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-->'''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 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 seven chapter long story mode (In order: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, Apu, Bart and then Homer), 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 ''WesternAnimation/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.

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!]]

!!This video game contains examples of:
* AbandonShip: Your character will dive out of a car that is about to explode.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Homer (and to a lesser extent, Apu), like the other playable characters, can do double jumps and run indefinitely. They'll complain about the workout, but that's it.
* ActionMom: Marge
* 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.
* TheAllegedCar: Comic Book Guy's Kremlin, which is a slovenly piece of junk filled with empty pizza boxes, comics, and other nerd crap.
** 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: Fail a mission five times and the game allows you to skip it, except for the final mission.
** Typically, some of the [[AwesomeMusic best music in the game]] plays during some of the most frustrating missions. 'Never Trust A Snake' is a good example.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Snake was taken prisoner when Wiggum could prove that he committed 3 crimes. Strike 1: counterfeit designer jeans, the foulest of all crimes. Strike 2: running over an elderly person without a licence. And strike 3: littering.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The rocket car in Level 1 is extremely fast... but is barely controllable and is extremely fragile. You'll total it in one hit.
* 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 2 levels. Level 7 is the same map as Levels 1 and 4 except with a Halloween makeover and a BrokenBridge, that prevents access to Mr. Burns' Mansion and the Stonecutters' tunnel.[[note]]They are not even programmed into the game.[[/note]]
** Both the first and last levels are played as Homer.
* BrickJoke:
** The SpinningPaper for Level 1 headlines Homer ruining a hot dog-eating contest. In the ending, Homer initially thinks his actions [[spoiler:in saving Springfield from Kang and Kodos]] were all part of a bad dream from eating too many raw hot dogs.
** 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.
* 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.
* CassandraTruth: Trying to find Bart, Lisa asks everyone about him. Prof. Frink tells her that Bart helped him to build the Truck-saurus, and then vanished in a bright light. Lisa dismisses it as pure nonsense.
* 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) Tell you what, you're a bad little boy.
* CompetitiveBalance: 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 Levels 2 and 4-7) comes the closest to being universally viable, but it isn't available until near the end of the game.
* 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.
* ContinuityPorn: That is putting it gently. The game could be called "The Simpsons; We Cram As Many Jokes From The Show In As Possible."
** Nevermind cars featured prominently in the show like Moe's Sedan or Snake's Lil Bandit, one-off cars like the Book-Burning Mobile and 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 vehicle 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.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: [[spoiler:Kang and Kodos]]' heavenly punishment for being behind the evil plot? [[spoiler:Sit through the credits.]]
* CoolCar: The Car [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin Built for Homer]], Homer's 70's sports car, a Rocket Car, an 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.
** 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.
* CreditsGag: See {{MST}}.
* CropCircles: Which match the design on *GASP* Buzz Cola. Or Bart. Depends on the level.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: See EveryCarIsAPinto.
* DayInTheLife: 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.
* 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 ''advertised as a selling point of the game''.
--> ''Save Springfield. By car. By foot. By the seat of your pants.''
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: 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!
* 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.
* DramaticIrony: In the sixth mission of Level 1, you have to destroy all the copies of "[[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even a hardened criminals like [[AffablyEvil Snake]] can genuinely take offense to threatened profanity and "bird-flipping".
* 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.
* EvilLaugh: ''Lisa'' of all people breaks out a nice one sometimes after she's driven through and/or destroyed something.
* FacePalm: Apu does this when Bart [[spoiler: doesn't see the need to stop Kang and Kodos giving cola-maddened citizens laser guns]].
* {{Filler}}: Aside from explaining how Bart [[spoiler:is kidnapped]], 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.
* FragileSpeedster: 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 get the Open-Wheel Race Car, which has 5 in Speed, Acceleration, and Handling, but only a 1 in Toughness. It has the handling to avoid hitting things that often, and it needs it.
* FreudianExcuse: One of Homer's excuses for kicking people. "[[RefugeInAudacity An older boy told me to do it."]]
* FlyingSaucer: The three 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).
* HummerDinger: Marge can drive the Canyonero.
* HypocriticalHumour:
** Comic Book Guy is guilty of this after Lisa helps him in the first mission of Level 3.
-->'''CBG:''' 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.
** Homer does the same thing when wrecking something with the vehicle he is in.
-->'''Homer:''' Tck tck tck. Reckless driving is my pet peeve.
* ImStandingRightHere: 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.
* InvulnerableCivilians: You run them over, but they don't die.
