Many popular television shows go on to develop a video game, allowing fans to step into the story. Radical Entertainment has teamed up with a host of publishers and distributors (Sierra Entertainment, Vivendi Universal Games, Gracie Films, and Fox Interactive) to bring the Simpson’s a game – The Simpsons: Hit and Run.
Something’s up in Springfield, and even the normally unobservant Homer has notoiced a series of mysterious events. There seems to be a lot more surveillance than normal, and people are all being encouraged to take on a new flavor of Buzz cola that doesn’t seem all that great… yet seems to be affecting the town somehow… The only ones who don’t seem affected are the Simpsons themselves and shop keeper Apu, and they’ll have to work together if they want to figure out what’s going on.
Gameplay is divided into seven different levels, each with its own objective that will somehow advance the plot. Each level has a different character to control (one of the Simpsons or Apu), and a tiny version of the Springfield universe. Players can move throughout the levels relatively freely, running around or taking one of the abandoned cars to get to the missions. The missions seem conceptually similar to other open world destruction games, the Simpsons generally have to race to clues, pick them up, and not let any other opponent take them out in the meantime.
The graphics and soundtrack are both excellently done, in large part because they actually worked with the show’s writers and developers to make them. Fans won’t have to listen to anyone but the real Homer and Marg, in all their yellow glory.
The Simpsons: Hit and Run has been largely well received by fans of the series. A fun game with an interesting plot and the favorite Simpson family? Why not?