The longest-running television series The Simpsons in virtual form has had several different attempts to impose itself on players with its charm. The Simpsons once had a game of wrestling, a game of bowling, and even a game of skating. But after dozens of attempts, they got their best game in the title The Simpsons: Hit & Run, which came out on this day in 2003.
The game was produced by Radical Entertainment (creators of the Prototype series), and they did not hide their role model during the production. They wanted to make a game that would compete with Grand Theft Auto 3. Since they took the project seriously, they hired the creators of the series for it, as well as the cast from it.
The game had seven missions in which we played with one specific character each. Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Apu (a racially diverse lineup) were available. The missions were mostly related to driving in a semi-open world. The players could have performed some kind of craziness, but the punishment would have come in the form of a police chase.
By making fun of the GTA series, the Simpsons got the most fun game to date, and such success failed to repeat itself even fifteen years later. The game has sold more than three million copies in PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions, but has unfortunately fallen into oblivion since then. Today, it is no longer on sale, and it did not receive sequels and remasters, which is why players often mention it as an ideal candidate for remastering.