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Crazy Taxi

aka: Crazy Taxi Classic

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Critic Reviews 87% add missing review

The Next Level (USA) (A)

Overall in the audio department, the game is hardcore. Has some of the best sound effects I've yet to hear on the DC, and the voice samples are as numerous as they are humorous. I never thought I'd get called a "punk-ass" by someone in a videogame before. The music however, is a mixed bag. While the tracks by Bad English and Offspring do their job adequately, the constant loop they're on and the fact that there's only three or four songs can grow to be repetitive. This perhaps is the only gripe which I have with Crazy Taxi. Though the gameplay will also grow to a routine fashion, feeling almost redundant, you may ask yourself: "Why am I still playing this?" Well let me enlighten you-- it's because its fun; a sufficient reason to play any game.

Feb 8th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Game industry News (GiN) ( )

Crazy Taxi is definitely the first "must have" Dreamcast title for the year 2000. Those who were impressed with it in the arcades will be even more impressed with this product. I don't see how this game get any less than our top GiN Gem rating of 5, It's just that great.

2000 · Dreamcast · read review

GamePro (US) (5 out of 5)

The game also seems fairly short. A couple of afternoons of serious concentration will get you past most of the mini-games, and after that it's all about best scores and highest point totals. But getting past all that and letting your cab rip through the streets is what Crazy Taxi is all about, and that part of the game is more fun than you've had on your Dreamcast yet. Crazy Taxi is a wild ride and you definitely should apply for your license, even if your cab run is shorter than expected.

Nov 24th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Game Vortex (100 out of 100)

If this is the future, then we are in for a treat. Sega always has made the best arcade games and now we get to experience these arcade games in our own homes. Did I just die and go to heaven?

2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( )

As a conversion, it's flawless and Sega has added a new Dreamcast exclusive mode to offer more of a challenge to arcade veterans. Throw in a series of trick courses where you can play ten pin bowling with your taxi or even try out ski jump-style action, and you have something that's going to appeal whether you want a quick ten-minute time-waster or a serious evening-passing party game. Going back to the old style of seeing who can beat a high score rather than just seeing who can get furthest suits Crazy Taxi perfectly. One of the best arcade conversions to date, and certainly the most fun game on the Dreamcast.

Mar 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

IGN (9.6 out of 10)

As a game whose greatness is matched only by the gaming ecstasy known as Soul Calibur, this is a must-have title for any Dreamcast owner. For that matter, it is the type of game that would easily justify a system purchase for the stragglers. So do yourself a favor, hang the fuzzy dice in the mirror, and get behind the wheel with amazing arcade translation. You won't regret it.

Jan 28th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Gaming Target (9.3 out of 10)

An overall excellent videogame, covering all the areas with supreme authority and domination on the competition through licensing franchises and using artist’s songs to make it all worth the purchase.

Jun 13th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Privat Computer PC (92 out of 100)

Crazy Taxi er den perfekte arcade-konvertering, og en vidunderlig undskyldning for at anskaffe sig en Dreamcast. "Let's make some keerazy money!"

2000 · Dreamcast

Video Games (91 out of 100)

Vergesst alle anderen Fun-Racer – Crazy Taxi setzt die Messlatte, an der sich alle anderen kĂŒnftig zu orientieren haben! Da mögen Crash Team Racing & Co. noch so routiniert inszeniert sein, letztlich war alles schon mal dagewesen. Vom Kreativ-Geist der Sega-AM-R&D-Studios, die hier mit einer komplett neuen Spielidee auftrumpfen, können sich die Standard-Racer-Hersteller gern mehrere Scheiben abschneiden. Die Symbiose aus unĂŒbertreffbar passendem Hardrock-Sound (der selbst Electro-Freaks wie mir hier gefĂ€llt!) mit der völlig euch ĂŒberlassenen Open-Air-Taxi-Tour ohne RĂŒcksicht auf Cops (gibt’s nicht) und Verkehrsregeln durch sonnige Kalifornien lĂ€sst Crazy Taxi zu einem der besten DC-Games ĂŒberhaupt avancieren. (
) Lediglich ein paar mehr MusikstĂŒcke von der gleichen QualitĂ€t und das Ausmerzen der Pop-Ups hĂ€tte ich mir gewĂŒnscht – dann wĂ€re das Spiel nahezu perfekt. Weiter so, Sega!

