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The Dreamcast had lots of great exclusives back in the day, and while Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur wowed me, Crazy Taxi is actually one the the main games that sold me on the system. (I didn’t discover Jet Grind Radio until later) I played the original in the arcade was pleasantly surprised by how original the concept was at the time. I loved racing games, but Crazy Taxi mixed some of the exciting elements of racing games with some crazy physics and some action-elements, and wrapped it up in a way that only a 90’s Sega arcade game could. To kick off September 2009 (the 10 year mark for the North American Dreamcast anniversary), we revisit this arcade wonder and hopeful spread the Crazy love to others that haven’t yet experienced it!
- Pick up Customers (Identified by dollar signs over their head)
- Take them where they want to go as quickly as possible (follow the arrow)
- As in most great arcade games, the concept is indeed simple, but you need to be quick on your feet and be as efficient as possible to maximize your score.
Refining Your Technique
- The Basics
- Crazy Moves & Combos (for trimming your time down)
- Level Tips: Arcade Level , Original Level
- Dont stop to far from the customer, this will lose you some time, as the customer is running to your cab.
- Use Crazy Moves to no only save you some time, but which will get you more money via tips
- Mix long runs with short runs, this will help you get more time.
- Like a real cabby, remember the shortcuts around town — it will save you a lot of time.
- “Green” customers have farther destinations and biggest payoff & “Red” customers have close destinations, which are good for when you don’t have much time left. (and colors in between scale as you might imagine)
Maybe some of you have a Crazy Taxi arcade cabinet in your place, but for us mere mortals, we have a handful of solid ports that are easily accessible on some popular platforms for dirt-cheap prices. While I haven’t played it, Crazy Taxi 3 for the XBox supposedly has remade maps of the original Crazy Taxi arcade stage, but I haven’t heard good things about that port. And there’s also a GBA port, but while it’s a feat to get that 3D on the portable, it’s not especially playable. There’s also Crazy Taxi Fare Wars, but that doesn’t come recommended either.