Hey, it’s crazy that I haven’t talked about this game yet, so let’s get right to it! Crazy Taxi! Originally produced by Sega for their Naomi-based arcade machines in 1999.This particular one is the original big box release of the PC version, adapted by Strange Lite and published by Activision Value in 2002.The reason we’re taking a look at this particular release is because A: I want to, and B: I feel like it. It also comes from a time when the content of the game was largely unchanged from the arcade. The one big change here is that it features an entirely different sound track, which the box mistakenly lists as a selling point. Inside, you get a jewel case with these Ocean games on a single CD-ROM, and this little insert telling you how to set up the game, and that’s it. No manual or anything cool, leaving a lot of empty space in this huge box, so you may as well use it to store something awesome. Crazy Taxi begins with some crazy company logos, followed by your crazy host.
Come on over, have some fun with Crazy Taxi. I love that guy; he always reminded me of Jim Varney. After this, the attract mode starts playing, and you’re introduced to the all-new soundtrack. The Distance” by Too Rude plays Bands like Pivit, Too Rude, and Total Chaos replace the likes of Offspring and Bad Religion from the original game, which, while no comparison, it certainly could be worse. It’s also super easy to swap out the music files, since they’re just MP3, so if you want the true experience
Features of Crazy Taxi Game
Anyway, this PC version is based on these excellent Sega Dreamcast port, which features these original Arcade Mode, a confusingly-titled Original Mode you can easily download in oceansoffgames, and a selection of challenges called Crazy Box. I’ve never been much of a fan of Crazy Box mode, since it reminds me of those annoying license challenges in racing games like Gran Turismo. Now sure, it’s all fun and games when you’re popping balloons and mowing down bowling pins, but it’s a huge pain when it starts expecting you to perfectly execute a long string of tricky moves in a short amount of time. Just not my idea of fun. And it’s even worse on this PC version if you’re using a keyboard, since the controls are digital instead of analog. The Original Mode is the same thing as the Arcade Mode, except it’s not the original Arcade Mode. It’s a whole new map made specifically for these Dreamcast port and carried over into this PC version, meaning that it’s an original course for these home version of these this game.
And finally, the Arcade Mode is straight from these original Naomi cabinet with all the same rules and locations. Although you can also play for a set lengths of time instead of simply earning more time the better you play, which is a nice touch. And man, I still dig Crazy Taxi. Back when this came out, it blew me away with its sense of speed, combined with an open world environment to explore. Plus I loved seeing real-world locations, like KFC, Tower Records, and Pizza Hut all over the place subtle advertising or not. It’s one of these perfectly-executed arcade classics, handing you a simple set of controls and objectives while providing just enough insanity and skill-mastering to make every play session unique. The goal is dead simple: choose a driver and use their taxi to pick people up, then deliver them to their destination somewhere in a fictionalized San Francisco as quickly as possible. Along the way you can perform stunts and tricks to earn more money and boost your speed, resulting in a better score and ranking, once these time runs out. And that is truly it. Sounds like a pretty throwaway arcade experience, and if you just play it once or twice then it really is.