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  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack could count. Let's list them since there's a lot of space on this page.
    • "Evergreen Terror", Level 7's driving theme. The Beetlejuice-esque music fits very well with the Halloween zombie invasion theme.
    • "Otto's theme", which plays on both missions involving his school bus ("Operation Hellfish" and "Going to the 'Lu").
    • "The Comic Book Guy's Theme", obviously a Suspiciously Similar Song of the Star Trek: TOS fight music.
    • Who could forget "Hit & Run!", the theme that plays when the Wanted Meter fills up and the cops start chasing you?
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    • Any of the rock tracks that startup. With Bart, that's expected. But with unexpected characters like Marge, Lisa and Apu, you know they're getting serious.
      • Special mention goes to "Five Life Sentences... Of Community Service", which makes up for the missions "Never Trust a Snake" and "Set To Kill" being really difficult.
    • The epic 70's/80's cop show-esque "Wolves Stole My Pills!", which plays during the mission of the same name.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Level 2's bonus mission "Dial B for Blood", which involves Bart going up to random people and asks them for blood.
  • Crazy Awesome: Some of the vehicles, such as Apu's Obliteratatron Monster Truck and the RC Buggy.
  • Ear Worm: "Heavy Drinker", the music from the missions "Monkey See, Monkey D'oh" and "The Cola Wars" is insanely catchy.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • The physics of this game can be either downright insane or completely random. Imagine this when it can even be applied to hitting a random object for coins and/or a pedestrian (as shown here). Here's even another vehicle-based example.
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    • It's also possible for the wasp cameras to accidentally shoot at any NPC's; akin to them getting run over by cars, they'll get sent flying in the usual "flailing around" state just like when you attack them yourself. Unlike getting them run over by cars of any sort though, it's possible to have the said wasp cameras instead, shoot at any notable character (player or NPC) who happens to be driving a car for you, making them fly out of the car, but still having their supposed person inside driving it (thus their voice clips when driving and/or entering the car from their side will still play like normal).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Remember the South Park gag "Simpsons did it!" By the time you get to the game's final levels it turns out the plot is remarkably similar to an episode of South Park, namely that Earth is being recorded by aliens to sell as a reality show to the galaxy. The really funny part is that the South Park episode came in March 2003; Hit & Run came out in September. And for extra irony, the "Simpsons did it!" episode came out just the previous year; one must wonder if the producers of the two shows planned this out for the timing to be so perfect.
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    • One of the missions in level 3 is called "Bonfire of the Manatees". A mere couple of years later, the show itself would get an episode with that very name.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Characters complaining while running can quickly turn into this.
    • NPC Drivers bitching at the characters when they get in the way. Would fall into Hypocritical Humor if it weren't so commonplace. It doesn't help that this remains unchanged in Level 7 while at least the pedestrians have been replaced by zombies.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • One of the gags Homer can perform in his first level is to trigger a meltdown at his office in the nuclear power plant. After doing so, a skeleton floats up in the radioactive waste. Marge can do the same in the fourth level.
    • The majority of the last level counts. They chose to base it off the Treehouse Of Horror series since the cola was potent enough to wake the dead.
    • The whole plotline of the new Buzz Cola. At the beginning of the game, it starts off only being released, but Krusty mentioning that the product has "a special ingredient too hot for the FDA" and "isn't poisonous to anybody" already sounds suspicious enough. Then, in Level 4, Bart mentions it was the thing given to him on the "alien spaceshift" after snapping out of his trance, and it's only time until we discover it's Kang and Kodos' Gargle Blaster intended to wipe out the human race as part of an attempt to increase their show's ratings, and they eventually dump it into the water supply to cause a zombie outbreak to make their ratings rise even after their lasers fail.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: A shining example. Though some of the missions are rather difficult, the voice actors are right from the cartoon and are still funny in their roles, the story is ridiculously enjoyable (emphasis on ridiculous), and so much Continuity Porn that any diehard fan will go nuts over it.
  • Padding: The "Full Metal Jackass" mission in level 6 is considered completely pointless: after stealing a ray gun from the Duff blimp, Bart's on his way to show it to Krusty... only to suddenly, for no real reason, run into Principal Skinner and attempt to persuade him to help stop the aliens. Skinner promptly confiscates the gun, forcing Bart to destroy Skinner's car to get it back. Said mission has no impact on the story whatsoever.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The "black sedans" and the Wasp Cameras.
  • Polished Port: The Xbox version is considered to have the best control possible due to the driving speed being completely controllable on the level of how hard or light you pull on the right trigger, making for a very smooth driving experience.
