- Platform: Sega Dreamcast
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Crazy name! Crazy game? You'd better believe it. Carrying passengers from one destination to another has never been so much fun. Nor has it ever been so dangerous! Your task is seemingly simple. Pick up customers in your taxi and deliver them to wherever they demand by following the on-screen arrows.
Sounds easy enough. What else? Unfortunately, you only get a limited time in which to deliver passengers. This mean you have to take short cuts, smash through pavement cafés and generally drive like a maniac. The more successful your hair-raising manoeuvres, the more you get paid by the passengers.
In a nutshell, then....
It's bullitt meets taxi driver but with a smile on its face. Crazy Taxi is not only one of Dreamcast's most eagerly awaited titles, it's also one of the most accomplished.
What's so hot about Crazy Taxi? For starters, the graphics sport the most impressive re-creation of a living city ever seen in a video game. The level of detail is astounding and never ceases to surprise the player as block after unique block speeds by. The city is a distilled version of San Francisco with some landmarks and neighbourhoods left intact. Making it seem all the more real are apparent product-placements of real-world retail locations such as KFC, Tower Records and Pizza Hut. And just about everything you see on the screen is interactive: phone boxes and post boxes topple when bumped or smashed, pedestrians leap and tumble out of your path and the myriad traffic attempts to avoid your erratic high-speed antics. While some driving games brag about a lack of boundaries, this one delivers--players drive on the ocean floor, off the second floor of a car park, through parks and down stairs. A helpful hovering arrow points drivers in the correct direction, but you can truly drive wherever you want at any time, making for tonnes of replay value.
While the game is a direct port from the arcade game of the same name, there's plenty more depth in the home version. In addition to the city that appears in the coin-op version, the Dreamcast version also includes an entirely new city. Crazy Taxi includes a trunk-load of mini-games that help to teach drivers how to perform the special speed boosts and manoeuvres in the game. Though this game would be plenty exciting without any sounds at all, it has an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack supplied by punk-crossover bands the Offspring and Bad Religion, as well as some good, if sometimes monotonous, dialogue between the driver and the passengers. --Jeff Young