Crazy Taxi

Common Sense Media says

Chaotic driving thrills for older kids.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The African-American character (B.D. Joe) has huge red lips that some families may find offensive. Good taste takes a back seat to entertainment.

Violence

Players are free to drive through, over, and around anything they like, smacking into buildings, cars, and other obstacles.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some off-color language.

Consumerism

You can drive to the Levi's Store, Pizza Hut, Tower Records, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some passengers cry "Damn it!" when the cabbie rams too many obstacles. And while each of the four cab drivers is stereotyped to some degree, the African-American character is over the top --especially his oversize lips.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In CRAZY TAXI, players, in the role of cab drivers, pick up and drop off as many passengers as they can before the clock runs out. When the timer expires, drivers are scored for the fares they collected and rated on their overall performance.

Players career around a 3-D cityscape, stopping near color-coded passengers. Those in red circles have short, easy trips; those in yellow circles require longer trips, offering more money and more time off the clock.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Crazy Taxi is aptly named, serving up chaotic driving thrills. The joyride begins almost immediately; kids will have no trouble getting up to speed without even cracking the manual. And no police uphold the rule of law in this city, so players are free to drive through, over, and around anything they like, smacking into buildings, cars, and other obstacles. Some passengers give larger tips for a more exciting ride, while others jump out of the cab when they're too scared. It doesn't exactly teach safe driving habits, but it can be a decent amount of fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about safe driving. Have you ever ridden in a real taxi and felt like one of the passengers in the game? Families can also talk about the stereotyped characters. Are stereotypes ever OK?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:December 23, 2001
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

This review of Crazy Taxi was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 14 years old Written byskater_gurl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

I love this game!!!

This is one of my favorite playstation 2 games. I just love all the fun challenges and the crazy cars and characters! The content of this game isn't a problem at all, either!
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

One Big Crazy Game!

When I was a very young girl I found my brothers playing this game. One day I played this with the help of my brotherat the age of 5 or 6. After that I never played this game but I always remembered it. When I bought a PSP, one of the first games I installed was Crazy Taxi. I really liked this game. It's fun! Yeah, the language is some times off but it's not that clear. Over-all its really CRAZY and really FUN!
Adult Written byHaloFreak123 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools