Crazy Taxi

 

Learning(i)

Arcade classic brings fast-paced fun, with a few hiccups.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The timed aspect of the game as well as the numerous twists and turns in the street make it challenging -- and the steering controls aren't exactly precise, which makes the game harder to master, but the chaos also adds to the fun. 

Violence

There's plenty of unsafe driving and auto wrecks, but nothing that's particularly graphic. The app also encourages players to bend and break traffic laws. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A "more games" link is visible on the app's start screen. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crazy Taxi is an app version of the arcade (and Sega Dreamcast) classic, filled with fast driving and traffic law-ignoring action. Users will cut off and slam into other cars to get their passengers to their destination on time (or early). The game is all very cartoonish, but the depiction of the sole African-American cabbie is a bit stereotypical and could be offensive to some. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Crazy Taxi wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Crazy Taxi wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players slip into the driver's seat of a cab and pick up and drop off fares before time runs out. Different colored coins associated with the fares indicate the rate -- and distance you must drive. If you fail to get to their destination in time, no money is earned. Acceleration and braking/reverse are handled by buttons in the bottom right corner, while steering is done either by buttons on the bottom left or via the phone or tablet's gyroscope.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CRAZY TAXI is a title that comes with a lot of nostalgic feelings attached to it -- and Sega smartly opts to leave well enough alone in this mobile port of the game. The music, the gameplay, the characters ... they're all the same and they bring back the magical feeling of the original. 

There's a sense of barely controlled chaos in the game that gives you an adrenaline rush, though the controls sometimes feel a little too loose. The only real negative is the somewhat stereotypical (and offensive) representation of the sole African-American character. It's not a game that will keep you entranced for hours at a time, but as far as pick up and play options go, it's a great one. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:October 11, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:125.00 MB
Publisher:SEGA
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander December 26, 2013
age 8+
 

A little frantic, but nobody gets hurt

In crazy taxi, you are a taxi driver who must pick up customers a drive them to their destinations in a time limit. Because you are given little time, play sessions are frantic and intense. You can destroy some objects and can hit cars, but pedestrians can never be ran over. I didn't find the African American character offensive. Sure, his voice did sound like a typical African American stereotype, but none of his character qualities were negative. He's in fact the most likable character because of his beatific persona. A pedestrian may use d-mn, but it's rarely heard. One song, "Way Down the Line" originally contained the f word, but it has long been censored. It still has some questionable lyrics. One line describes a drunk dad beating his kids and one references a teenage pregnancy, but it's hard to hear the lyrics in game because of the band sings very fast and the taxi cab is fairly loud. I only realized this when I looked up the lyrics. Crazy taxi is overall a pretty good port from the original, but not much has changed and it shows. The handling of the car is still tricky, the graphics are ok, and the gameplay can become repetitive. It's still was a good trip down memory lane.
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