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  • That One Level:
    • The final three missions, "Alien "Auto"topsy Parts I", "II" and "III", which force you to drive perfectly and avoid so much as lightly hitting anything if you don't want to knock off the extremely sensitive barrel of nuclear waste strapped to your fender. Worse still is that since the timers become progressively more restrictive with each level, major crashes from either the traffic, the chase sequences or other obstacles will absolutely cause you to fail if you can't outrun/avoid them on the first pass. Each level ups the ante in regards to difficulty:
      • "Part I" is the easiest, being practically identical to the third mission Pocket Protectors; it asks you to simply drive from the powerplant to the playground, except it allows you to use a vehicle of your choice instead of being forced to use Frink's Hovercar.
      • "Part II" essentially combines the previous two missions together, requiring you to drive to the Power Plant to pick up the waste (avoiding the Black Alien Sports Car in Evergreen Terrace) before driving back to Springfield Elementary to drop it off. While you are forced into using a specific vehicle for the level, the vehicle in question is Snake's Lil' Bandit, which has strong speed, acceleration and handling but poor toughness (which technically doesn't factor in that much when the whole point of the mission is to not hit anything).
      • "Part III", however, really takes the cake. While the mission is practically identical to Part II (with the only changes being further restricted time limits, a race with the Black Alien Sports Car to the Power Plant and another evasion section with it on your way back through Evergreen Terrace), the real problem stems from two major issues:
      • The first is the vehicle you are forced to use for the mission: The WWII Vehicle w/ Rocket. Browsing through the in-game files shows that the vehicle's stats are practically identical to the regular version... aside from the Speed and Acceleration, which have been massively boosted from 1.5 to 5 stars. Since nothing else has been changed, this vehicle is extremely hard to control thanks to the paltry 3-star handling, making the mission much more difficult than it needs to be. This video really shows how much of an impact the WWII Vehicle w/ Rocket has on the mission's difficulty... by completing the mission using The Family Sedan!
      • The second, as explained in the above video's description, is the poor mission scripting after the Evade portion with the Black Alien Sports Car; once the car has been successfully evaded, you only have 30 seconds to drive to the school playground. This time limit does not adapt to your position in the level, meaning that if you lose the car beyond a certain distance away from the school, you 'will' be timed out and forced to restart the mission. That's right, You are punished for doing too well.
    • Also of notable mention is "Set To Kill", the penultimate mission of the sixth level. It takes some very skilful driving and knowledge of the map to hit all of the awkwardly-placed laser gun stands with even a few seconds left on the clock, and also a fair amount of luck when you factor in traffic (if you're not careful, the cops will be onto you and will delay you even further). The trip back to Krustylu is even worse, giving you only fifty seconds to get there from the opposite side of the map. You need to go flat-out and pray to God you don't suffer any major hold-ups, otherwise, you're guaranteed to not make it. Even with the Globex Super Villain Car, it's damned tough. At least it's backed by the same very awesome rock track noted above, arguably one of the best in the game. So if you keep failing, it also means to get plenty of time to listen to music!
      • In a prototype that was compiled very close to the game's release, the 50 second time limit isn't present. This indicates that the time constraint was a last-minute addition, which certainly explains why it is only just doable.
    • "Never Trust A Snake", from the fifth level. Simply put, you will not get it on the first try. The main problem is that, in the second part of the mission where you're collecting trash on foot, the time you have left after doing it becomes the time you have to get back to the DMV (a pretty substantial distance away). Which is very jarring, since usually a whole new timer is given for getting to the final destination. The second time around, you can get it without significant hassle if you plan your route carefully, but it still takes some shortcut use on the expressway.
    • "Kwik Cash", the level that comes after "Never Trust a Snake". Your mission is to destroy an Armoured Car... with Snake's Li'l Bandit. Fortunately, the only time limits you're given are to go to the Googolplex and escape Chief Wiggum twice (first at the end of the freeway and the last at the Snake's Hideout). There's no time limit to destroy the armored car because it takes forever to destroy the toughest vehicle in the game with a sports carnote .
      • The mission was originally going to be a lot worse. By editing the main file for the mission, a 3:00 timer to destroy the armoured car can be re-enabled.
    • "Monkey See Monkey D'oh", the sixth mission of Level 2. You have to collect 30 monkeys for Dr Nick and then get back to him within a time limit. The problem with this is that they give you just enough time to get all the monkeys and get to the goal. If you get them all but fail to make it back to Dr. Nick in time, you have to start the whole thing over again. At least the music for it is pretty catchy, but that does little to alleviate anything when it's all you'll be hearing for a while.
  • That One Sidequest: Every race in the game (see The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard on the main page), but the early levels, alongside levels 4 and 6, are the worst.


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