Crazy Taxi is a video game, developed in 1999 by the company Hitmaker (formerly AM3) for Sega. After the release as an arcade game, porting followed Dreamcast (2000), PlayStation 2 (2001), Nintendo GameCube (2001) and Microsoft Windows (2002). It is the first game of the Crazy Taxi series.
The gameplay takes place in a virtual city (West Coast, the visually oriented to San Francisco instead). As a taxi driver, players try to take as many passengers in succession and brought to various destination points. The game allows for free navigation in the large areas and freedom of decision, which persons are to be carried. Even before this is a colored ring (and its radius) surrounding the customer, to see how far they want to be transported. To play, you get a certain number of seconds to as "seed money", which immediately begin to count down. Once you shoot a passenger, one more seconds to be added to bring the customer to the destination. In addition, over the head of the passenger starts another clock showing how many seconds remain for this passenger count down. Through a successful delivering up to obtain the specified sum to start the journey and upon discontinuation of clients more precious seconds, depending on the speed: in "Speedy" five seconds, for "normal" or two and "slow" at all any more. In addition, we have the opportunity through various stunts, such as reckless driving, jumps or drifts to get to one-enhancing tip. Do you manage not to take the passengers to their destination within the required time to jump it, without paying out of the car. During the drive has a large green arrow in the middle of the top of the screen on the destination.
The console and PC ports contain another city and the new "Crazy Box" mode as a game option. "Crazy Box" is a collection of mini games that are still less than the main game has in common with the genre of racing games. All of them are rather assigned to the games of skill. For example, the taxi serves in this example as a bowling ball or the player must attempt to jump a long jump record of a lie down.
The entire picture of the game features a blend of realism and cartoon-look that has many bright colors. The Video Games Magazine (Issue 3 / 2000) evaluated the Dreamcast version with 91%.
The popular American bands Bad Religion ("Inner Logic" "Ten in 2010," "Hear It" and "Them and Us") and The Offspring (All I Want, "" Change the World, "" Americana " "One Fine Day," "The Meaning of Life" and "Way Down the Line") pieces of music have contributed to the game, which can be heard during the main game, the title and credits. One exception, however, offers the PC implementation of the game, the soundtrack featuring a completely different, from lesser-known rock bands.
The goals brought hope to the passengers to be included in addition to general places, such as a police station, a stadium, a lighthouse or a railway station, as well as Company-Pizza Hut, a FILA and Levi's store or Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Crazy Taxi 2
2001, the continuation Crazy Taxi 2 for Dreamcast was released exclusively. The gameplay of the original will remain unchanged, but now there is the possibility to groups (two to four people to chauffeur). The wage is paid, however, always until the last passenger was delivered, so long trips are now more risky groups, but also profitable. In addition, the taxi is now at your fingertips a step function, which allows even more than in the first part, where you primarily use trenches had to be curtailed through roofs and walls. This time the Big Apple, and, as a sail Zweitstadt, Small Apple, regions that are optically real in the New York City lean. However, these cities not urban dreariness, but again a varied and colorful cartoon look. Another change is the new four-man peloton (Slash, Iceman, and Hot Cinnamon-D). For the first time can also be trips to record and save to the VMU. This can either be Crazy Pyramid trips or "normal" trips, but for the additional entry points are available, and where one has a fixed time account. Will be evaluated according to according to how crazy is the journey and not how much money you earn. As in the original are also in this new game of skill tests (Crazy Pyramid). 2 Crazy Taxi offers again a licensed soundtrack with new songs the band Bad Religion, The Offspring and Methods of Mayhem for the first time.
Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller
In the summer of 2002, this time at first exclusively for the Xbox, the third part of the series, published Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller. When new territory is in this game, the Glitter Oasis. One area that appears at night Las Vegas (and the Grand Canyon). There are also four new riders (Angel, Bixbite, Mrs. Venus, Zax). Playful consistently the renewals of its predecessor have been retained. In addition to the new area, you'll find the cities of West Coast and Around Apple (each an area from the two predecessors) that have been significantly revised and include the subsequent renewals (jumps on cue, Fahrgästegruppen, etc.). In these areas, we find again the eight well-known driver, whose design has been slightly revised. A port of the game for Windows followed 2004th In this game you will find new mini-games and skill games (Crazy X). In addition to already used songs deliver the famous bands which also has the music, in addition, Brian Setzer and Citizen Bird. Later, an arcade machine was released on Crazy Taxi third
In addition, an implementation of the first part was published for the Game Boy Advance (Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride, 2003 by THQ). In 2007, the game Crazy Taxi was: Fare Wars (in Japan Crazy Taxi: Double Punch) released for the PSP. This combines the two first Crazy Taxi-parts in itself. The soundtrack has been replaced. The songs in the game come therefore from lesser-known rock bands. However, own, will be played on the PSP songs stored in MP3 format during the game. This was also removed all the product placement.
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