The Simpsons: Hit & Run GameCube

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 90
    Very fun and very funny; it deftly satirizes Grand Theft Auto while being almost as entertaining, and it even improves on several aspects of GTA's gameplay (instant mission restarts, a superior guidance system, and an easily accessible collection of vehicles).
  2. The writing and extreme sense of humor will definitely get fans turning their heads and exploring every inch of every level. There's a good 15-20 hours available in this title and any Simpsons fan should cherish every minute.
  3. There are an amazing amount of vehicles to man.
  4. Game Informer
    85
    This thing's sweeter than that beer with candy pieces in it; y'know, Skittlebrau. [Nov 2003, p.157]
  5. I suppose the upshot of it is, is that I would recommend The Simpsons: Hit & Run, particularly to those that may have been let down by prior Simpsons games.
  6. It creates the most accurate representation of the world of Springfield ever put into a game, and it manages to make the gameplay surrounding it quite a lot of fun. Additionally, the game's overall sense of humor is delightfully self-referential.
  7. The best thing about this title is that it was clearly made for the fans of the show.
  8. All the Simpsons references in the world would be a waste if the game play were trash. Just ask "Simpsons Skateboarding" on that one. Thankfully the game play is very tight, responsive, and easy to maneuver for rookies or vets.
  9. Play Magazine
    83
    Essentially the show in real time, Hit & Run is so grandiose in its expanse and artisitic rendering it appears altogether more appealing than TV allows - the mark of a truly great cross-over product. [Sept 2003, p.78]
  10. With a healthy mission-based storyline and tons of collectables, this is a game with a good lifespan, and one that is easy to introduce non-gamers to.
  11. A solid script, good gameplay and a huge dose of humor makes this game stand out as a nice platformer. Unfortunately, technical issues prevent this game from truly standing out as exceptional.
  12. 80
    The game is true to the Simpsons TV show, the voice actors all nail their lines, the writing is sharp, hilarious and it catches you off guard again and again, and the gameplay is expansive, surprising and endearing.
  13. What it lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its fun and easy-to-pick-up game play that will appeal to fans of the long-running comedy.
  14. The finest and most accurate Simpsons game produced to date. Although, some of the gameplay elements wear thin after a while, you won’t have time to notice through all the giggling you’ll be doing.
  15. What really sets it apart from other Simpsons games is that behind all of the quick wit and polished voice acting lies a very, very good game.
  16. Lives up to its potential, giving Simpsons fans an authentic and enjoyable experience. With the crashing, and the funny, and the doo dads- GLAVIN! *ahem* One can't argue with the quality and level of detail.
  17. 80
    While the missions in The Simpsons: Hit and Run can take on an air of sameness after a while and the pursuit scheme is less than completely thought out, the most startling thing we can note is that the gameplay stands on its own, Simpsons or no Simpsons.
  18. The bottom line: if you can't appreciate the show’s humor, there’s not much for you in The Simpsons: Hit and Run. But then again… who doesn’t like the Simpsons?
  19. The levels are pretty big and there is something to do on every streetcorner, and whether it’s taking a racing challenge from Milhouse, visiting Moe’s or just driving over the comic book guy, it’s always fun.
  20. Nintendo Power
    76
    The control is great, the missions are creative and the dialogue is hilarious. [Oct 2003, p.138]
  21. The GameCube version of Hit and Run loads a bit faster and runs smoother overall than the PS2 version of the game, and it’s the closest thing that the GameCube has to "Grand Theft Auto" at this point, so why not give it a go?
  22. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    If some of the missions seem repetitive, others stand out, like the one that has you confiscating copies of a particularly violent videogame (wink, wink) corrputing Springfield's youth. [5 Sept 2003, p.L2T 22]
  23. In all three console versions (which are identical), A.I. glitches aren't uncommon and the on-foot camera tends to get persnickety. The game looks and plays better while driving.
  24. Although it's wonderful to drive around a fully realised 3D Springfield at breakneck speed in Otto's bus, we can't help but feel that things are a little formulaic.
  25. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    Hit & Run is so good at capturing the show's spirit and copying a great game ["GTA"] that it turns out to be real, honest-to-God fun for anyone who digs the show. [Oct 2003, p.140]
  26. The missions do get repetitive, what there is to do outside of the main story missions are the same race and collection in every level, and the controls are somewhat loose.
  27. Tries to avoid the woes of its predecessors by injecting some modern, albeit derivative, gameplay, but fails to really explore the platform it is built upon. As a consequence, this game is average at best.
  28. games(TM)
    50
    There's just not enough to do besides the main tasks to justify stealing the GTA concept ... the distinct lack of content reduces the amount of enjoyment you'll get out of it. Better than you'd think, but still very basic. [Nov 2003, p.118]

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 21, 2016
    8
    The graphics are ugly and the game is a copy of grand theft auto but believe it or not I HATE the GTA series cause it is the same rehashingThe graphics are ugly and the game is a copy of grand theft auto but believe it or not I HATE the GTA series cause it is the same rehashing crap constantly every game and this game hit and run is original and has great gameplay unlike GTA. Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2015
    10
    Greatest Simpsons Game to date! Wow this game is everything a Simpsons fan would ever want. Terrific Dialogue, great atmosphere and setting,Greatest Simpsons Game to date! Wow this game is everything a Simpsons fan would ever want. Terrific Dialogue, great atmosphere and setting, (as it's set in Springfield itself) and of course terrfic characters as you get to control Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Apu. many other characters appear in the game, and interact with the main characters in the game. The levels were amazing, but the one level that I felt was a bit stale and boring was Apus level but that's about it. Everything else in this game is terrific and honestly this game gets a 9.5 for me, but since you can't give half rating, I'll just round to 10 cause this game is Awesome! (: Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2015
    8
    Its defiantly a fun game in an open area that is highly explorable for collectibles. It tried hard to be like GTA but for kids and succeededIts defiantly a fun game in an open area that is highly explorable for collectibles. It tried hard to be like GTA but for kids and succeeded in a lot of ways like you can still hijack cars and smash into everything. And when the game does glitch out it is actually pretty funny. Overall a fun game but can't say its perfect since it suffers from similar problems to its counterpart Full Review »