Crazy Taxi Review
- The full 2000 release of Crazy Taxi for Dreamcast, right there in your hands.
- Utterly addictive Arcade gameplay; wild racing through large areas and no consequences - go nuts!
- Input delays make it difficult to feel completely comfortable with the controls; similarly, double-taps are a poor substitution for the game's original inputs.
Crazy Taxi for the iOS platform is a solid step back from the console and yet another step back from the Arcade release of SEGA's classic time-trial 'racer', but even despite this the madcap insanity of its gameplay shines through making it hard not to be washed away in a torrent of nostalgia.
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I feel like a powerful force is trying to show us, the lowly gamer, the stark difference between two driving-based games from 1999 and their subsequent re-release on the iOS platform. Where Re-Volt may be the subject of fond memories, its gameplay (though not its level design) was ultimately average. However, Crazy Taxi by SEGA remains just as balls-to-the-wall madcap as ever, placing you in control of an out-of-control taxi driver around a virtual homage of San Francisco.
Whether you play in the default time-earning mode or take a more relaxed approached in the fixed-time modes, your goal is to find, pick up and deposit customers at their destination as fast as possible. This comes with a few caveats though, notably 'stunts' in the form of slamming in to cars, drifting and high-flying jumps while having a passenger on board will earn you more money, so it's in your interest to take a route that's more 'interesting' than 'direct'.
In order to assist you in your journey the game equips you with a variety of tricks such as bursts of acceleration; shuddering stops; and 180 degree spins (which are ever-so useful to master). Unfortunately unlike the Arcade and Console versions, there's a bit of a problem - there's not enough buttons. Instead of being able to switch gears (forward and reverse) and accelerate or decelerate separately, these maneuvers are condensed down to only two buttons - forward and reverse.
To get around this issue the game implements a 'double tap' system for initiating boosts or drifts, however this is far from optimal as you'll need to let go of buttons you're holding down, making life challenging if you choose to tackle the special missions for their unlockable rewards. On the plus side there is a tilt based option that eliminates the issue from drifting, but boosts still remain problematic.
What's amazing is that even despite the control issues, Crazy Taxi is as fun as ever - whether you play in the smaller 'Arcade' world or the extended 'Original' one, you'll be sliding and colliding without a care in the world aside from the clock that constantly runs down. Whether underwater or sailing through the air, Crazy Taxi is a one of a kind game and definitely worth taking for a spin.
DescriptionHey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi, SEGA's ground-breaking, open-world driving game. Here. We. Go! Play for free and earn craaaazy money!
Barrel through traffic packed streets, hurdle off parking garages, and crazy combo your way to crazy money in a wild frantic race to scare up the most fares. In Crazy Taxi, time is money, and only the craziest cabbies come out victorious.
Crazy Taxi joins the SEGA Forever Classic Games Collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!
- Remastered for mobile devices based on the hugely popular Dreamcast classic
- Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion
- Choose from 3, 5 or 10 minute game play in Arcade Mode and Original Mode
- Continue the madness with Crazy Box's 16 mini games
SEGA FOREVER FEATURES
- PLAY FREE
- LEADERBOARDS – compete with the world for high scores
- GAMES RELEASED EVERY MONTH - Download them all!
- INCLUDES iOS 10 STICKER PACKS
-“One of the best arcade conversions to date, and certainly the most fun game on the Dreamcast.” [5 Stars] - Les Ellis, Computer & Video Games #220 (March 2000)
-“Addictive and fun, fun, fun!” [94%] - Stuart Taylor, Dreamcast Magazine #5 (January 2000)
- “There's enough depth to the gameplay to make you question whether you could ever truly master it all” [9/10] - Tom Guise, The Official Dreamcast Magazine #5 (March 2000)
- The original arcade game was available in both standing and seated cabinet forms
- Crazy Taxi announcer Bryan Burton-Lewis also voices Axel and various customers throughout the Crazy Taxi series
- Superman (1978) and Lethal Weapon (1987) director Richard Donner acquired the rights to make a live action Crazy Taxi film in 2001
CLASSIC GAME FACTS
- Originally released in arcades in 1999 and ported to Dreamcast in 2000
- Sequels Crazy Taxi 2 and Crazy Taxi 3 landed on Dreamcast and Xbox in 2001 and 2002 respectively
- Developed by SEGA AM3, which later became Hitmaker
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