History VideoGame / TheSimpsonsHitAndRun

26th May '18 1:47:04 PM Enderguy059
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Commonly regarded as one of the best ''Simpsons'' tie in games, it's still enjoyed by the fandom to this day, making it [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames a licensed game that does not suck!]] The PC version also has an active [[https://donutteam.com modding community]], with numerous mods adding in content like online multiplayer and the maps from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage''.

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Commonly regarded as one of the best ''Simpsons'' tie in tie-in games, it's still enjoyed by the fandom to this day, making it [[SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames a licensed game that does not suck!]] The PC version also has an active [[https://donutteam.com modding community]], with numerous mods adding in content like online multiplayer and the maps from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage''.



* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Vehicles and outfits get more and more expensive each level, but the amount of coins you find in those levels do not. Even if you never get caught by the cops and get all the coin boxes and secrets, your cash will start to run low about halfway through the game, sooner if you stop to buy all the available cars. Fortunately, you can just go back to the first level and rampage for coins, where the wanted meter is very forgiving.

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* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Vehicles and outfits get more and more expensive each level, but the amount of coins you find in those levels do not. Even if you never get caught by the cops and get all the coin boxes and secrets, your cash will start to run low about halfway through the game, sooner if you stop to buy all the available cars. Fortunately, there exist a couple of alternate methods to earning more money:
** If you're good at driving,
you can just go back try out each level's Wager Race, in which you pay an entry fee in coins to complete an entire lap of the level and be rewarded with several times more than what you initially paid. The difficulty of the race, which determines how much your winnings are multiplied by, is set depending on a vehicle's stats; late-game vehicles with high speed, acceleration and handling have the easy difficulty 2x multiplier, cars with relatively average stats have the medium difficulty 3x multiplier, while heavy trucks/cars whose stats are more dedicated to toughness than anything else receive the Hard difficulty 4x multiplier.
** If you aren't good at racing, you can always return
to the first level and rampage for coins, where the wanted meter is very forgiving.Police are relatively easy to escape.
26th May '18 4:24:20 AM Enderguy059
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** If you hack the game, use an Action Replay, or the PC-exclusive cheat code to play as characters on levels where you're not supposed to, you'll find that some playable characters have lines that can't be heard in normal gameplay. For example, all five playable characters have lines for destroying power conduits, even though you can only destroy power conduits in one mission in the entire game ("Blind Big Brother"), and said mission can only be played as Homer.

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** If you hack the game, use an Action Replay, or the PC-exclusive cheat code to play as characters on levels where you're not supposed to, you'll find that some playable characters have lines that can't be heard in normal gameplay. For example, all five playable characters have lines for destroying power conduits, Power Couplings, even though you can these destroyable objects are only destroy power conduits featured in one single mission in within the entire game ("Blind (Level 1's "Blind Big Brother"), and said mission can only be played as Homer.


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*** However, it's more than likely that the lines were intended to be played when destroying Wasp Cameras, given that the developers bothered to record lines for all playable characters and Wasp cameras are the only objects encountered in all levels where the dialogue would be suited for.
25th May '18 3:28:05 AM axle-k89
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** Level 1's first proper mission, S-M-R-T, is to race Principal Skinner to the school so Homer can give Lisa her science project. The school becomes very important in Level 7. [[spoiler:In the playground, Kang and Kodos's FlyingSaucer is located there, and several times you have to drive to it from the power plant to deposit toxic waste into it via tractor beam to destroy the saucer.]]
25th May '18 3:18:45 AM axle-k89
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* ChekhovsBoomerang: Buzz Cola. It appears in Level 1 in the tutorial mission where Homer has to get some from the Kwik-E-Mart. It shows up again in Levels 3 and 4, as when Bart is found, he occasionally mentions Buzz Cola while otherwise mumbling gibberish. [[spoiler:Marge then uses it in Level 4 to jog Bart's memory and return him to normal, whereupon Bart tells Marge that Buzz Cola is a mind-control agent. Kang and Kodos intend to spike Springfield's water supply with Buzz Cola and raise the undead to invade Springfield.]]

