Arcade games don’t come any more classic than Crazy Taxi. It’s a staple of any decent amusement centre, sitting right next to PacMan and Time Crisis in the coin-operated hall of fame. After being revived for Dreamcast, Playstation 2 and Xbox, it’s now revving its engines once more on Android tablets and smartphones.
Hopefully unlike any taxi ride you’ve ever had. In Crazy Taxi you earn tips for making the journey as dangerous as possible, swerving around the road like a lunatic in the name of shipping pedestrians from A to B. Passengers come in several different categories – green for long journeys, red for shorter trips – so it’s important to choose carefully as the clock ticks down.
The gameplay itself doesn’t get any more complicated than that, but there are a range of different game modes and characters to give some variation. Even so, Crazy Taxi is all about the arcade mode really – loaded with the same two-song soundtrack that will take you back to the first time you played it. Like the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack from around the same era, there’s a small part in the back of your brain that exists purely to store the songs of Offspring and Bad Religion – whether you like it or not.
Similar to other ports like this, the game lends itself better to tablets than it does to phones. While the controls are very simple, it can be frustratingly easy to slip between the drive and reverse gears on the smaller screen. The £4 price tag also seems a little on the pricy side for an Android port, but when you consider how many 50ps we put into this thing in our youth, it seems a small price to pay.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Just like we remember it, Crazy Taxi has lost none of the thrill which made it such a classic to begin with. Don’t expect to see anything new here, but if you loved it the first time then jump in the back and hold on for dear life.