cans
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old November 30, 2009
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Nice, but some language "not for public".

I used to like this game. It is easy to play and is like the child friendly version of the adult game Grand Theft Auto. The game did have a few words not for public, but nothing very profane like something Grand Theft Auto would contain. When you run over people, they say a phrase, roll their arm and kick their legs, get back up again and run away! I recommend it to any Simpsons fan.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bysillycomb March 23, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

load of fun, you got it

This is my favorite game and I own it on GameCube. Gameplay is good anywhere around age 10. The game's plot is creative. Enjoy seven detailed levels with loads of fun missions and other activities and loot. The only thing to be concerned about is language. Only Homer mildly swears.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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