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DescriptionCrazy Taxi is an arcade-like racer where the player takes the role of a taxi driver who weaves his way through crowded streets, across sidewalks, and even underwater, in a wild and frantic race to deliver passengers on time. The courses are largely set inside cities crowded with general traffic and pedestrians (which can't be run over, they dive away). The main goal is to bring as many customers as possible to their destination in time. Available customers are marked through circles and the color represents the distance and the fare they offer. Green means long rides with plenty of money, and red ones are very short.
In the main Arcade mode, there is a timer that quickly runs down. It can be replenished by picking up customers. While driving reckless maneuvers are encouraged. Players can disregard all traffic rules and customers give extra tips for speedy and dangerous driving, but these can only be cashed when the customer arrives at his destination in time. By the same token, the reward at the end of a ride is based on the amount of time left, as each customer also has a personal timer. The city is filled with slopes and jumps, and the game uses a very loose driving model. No damage can be done to the car, so driving as fast as possible is encouraged. While driving players can toy with the gears to perform two special tricks: a crazy drift and a crazy boost to speed up more quickly.
Next to the Arcade mode, there is an Original mode and Crazy Box where specific goals need to be met on closed down courses. In the regular modes, it is possible to disregard the usual timer and play for a fixed amount of minutes. At the end of the race, the player is rewarded with a license, either D, C, B or A, with S for outstanding performance. Next to the interactive courses from the arcade version, there is a new course for home consoles. There are four cabs and drivers to choose from. The cars have different statistics and the drivers' different attitudes while racing. The game has a soundtrack featuring The Offspring and Bad Religion (not for the Xbox 360 version).
- "Crazy Taxi Classic" -- iOS and Android release title
Part of the Following Groups
- Crazy Taxi series
- Genre: Open world driving
- Middleware: CRI
- Nintendo Player's Choice releases
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
- Protagonist: Taxi driver
- SEGA Forever series
|YEAH YEAH YEAH YEEEEEAH YEAAAAHHHH !||PlayStation 2||GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)|
|Too short to become a hit.||Windows||Kola256 (211)|
|Still one heck of a fine game.||Dreamcast||TreyTable (4)|
|A Far Cry from the Arcade||GameCube||Game22 (42)|
|Funny at first, then just annoying.||Windows||Zovni (10633)|
|Classic fun, however lacks longevity.||Dreamcast||Tibes80 (1567)|
|Good on every console.||PlayStation 2||Exodia85 (2158)|
|Addictive. Very, very addictive||PlayStation 2||Kartanym (12738)|
|Laggy Taxi||Windows||Fake Spam (94)|
|Like the other guy said, this is very addictive||Windows||ThE oNe (184)|
|GamePro (US)||Dreamcast||Nov 24, 2000||5 out of 5||100|
|Game Vortex||PlayStation 2||2001||97 out of 100||97|
|Game Critics||GameCube||Feb 19, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|GameSpot||Dreamcast||Jan 26, 2000||8.7 out of 10||87|
|SegaFan.com||Dreamcast||Nov 25, 2002||8.5 out of 10||85|
|64 Power / big.N / N Games||GameCube||Apr, 2002||78 out of 100||78|
|Gamezilla||GameCube||Dec 20, 2001||69 out of 100||69|
|PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)||Xbox 360||Nov 24, 2010||6.5 out of 10||65|
|Thunderbolt Games||Windows||May 08, 2003||6 out of 10||60|
|Playmag||PlayStation 2||Jul, 2001||12 out of 20||60|
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LawsuitThe December 2003 lawsuit filed by Sega against Fox Entertainment claims that The Simpsons: Road Rage infringes on a patent owned by Sega of America. Specifically, Sega claims that The Simpsons: Road Rage gameplay is too close to that of Crazy Taxi. It was eventually settled in private.
The abstract for the patent reads as follows:
A driving game, wherein players having various driving skills--from beginners to those advanced--may enjoy both aspects of amusement and simulation in consistency. The game device of the present invention has an element for providing to a player a plurality of different movement modes upon moving the vehicle along a traveling line. Upon selection of a desired movement mode, a vehicle-driving game relating to the driving mode selected by the player is executed. Included in this plurality of driving modes are an assist mode in which auto-brake control is performed and a training mode in which various indications, such as the timing of the braking point, are given.The full patent is available here.
Product placementProduct placement at its best: Kentucky Fried Chicken, Tower Records and Levi Jeans. Each one is present as a location in Crazy Taxi.
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Arcade Credits (48 people)
35 developers, 13 thanks
Chief Graphic Designer:
Hiroyuki Izuno, Takeo Iwase, Seiichi Yamagata, Mizuki Totori, Shiho Miyaoka, Akira Fujiki, Katsuya TaniguchiCharacter Designer: