Video Game / The Simpsons: Hit & Run

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Save Springfield! By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.
Bart Simpson: Quick! To the Fatmobile! Muh heh heh ha ha!
Comic Book Guy: Yes I suppose, but must we call it that?

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a 2003 Wide Open Sandbox game in the vein of the Grand Theft Auto series, but with less firepower and more kicking. Five characters from the series are played in the seven chapter long story mode (In order: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, Apu, Bart again and then Homer again), 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 homework on The Simpsons. The sheer amount of Continuity Porn and Easter Eggs could fill a page in and of itself, including an entire section devoted to the Halloween "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. If a vehicle appeared on the show when this game was put into production, it was in this game.

Commonly regarded as one of the best Simpsons tie in games, it's still enjoyed by the fandom to this day, making it a licensed game that does not suck! The PC version also has a somewhat active modding community, with numerous mods adding in new content and other interesting stuff.

This video game contains examples of:

  • Abandon Ship: Your character and any other characters riding with you will dive out of a car that is about to explode.
  • Acrofatic: Homer and Apu (to a lesser extent), like the other playable characters, can do double jumps and run indefinitely. They'll complain about the workout, but that's it.
  • Action Mom: Marge gets her moment to shine in Level 4, becoming this trope.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: 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.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • Comic Book Guy's Kremlin, which is a slovenly piece of junk filled with empty pizza boxes, comics, and other nerd crap. Worst. Car. Ever.
    • Moe's Sedan.
    • If you destroy your vehicle, you can drive the chassis, rather hilariously. Drive it into a Golden Wrench powerup to avoid having to pay the repair fees.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: 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.
  • Anti-Frustration Feature: Fail a mission five times and the game allows you to skip it, except for the final mission.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Snake was taken prisoner when Wiggum could prove that he committed three crimes. Strike 1: counterfeit designer jeans, the foulest of all crimes. Strike 2: running over an elderly person without a license (said person happens to be Hans Moleman). And strike 3: littering.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The rocket car in Level 1 is extremely fast... but is barely controllable and is extremely fragile. You'll total it in one hit.
  • Back Seats are Just for Show: The Player Characters 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.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Crosses over with The Battle Didn't Count by the end of the sixth level. Even after destroying the laser gun stands and beating the aliens to the Duff Brewery, Kang and Kodos still manage to escape, taunting Homer and Bart over the success of their plans, in which the living dead will ultimately overrun Springfield.
  • Big Bad: Kang and Kodos.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Kang finding out he has to share heaven with the credits.
    • One of Bart's quotes when he falls into a Bottomless Pit 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.
  • Big Word Shout: Comic Book Guy will scream "KHAAAN!" during jumps or when he gets hit by a car.
  • Bookends:
    • Every "map" gets at least 2 levels, with only a few minor changes between them. Level 7 is the same map as Levels 1 and 4 except with a Halloween makeover and a Broken Bridge, that prevents access to the wealthy district, Mr. Burns' Mansion, the Stonecutters' tunnel, and most of the Power Plant's interior(including Homer's office).note 
    • Both the first and last levels are played as Homer.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Once 100% Completion is achieved (denoted by a Krusty-Brand Seal of Approval on the (progress) Scrap Book), a special cheat code can be entered to let the player use any vehicle in the game, even otherwise-unobtainable ones from phone booths. But since you require 100% Completion to actually use the cheat, there's not much use for it other than novelty. You can also drive backwards on the multiplayer courses.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Spinning Paper for Level 1 headlines Homer ruining a hot dog-eating contest. In the ending, Homer initially thinks his actions in saving Springfield from Kang and Kodos were all part of a bad dream from eating too many raw hot dogs.
      Homer: And the ninja babysitters? Was that real or a hot dog dream?
      Lisa: Hot dog dream.
    • In Level 1, Homer helps Marge gather up copies of "Bonestorm 2" to protect people from the game's violence. Level 2 includes Bart trying to find a copy of the game and Jimbo saying "some crazy lady destroyed all the rest."
    • In the fifth mission of Level 2, Bart helps Cletus gather roadkill to deliver to Krusty Burger, then you have to avoid Apu who doesn't appreciate in the competition. Then in the third mission of Level 3, Lisa helps Apu ram Cletus's truck and gather up the roadkill he drops.
    • In Level 2, the Popsicle Stick Skyscraper has once again been set alight by the nearby 50-Foot Magnifying Glass. By the time you reach Level 5, all that's left of it is a small pile of smoking sticks.
    • In the final mission of Level 1, Homer discovers that the mysterious black vans supposedly spying on the citizens of Springfield are actually pizza delivery vans. One of the generic traffic vehicles that spawn in Level 2 are similar-looking vans with the text Black Van Pizza Delivery on the side of the vehicle.
  • Broken Bridge: The rich side of town can be visited in levels 1 and 4, but becomes blocked off in level 7 due to the zombie attack.
  • Buffy Speak: Courtesy of Chief Wiggum.
    Chief Wiggum: "Don't be alarmed. I'm... professional... badge... guy."
    • Homer, too.
    Homer: "I'm a lean, mean speed thingy!"
  • Camera Screw: Some locations force the camera in a specific direction, even if it will mess up a jump. The 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.
    • Invoked with the unlockable driving view cheat Comedy Cam.
  • Cassandra Truth: While trying to find Bart, Lisa asks everyone about him. Prof. Frink tells her that Bart helped him to build the Truckasaurus, and then vanished in a bright light. Lisa dismisses it as pure nonsense.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Apu: We have got to prevent the aliens from distributing laser guns into the hands of cola drunk townspeople.
    Bart: Why? That sounds hilarious! I'd watch that show!
    Apu: (Face Palm) Tell you what, you're a bad little boy.
  • Competitive Balance: Naturally, no one car is the answer to everything; balanced between Speed, Acceleration, Toughness, and Handling means that some cars are very fast but can't take a hit, are very fast but handle poorly, are fast and tough but slow to accelerate, etc. Mr. Burns' limo (driven by Waylon Smithers in the third and final missions of Level 1) and the Hearse (the replacement of the usual police cars during hit-and-runs in Level 7) both come the closest to being universally viable, but neither are available until the last level of the game.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • 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. CPU Bart's Ferrini in the Level 5 bonus races is THE SECOND-FASTEST car in the game, bar none (excluding the secret car in Level 1). However, this often is an inverse (or sometimes heavily played with) for higher-tiered cars that appear in the later levels; Snake's Lil' Bandit in the Level 2 mission Bart 'n' Frink is much slower compared to the original version, but is arguably the tankiest car in the game. Needless to say, the actual stats of certain cars in control of the player and CPU are very inconsistent in terms of who has the upper hand.
    • No matter how good of a driver you are, no matter how fast your car is, the game's generic traffic will. Screw. You. Over.
    • Your character will even call out the AI opponents for doing this in races, and they have a good reason to do so!
      Bart: You cheated, cheater!
  • Continuity Porn: That is putting it gently. The game could be called "The Simpsons; We Cram As Many Jokes From The Show In As Possible."
    • Never mind cars featured prominently in the show like Moe's Sedan or Snake's Lil Bandit, one-off cars like the Book Burning Van and the Ferrini (the car Bart drives in "Burns' Heir") appear for your driving pleasure.
    • Virtually any location featured in the show appears. You want to visit Kamp Krusty, Burns' Casino, Channel Six, Krusty Burger, the Screaming Monkey Research Lab. You can even visit the wreck of the Monorail, and the engine is drive-able as a secret vehicle on Level 2 to boot.
    • Naturally, characters constantly quote the show, both the iconic lines and the ones you'd have to be an obsessive fan to recognize.
    • Characters wear costumes and outfits from across the series, such as Homer dressing as The One of the Stonecutters, Bart donning his "tall" outfit from when he auditioned to be Fallout Boy, and Lisa getting her "Floreda" costume Homer made for her.
    • The gags found in each level include "El Barto" graffito, dropping a crate of hot pants into the ocean, watching Maggie be drowned in balls in a ball crawl, finding Rodd and Todd in Flanders' bomb shelter, and setting off the fire-breathing tiki statue in the Simpsons' backyard.