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* ChekhovsBoomerang: Buzz Cola. It appears in Level 1 in the tutorial mission where Homer has to get some from the Kwik-E-Mart. It shows up again in Levels 3 and 4, as when Bart is found, he occasionally mentions Buzz Cola while otherwise mumbling gibberish. [[spoiler:Marge then uses it in Level 4 to jog Bart's memory and return him to normal, whereupon Bart tells Marge that Buzz Cola is has been spiked with a mind-control agent. Kang and Kodos intend to spike Springfield's water supply with Buzz Cola and raise the undead to invade Springfield.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The crop circles in Level 1 are revealed by Grampa in Level 4 to be in the same shape as the Buzz Cola logo, which Marge realises she can use to restore Bart's memory.
** The wasp cameras are revealed [[spoiler:to be part of Kang and Kodos's plot for their TV show, ''Foolish Earthlings''.
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** Level 1 states that Buzz Cola has a new-and-improved flavour. [[spoiler:This is because, as Bart reveals in Level 4 after having his memory and sanity restored, the Cola has been spiked with a mind-control agent by Kang and Kodos.]]
25th May '18 3:11:22 AM axle-k89
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* [[BigBrotherInstinct BigSisterInstinct]]: Level 3 revolves around Lisa searching the Squidport for Bart, who disappeared in a tractor beam at the end of Level 2. [[spoiler:She eventually finds him on a ship at the end of the level.]]



** In Level 1, one of Homer's catchphrases while driving is "I'm a lean, mean, speed thingy!" In Level 5, Apu has a similar one: "I am a lean, mean, vindaloo machine!"



* ChekhovsBoomerang: Buzz Cola. It appears in Level 1 in the tutorial mission where Homer has to get some from the Kwik-E-Mart. It shows up again in Levels 3 and 4, as when Bart is found, he occasionally mentions Buzz Cola while otherwise mumbling gibberish. [[spoiler:Marge then uses it in Level 4 to jog Bart's memory and return him to normal, whereupon Bart tells Marge that Buzz Cola is a mind-control agent. Kang and Kodos intend to spike Springfield's water supply with Buzz Cola and raise the undead to invade Springfield.]]



* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler:Subverted with the black vans in Level 1, as Burns reveals at the end of the level that they are only pizza vans.]]
** Played straight with the black sedans and limo in Level 3, as both are connected to Bart's disappearance at the end of Level 2.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the messages you can find on the Springfield Stadium screen in level 2 says "TONIGHT: TRUCKASAURUS BROUGHT TO YOU BY [[spoiler:CRAZY SPACE COLA]]", setting the stage for the later half of the level, which involves Bart helping Frink get the titular machine started [[spoiler:as well as revealing the aliens' plan to destroy Springfield]].

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One of the messages you can find on the Springfield Stadium screen in level Level 2 says "TONIGHT: TRUCKASAURUS BROUGHT TO YOU BY [[spoiler:CRAZY SPACE COLA]]", setting the stage for the later half of the level, which involves Bart helping Frink get the titular machine started [[spoiler:as well as revealing the aliens' plan to destroy Springfield]].


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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Subverted. Level 5 is played as Apu, the one level not played as a member of the Simpsons family (Homer in Levels 1 and 7, Bart in Levels 2 and 6, Lisa in 3, and Marge in 4).


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* OhCrap: Apu at the start of Level 6 upon hearing of [[spoiler:Kang and Kodos's plan]], to the extent that he decides to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere bail on Bart and leave him to foil their plans himself]].


