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-->'''Bart Simpson:''' Quick! [[ToTheBatNoun To the Fatmobile]]! Heheheh.
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Yes I suppose, but must we call it that?

''TheSimpsons Hit & Run'' is a 2003 WideOpenSandbox game [[AffectionateParody in the vein of]] the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, but with less firepower and more kicking. Five characters from the series are played in the story mode, which initially starts off with Homer's antics on his way to work, but shifts into a conspiracy involving the kidnapping of Bart, strange floating wasp cameras, and a strange new brand of cola. And it gets even stranger from there...

A game notably filled to the brim with references to past episodes and the vehicles contained within, the creators of this game sure did their [[ShownTheirWork homework]] on ''TheSimpsons''. The sheer amount of ContinuityPorn and {{Easter Egg}}s could fill a page in of itself, including an entire section devoted to the Halloween "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]]" episodes. If a vehicle appeared on the show when this game was put into production, it was in this game.

A Licensed Game that does ''[[TheProblemWithLicensedGames not]]'' suck.

!!! Tropes
* {{Acrofatic}}: Homer (and to a lesser extent, Apu), like the other playable characters, can do double jumps and run indefinitely.
* ActionMom: Marge
* TheAllegedCar: Comic Book Guy's Kremlin.
** Moe's Sedan.
** If you destroy your vehicle, you can drive the chassis, rather hilariously. Drive it into a repair icon to avoid having to pay the repair fees!
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: Krusty essentially says this about Bart's warning about the aliens planning to instigate a mass riot with laser guns via Buzz Cola.
-->'''Bart:''' Krusty, listen carefully, aliens are handing out free laser guns and cola that makes you go crazy. It'll be a massacre, the streets will be littered with lasered-off limbs and heads.\\
'''Krusty:''' Yeah right, and I'm getting into the Country Western Hall of Fame. It just ain't gonna happen, kid.
* AntiFrustrationFeature: Five times you fail, and the game allows you to skip. Except for the final mission.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The rocket car in the first level is extremely fast... but is barely controllable and is extremely fragile. You'll total it in one hit.
** You can either tap the A button for (very) short bursts so you don't crash and burn (literally), walk around on foot until you find a Golden Wrench, or teleport the car with you around town by selecting missions you've completed while sitting in a vehicle. "The Fat And The Furious" drops you (and the Rocket Car) in the parking lot of the nuclear plant, just a few seconds away from the big tire fire jump. Going at full speed, you'll easily make the jump, so much so that you may crash into the invisible wall that's always in wide open sandbox games like this.
* BackSeatsAreJustForShow: The PlayerCharacters that hop into a car take the passenger's seat - even with the Car Built for Homer, which has a giant seat in the back. Averted in at least on mission where Lisa has to help Skinner run errands, Lisa hops in the passenger seat and his mother is sitting in the back.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Kang and Kodos]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Kang finding out he has to share heaven with the credits.]]
** One of Bart's quotes when he falls into a BottomlessPit is one of these that continues for a second after you reappear.
--->'''Bart:''' Nooooooooooooooo... *Takes a breath in* Oooooooo!
** Also what Homer might say when he fails a mission.
* BigWordShout: Comic Book Guy will scream "[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan KHAAAN!]]" during jumps.
* BookEnds: Every 'map' gets at least two levels. The last level is the same map as the first one except with a Halloween makeover and a BrokenBridge in the ''last'' level.
** Also, most characters are played as twice in this game. Both the first and last levels are played as Homer.
* CameraScrew: Some locations force the camera in a specific direction, even if it will mess up a jump. First example is the Duff truck near the Kwik-e-mart -- jump with the camera pointing towards the front of the truck and it turns to the side as soon as you hit the steam vent.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Apu:''' We have got to prevent [[spoiler: the aliens]] from distributing laser guns into the hands of cola drunk townspeople.
-->'''Bart:''' Why? That sounds hilarious! I'd watch that show!
-->'''Apu:''' (FacePalm) I'll tell you what; you're a bad little boy.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Simply put, the computer can drive any car faster than you can, ''better'' than you can, and is magically much heavier than the same car is under your control.
* ContinuityNod: Where do we start?
** The cars. There's the Canyonero, the Plow King, part of the Monorail, the Homer, the Elec-Taurus, [[OverlyLongGag the Honor Roller, the Book Burning Mobile,]] [[ContinuityPorn the sports car Bart used to rampage through Santa's Village when he became the heir to Mr. Burns' fortune...]]
* CoolCar: The Car [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin Built for Homer]], Homer's Seventies car, Rocket Car, and Indy 500 car, Bart's Honor Roller, Apu's '''GODDAMNED MONSTER TRUCK''', Lisa's sports boat... [[RecycledInSpace WITH WHEELS!]], and last, but not least, Frink's semi-invisible hover car.
* CreditsGag: See {{MST}}.
* CropCircles: Which match the design on *GASP* Buzz Cola. Or Bart. Depends on the level.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: See EveryCarIsAPinto.
* DeadCharacterWalking: You can drive a wrecked chassis if your car explodes. Not surprisingly, It's [[JokeCharacter VERY slow]], but if you drive it into a repair item, it'll be as good as new.
* DestructiveSaviour: Thanks to the poor handling of some cars and the loads of destructible scenery, the Simpsons will be this at one point or another. This trope is so prevalent it was actually ''advertized as a selling point of the game''.
--> ''Save Springfield. By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.''
* DoubleJump: Some walking sections require using this, while other sections didn't expect a double-jump (or other tactic) could be used to bypass the platform puzzle.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Every vehicle in the game explodes when it's taken too much damage. Even the RC car. Then again, this is not exactly out of place in the Simpsons world.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Menu art was removed and replaced because, under the licensing contract, anybody making 2D art for the Simpsons franchise has to go through Fox's own art program (or something to that effect); suffice it to say, Creator/{{Radical Entertainment}}'s artists were not happy when they found out.
* FacePalm: Apu when Bart [[spoiler: doesn't see the need to stop Kang and Kodos giving cola-maddened citizens laser guns]].
* FragileSpeedster: See AwesomeYetImpractical. To a slightly lesser extent, there's the Formula 1 race car from the final level. It has the best driving stats period, but is about as tough as a wet paper towel.
* FreudianExcuse: One of Homer's excuses for kicking people. "[[RefugeInAudacity An older boy told me to do it."]]
* [[spoiler: FlyingSaucer]]: The 3 final missions have you loading barrels of toxic waste into one.
* GroundPound: Attack while doing a DoubleJump.
* HalloweenEpisode: In true "Treehouse of Horror" style, an entire section of the game revolves around a now Halloween themed Springfield, complete with ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''-esque music, haunted vehicles, horror themed buildings (Springfield Elementary becomes a castle-like [[WizardingSchool "School For Magic"]]) and of course halloween costumes.
* HeroInsurance: When Homer runs into something or someone, he may randomly blurt out "I have no insurance!"
* HolidayMode: For Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Halloween (only the menu is changed, though).
* HypocriticalHumour: Comic Book Guy.
--> "Videogames, [[SelfDeprecation what a waste of money]]. Now to go online and bid $1,000 on Itchy & Scratchy corn-cob holders! A terrific, terrific expense."
** Also, from Homer, "Tut tut tut. Reckless driving is my pet peeve."
* ImStandingRightHere
--> '''Bart''': I've gotta get the new Bonestorm game or I'll be as uncool as Milhouse!
--> '''Milhouse''': I'm standing right here, Bart.
* InvulnerableCivilians: You run them over, but they don't die.
* {{Jaccuse}}!... sir.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: You can go to them to make extra money in racing.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several characters have their own themes. For example, Chief Wiggum has one reminiscent of [[TheSeventies '70s]] cop shows, Apu has several Indian-sounding themes, and Professor Frink has a theme reminiscent of DannyElfman's compositions.
* LemmingCops: The cop cars that show up when you fill out the WantedMeter explode at the slightest provocation, often simply for failing to hit you on the first past. More show up to replace them.
* LighterAndSofter: It's ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' if it were a cartoon. You can run over people, but they can't die. You can take any car you want, but you're just hitchhiking, not stealing them. You can piss off the police, but all you get is a small fine (you have no weapons for the cops to confiscate).
* LightningBruiser: Burns' sedan, which is second to none in all-around stats. It rates at least a 4 in every category, making it one of the fastest and toughest vehicles in the game.
* MayContainEvil: The new Buzz Cola. However, Krusty mentions that this one doesn't contain any poisons [[spoiler:(Announcer: that we know of)]].
