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Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast)

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
 Ages 12 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Hit arcade game has been faithfully converted.
  • Unique taxi, become the crazy driver by collecting passengers.
  • With attitude deliver them to various locations in one piece.
  • Skilful, careful driving increases your fares and ranking.


Game Information

  • Platform:   Sega Dreamcast
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over 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

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  • ASIN: B00004TMS8
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 11.8 x 2 cm ; 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,591 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Prepare for the scariest cab ride ever... and you're driving!

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.

Amazon.co.uk Review

If you think it's hard to flag down a cab in a big city, try driving one in Sega's zany straight-from-the-arcade port of Crazy Taxi. If you're one of the teeming fans who eagerly played Crazy Taxi in the arcade at 50p a pop, then this game is a must-buy, if only from a purely economic standpoint. Even those who don't know the difference between Crazy Taxi and the long-running TV series Taxiwill immediately recognise the appeal of this game. In fact, this game is so impressive and addictive that it should easily convince a whole new wave of buyers to purchase a Sega Dreamcast.

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


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4.6 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class game 17 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Crazy taxi is a game that makes the dreamcast worth buying. A superb game that should be owned by everyone. If you like games like Driver or Toca then this mindless driving game will appeal to you.
The game is not just mindless it has a detailed arcade and original modes. You can ride with four taxi drivers in two cities. With great background music from the offspring and detailed graphics this will be a game that will live in the memory.
BUY THIS GAME, this game will always be fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arcade fun 5 Nov 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Another title remembered fondly from the arcades recreated faithfully on the Dreamcast.

Crazy Taxi is actually a lot of fun, and is one of the first 3D "sandbox" city games.

Your objective is to pick up fares and get them to their destinations ASAP, usually by ignoring the rules of the road and taking the most direct route (even if it is over grass and through car parks!)

The emphasis is purely on fun, and not on driving simulation (would you really want a game driving a cab stuck in busy traffic ferrying businessmen to meetings or drunk people home from the bar?) but it makes it pick up and play.

You do have to get used to the Forward / Neutral / Reverse gearing, but once you get the hang you can use reverse as an additional brake.

The product placement from the arcade is present, so you can take people to KFC and Tower Records.

You have the option of playing the arcade version, where time counts down and is increased upon a successful fare, or you can play a timed mission to obtain the most money in so many minutes.

Soundwise, bands such as the Offspring provide addictive tunes. The passenger's comments can get a bit irritating after a while though.

The "Crazy Box" addition allows you to practice stunts, although some of these can be very annoying at first until you get the hand of it.

Overall another great addition to a Dreamcast collection. You may also want to consider Crazy Taxi 2, which is more of the same but set in a fictional New York-style setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series, still a classic 5 Feb 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Despite a few years passing, Crazy Taxi is still as enjoyable as it ever was. Even with its arcade roots Crazy Taxi manages to have surprising depth within, providing a lot of scope for mastery of both the cities and the handling of the cars. Going from only lasting 5 minutes in arcade timed mode to over 2 hours once I'd learned the intricacies of the city to get the full appreciation of this game is going to take time and dedication. It also has that vital "just one more go" factor when trying to beat previous high scores.

The crazy box which is a series of mini games that work well as a break from the game and a high score challenge with friends are all fun to play and some are exceptionally challenging. They really help players to get a grip on the key moves of the taxi which are essential to racking up high scores.

Graphically although obviously not up to today's standards everything is solid, the framerate is smooth, the collision detection is spot on and the bright almost cartoony graphics are still as appealing as they were back in 2000.

The soundtrack consists of four songs, 2 by The Offspring and 2 by Bad Religion which I'm fans of both (in fact this game got me into Bad Religion.) They match the game perfectly although it would've been nice if those who aren't fans of the skater punk/rock genre were catered for with a bit more variety and only four songs does get a bit repetitive on extended periods of play.

Even now there are few games within this sub-genre of racing that come close to matching this for playability, design, control and challenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Taxi 30 Dec 2000
This game is simply amazing! You'll never put it down. The graphics are superb when you consider the speed the game is played at. The music by The Offspring is great and well suited to the game. The shrieks from your passengers makes you want to scare them even more and even chuck some out before arriving at their destination.
Licences are hard but challenging, especially for Mum & Dad!! However keep at it and you'll get there. Easy controls make it very easy to pick up and drive.
A real family game with lots of excitement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crayzeeeeeee 18 July 2000
By A Customer
If there are any DC owners left out there without this game then, let me tell you, you're missing out. This has to be THE best DC game currently available, and the sole reason I purchased a Dreamcast. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a short lived game, it's not. You'll be playing it for many a moon. The cars handle realistically and there are several very enjoyable sub-games. "Just one more game" you'll being saying to yourself in a bid to beat your highest score. Top notch. Get this game!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive , But No Longlasting Thrills 25 May 2004
By DocBhoy
I was impressed by the fact that this game was pretty much exactly as the arcade version . This obviously has its plus points in terms of excellent graphics , a snappy game idea with instant appeal , and a 'just one more go' factor about it . Unfortunately it also suffers from the fact that the instant appeal can wear out after a short period of time without any feeling of accomplishment beyond a slightly higher score than previously attained . Nevertheless , the game is to be recommended as a classic .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Quick delivery and as expected, awesome!
Published 7 days ago by Richard Prettyman
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, would use seller again
As described, perfect, would use seller again.
Published 4 months ago by Marc donald
4.0 out of 5 stars its time to have some fuuuuuuuuuuun
some games don't need a well developed story, some games don't need complex and involving controls- and there is no better example 3d example of this than CrazyTaxi. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Joe_Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars play for 5 minutes then leave in box for 2 months
Arcade conversion very good game but not too much depth. Once you've given one taxi ride you've done it all. Try playing "Virtual make cup of tea" instead.
Published on 6 Mar 2001 by gary_alway@dell.com
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games on Dreamcast
I have only recently discovered the wonderful world of Dreamcast, and Crazy Taxi was one of the first games I purchased for my new console.
What can I say? Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game right enough - but background music sucks!
Agreed - great graphics, simple but exciting game to play from 4 yr old to however olds, ..but hey what the heck is wrong with the background music. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2000 by Carbon1095
5.0 out of 5 stars What a game!
Wow! When I rented a Dreamcast with this game, I was thinking that it might just be a Driver rip-off, but how wrong was I! Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The best thing about this game is the learning curve. The better you get the more enjoyable the game becomes. I still play it 6 months after I purchased it.
Published on 4 Oct 2000
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