* {{Jaccuse}}!... sir.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Kang and Kodos. Professor Frink, Snake, and Grampa Abe may have died as well, as it's not explicitly stated whether they got out of the car 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.]]
* KlatchianCoffee: Buzz Cola. [[spoiler: Kang And Kodos tailored it to send humans crazy upon consuming it, and thus get good material for ''Foolish Earthlings''.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Referenced in one of Homer's quotes, usually when his vehicle is destroyed or he's busted by the cops, "Lousy karmic retribution!"
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: The TropeNamer itself has Louie running wager races. It's 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 [[TheSeventies '70s]] cop shows, Apu has several Indian-sounding themes, and Professor Frink has a theme reminiscent of Music/DannyElfman's compositions. 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.
* 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: Mr. Burns' limo, which is second to none in all-around stats at 4/4.5/3/4.5. Its only shortcoming is its mediocre toughness, but it can still take hits better than some of the faster cars. Not far behind is Snake's Lil Bandit, at 4.5/4/2/4.5, which is much easier to total.
* LongSongShortScene: 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 played through once.
* LoopholeAbuse: 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.
* MayContainEvil: The new Buzz Cola. However, Krusty mentions that this one doesn't contain any poisons.[[note]]'''Announcer:''' That we know of.[[/note]].
* MediumAwareness: While narrating a flashback, Grampa 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 losing a race, mission, or if rammed by a pursuing cop car.
* MightyGlacier: Some of the larger vehicles, like Barney's Plow King truck, are terribly slow but have high health to compensate.
* MistakenConfession: 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.
* MoneySpider: The Wasp Cameras all drop a nice sum of coins when destroyed.
* {{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 at the start of Level 6.
--> '''Apu:''' Up down up down! Go hotdog! Butter my under-shirt! Blablabla!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Apu's monster truck is called the ''Obliteratatron''.
* 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. 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.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: It lets you drive backwards on the bonus courses. You also get a Krusty-Brand Seal of Approval on the (progress) Scrap Book.
* 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 50 coins.
* OrphanedPunchline: One is said by Kent Brockman during his newscast as Homer watches TV in level 1.
-->'''Kent:''' "...leaving the [[Creator/MattGroening famous bearded cartoon creator]] incarcerated in a Peruvian jail."
* OwMyBodyPart: 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!"
** Grampa Abe says "Ow, my metal skull!"
** Moe sometimes says "Ow, my coccyx!" when being hit by a vehicle in Level 1.
** Chief Wiggum says "Ow, my tushie!"
* PottyEmergency: The third mission of Level 5 involves Apu rounding up diapers for the octuplets.
-->'''Apu:''' Quickly, cover my incontinent children's tushies!
* PottyFailure: The spinning newspaper at the beginning of Level 4 reports that Bart soiled himself when he was abducted by the aliens.
* 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: There are 4 in each level, 3 of them run by Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph.[[note]]Except for Level 7, where they are run by zombies.[[/note]] They often don't do a standard countdown. [[TheDitz Ralph]] has to be the funniest. The fourth one is the wager race run by Louie.
* ReferenceOverdosed: What did you expect from a Simpsons game?
* RewardingVandalism: Destroying the scenery gives coins... and adds to your heat meter.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: 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 ''Film/TheShining''.
* SarcasmMode: There are 2 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]]He doesn't appear in Level 7.[[/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!"
* SideQuest: 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.
* SixthRanger: Apu, the only playable character who's not part of the family.
* SocietyIsToBlame: Another of Homer's excuses.
-->'''Homer:''' I blame society.
* SpaceX: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* 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 Level 1, for example, includes this:
--> ''Study: [[JustifiedTutorial 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. The second mission of Level 3 consists of him offering Lisa "leads" on Bart's whereabouts, only to somehow [[TookAShortcut beat her to each destination.]]
-->'''Lisa:''' Stop following me!
* StoneWall: 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.
* TemptingFate:
-->'''[[spoiler: Kang:]]''' "Well at least we don't have to sit through the stupid videogame credits."
* ThisLoserIsYou: 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 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 Abe, who is too senile to bail out of his Military Jeep, rigged with a rocket and nuclear waste, when he and Homer blow up Kang and Kodos' ship.]]
--->'''[[spoiler: Abe:]]''' 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.]]
-->'''Homer:''' ''[moaning]'' Oh, I'm a class-5 idiot!
* 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 coin 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.
* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: Level 7 of the game has zombies wandering around due to Kang and Kodos's evil Buzz Cola soda.]]
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