* MediumAwareness: While narrating a flashback, Grandpa mentions that it happened so long ago he'll have to describe it in sepia tone.
** Homer will occasionally shout, "He used a cheat code!" when losing a race, mission, or if rammed by a pursuing cop car.
* MistakenConfession: When Homer accuses Mr Burns of being connected to the black vans, Burns confesses to having ''Amelia Earhart's plane shot down''. "That hussie was getting too big for her jodhpurs."
* {{MST}}: [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos]] snark at the credits and the staff, right down to the job titles.
* MyHoverCraftIsFullOfEels: Invoked by Apu as an excuse not to help Bart by level six.
--> '''Apu''': Up down up down! Go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
* NintendoHard: There's a reason for the MercyMode listed under AntiFrustrationFeatures to appear...
* NotQuiteDead: After a car blows up, you can still drive it. Even though all that's left is the charred, twisted framework and the bent up rims.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: It lets you drive backwards on the bonus courses.
* OptionalTrafficLaws: The police will chase you if you cause too much damage, but even if they manage to catch you all they do is fine you a few coins.
* OrphanedPunchline: "...leaving the famous bearded cartoon creator incarcerated in a Peruvian jail."
* OwMyBodyPart: Bart goes "Ow, my ovaries!", referencing a line from the show when he was faking being sick.
* PottyEmergency: One of Apu's missions involves rounding up diapers for the octuplets. "Quick, cover my incontinent children's tushies!"
* ProBonoBarter: One of Homer's lines when calling for a different car. "Can you come and get me? I'll pay you in back rubs!"
* RacingMiniGame: Several, with different announcers. [[TheDitz Ralph]] has to be the funniest.
* ReferenceOverdosed: What did you expect from a Simpsons game?
* RewardingVandalism: Destroying the scenery gives coins... and adds to your heat meter.
* SideQuest: There's 1 bonus mission in each chapter, completing them rewards you with a car, there is also collector cards scattered around each chapter's world; collecting all rewards you with a bonus movie of Itchy & Scratchy.
* SixthRanger: Apu to the family.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Another of Homer's excuses.
* SpaceX: [[spoiler: Space-ratings and space-viewers who watch their SPACE TV.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked by Comic Book Guy, in regards to the [[spoiler:UFO and its tractor beam]]. Homer is quick to protest that it is in fact real, but Comic Book Guy sticks to his guns.
* SpiesInAVan: See VanInBlack.
* SpinningPaper: One at the beginning of each level. The one for the first level, for example, includes this:
--> ''Study: 90% of video games start with easy tutorial level''
* SpringJump: Steam vents are an extra powerful jump, and can be combined with a double jump. The vents are necessary in several foot-on quests and sidequests.
* StalkerWithACrush: Milhouse. An early mission in Lisa's level consists of him offering her 'leads' on Bart's whereabouts, only to somehow beat her to each destination.
-->"You're stalking me, aren't you, Milhouse?"
* TemptingFate:
-->'''[[spoiler: Kang]]''': "At least we don't have to sit through the stupid videogame credits."
* ThisLoserIsYou: The characters' road rage ("You're not a very good driver..." "What were you thinking?!" etc.) can be interpreted as BreakingTheFourthWall and telling the player that they can't drive.
* TooDumbToLive: Homer, but lucky for you, he's just extremely stupid in non-lethal situations.
** Something closer to the trope: [[spoiler:Grampa, who is too senile to bail out of his rigged Military Jeep when he and Homer blow up Kang and Kodos' ship.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Grampa:]]''' I smell tooooaaaassst!
* TrumanShowPlot: Those robot wasp cameras are filming everyone so [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos can turn Springfield into an intergalactic reality show]].
-->'''Bart''': I knew there was a simple explanation.
* VanInBlack: [[spoiler: Except they're only pizza vans.]]
* VentPhysics
* WantedMeter: Every time you break stuff and abuse civilians this little meter goes up until police cars show up and dash to catch you. Getting caught means a $50 fine but you can hide in car-unreachable locations or go into accessible buildings to cool the meter off.
* WideOpenSandbox: Only the main missions and bonus races can be replayed. Completing bonus missions, collecting cards and floating coins, destroying certain parts of the scenery in each level, and killing camera wasps are permanent.
* [[spoiler:ZombieApocalypse: The last level of the game has zombies wandering around due to Kang and Kodos's evil Buzz Cola soda.]]
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-->'''Bart Simpson:''' Quick! [[ToTheBatNoun To the Fatmobile]]! Heheheh.
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Yes I suppose, but must we call it that?