    • The side cast is sprinkled throughout the game; Patty and Selma Bouvier, Carl Carlson, Professor Frink, Comic Book Guy, Barney Gumble, Gil Gunderson, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Krusty the Clown, Lenny Leonard, Otto Mann, Dr. Nick Riviera, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen, Moe Szyslak, the Sea Captain, Principal Skinner, Cletus Spuckler, Snake, Chief Wiggum, and Groundskeeper Willie are all there and fully voiced with the show's cast.
    • Anyone else feel like they re-used the CGI from Homer³ for the pre-rendered cut-scenes?
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kang and Kodos' heavenly punishment for being behind the evil plot? Sit through the credits.
  • Cool Car: The Car Built for Homer, Homer's 70's sports car, a Rocket Car, an Open-Wheel Race car, Bart's Honor Roller, Apu's GODDAMNED MONSTER TRUCK, The Knightboat... WITH WHEELS!, Frink's semi-invisible hover car, a driveable RC Car, the Globex Super Villain Car owned by Hank Scorpio, The Plow King... really, it'd be hard not to list every car in the game for their own reasons.
  • Counting to Potato:
    • The countdowns for the bonus races, mainly in Ralph and Nelson's cases:
      Ralph: Five, five, five, four!
      Nelson: Three, two, FLOOR IT LOSER!
    • Subverted in Level 6's checkpoint race, where Ralph finally gets "three two one" right and tells everyone "he did it".
    • The Zombies hosting the races in Level 7 don't even bother counting, and simply moan "Brains"
  • Credits Gag: See MST.
  • Crop Circles: Which match the design on *GASP* Buzz Cola (in a cutscene). And Bart (ingame).
  • Critical Existence Failure: See Every Car Is a Pinto.
  • Day in the Life: Most of Level 1 and all of Level 2 have little to no bearing on the alien plot, but instead focus on the misadventures of Homer and Bart, respectively.
  • Dead Character Walking: You can drive a wrecked chassis if your car explodes. Not surprisingly, It's VERY slow, but if you drive it into a repair item, it'll be as good as new.
  • Deflector Shields: Wasp cameras from Level 5 onward have a shield which lets them survive a single hit.
  • Destructive Saviour: 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 advertised as a selling point of the game.
    Save Springfield. By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
    • If you hack the game or use an action replay or some such device 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.
    Lisa: Anti-social behavior is fun!
    • On a more subtle note, when Marge gets into a car with a roof, her her hair bends backwards as it pushes against the ceiling.
    • Standing on the roof of a moving car will make the character you're playing as pretend to surf on it, as if to keep balance.
  • Double Jump: 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.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the sixth mission of Level 1, you have to destroy all the copies of Bonestorm 2. Early in Level 2, Bart tries to get the game.
    Jimbo: Too late losers, I got the last game; 4-finger discount! [laughs] Some crazy lady [Marge] destroyed all the rest.
  • Dummied Out: An Ice Cream Truck exists in the game. The only way to drive it without hacking the game, however, is to achieve 100% completion and then use a special cheat code to call up otherwise-unobtainable vehicles from phone booths. It's uncertain whether the Ice Cream Truck was going to serve a purpose in the game (most likely in the tutorial level, where retrieving ice-cream is one of the required goals), or if it's just an Easter Egg. It's worth noting that the truck has a Marge-shaped ice cream cone atop it, a reference to the episode "Homer Alone".
  • Easter Egg: By looking around the various levels, various characters can be found that the player character can speak to. The list consists of: Lisa, Ralph, Willie, Skinner, Moe, Patty, Apu, Sea Captain and Squeaky Voiced Teen.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The date on the Spinning Papers that accompany the loading screens are always one day later than the last, suggesting the game takes place over a single week (with the final level, appropriately enough, on October 31st). Not as short as some examples, but still fairly short. Though if it weren't for these, then the entire game would appear to take place across a single day, as the first level starts around midday with the following levels gradually transitioning to night. A few more hints at the short timespan exist, such as the burning Popsicle Stick Skyscraper in level 2 being reduced to rubble in level 5, with the same fire trucks still attending it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even hardened criminals like Snake can genuinely take offense to threatened profanity and "bird-flipping".
