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The Simpsons Hit and Run (2003) is an adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.

The Simpson family and their friend Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, start noticing strange things in Springfield; security cameras, mysterious vans, crop circles, and a "new and improved" flavour of the popular soft drink Buzz Cola that causes insanity. Taking matters into their own hands, they discover numerous shocking secrets and soon realise these incidents are part of a larger alien conspiracy, caused by Kang and Kodos.

Play focuses on exploration of the large sandbox representation of Springfield and completing missions. You race enemies and interact with characters on quests. The story branches to some extent and there are multiple sidequests.

Through the seven levels, you control a different character: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Apu. You can explore on foot or jump into cars to drive or grab a lift. When you need to you can attack aliens. Driving is a big focus of the game with many driving missions. You have to be careful not to drive too badly otherwise you get chased by the police.

It is often considered to be the best Simpsons tie-in game and has a cult following, with over 3 million copies sold.
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  • The Simpsons (1991) Arcade game
  • Bart's House of Weirdness (1991) on PC
  • Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly (1991) on Game Boy
  • Bart vs. the World (1991) on Game Gear and Master System
  • Bart vs. the Juggernauts (1992) on Game Boy
  • Bartman Meets Radioactive Man (1992) on NES, Game Gear
  • Bart's Nightmare (1992) on Super NES and Genesis
  • Krusty's Fun House (1992) on Game Boy, NES, Super NES, Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, PC
  • Bart & the Beanstalk (1994) on Game Boy
  • Virtual Bart (1994) on Super NES, Genesis
  • The Simpsons Bowling (2000) Arcade
  • Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror (2001) on GB Color
  • The Simpsons Wrestling (2001) on PlayStation
  • The Simpsons Road Rage (2001) on Xbox, GameCube, and PS2 and ported to Gameboy Advance
  • The Simpsons Skateboarding (2002) on PS2
  • The Simpsons Hit & Run (2003) on PC, Xbox, GameCube, PS2
  • The Simpsons Game (2007) on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, PS2, PS3, PSP
  • The Simpsons Arcade (2009) on iOS
  • The Simpsons Tapped Out (2012) on iOS and Android
  • Lego Dimensions: The Simpsons (2018) expansion on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

Simpsons Hit and Run can only be played on PC, original Xbox, PlayStation 2 or GameCube (which is supported on the Wii).

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Simpsons Hit and Run 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Race and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


You can only play this on older systems (GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and Xbox) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/11/2003

Out Now: GameCube, PS2, Wii and Xbox

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Race and Traversal)

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Radical Ent (@Radical_Ent)

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