''TheSimpsons Hit & Run'' is a 2003 WideOpenSandbox game [[AffectionateParody in the vein of]] the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, but with less firepower and more kicking. Five characters from the series are played in the story mode, which initially starts off with Homer's antics on his way to work, but shifts into a conspiracy involving the kidnapping of Bart, strange floating wasp cameras, and a strange new brand of cola. And it gets even stranger from there...

A game notably filled to the brim with references to past episodes and the vehicles contained within, the creators of this game sure did their [[ShownTheirWork homework]] on ''TheSimpsons''. The sheer amount of ContinuityPorn and {{Easter Egg}}s could fill a page in of itself, including an entire section devoted to the Halloween "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]]" episodes. If a vehicle appeared on the show when this game was put into production, it was in this game.

A Licensed Game that does ''[[TheProblemWithLicensedGames not]]'' suck.

!!! Tropes
* {{Acrofatic}}: Homer (and to a lesser extent, Apu), like the other playable characters, can do double jumps and run indefinitely.
* ActionMom: Marge
* TheAllegedCar: Comic Book Guy's Kremlin.
** Moe's Sedan.
** If you destroy your vehicle, you can drive the chassis, rather hilariously. Drive it into a repair icon to avoid having to pay the repair fees!
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: Krusty essentially says this about Bart's warning about the aliens planning to instigate a mass riot with laser guns via Buzz Cola.
-->'''Bart:''' Krusty, listen carefully, aliens are handing out free laser guns and cola that makes you go crazy. It'll be a massacre, the streets will be littered with lasered-off limbs and heads.\\
'''Krusty:''' Yeah right, and I'm getting into the Country Western Hall of Fame. It just ain't gonna happen, kid.
* AntiFrustrationFeature: Five times you fail, and the game allows you to skip. Except for the final mission.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The rocket car in the first level is extremely fast... but is barely controllable and is extremely fragile. You'll total it in one hit.
** You can either tap the A button for (very) short bursts so you don't crash and burn (literally), walk around on foot until you find a Golden Wrench, or teleport the car with you around town by selecting missions you've completed while sitting in a vehicle. "The Fat And The Furious" drops you (and the Rocket Car) in the parking lot of the nuclear plant, just a few seconds away from the big tire fire jump. Going at full speed, you'll easily make the jump, so much so that you may crash into the invisible wall that's always in wide open sandbox games like this.
* BackSeatsAreJustForShow: The PlayerCharacters that hop into a car take the passenger's seat - even with the Car Built for Homer, which has a giant seat in the back. Averted in at least on mission where Lisa has to help Skinner run errands, Lisa hops in the passenger seat and his mother is sitting in the back.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Kang and Kodos]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Kang finding out he has to share heaven with the credits.]]
** One of Bart's quotes when he falls into a BottomlessPit is one of these that continues for a second after you reappear.
--->'''Bart:''' Nooooooooooooooo... *Takes a breath in* Oooooooo!
** Also what Homer might say when he fails a mission.
* BigWordShout: Comic Book Guy will scream "[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan KHAAAN!]]" during jumps.
* BookEnds: Every 'map' gets at least two levels. The last level is the same map as the first one except with a Halloween makeover and a BrokenBridge in the ''last'' level.
** Also, most characters are played as twice in this game. Both the first and last levels are played as Homer.
* CameraScrew: Some locations force the camera in a specific direction, even if it will mess up a jump. First example is the Duff truck near the Kwik-e-mart -- jump with the camera pointing towards the front of the truck and it turns to the side as soon as you hit the steam vent.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Apu:''' We have got to prevent [[spoiler: the aliens]] from distributing laser guns into the hands of cola drunk townspeople.
-->'''Bart:''' Why? That sounds hilarious! I'd watch that show!
-->'''Apu:''' (FacePalm) I'll tell you what; you're a bad little boy.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Simply put, the computer can drive any car faster than you can, ''better'' than you can, and is magically much heavier than the same car is under your control.
* ContinuityNod: Where do we start?
