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The Simpsons Hit and Run Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Simpsons: Hit & Run is adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.

The Simpson family and their friend Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who start noticing strange things in Springfield; security cameras, mysterious vans, crop circles, and a "new and improved" flavor of the popular soft drink Buzz Cola that causes insanity. Taking matters into their own hands, they discover numerous shocking secrets, and soon realize these incidents are part of a larger alien conspiracy, caused by Kang and Kodos.

Play focuses on exploration of the large sandbox representation of Springfield and completing missions. You race enemies and interact with characters on quests. The story branches to some extent and there are multiple sidequests.

Through the seven levels, you control a different character: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Apu. You can explore on foot or jump into cars to drive or grab for a lift. When you need to you can attack aliens. The driving is a big focus of the game with many driving missions. You have to be careful not to drive too badly otherwise you get chased by the police.

It is often considered to be the best Simpsons tie-in game and has a cult following, with over 3 million copies sold.
  • Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1991) on NES, Game Gear, Genesis, Amiga, Atari ST
  • The Simpsons (1991) Arcade game
  • Bart's House of Weirdness (1991) on PC
  • Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly (1991) on Game Boy
  • Bart vs. the World (1991) on Game Gear and Master System
  • Bart vs. the Juggernauts (1992) on Game Boy
  • Bartman Meets Radioactive Man (1992) on NES, Game Gear
  • Bart's Nightmare (1992) on Super NES and Genesis
  • Krusty's Fun House (1992) on Game Boy, NES, Super NES, Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, PC
  • Bart & the Beanstalk (1994) on Game Boy
  • Virtual Bart (1994) on Super NES, Genesis
  • The Simpsons Bowling (2000) Arcade
  • Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror (2001) on GB Color
  • The Simpsons Wrestling (2001) on PlayStation
  • The Simpsons Road Rage (2001) on Xbox, GameCube, PS2 and ported to Gameboy Advance
  • The Simpsons Skateboarding (2002) on PS2
  • The Simpsons Hit & Run (2003) on PC, Xbox, GameCube, PS2
  • The Simpsons Game (2007) on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, PS2, PS3, PSP
  • The Simpsons Arcade (2009) on iOS
  • The Simpsons Tapped Out (2012) on iOS and Android
  • Lego Dimensions: The Simpsons (2018) expansion on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U.

Simpsons Hit and Run can only be played on PC, original Xbox, PlayStation 2 or GameCube (which is supported on the Wii).

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2003

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Racing

Developer: @Radical_Ent


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Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 7+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.


Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

System Settings

The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer

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