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Apu does this at the start of Level 6 [[spoiler:when he hears of Kang and Kodos's plan to take over Springfield, leaving Bart to attempt to foil them on his own.]]
10th May '18 10:23:30 AM N8han11
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* SanitySlippage: When Lisa finds Bart at the end of Level 3, he's shown speaking in random jibberish and has [[PottyFailure soiled his pants]]. This continues into Level 4 until Marge shows him a can of buzz cola, restoring his memory. Apparently, his brief period of insanity was caused by [[spoiler:the aliens giving him tons of cola in their spaceship.]]
10th May '18 5:44:07 AM PresidentStalkeyes
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* GameMod: Quite a few of them have been cropping up recently. The most one could do early on was modify the .txt files of vehicles, but more and more include different textures, models and sounds. Recent ones have gone so far as to add completely new vehicles (like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor's Truck]] or the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 "Mudskipper" Airboat]]), maps (like importing levels from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' or brand new ones like [[VideoGame/FZero Big Blue]]) and even change up the missions. The most prominent of these is the Donut Mod; a FanSequal to the original that includes new/restructured missions, numerous aesthetic changes, some cut content and a [[HarderThanHard Hellfish difficulty]]; Imagine the whole game, but on "Never Trust a Snake" or "Set to Kill" difficulty levels.

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* GameMod: Quite a few of them have been cropping up recently. The most one could do early on was modify the .txt files of vehicles, but more and more include different textures, models and sounds. Recent ones have gone so far as to add completely new vehicles (like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor's Truck]] or the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 "Mudskipper" Airboat]]), maps (like importing levels from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' or brand new ones like [[VideoGame/FZero Big Blue]]) and even change up the missions. The most prominent of these is the Donut Mod; a FanSequal FanSequel to the original that includes new/restructured missions, numerous aesthetic changes, some cut content and a [[HarderThanHard Hellfish difficulty]]; Imagine the whole game, but on "Never Trust a Snake" or "Set to Kill" difficulty levels.


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* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Apu's version of the GroundPound attack is a falling elbow drop combined with a body slam.
6th May '18 4:07:45 PM Enderguy059
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* GameMod: Quite a few of them have been cropping up, the most one could do early on was modify the .txt files of vehicles but more and more include different textures, models and sounds. Recent ones have gone so far as to add completely new vehicles (like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor's Truck]] or the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 "Mudskipper" Airboat]]), maps (like importing levels from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' or brand new ones like [[VideoGame/FZero Big Blue]]) and even change up the missions. The most prominent being the Donut Mod that not only adds aesthetic changes like adding a roof to the Family Sedan but also includes a [[HarderThanHard Hellfish difficulty]]. Imagine the whole game, but on "Never Trust a Snake" or "Set to Kill" difficulty levels.

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* GameMod: Quite a few of them have been cropping up, the up recently. The most one could do early on was modify the .txt files of vehicles vehicles, but more and more include different textures, models and sounds. Recent ones have gone so far as to add completely new vehicles (like [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Trevor's Truck]] or the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 "Mudskipper" Airboat]]), maps (like importing levels from ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' or brand new ones like [[VideoGame/FZero Big Blue]]) and even change up the missions. The most prominent being of these is the Donut Mod Mod; a FanSequal to the original that not only adds includes new/restructured missions, numerous aesthetic changes like adding a roof to the Family Sedan but also includes changes, some cut content and a [[HarderThanHard Hellfish difficulty]]. difficulty]]; Imagine the whole game, but on "Never Trust a Snake" or "Set to Kill" difficulty levels.
5th May '18 4:38:47 PM marston
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*VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You have the ability to kick civilians and even other Simpsons characters and send them flailing on the ground. Doing this too much in a short amount of time will result in the police coming after you. But in Level's 1 and 4 Ralph Wiggum is behind a fence that the police can't get to, so you can endlessly kick him as much as you want while the police blow themselves up trying to reach you. This trope is very likely the only reason why he's there at all.
3rd May '18 1:23:55 AM SneaselSawashiro
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* JerkAss: Homer himself literally says this to someone for one of his lines when he's in a car:
--->'''Homer:''' Get out of my way, jerkass!
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