In The Simpsons Hit & Run, your goal is to complete various missions and uncover the truth behind what is really going on in Springfield.
But before you can do that, you should understand a few things about the game.
Here are all the elements of the main screen and what they are for.
- Hit and Run meter: The more you hit things, the more this meter goes up. If it reaches three quarters full the meter will flash red and a warning tone will sound, alerting you that the police are paying attention to your deeds. If the meter fills all the way, a "Hit and Run" will occur, and the police will come after you in full force. If you're caught by the police, you'll be fined. To make the meter go down, stop hitting things. Going into a building will run the meter down quickly, and switching cars will completely reset the meter.
- Radar: This shows your current location. If you're in the middle of a mission, the radar will show you where your next goal is in relation to you. Arrows will also appear on the road indicating which way you should drive. If the arrows are green, you're on the right track. If they turn red, turn around.
- Current Goal: This icon shows you what your next goal is, whether it be to talk to a person, destroy a vehicle, or collect an item.
- Your Car: Your vehicle. You can get into a vehicle by walking up to it and pressing the Action button. You can also exit a vehicle in the same way.
- Exclamation Point: If you need to talk to a person, this will indicate who to talk to.
- Your Character: That's you.
To jump, press your Jump button. You can jump again in mid-air by pressing Jump again. You will need to master this technique to get to various areas on foot where your car can't take you.
Use the Attack button to kick something. You can kick Buzz Cola crates, wasp cameras, props, or even other people.
To perform a damaging ground-pound attack, perform a double jump and then press the Attack button. Your character will slam into the ground with a force powerful enough to completely destroy a Buzz Cola vending machine.
You also have an E-Brake, which actually isn't very useful for braking. Rather, you should use the E-Brake to make controlled powerslide turns. Mastering this technique is crucial for some races and missions. Practice early on with the Family Sedan so you'll be ready when the time comes.
If you get your car stuck, use the Reset Car button to warp yourself back to the road. The Reset Car button also comes in handy as an emergency escape button -- if you're about to wreck a weak vehicle, quickly hit the Reset Car button and you'll appear in the street, safe and sound.
- For more details on levels, see The Simpsons Hit & Run/Level Basics.
Each level has a lot of stuff you can do in them, but there are many elements that you need to be aware of if you want to do well or if you're going for 100% completion.