Feb 2000 · Dreamcast

Gamer's Pulse (91 out of 100)

There you have it folks, the good, the bad and the ugly. After two-and-a-half pages of detailed opinion, what it all comes down to is this; is Crazy Taxi, with its all little faults and lack of extras, still worth purchasing? Absolutely. Never mind that there's no multiplayer mode, never mind that there's barely any unlockables to speak of. This is one game that I can see people popping into their Dreamcasts years from now, whenever they feel like a fast adrenaline rush. As I said before, this is one of the most insanely fun experiences you can have, and the thrill of playing the game is rewarding enough itself. If nothing else, Crazy Taxi is proof positive that games don't have to be complicated in order to be enjoyable.So get Crazy, everybody. Trust me, it's for your own good.

Mar 5th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review

Gaming Age (A-)

Crazy Taxi is definitely a must buy Dreamcast game. The original concept combined with great graphics and a killer soundtrack just make it one of the system's killer apps. If you aren't sure if Crazy Taxi is for you, give it a rent. But be warned, once you get into the game, you may not want to return it.

2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Power Unlimited (9.1 out of 10)

Sega lost een oude belofte in een geeft ons eindelijk arcadegames op een console. Leve de Dreamcast!

Jun 2000 · Dreamcast

Shin Force (9 out of 10)

A must buy for anyone that likes fast-paced games, and loves a challenge. With a rockin' soundtrack, great gameplay, and sweet graphics, this is sure to be an instant classic for the DC.

Feb 10th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)

Wahouuu ! quel panard de jouer Ă  Crazy Taxi ! Les bornes d’arcade n’ont qu’à bien se tenir, ce titre est un hit en puissance avec une action trĂ©pidante et un intĂ©rĂȘt omniprĂ©sent ; la Dreamcast se rĂ©gale et le joueur se fait un festin, bravo !

Feb 25th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Game Critics (9 out of 10)

Outside of the lack of extensive modes, Crazy Taxi is still an amazing game that I am still hopelessly addicted to even as I complete this review. It stands as a firm reminder that less sometimes really is more, which is something that many of todays games could benefit to learn. Though Crazy Taxi manages to learn from the past and incorporates those older theories, it still presents itself as a visual and aural benchmark for the next-generation Dreamcast system. Crazy Taxi stands as an amazing fusion between old school gameplay and cutting-edge technology.

Feb 19th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Digital Press - Classic Video Games (9 out of 10)

Beyond these few graphical and sound issues, this game is really as close to perfect as you can get. Nothing can match the thrill of doing 100+ mph through a busy park tearing apart benches and hot dog stands. The inclusion of addictive mini-games and an extra track not included in the arcade game make it well worth a purchase. It's rare that an arcade translation is handled this well.

May 7th, 2005 · Dreamcast · read review

Sega-16.com (9 out of 10)

Other than its necessity to adhere to its arcade roots, the Dreamcast port of Crazy Taxi is one game that should unquestionably be in the library of every owner of the console. It’s immensely fun, incredibly well-made, and the kind of game Sega was unparalleled at making. The incredibly fluid gameplay, spectacular presentation, rockin’ soundtrack, the plethora of gameplay options, and the fact that it’s on the Dreamcast make this version perhaps the best one to own. Crazy Taxi is simply one of the Dreamcast’s defining titles.

Jul 24th, 2018 · Dreamcast · read review

Planet Dreamcast (9 out of 10)

A must see. Crazy Taxi's fast-paced, go anywhere, do anything gameplay and unconventional concept make it one of the best games on the Dreamcast. Only the possible lack of replay value and minor graphical and audio glitches keep it from scoring higher. You'd have to be crazy to pass this one up.