** The cars. There's the Canyonero, the Plow King, part of the Monorail, the Homer, the Elec-Taurus, [[OverlyLongGag the Honor Roller, the Book Burning Mobile,]] [[ContinuityPorn the sports car Bart used to rampage through Santa's Village when he became the heir to Mr. Burns' fortune...]]
* CoolCar: The Car [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin Built for Homer]], Homer's Seventies car, Rocket Car, and Indy 500 car, Bart's Honor Roller, Apu's '''GODDAMNED MONSTER TRUCK''', Lisa's sports boat... [[RecycledInSpace WITH WHEELS!]], and last, but not least, Frink's semi-invisible hover car.
* CreditsGag: See {{MST}}.
* CropCircles: Which match the design on *GASP* Buzz Cola. Or Bart. Depends on the level.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: See EveryCarIsAPinto.
* DeadCharacterWalking: You can drive a wrecked chassis if your car explodes. Not surprisingly, It's [[JokeCharacter VERY slow]], but if you drive it into a repair item, it'll be as good as new.
* DestructiveSaviour: Thanks to the poor handling of some cars and the loads of destructible scenery, the Simpsons will be this at one point or another. This trope is so prevalent it was actually ''advertized as a selling point of the game''.
--> ''Save Springfield. By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.''
* DoubleJump: Some walking sections require using this, while other sections didn't expect a double-jump (or other tactic) could be used to bypass the platform puzzle.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Every vehicle in the game explodes when it's taken too much damage. Even the RC car. Then again, this is not exactly out of place in the Simpsons world.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Menu art was removed and replaced because, under the licensing contract, anybody making 2D art for the Simpsons franchise has to go through Fox's own art program (or something to that effect); suffice it to say, Creator/{{Radical Entertainment}}'s artists were not happy when they found out.
* FacePalm: Apu when Bart [[spoiler: doesn't see the need to stop Kang and Kodos giving cola-maddened citizens laser guns]].
* FragileSpeedster: See AwesomeYetImpractical. To a slightly lesser extent, there's the Formula 1 race car from the final level. It has the best driving stats period, but is about as tough as a wet paper towel.
* FreudianExcuse: One of Homer's excuses for kicking people. "[[RefugeInAudacity An older boy told me to do it."]]
* [[spoiler: FlyingSaucer]]: The 3 final missions have you loading barrels of toxic waste into one.
* GroundPound: Attack while doing a DoubleJump.
* HalloweenEpisode: In true "Treehouse of Horror" style, an entire section of the game revolves around a now Halloween themed Springfield, complete with ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''-esque music, haunted vehicles, horror themed buildings (Springfield Elementary becomes a castle-like [[WizardingSchool "School For Magic"]]) and of course halloween costumes.
* HeroInsurance: When Homer runs into something or someone, he may randomly blurt out "I have no insurance!"
* HolidayMode: For Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Halloween (only the menu is changed, though).
* HypocriticalHumour: Comic Book Guy.
--> "Videogames, [[SelfDeprecation what a waste of money]]. Now to go online and bid $1,000 on Itchy & Scratchy corn-cob holders! A terrific, terrific expense."
** Also, from Homer, "Tut tut tut. Reckless driving is my pet peeve."
* ImStandingRightHere
--> '''Bart''': I've gotta get the new Bonestorm game or I'll be as uncool as Milhouse!
--> '''Milhouse''': I'm standing right here, Bart.
* InvulnerableCivilians: You run them over, but they don't die.
* {{Jaccuse}}!... sir.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: You can go to them to make extra money in racing.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several characters have their own themes. For example, Chief Wiggum has one reminiscent of [[TheSeventies '70s]] cop shows, Apu has several Indian-sounding themes, and Professor Frink has a theme reminiscent of DannyElfman's compositions.
* LemmingCops: The cop cars that show up when you fill out the WantedMeter explode at the slightest provocation, often simply for failing to hit you on the first past. More show up to replace them.
* LighterAndSofter: It's ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' if it were a cartoon. You can run over people, but they can't die. You can take any car you want, but you're just hitchhiking, not stealing them. You can piss off the police, but all you get is a small fine (you have no weapons for the cops to confiscate).
* LightningBruiser: Burns' sedan, which is second to none in all-around stats. It rates at least a 4 in every category, making it one of the fastest and toughest vehicles in the game.
* MayContainEvil: The new Buzz Cola. However, Krusty mentions that this one doesn't contain any poisons [[spoiler:(Announcer: that we know of)]].
* MediumAwareness: While narrating a flashback, Grandpa mentions that it happened so long ago he'll have to describe it in sepia tone.