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: 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.
  • Evil Laugh: Lisa of all people breaks out a nice one sometimes after she's driven through and/or destroyed something.
  • Face Palm: Apu does this when Bart doesn't see the need to stop Kang and Kodos giving cola-maddened citizens laser guns.
  • Filler: Aside from explaining how Bart is kidnapped (in the final cutscene, no less), Level 2 is an entire waste of time in terms of plot. Bart spends the first three missions trying to get his hands on a copy of the "Bonestorm 2" video game, then suddenly shifts gears to helping Professor Frink build a Truckasaurus.
  • Fake Shemp: Downplayed. While most characters have new dialogue recorded, many quotes are taken from The Simpsons: Road Rage instead.
  • Fragile Speedster: Many cars are very fast, but don't take hits well.
    • In Level 1, you can find a rocket car which goes so fast you can hit the invisible border around the stage making a ramp jump, but it handles poorly and is quickly destroyed.
    • In Level 7, you can obtain the Open-Wheel Race Car after winning all three races. It has the maximum 5 stars in Speed, Acceleration, and Handling...but only half of a star in Toughness. It has the handling to avoid hitting things that often, and it needs it. At top speed, you'll be lucky to survive more than two direct collisions.
  • Freudian Excuse: One of Homer's excuses for kicking people. "An older boy told me to do it."
  • Flying Saucer: The third, fifth, sixth and final missions of Level 7 have you loading barrels of toxic waste into one.
  • Game Mod: 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 Trevor's Truck or the "Mudskipper" Airboat), maps (like importing levels from The Simpsons: Road Rage or brand new ones like 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 Hellfish difficulty, imagine the whole game but on Never Trust a Snake or Set to Kill difficulty levels.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: There's a lot of stuff to collect in this game — collector cards, wasp cameras, gags, vehicles and clothing, in addition to completing all the story missions, bonus missions and races.
  • Ground Pound: Attack while doing a Double Jump. Useful for taking out coin boxes in hit as opposed to three when kicking it.
  • Halloween Episode: In true "Treehouse of Horror" style, an entire section of the game revolves around a now Halloween themed Springfield, complete with Beetlejuice-esque music, haunted vehicles, horror themed buildings (Springfield Elementary becomes a castle-like "School For Magic") and of course Halloween costumes. And Zombies. Lots of Zombies.
  • Hero Insurance: When Homer runs into something or someone, he may randomly blurt out "I have no insurance!"
  • Holiday Mode: For Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Halloween (only the main menu is changed, though).
  • Hummer Dinger: Marge can drive the Canyonero.
  • 100% Completion: It lets you drive backwards on the bonus courses, and on some consoles, lets you use a special cheat code that enables you to call otherwise-unobtainable cars from phone booths, such as the Milk Truck, and the Black Alien Sports Car. You also get a Krusty-Brand Seal of Approval on the (progress) Scrap Book.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Comic Book Guy is guilty of this after Lisa helps him in the first mission of Level 3.
      CBG: Videogames, what a waste of money. Now to go online and bid $1,000 on Itchy & Scratchy corn-cob holders! A terrific, terrific expense.
    • Homer does the same thing when wrecking something with the vehicle he is in.
      Homer: Tck tck tck. Reckless driving is my pet peeve.
    • The Sea Captain has this gem when Lisa tries to enlist his aid in reaching the moored cargo ship.
      Sea Captain: No, I hate the sea.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Said by Milhouse at the beginning of the first mission in Level 2.
    Bart: I've gotta get the new Bonestorm game or I'll be as uncool as Milhouse!
    Milhouse: I'm standing right here, Bart.
  • Invulnerable Civilians: You can run them over, but they won't die.
  • J'accuse!... sir.
  • Joke Item: The Monorail bonus car in Level 2 is only slightly faster than a wrecked car chassis and has significantly worse steering, to the point it veers to the left without input.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kang and Kodos. Professor Frink, Snake, and Grandpa Abe may have died as well, as it's not explicitly stated whether they got out before their car was destroyed by the tractor beam. Kent Brockman is also devoured by zombies on TV at the start of the first mission in Level 7.
    • Fridge Brilliance comes into play when you think about the fact that Level 7 is themed off of the Treehouse of Horror episodes. No matter how many main cast members die in those, they'll always be back by the next episode.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Buzz Cola. Kang And Kodos tailored it to send humans crazy upon consuming it, and thus get good material for Foolish Earthlings.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Referenced in one of Homer's quotes, usually when his vehicle is destroyed, crashes into something or he's busted by the cops, "Lousy rotten karmic retribution!"
  • Language Fluency Denial: The start of Level 6 has this conversation after it's discovered that Kang and Kodos are behind the whole plot:
    Bart: Apu, you've got to help me warn Krusty of this alien plot, and thus saving the good people of Springfield.
    Apu: I'm sorry, sir. I do not speak English. I only speak Hindi.
    Bart: But you're speaking English now!
    Apu: Ah-yes, I learned these words phonetically.
    Bart: You're just afraid of getting vaporized by the space monsters.
    Apu: Up down! Up down! Er-go hot dog! Butter my undershirt! Blablabla!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bart, during the tutorial.
    Bart: You can go inside certain buildings by pressing the Y/Triangle button. (sigh) Why did I agree to do this stupid tutorial? It is so boring!
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: The Trope Namer itself has Louie running wager races. Its actual location is around the same area as Moe's Tavern in Levels 2 and 5.
  • Leitmotif: Several characters have their own themes. For example, Chief Wiggum has one reminiscent of '70s cop shows, Apu has several Indian-sounding themes, Professor Frink has a theme reminiscent of Danny Elfman's compositions, and Marge has a Tom Jones-esque song. The music for Homer mostly consists of low brass instruments and bass heavy riffs. Most of Bart's music is guitar rock, and most of Lisa's is jazzy saxophone numbers.
  • Lemming Cops: The cop cars that show up when you fill out the Wanted Meter travel so fast that they'll explode at the slightest provocation, often simply for failing to hit you on the first past. More show up to replace them as long as the meter remains active.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's Grand Theft Auto 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).
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • Mr. Burns' limo, which only becomes available in Level 7, the final level. It has pretty good all-around stats at 4.5-star Speed / 3-star Acceleration / 4.5-star Toughness / 3.5-star Handling. Its primary shortcoming is its mediocre acceleration and handling, but it is the definitely the fastest "tough" car.
    • An equal contender is the Hearse, which also only becomes available in Level 7. With stats at 4.5-star Speed / 4.5-star Acceleration / 3.5-star Toughness / 4-star Handling, it is slightly less durable than Mr. Burns' Limo, but its equal speed and increased handling stats more than make up for it.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Most songs are longer than their missions normally take, but the music at the start of the seventh mission in Level 1 called "The Fat and the Furious" changes to another track when you get in your car, which means most only hear the first few seconds of it. If you restart the mission, it will start you in your car, meaning the music doesn't change until it's looped through once.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Certain missions in the game require you to either obtain a certain vehicle or change the character's clothes in order to continue. However, once you do just that, there is nothing that can stop you from picking the vehicle or character's clothing of your choice before starting.
    • In some missions the timer doesn't start until you get into your vehicle... which means there's nothing stopping you from driving to the next checkpoint, walking back to talk to the NPC at the previous checkpoint, and then walking to your destination without having to worry about the timer.
  • Luck-Based Mission: A fairly minor example, but still many missions have significant luck to them. For example, missions which involve you following, escaping from, racing or destroying an enemy vehicle, are made much easier if your opponent crashes. The most significant example is probably the bonus mission in Level 5, where you have to destroy a robotic car that is out of control. It's really hard to even catch up to it, let alone damage it, but sometimes it will just crash and destroy itself.
  • May Contain Evil: The new Buzz Cola. However, Krusty mentions that this one doesn't contain any poisons.note 
  • Medium Awareness:
    • While narrating a flashback, Grandpa Abe 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 being overtaken in a race.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Plow King, Duff Truck, Fire Truck, School Bus, Cola Truck (or any significantly large truck, for that matter) and Armoured Car all lack speed, but are very strong to compensate.