Jan 31st, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Revista Oficial Dreamcast (9 out of 10)

Crazy Taxi es uno de esos títulos que realmente dejan clara la superioridad técnica de nuestra consola, y ademås podemos presumir de tenerlo en exclusiva.
Pero, por encima de todo, se trata de uno de los arcades mås divertidos y adictivos que podéis encontrar. Pensadlo bien, porque no debería faltar en vuestra colección.

Mar 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )

The graphics are simply incredible, and make the occasional slowdowns and pop-in glitches easy to overlook. While the music is disappointing in its brevity, Crazy Taxi compensates with extremely enjoyable and dangerously addictive gameplay that is both challenging and entertaining. Adding to the already strong appeal are the brilliant simplicity of the controls, and the way the action constantly drives you to beat your high scores. On top of being visually impressive, the urban environments are huge and expansive, with many different locations to memorize, and impressive building models. This variety also helps to increase the replayability. What all this means is that Crazy Taxi is simple to learn, and difficult to master, embodying the formula that underlies every classic arcade offering. While there are some issues, don’t let them dissuade you, because Crazy Taxi is a dazzling translation that belongs in any arcade fan’s collection.

Feb 22nd, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Defunct Games (89 out of 100)

It's sad that you can literally have so much fun, and no matter how great it seems, it still doesn't seem like there is enough here. I have played Crazy Taxi for hours and hours and hours. And while it's one of the best games I have ever played ... it just doesn't have enough to stand on its own for long.

May 15th, 2004 · Dreamcast · read review

Mega Fun (89 out of 100)

Ich möchte gleich zu Beginn meiner persönlichen EinschĂ€tzung eine Warnung an alle DC-Besitzer und solche, die es werden wollen. aussprechen: Vorsicht! Crazy Taxi macht sĂŒchtig! Bislang liebe ich nur selben einen Single-Player Fun-Racer gesehen, der dermaßen Spaß gemacht hat. Obwohl man diesem Titel sicher so einiges vorzuwerfen hĂ€tte: Warum gibt es keinen Karriere-Modus oder die Möglichkeit, ganz ohne Zeitdruck durch die StĂ€dte zu gondeln? Allerdings hab sich Sega im Vergleich zum Arcade-Vorbild viel einfallen lassen. Was macht nun den Kick dieses Fun-Racers aus? Man ist von der allerersten Sekunde an im Spiel gefangen. Die abwechslungsreiche Grafik und die Musikuntermalung, die wie die Faust aufs Auge passt, machen Crazy Taxi zu einem der besten Dreamcast-Titel ĂŒberhaupt und das stellt fĂŒr mich ein weiteres Kaufargument fĂŒr Segas 128- Bitter da.

Mar 2000 · Dreamcast

CyberGames (8.9 out of 10)

There's really no point to Crazy Taxi, but it's one hell of a lot of fun. A wonderfully crafted game, this is one of Dreamcast's best.

Feb 10th, 2000 · Dreamcast

Armchair Empire, The (8.9 out of 10)

This is by far one of the most exciting games games available on the Dreamcast. It's easy to get into, it has a great aesthetic, and it provides instant entertainment.

Sep 1st, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

4Players.de (89 out of 100)

Wer Driver hat oder kennt, sollte sich schleunigst Crazy Taxi zulegen. Die Musik, die lustigen Sprachsamples der GĂ€ste, die Grafik, die Steuerung, die etlichen Stunden Spielspaß und vieles mehr machen diesen Game zu einem Top-Titel. Wer sich dieses Game nicht holt, der verpasst ein Highlight dieses Jahres und ist selber schuld.

Jul 31st, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Cincinnati Enquirer (3.5 out of 4)

On top of the two tracks, Crazy Taxi comes with several mini games that provide a nice diversion from the city driving. These games include making long jumps, delivering five customers to their destinations in an allotted time and trying to take out 60 bowling pins as you drive through a zigzag of bowling alleys. The only bug on Crazy Taxi’s window is the lack of longevity. The game can grow tiresome after multiple plays. However, the amount of fun packed into its short life span makes it a worthwhile addition to your library of games.

