|The Jumping Ground: Hit & Run|
|Developer(s)|| THQ Studio Australia |
Heavy Iron Studios
|Distributor(s)|| Cartoon Network Interactive |
Alliance Atlantis Communications
Codename 62 Productions Pty Ltd
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube|
| NA: October 13, 2004 |
EU: November 11, 2004
AUS: December 22, 2004
JP: December 29, 2004 (Xbox)
|Genre(s)||Action, Adventure, Open-world, GTA clone|
|Series||The Jumping Ground|
The Jumping Ground: Hit & Run is an action-adventure video game based on the New Zealand-made animated sitcom The Jumping Ground, developed by THQ Studio Australia and Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ. It was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube in 2004. The game was an Xbox exclusive in Japan. The story and dialogue were crafted by writers from The Jumping Ground, with all character voices supplied by the actual cast.
The game follows the Stamford Gate student body, who witness many strange incidents that occur in Pencaster: security cameras, mysterious vans, crop circles, and a "new and improved" flavor of the popular soft drink Buzz Cola (which causes insanity). When the kids takes matters into their own hands, they discover numerous shocking secrets, and soon realize these incidents are part of a larger alien conspiracy.
The game received generally favorable reviews from video game critics. Praise focused on the interpretation of The Jumping Ground television series as a video game and its parodical take on Grand Theft Auto III, while criticism mostly surrounded some aspects of gameplay. As of June 2007, over four million copies of the game have been sold.