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The Simpsons Road Rage
PAL region GameCube cover art
PAL region GameCube cover art
Developer(s) Radical Entertainment, Altron
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts, THQ
Engine Crazy Taxi
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
NA November 24, 2001
PAL November 30, 2001
Xbox
NA December 1, 2001
PAL March 22, 2002
GameCube
NA December 17, 2001
PAL May 17, 2002
Game Boy Advance
PAL June 27, 2003
NA June 30, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: T, E (GBA)
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+ (GBA)[1]
Media DVD-DL
Nintendo optical disc
Input methods Gamepad

The Simpsons Road Rage is a 2001 video game based on the animated television series The Simpsons, and it is part of a series of games based on the show. The Simpsons Road Rage stars Bart, Homer, Lisa, and Marge, as well as Mr. Burns and over 25 other characters from the show. The game has often been criticized for having too many similarities to Sega's Crazy Taxi.[citation needed]

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Story

Mr. Burns has bought all transit systems in Springfield and has begun to create radioactive busses that threaten the public health, so the citizens of Springfield must use their own cars as a means of safer public transport and earn money in a an attempt to pay back Burns to get rid of the Radioactive busses and return the town back to (almost) normal.

Krusty the Clown in the Springfield Mountains

The citizens of the city (managed by the game player) must earn money by driving cars around town in order to regain control of the transit systems. The game contains 17 different drivable/collectable vehicles, 6 starting locations (5 of which are unlockable), and 10 different missions. In order to collect the vehicles and unlock starting locations, players must earn progressively more money for each vehicle or starting location they want to get. In order to complete missions, players must do certain things (such as knocking down 12 baseball team mascots in 45 seconds or running into Gils within a time limit).

To earn money, players must drive around a vehicle for a given amount of time, picking up passengers and taking them to their destinations. Any of the vehicles that the player has collected can be used as taxis. Players have to avoid certain hurdles, such as other vehicles that spin out of control, rocks, flying street objects, Burns's car, Mr. Burns's nuclear transit buses, and houses on difficult curves.

Playable characters

Controversy

In 2003, Sega filed a lawsuit against Fox Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Radical Entertainment.[2] Sega claimed that the game was a patent infringement of Crazy Taxi. The case, Sega of America, Inc. v. Fox Interactive, et al., was settled in private for an undisclosed amount.[3]

Reception

The game received generally moderate reviews. IGN gave Road Rage a 5.1 saying it was "a very average videogame", but felt it was "unrewarding".[4]

GameSpot gives the GameCube version 6.2 citing "While it's better than the poor GameCube port of the original Crazy Taxi, ultimately, the only saving grace Road Rage has is that it's a Simpsons game".[citation needed]

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