2000 · Dreamcast · read review

GameSpot (8.7 out of 10)

Many have said that the success of Sega's Dreamcast is tied to the quality of the company's arcade games and, ultimately, the console's ability to render those arcade games as closely as possible. Crazy Taxi is one of those arcade ports, and the Dreamcast version of the game holds up very favorably when compared with its arcade counterpart.

Jan 26th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

SegaFan.com (8.5 out of 10)

La duración de este título depende bastante de hasta donde quiera "estirarlo" el jugador, si ya se da por satisfecho por conseguir ver la secuencia final al conseguir mås de 5000 $, se le harå corto, si por contra tiene en mente conseguir la "Crazy license" en ambas ciudades y acabarse todos los minijuegos le queda una ardua tarea por delante. En cualquier caso, Crazy Taxi, incluso después de ser exprimido a tope, suele ser un recurso habitual cuando se busca echarse unas partidillas råpidas cuando se tiene poco tiempo y ninguna nueva adquisición en la recåmara.

Nov 25th, 2002 · Dreamcast · read review

The Video Game Critic (B+)

Crazy Taxi's simple gameplay and wonderful graphics are a winning combination. My main complaint is the predetermined destinations, which will send you on the same routes over and over. A randomize option would have been nice.

May 2nd, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review

Game Revolution (B+)

Crazy Taxi is a case where a great arcade game became a good home game. Though the game is a ton of fun, the serious lack of depth keeps it back from true greatness. Hey Sega, next time look into car upgrades, more cities, and some sort of two player. Then you'd have a classic on your hands.

Feb 1st, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Diehard GameFan (8 out of 10)

Crazy Taxi was a system seller in its day, and it still should be. Dreamcasts and copies of this game can be picked up for very cheap if you know where to look. Ignore the weaker PS2 and Gcn ports and go straight for the nearly arcade perfect DC version. It’s one of those few games you’re guaranteed to have fun with no matter how into gaming you are or whatever your genre preferences may be.

Feb 20th, 2008 · Dreamcast · read review

Retroage (8 out of 10)

Crazy Taxi to niewątpliwie gra warta uwagi. Oferuje graczowi sporo prostej i bezpretensjonalnej rozrywki na wysokim poziomie, choć przyznaję, ĆŒe w większych porcjach potrafi znuĆŒyć powtarzalnoƛcią. Idealny tytuƂ do wyluzowania się przy konsoli po ciÄ™ĆŒkim dniu. Kilka minut za kierownicą taksĂłwki wprawi kaĆŒdego w dobry nastrĂłj.

Nov 8th, 2009 · Dreamcast · read review

Super Play (Sweden) (8 out of 10)

Crazy Taxi bjuder pÄ en skakig Äktur genom ett soligt amerikanskt paradis med hav, palmer, sandstrÀnder och en vÀldigt mÄngsidig befolkning. Det enda man kan klaga pÄ Àr att man faktiskt mÀrker att det Àr en arkadkonvertering, spelet rÀcker inte hur lÀnge som helst. Men bonusbanorna Àr ett jÀttebra och motiverat inslag och som helhet kÀnns Crazy Taxi verkligen nyskapande. Att spela det Àr en upplevelse som sitter kvar i fingrarna lÀnge.

Mar 2000 · Dreamcast

GamesFirst! ( )

Like Driver, Crazy Taxi takes the driving game genre somewhere it has never been before. It's truly a funny and light-hearted video game. While it is rated Teen, mainly for some mild language and reckless driving, I think that it's pretty clean fun and alright for the preteen set. It’s not vulgar, but Crazy Taxi is crazy. It delivers straight-up arcade fun. If you’re looking for something like Driver, with more plot, this is not the game for you. Arcade is the prime word here. It is not an RPG, you don't have to unlock any tracks, and one game can only last 10 minutes. So don't go buying it if you don't like arcade games. If you do like arcade games, now is the time to start counting those pennies -- get down to the mall, and get Crazy Taxi.

