The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001 Video Game)
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The gameplay is very simple. If GTA: Vice City is the Lego Technic of road rage games then Simpsons: Road Rage is, without a doubt the Lego Duplo. It is SOOO aimed at kids. No one over the age of 13 will be particularly impressed with this. It's just far to 'safe'. The Simpsons TV show is full of satirical humor and intelligence but this game is just a cheap spin-off aimed at a much younger audience.
Basically Crazy Taxi set in the world of The Simpsons, this game sees you able to play as one of several different characters driving round several well known locations from the series, picking up characters and getting them to their destination as quickly as possible before your time runs out. The controls are very easy to get to grips with and the cars are easy to drive. The problem with the game is that it doesn't really go anywhere. After a few days it has little new to play for except unlocking the next character or area.
Because each game is only ever a few minutes long it becomes fun while it lasts but doesn't feel like a longer game. The best part is not the game play but the real feel of the Simpsons it has to it. The animation is good and the opening cartoon manages to capture the sense of humour of the series. Better than this are the voices and dialogue of the characters during the game, although this too gets a bit repetitive after while.
Overall this is a god rent for most people as it is picked up easily and fun to play for a short time. Big Simpsons fans might want to own it but for the most part it is a little too shallow to justify buying. Fun to pick up and play though.
Characters- Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, the whole enchilada of characters from classic animated show The Simpsons
Plot- Basically Crazy Taxi, Simpsons style.
Animation- Good for 2001, not that special looking for today's standards.
Sound- Average. Not bad, not good.
If you like The Simpsons and/or Crazy Taxi, definitely play this game. You will most certainly like it. Otherwise, give it a whirl if you can find it cheap, but other than that don't play it.
8.5/10 or: B