|The Simpsons Road Rage||
The Simpsons Road Rage is a video game made by EA and released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. A Game Boy Advance version was published by THQ and developed by Altron co. in 2003. According to GameSpot, who gave the game a 6 out of 10 scores, "The only saving grace Road Rage has is that it's a Simpsons game." The game also gained some controversy when video game company SEGA sued the creators of the game due to all of its similarity to the SEGA game Crazy Taxi. The case was settled privately between the companies before going to court. After, all further copies of the game on all systems were stopped as SEGA won the lawsuit against EA.
In the US, the console version of the game is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for "mild language," "suggestive themes," and "violence," while the Game Boy Advance version is rated E (Everyone) for "violence."
Mr. Burns has bought and converted the Springfield buses to nuclear-power, however, the now radioactive buses are wreaking havoc on the streets of Springfield. To save their city, the citizens of Springfield must raise a million dollars in order to buy the buses back, and they do so by banding together and taxiing people around the city to their destinations. In the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox versions, after collecting them, Mr. Burns, after calling them out for their civil disobedience, nonetheless gives them back the transit system before ominously warning them that he'll be back before sending the player down a trap door. Also, in the GameCube and Xbox versions, it is revealed that Kang and Kodos are actually playing this game. Kang gets tired of it, and Kodos inserts a version of Pong, known as the "ultimate game". The two laugh while they play the game as their spaceship flies off. The credits feature Comic Book Guy, in his usual manners, critiquing each name in the credit. In the GBA version, Homer instead walks to the public transit system headquarters to meet with Mr. Burns, with a crane in tow carrying a massive bag containing a million dollars to buy back the system, with Homer walking away with Mr. Burns only being able to watch out of shock. Homer then returns to his house where his family is waiting for them, and informs them that they succeeded in buying the transit system back from Mr. Burns, although after brief showing off and celebrations, Homer, exhausted from the ordeal, collapses to the ground and falls asleep on the pavement. The credits then show Homer and Marge dancing before Homer proceeded to wig out as the curtains close.
On an ordinary day at 742 Evergreen Terrace, Bart is playing a video game. Homer then blocks the TV, telling Bart to quit playing "those stupid video games" because he wants to watch TV. Bart begrudgingly obeys, and Homer then turns the channel to a news feed towards City Hall as the family is coming in. Kent Brockman addresses that they're live in front of City Hall where "joyless plutocrat" Charles Montgomery Burns is announcing his new lines of nuclear-powered buses. Burns then announces the Burns Atomic Mega-bus, which he claims to be "faster, cheaper, and completely safe!". However, Hans Moleman, who had presumably disembarked the bus, begs that someone kill him as he twitches and is imbued with a radioactive glow. Marge then expresses her pity and wishes that Hans be put out of his misery. Lisa mentions that the buses are a threat to public health. Upon hearing those words, Homer gets the idea to make his own taxi service. After painting the side of his car with the words "Homer 4 Hire," Homer asks what they think of it, but Bart impatiently tells Homer to "get to the game already." Homer then speeds off, breaking his mailbox in the process.
There are 6 playable districts. One is unlocked from the start (Evergreen Terrace), the other five you need to unlock. These worlds are:
- Evergreen Terrace
- Entertainment District
- Springfield Dam
- Nuclear Power Plant
- Springfield Mountains
There are 17 main characters &, with 4 bonus holiday characters, You can also play as Smithers who drives Mr. Burns Limousine with cheat codes. Also, you can enter a code to drive a red brick car. Only 5 are available from the start (Homer and the Pink Sedan, Bart and the Honor Roller, Marge and her Canyonero, Lisa‘s Electaurus, and Grampa’s Shriners Cart). All other characters must be unlocked through Road Rage. The log from "Lisa the tree hugger" can be played through a promotion. It uses itself as a vehicle.
List of Characters
- Homer (Voiced by Dan Castellaneta) - Family Sedan, The Homer, and Mr. Plow, Red Brick Car
- Marge (Voiced by Julie Kavner) - Canyonero. License plate says: "Mommy". Also has a bumper sticker that says "One Less Bike"
- Bart (Voiced by Nancy Cartwright) - Honor Roller
- Lisa (Voiced by Yeardley Smith) - Electaurus
- Grampa (Voiced by Dan Castellaneta) - Shriners Cart. License plate says "TONIC"
- Willie (Voiced by Dan Castellaneta) - Tractor
- Otto (Voiced by Harry Shearer) - School Bus. On the back of the bus it reads "Stop When Red Lights Flash Dude".
- Barney (Voiced by Dan Castellaneta) - Plow King
- Reverend Lovejoy (Voiced by Harry Shearer) - Book Burning Mobile
- Snake (Voiced by Hank Azaria) - Lil' Bandit. Inside the dash of his car is a sticker that reads "FTW", an acronym meaning either "For The Win" or "F*** The World" (although it’s most likely the latter, considering that he is a criminal who deviates against society after all.)
- Chief Wiggum (Voiced by Hank Azaria) - Police Car. License plate reads "331-991" His bumper sticker reads, "Can't We All Just Get Along?"
- Flanders (Voiced by Harry Shearer) - Station Wagon. License plate reads "Jhn143" (A clever easter egg given the game is about picking up people)
- Krusty the Clown (Voiced by Dan Castellaneta) - Klown-Kar. His bumper sticker reads, "I brake for condors."
- Apu (Voiced by Hank Azaria) - Longhorn. The character select screen however simply calls it "Sports Car"
- Professor Frink (Voiced by Hank Azaria) - Hover Car. License plate reads "E=MC2"
- Moe (Voiced by Hank Azaria) - Sedan
- Smithers (who is mute) - Mr. Burns Limousine. Has a bumper sticker that says "Eat The Poor". License plate reads "666=LUV"
At one point in development, Principal Skinner, Jasper and Hans Moleman were playable drivers, but were scrapped before the game's release.
A cheat code allows bonus characters to be unlocked. If the player plays the game on a holiday, a special character/vehicle will be available for that day. These special characters are:
- Halloween Bart
- Thanksgiving Marge
- Christmas Apu
- New Year's Krusty
The game also features ten bonus missions that can be completed. Successful completion of the last mission unlocks another car for Homer, ironically The Car Built For Homer.
In addition to these Bonus Missions, there is also Road Rage mode, where you earn money to unlock characters and levels. In Road Rage mode sometimes objectives pop-up like AVOID ALL CARS: where you avoid hitting 3 cars. There is also DESTORY ALL OBJECTS where you have to hit a set number of objects on the trip, Knocking cars into objects count as destroyed object.
Getting to know the layout of the map is beneficial. The Pointing Finger doesn't always guide you the fastest route. Once you familiarize yourself with a map and know who-goes-where. When you approach a destination try to stop in front of the next passenger if one is nearby. This reduces the time spent driving up to one. An added bonus is knowing where they want to go and turn your car that way before you pick them up. For example in the Entertainment District, driving Skinner to the Box Factory. The Box Factory is at the end of the map, there is a barrier preventing you going further. The Passengers waiting to be picked up outside the Box Factory will want to go somewhere else. In order to maximize time, a 180° spin will do the trick. Experienced players will know who wants to go where. Make sure you aim your car efficiently!