Mar 18th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

SEGA-Portal.de (8 out of 10)

Ich garantiere, die erste Session von Crazy Taxi ĂŒbertrifft vom Spielspaß her, fast alle bisherigen Videospiele. So leicht und frisch und gleichzeitig wild und nervenaufreibend spielt sich wohl kein andrer Titel. Es ist schade, dass die Entwickler versĂ€umt haben weitere Modi wie Karriere oder Mehrspieler mit auf die GD zu packen, denn so verliert man leider zu schnell die Lust (Daher auch die Wertung 8). Doch eigentlich ist Crazy Taxi wegen der superben Technik und intuitiven Steuerung jedes Mal wieder ein Erlebnis, wenn auch nicht mehr so intensiv wie am Amfang. GlĂŒckwunsch an Sega zu diesem Geniestreich!

Sep 20th, 2009 · Dreamcast · read review

The Game Hoard (5 out of 7)

Bursting with incredible rebellious energy, Crazy Taxi is a driving game for a player who wants to go wild behind the wheel. The taxi itself is very accommodating to exciting yet dangerous play, but there are extra maneuvers to learn and the fare system rewards a player who can add strategy and skillful driving to the high octane fun. The limited size of the two cities and the small soundtrack means it can feel like you’ve seen most of the game after only playing it a bit, but the effervescent action can still provide a good deal of excitement when it’s picked up for short casual innings.

Jun 12th, 2020 · Dreamcast · read review

Thunderbolt Games (7 out of 10)

Despite the Crazy Box mode and two somewhat similar cities to play in, Crazy Taxi wears out its welcome far too soon. Like that Wendy's commercial, I found myself thinking ĂŹWhere's the beef? There isn't enough variation or things to do despite having a huge city to explore. The music, the destinations and even the gameplay eventually became repetitive. Since the game is cheap, I still think it's worth purchasing. Crazy Taxi is one of those games you play for maybe for 15 minutes a week. It truly is fun, lighthearted fare. It definitely isn't a bad game, but with less slowdown and more stuff to do it could have been the craziest game around.

Aug 20th, 2004 · Dreamcast · read review

RetroGame Man (7 out of 10)

In summary, Crazy Taxi is an arcade racer with frantic and fun gameplay, good music, and a nice pick-up-and-play setup that doesn’t require a big time investment. While the game is fun in small doses, it can become redundant with longer play sessions because of limited cities and simple gameplay. There isn’t a ton of content in this game, but what is here is worth playing occasionally.

Jan 7th, 2018 · Dreamcast · read review

Gamekult (6 out of 10)

Un titre comme Crazy Taxi peut se targuer d'ĂȘtre Ă  la fois jouable, techniquement rĂ©ussi, et trĂšs amusant. Votre but ? Conduire le plus rapidement vos clients en vous frayant un chemin au milieu des rues de villes trĂšs inspirĂ©es par la cĂŽte californienne. Si la durĂ©e de vie laisse Ă  dĂ©sirer, on reprendra volontiers rĂ©guliĂšrement le paddle pour de petites scĂ©ances trĂšs relaxantes. Un vrai petit dĂ©fouloir ce jeu !

Aug 30th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review

Player Reviews

Still one heck of a fine game.
by TreyTable (3)

The Good
The first thing that grabbed me was the graphics, now I'd like to note that I have never seen the game in arcade form, so my first experience was on the Dreamcast.

The things I love about Crazy Taxi are the size of the cities, the randomness of destinations (although after six years it's less random than as it seems at first) the control setup, and the music.

The cities are big for a game such as this. Sure, they are dwarfed by the 3-D Grand Theft Auto games, but feel just fine for Crazy Taxi. Perhaps this review is biased since I mainly play the "Arcade" City as opposed to the (new for Dreamcast) "Original" City, because the design of the Arcade city is near flawless where the Original needs some adjustments, and has a huge framerate drop in the center of town which just spoils the otherwise 60 FPS fun.