** Homer will occasionally shout, "He used a cheat code!" when losing a race, mission, or if rammed by a pursuing cop car.
* MistakenConfession: When Homer accuses Mr Burns of being connected to the black vans, Burns confesses to having ''Amelia Earhart's plane shot down''. "That hussie was getting too big for her jodhpurs."
* {{MST}}: [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos]] snark at the credits and the staff, right down to the job titles.
* MyHoverCraftIsFullOfEels: Invoked by Apu as an excuse not to help Bart by level six.
--> '''Apu''': Up down up down! Go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
* NintendoHard: There's a reason for the MercyMode listed under AntiFrustrationFeatures to appear...
* NotQuiteDead: After a car blows up, you can still drive it. Even though all that's left is the charred, twisted framework and the bent up rims.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: It lets you drive backwards on the bonus courses.
* OptionalTrafficLaws: The police will chase you if you cause too much damage, but even if they manage to catch you all they do is fine you a few coins.
* OrphanedPunchline: "...leaving the famous bearded cartoon creator incarcerated in a Peruvian jail."
* OwMyBodyPart: Bart goes "Ow, my ovaries!", referencing a line from the show when he was faking being sick.
* PottyEmergency: One of Apu's missions involves rounding up diapers for the octuplets. "Quick, cover my incontinent children's tushies!"
* ProBonoBarter: One of Homer's lines when calling for a different car. "Can you come and get me? I'll pay you in back rubs!"
* RacingMiniGame: Several, with different announcers. [[TheDitz Ralph]] has to be the funniest.
* ReferenceOverdosed: What did you expect from a Simpsons game?
* RewardingVandalism: Destroying the scenery gives coins... and adds to your heat meter.
* SideQuest: There's 1 bonus mission in each chapter, completing them rewards you with a car, there is also collector cards scattered around each chapter's world; collecting all rewards you with a bonus movie of Itchy & Scratchy.
* SixthRanger: Apu to the family.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Another of Homer's excuses.
* SpaceX: [[spoiler: Space-ratings and space-viewers who watch their SPACE TV.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked by Comic Book Guy, in regards to the [[spoiler:UFO and its tractor beam]]. Homer is quick to protest that it is in fact real, but Comic Book Guy sticks to his guns.
* SpiesInAVan: See VanInBlack.
* SpinningPaper: One at the beginning of each level. The one for the first level, for example, includes this:
--> ''Study: 90% of video games start with easy tutorial level''
* SpringJump: Steam vents are an extra powerful jump, and can be combined with a double jump. The vents are necessary in several foot-on quests and sidequests.
* StalkerWithACrush: Milhouse. An early mission in Lisa's level consists of him offering her 'leads' on Bart's whereabouts, only to somehow beat her to each destination.
-->"You're stalking me, aren't you, Milhouse?"
* TemptingFate:
-->'''[[spoiler: Kang]]''': "At least we don't have to sit through the stupid videogame credits."
* ThisLoserIsYou: The characters' road rage ("You're not a very good driver..." "What were you thinking?!" etc.) can be interpreted as BreakingTheFourthWall and telling the player that they can't drive.
* TooDumbToLive: Homer, but lucky for you, he's just extremely stupid in non-lethal situations.
** Something closer to the trope: [[spoiler:Grampa, who is too senile to bail out of his rigged Military Jeep when he and Homer blow up Kang and Kodos' ship.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Grampa:]]''' I smell tooooaaaassst!
* TrumanShowPlot: Those robot wasp cameras are filming everyone so [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos can turn Springfield into an intergalactic reality show]].
-->'''Bart''': I knew there was a simple explanation.
* VanInBlack: [[spoiler: Except they're only pizza vans.]]
* VentPhysics
* WantedMeter: Every time you break stuff and abuse civilians this little meter goes up until police cars show up and dash to catch you. Getting caught means a $50 fine but you can hide in car-unreachable locations or go into accessible buildings to cool the meter off.
* WideOpenSandbox: Only the main missions and bonus races can be replayed. Completing bonus missions, collecting cards and floating coins, destroying certain parts of the scenery in each level, and killing camera wasps are permanent.
* [[spoiler:ZombieApocalypse: The last level of the game has zombies wandering around due to Kang and Kodos's evil Buzz Cola soda.]]
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21st Jan '13 8:14:14 AM Snipertoaster
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** Also what Homer might say when he fails a mission.



