If you’re old enough to remember a time before the Xbox, you’ll potentially have fond memories of something called the Sega Dreamcast, arguably the greatest console of its time but relentlessly beaten to death by the PlayStation 2.
One of the Dreamcast’s standout titles was Crazy Taxi, and having recently test-driven the iOS version, I’m pleased to say it successfully tickled my nostalgia valves.
For those unfamiliar with Crazy Taxi, essentially you’re tasked with controlling Axel, B.D. Joe, Gena or Gus, and driving like a maniac as you shuttle passengers around the city in your roofless turbo-charged cab until the clock runs out. It’s brilliant.
Passengers have little circles around ‘em, with red denoting a short trip, green indicating a lengthier journey, and amber and yellow somewhere in the middle.
You can earn extra bucks by performing stunts including Crazy Throughs, which are basically near misses, and your fare will also reward you for getting to the destination quickly.
And that’s Crazy Taxi in a nutshell. Good, clean arcade-style fun. It’s great to hear The Offspring and Bad Religion make the transition from the Dreamcast version too. Ditto Arcade and Original mode.
Where Crazy Taxi for iOS falls somewhat short is – surprise, surprise – the control department. Chaining together Crazy Throughs with the touch/tilt controls (the choice is yours) is extra tough, and they’re kinda crucial if you’re aiming for that elusive S rank.
The draw distance is also pretty crummy, but it’s totally forgivable considering how well the game runs otherwise. Heck, it’s Crazy freakin’ Taxi on your smartphone or tablet!
It’s also pretty annoying getting stuck against walls, or getting caught up with other cars. I don’t remember it being quite as bad on the Dreamcast, but don’t quote me on that. Actually, that might be a good excuse to fire it up again. If I can find it…
All in all, Crazy Taxi for iOS is a pretty faithful conversion of the Dreamcast original, and I’m glad to say the gameplay has totally stood the test of time; great stuff then, great stuff now.
- It’s Crazy Taxi!
- Solid conversion of the Dreamcast original
- The soundtrack
- Touch/tilt controls aren’t ideal for Crazy Throughs etc.
- The draw distance
- Getting stuck in scenery
Summary: If you played Crazy Taxi back in the day, you’ll love the nostalgia trip. If you’ve never played it before, go see what you've been missing for 13 years. It's great.
Price: £2.99 @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.