At first glance, the passengers seem to be very random in where they want to go, which is good, but after years of playing Crazy Taxi one gets to learn that these encounters are less random than one would believe, although still the game will throw me a curve ball when a Priest tells me to take him to the Pizza Hut, where in 99 times out of 100 he'll want to go to the Church.

The controls for Crazy Taxi are something special. To properly play the game one has to know to think 5 seconds ahead of themselves, at least, because the game isn't dumbed down to give the player a 'Boost' or 'Handbrake' button, but instead these functions come in play by manipulation of the Dreamcast triggers (gas & brake), two face buttons (Drive and Reverse) and the analog stick (or D-Pad if one prefers it). I really can't tell the reader how to perform a "Crazy Boost", "Limit Cut", "Crazy Drift", etc. not because I can't do it anymore, but because I do such things these days as automatic as breathing. Some people would call it a Zen thing.

Finally there's the music. During the menus there are cuts from Bad Religion and The Offspring, and in the game there are nearly full songs by both bands as well. Although there are only four songs played during gameplay, two by Bad Religion and two by The Offspring, there is for some reason unknown to me why these songs never seem to get old (while playing Crazy Taxi anyway). Furthermore, in one of the songs by The Offspring the "F-Word" is used and SEGA didn't edit it out. (The PS2 and GCN versions do have that word removed)

Crazy Taxi also features a number of mini games that take place mostly in a confined (for the test) area and sometimes on the maps themselves. The mini games are there not to make the game seem like "it's more than just an arcade port" but more to train the player on how be really good at playing the main game. That's my take on it anyway. But for beating the mini games players can have access to another mode of transportation that is faster than any cab, but not so great in stopping. For these unlockable modes of transport one has to think ten seconds ahead.

The Bad
There's some pop-up for level structure and some nasty draw in on traffic in some parts of each map, but it doesn't truly distract the game to make it unplayable. There's not much else I can say bad about the game, but if one is in a bad mood, I would suggest not playing it, since I do find the customers to be verbally abusive at times.

The Bottom Line
This game is amazing! It's fast, 60 frames per second kind of fast. The gameplay seems basic at first, and it may seem like you are seeing the "Game Over" screen often, but that's only because you see a car and play it like you would with a true racing game. Crazy Taxi is not that at all. It has many tricks up its sleeves, and just looks like a racer. For instance, think of the first time you played Street Fighter II, you had six buttons an a joystick, and still the AI or a person beat you because all you thought you could do was three punches and three kicks. The same goes for Crazy Taxi, it may look like a pretty but shallow game, but it's deeper than one may think.

Feb 24th, 2006 · Dreamcast

Classic fun, however lacks longevity.
by Tibes80 (1565)

The Good
Craaaazzy Taxi! This is one of those games that was almost worth buying a Dreamcast for. It was a blast in the arcades which always left you wanting one more go. Most of the appeal is because of the very basic premise - drive around in your taxi cab and pick people up and take them to their destination. Driving crazy also helps.

The game has been translated to Dreamcast as an almost arcade-perfect conversion. The addition of another city to explore is also a welcome inclusion in the home version. When I first got this game I couldn't stop playing it... it's an absolute blast for the first few days (and a good party game too).

The graphics are great, the music selection is great (The Offspring.. woo hoo!) and the controls are responsive and well suited to the Dreamcast controller. Technically the game is flawless!

The Bad
The only real problem with the game is longevity. Because it is strictly an arcade game with no story or real progression you will get sick of it after a while and it will most likely remain one of those games that gets dusted off every six months for a quick retro-blast and then put back in the box.

The Bottom Line
If you haven't played Crazy Taxi then you need to! Just don't expect a deep gaming experience.

Jul 25th, 2003 · Dreamcast

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Critic reviews added by Wizo, Big John WV, Flu, Tim Janssen, Apogee IV, Patrick Bregger, Jeanne, vedder, Alsy, firefang9212, Cavalary, jean-louis, Riemann80, Evil Ryu, Parf, jumpropeman, Alaka.