* BookEnds: Every 'map' gets at least two levels. The last level is the same map as the first one except with a Halloween makeover and a...
* BrokenBridge: Except it's in the ''last'' level.

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* BookEnds: Every 'map' gets at least two levels. The last level is the same map as the first one except with a Halloween makeover and a...
* BrokenBridge: Except it's
a BrokenBridge in the ''last'' level.level.
** Also, most characters are played as twice in this game. Both the first and last levels are played as Homer.
16th Jan '13 5:01:18 AM Dallenson
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* MyHoverCraftIsFullOfEels: Invoked by Apu as an excuse not to help Bart by level six.
--> '''Apu''': Up down up down! Go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
8th Jan '13 2:59:33 PM nighttrainfm
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* ReferenceOverdosed: What did you suspect from a Simpsons game?

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* ReferenceOverdosed: What did you suspect expect from a Simpsons game?
12th Dec '12 2:12:15 PM Caiaphasthesympathist
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Homer (and to a lesser extent, Apu), like the other playable characters, can do double jumps and run indefinitely.
13th Nov '12 7:29:42 PM DrakeClawfang
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* BackSeatsAreJustForShow: The PlayerCharacters that hop into a car take the passenger's seat - even with the Car Built for Homer, which has a giant seat in the back.

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* BackSeatsAreJustForShow: The PlayerCharacters that hop into a car take the passenger's seat - even with the Car Built for Homer, which has a giant seat in the back. Averted in at least on mission where Lisa has to help Skinner run errands, Lisa hops in the passenger seat and his mother is sitting in the back.
26th Sep '12 11:15:20 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked by Comic Book Guy, in regards to the [[spoiler:UFO and its tractor beam]]. Homer is quick to protest that it is in fact real, but Comic Book Guy sticks to his guns.
27th Aug '12 1:35:19 PM TypoKiller
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* RewardingVandalism: Destroying the scenery gives coins... and your heat meter.

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* RewardingVandalism: Destroying the scenery gives coins... and adds to your heat meter.
27th Aug '12 1:34:02 PM TypoKiller
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* {{Jaccuse}}!.... sir.

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* {{Jaccuse}}!....{{Jaccuse}}!... sir.
26th Aug '12 10:14:11 AM TypoKiller
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* {{Jaccuse}}!....sir.

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* {{Jaccuse}}!.... sir.
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