September 22, 2000
Crazy Taxi is perhaps the most original title in the arcades for years. Most racing games have you driving from point A to point B in the quickest time possible to claim victory, but Crazy Taxi is a little different. The object of this game is to pick up passengers and deliver them to their destination before the timer runs out and in doing so earn fare money. It may sound strange but it is a lot of fun.
After selecting a driver you will find yourself in a realistic looking town. Well, they may not be real location but they are littered with real places such as KFC or Pizza Hut. Soon enough you will find someone that needs a taxi urgently to get to the other side of town or to a local store. In fact, Crazy Taxi encourages you to drive the passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible. If the drop off point is on the other side of the park don't go around, go straight through it. The sooner you get there, the more money you receive and the higher your overall ranking.
Playing Crazy Taxi is a blast. With silky smooth controls and plenty of obstacles to destroy it will be hard to forget about this game in a hurry. To add to the excitement AM2 have used music from The Offspring and Bad Religion, just to help the adrenaline if it drops a bit. AM2 have also put a lot of time into the conversion for the home. This isn't just a straight arcade port but has several enhancements including a brand new map to drive around as well as 9 mini-games for your VMU.
It look as if Sega have created another hit with Crazy Taxi. With sales in Japan of well over 120,000 units in less then a month and strong sales in America this game looks set to be the title to re-establish the system in Australian stores and homes. Hopefully, Ozisoft will create a strong advertising campaign for this title, although looking at their past records I wouldn't count on it. Thankfully for games players, with or without advertising, this game is a guaranteed winner.