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The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror
The Simpsons Road Rage
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The Simpsons Road Rage is a video game made by EA and released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. According to GameSpot, who gave the game a 6 out of 10 score, "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."

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary

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 embued 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.

Districts

There are 6 playable districts. One is unlocked from the start (Evergreen Terrace), the other five you need to unlock. These worlds are:

Characters

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 Family Sedan, Bart Honor Roller, Marge Canyonero, Lisa Electaurus, and Grampa Shriners Cart). All other characters must be unlocked though Road Rage. The log from "Lisa the tree hugger" can be played through a promotion. It uses itself as a vehicle.

List of Characters

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

In an Xbox beta build, there were more characters. Skinner, for example, wasn't just a passenger, he could also be a driver. This was scrapped before final release.

Bonus Missions

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 Bulit For Homer.

Gallery

Cars Demo Images

Driving

Homer, Pink Sedan