I’ve never felt the need to say this in a review before but…. I have a certain passion for Crazy Taxi and I’m sure that my view on it is skewed due to bias. But if you love something that much and it holds up to your memories it can’t be that bad can it?
If you’ve ever played Crazy Taxi on the Sega Dreamcast, at the arcades, or one of the many console ports then you’ll know what to expect. If not, where have you been for the past 10+years! Anyways Crazy Taxi is a wild arcade-driving game where you drive as recklessly and as fast as possible through streets that mimic San Francisco. Through out each run you’ll pick up passengers and each time you drop them off you’ll have a bit of time added to your playtime. After all you are a taxi driver and time is money!
Like the Dreamcast version, all of the modes (or at least as far as I can remember) are present including Classic Arcade Mode, Set Time Mode, and even Crazy Box mode that puts your driving skills to the test. More importantly though is that this chaotic gameplay holds up well even to this day and plays pretty damn good on the iPad/iPhone. On a side note, this game has been out since ’99 so if you need a break down of the actual modes there’s tons of material that you can find by Googling.
Crazy Taxi transitions pretty damn well over to a touch device. There are a couple of minor issues. The touch controls in Crazy Taxi are pretty good (slight hesitation in my voice) and have an overall natural feel to them. On the downside is that the touch controls tend to not (always) be responsive. You might be hitting the gas button but the game doesn’t recognize this. The same goes for steering. This doesn’t happen 100% of the time but at least once during a play session. The tilt controls feel accurate even though they have never felt natural to me. However, if you’re a Crazy Taxi fan like myself, these small issues are easy to overlook and hopefully will be fixed in an update.
The Bottom Line: 8/10 (Great)
If you have fond memories of playing Crazy Taxi you will be pleasantly surprised at how well it holds up. And all you newbies are in for a vintage treat.