  • Mistaken Confession: When Homer accuses Mr. Burns of being connected to the black vans, Mr. Burns confesses to having Amelia Earhart's plane shot down.
    Mr. Burns: That hussie was getting too big for her jodhpurs.
  • Mondegreen: Among the music and other noises, having Homer get out of his car might make him say what sounds like "Aww yeah! Crystal eggs in the crotch." but it's actually "Stretch the legs and the crotch."
  • Money Spider: The Wasp Cameras all drop a nice sum of coins when destroyed. Though their method of attacking is to shoot a laser blast at you and make you lose coins.
  • Mood Whiplash: During mission 7-4, intense rock music will play as you escape from a black sedan while driving to the Power Plant. Upon arriving at the Plant, an upbeat, lighthearted jingle will play until you reach Mr. Burns' office.
  • MST: Kang and Kodos snark at the credits and the staff, right down to the job titles.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Invoked by Apu as an excuse not to help Bart at the start of Level 6.
    Apu: Up down up down! Er-go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Apu's monster truck is called the Obliteratatron.
  • Nintendo Hard: There's a reason for the Mercy Mode listed under Anti-Frustration Features to appear...
  • No Damage Run: The final three missions, the "Alien "Auto"topsy" trilogy, each require you to deliver a barrel of waste to the alien ship's tractor beam. Since it's strapped to your bumper, you have to make the delivery without a single major impact to the car. While this might sound easy, you're on a time limit and two of the three missions throw the Black Alien Sports Car into the mix which you have to outrun on the first pass.
  • Not Quite Dead: 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. If you find a Golden Wrench nearby, though, you can restore it to new for free, otherwise you have to fork over 10 coins to restore any of the vehicles available from the phone booth.
  • Off Model: Marge and Lisa's 3D models lack eyelashes.
  • Optional Traffic Laws: 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 50 coins.
  • Orphaned Punchline: One is said by Kent Brockman during his newscast as Homer watches TV in level 1.
    Kent: ...leaving the famous bearded cartoon creator incarcerated in a Peruvian jail.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Many characters have variants of this.
    • Homer will occasionally say "Ow! My neck!", "Ow! My ass!", and "Ow! My head!".
    • Bart goes "Ow, my ovaries!", referencing a line from the show when he was faking being sick. He also says "Ow, my skull. My beautiful skull!" and "OWWW! My coccyx!"
    • Lisa says "Ow, my hair!"
    • Grandpa Abe says "Ow, my metal skull!"
    • Moe also says "Ow, my coccyx!" when being hit by a vehicle in Level 1.
    • Chief Wiggum and Marge say "Ow, my tushie!"
  • Potty Emergency: The third mission of Level 5 involves Apu rounding up diapers for the octuplets.
    Apu: Quickly, cover my incontinent children's tushies!
  • Potty Failure: The spinning newspaper at the beginning of Level 4 reports that Bart soiled himself when he was abducted by the aliens.
  • Pro Bono Barter: One of Homer's lines when calling for a different car. "Can you come and get me? I'll pay you in back rubs!"
  • Racing Minigame:
    • There are four in each level, three standard and one wager race. The first three are run by Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph.note  They often don't do a standard countdown. Ralph has to be the funniest. The wager race is run by Louie, and is repeatable.
    • The "Bonus Game" is based on slot car racing. Each track is unlocked by collecting all the collector cards in one level.
  • Reference Overdosed: What did you expect from a Simpsons game?
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Destroying the scenery and other cars gives coins... and adds to your heat meter. Doing this in the first level is the fastest way to earn coins after you've exhausted the wasp cameras, coin boxes and vending machines, which don't respawn.
    Bart: That's the stuff, psycho! And so it begins.
  • Room Full of Crazy: When driving around Evergreen Terrace during Level 7, a house at the end of the block is covered head-to-toe with scribblings of "NO TV AND NO BEER MAKE HOMER GO CRAZY", a clear reference to the first act of Treehouse of Horror V, in itself a reference to The Shining.
  • Sarcasm Mode: There are two known examples.
    • Milhouse will say a single sentence in this manner every so often when he is kicked by any of the characters in Levels 1-6.note 
      Milhouse: Oh, good. Another bully.
    • When a random adult man is hit by a vehicle, sometimes he will say "Thanks a lot, Mr. Break-My-Legs!"
  • Shout-Out: Attempt to get into Chief Wiggum's car while he's in the driver's seat and you'll get this:
    "What is this, Grand Theft Auto? Get outta there..."
  • Side Quest: There's one bonus mission in each chapter, which rewards you with a car, plus the collector cards that unlock a bonus movie of Itchy & Scratchy.
  • Sixth Ranger: Apu, the only playable character who's not part of the family.
  • Society Is to Blame: Another of Homer's excuses.
    Homer: I blame society.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: During "There's Something About Monty", a very pleasant, Land Of Chocolate-style song plays when Homer climbs up the wreckage to Mr. Burns' office, despite the Treehouse of Horror environment of level 7. The same song also plays during the end credits.
  • SpaceX: Space-ratings and space-viewers who watch their SPACE TV about the SPACE REALITY SHOW about EARTH ZOMBIES EATING EACH OTHER, provided by SPACE ALIENS Kang and Kodos.
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked by Comic Book Guy, in regards to the UFO and its tractor beam. Homer is quick to protest that it is in fact real, but Comic Book Guy sticks to his guns.
    Comic Book Guy The alien craft is using some sort of tractor beam to suck up trespassers to their doom. Worst. Effects. Ever.
    Homer But that's real!
    Comic Book Guy Worst. Effects. Ever.
  • Spies in a Van: See Van in Black.
  • Spinning Paper: One at the beginning of each level, which includes a main headline and an additional headline with accompanying images. The one for Level 1, for example, includes this:
  • Spring Jump: 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Milhouse. The second mission of Level 3 consists of him offering Lisa "leads" on Bart's whereabouts, only to somehow beat her to each destination.
    Lisa: Stop following me!
  • Stone Wall: The Armored Car has 5 in Toughness, making it the most durable vehicle in the game. However, it has a 1.5 in everything else, so it's very slow to move and slow to turn.
  • Tempting Fate:
    Kang: Well at least we don't have to sit through the stupid video game credits.
  • This Loser Is You: The characters' various comments after crashing into someone/something ("You're not a very good driver...", "What were you thinking?!", etc.) can be interpreted as Breaking the Fourth Wall and telling the player that they can't drive.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Homer, but lucky for you, he's just extremely stupid in non-lethal situations.
    • Something closer to the trope: Grandpa Abe, who is too senile to bail out of his Military Jeep, rigged with a miniature V-1 rocket and nuclear waste, when he and Homer blow up Kang and Kodos' ship.
      Abe: I smell tooooaaaassst!
  • Truman Show Plot: Those robot wasp cameras are filming everyone so Kang and Kodos can turn Springfield into an intergalactic reality show.
    Bart: I knew there was a simple explanation.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Level 3's "Clueless" can be rendered uncompletable. Normally, you have to talk to Milhouse at the Springfield Sign to complete the mission. If he gets knocked into the nearby water, he won't respawn, forcing the player to restart.
  • Van in Black: Mytsterious ones with roof-mounted satellites have begun to show up. Except they're only pizza vans.
    Homer: [moaning] Oh, I'm a class-5 idiot!
  • Vent Physics: Vents send you sailing into the air like a trampoline.
  • Wanted Meter: Every time you break stuff and abuse civilians/motorists this little meter goes up until police cars show up and dash to catch you. Getting caught means a 50 coin fine but you can hide in car-unreachable locations, go into accessible buildings, or simply outrun the police without causing further destruction to cool the meter off.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: 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.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Whenever you're hit by a wasp camera's electric blast. You simply lose five coins as there's no health to lose.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Level 7 of the game has zombies wandering around due to Kang and Kodos's evil Buzz Cola.

Alternative Title(s): The Simpsons Hit And Run

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