Crazy Taxi has a new sequel! See it compared to the original

Crazy Taxi is getting another sequel? Sure is! I was as surprised as you when I was invited to play the game, especially when it turned out it is an iOS/Android only game. Touch-screen lane-changing sounds dull and not like authentic Crazy Taxi at all, but once you learn that Kenji Kanno (creator of the original game's concept) has been involved in its creation, you might feel more excited. The reality is that although it's been designed for touchscreen devices, it is very much a Crazy Taxi game.

I was allowed to capture footage of the game at the event, so I've mixed it with footage of the original Crazy Taxi (the 360 HD version in this instance), to show you why it's still a Crazy Taxi game at heart.


There will be four areas of the city to explore in the final game, which is due to be soft-released (read: tested) in Canada this summer, with a worldwide release to follow once it's been properly balanced. And it will be free to play, although the team (Hardlight Studios who made Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash) has been careful to ensure you don't have to pay to win. In fact, you can buy play-time and car upgrades just using in-game money. Sounds good to me.

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  • Shadow Of Death - March 16, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    I'm hoping this is just a sort of in-betweener, and that a proper Crazy Taxi for PC and Consoles is in the works. I never really got the first one (I'd get it on PC, if the port wasn't so half-arsed and late besides), but I'd definitely pay good money for a modern one, especially if it included the original as bonus content.
  • LovingLife139 - March 16, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    I was so excited when I saw this article on the front page. Opened it up, saw iOS/Android, and lost all interest. What is up with great video game classics of the past getting new games on phones? (Dungeon Keeper, this, etc.) Are they trying to appeal to a casual crowd moreso than giving fans of the games something to look forward to? I'm not really sure if I should see this as a positive or a negative. On one hand, I guess it's good there's *some* interest in the game, but on the other, they're leaving so many long-time fans out in the cold. Just please don't turn this into another Dungeon Keeper...that phone game was enough of a travesty to a spectacular series to last us a generation or so. :(
  • awesomesauce - March 14, 2014 6:12 p.m.

    Hell I'd pay DLC just for OffSpring- "All I Want" to be on it
  • GR_JustinTowell - March 15, 2014 3:34 p.m.

    I believe it will support custom soundtracks. So if you've got Ixnay in your iPod library, you can ya ya ya ya ya till your heart's content.
  • Child Of Death - March 14, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    Does this game still have an awesome punk rock soundtrack?
  • xdarkheartxa - March 14, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    Lets hope the whole soundtrack is as good as the original
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - March 14, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Stopped reading at iOs/Android
  • universaltofu - March 14, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    I appreciate the positive outlook, but I cringe a little at this guy trying to convince me that 'in the old game you could free roam, and it's the same here, only it's not your on rails and press a button to switch lanes' Still looks cool.
  • GR_JustinTowell - March 14, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    I think it's Kanno's involvement that's made the difference. He obviously knows what the game should be like in his mind, because he came up with it. Plus Hardlight Studios' team-members are reportedly all long-term Sega fans, so they also know what the game should be like. The lane-changing mechanic is only there to allow one-finger play on a touch-screen, which you simply can't do with 'old' Crazy Taxi. I would have been the first to voice my disappointment if the new game sucked, but it doesn't :)
  • universaltofu - March 14, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    That's understandable, I was less poking at the game design, and more at the rhetoric. I trust your judgment.
  • Shnubby - March 14, 2014 6:57 a.m.

    It's annoying that they couldn't make a proper sequel on consoles. Long time Crazy Taxi fans such as myself shouldn't need to have a certain phone in order to play a new installment in one of our favourite franchises. Crazy Taxi 4 for next-gen systems would be awesome.
  • GR_JustinTowell - March 14, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    Well, at least it proves it's not a dead franchise. And you never know, this might be being used to raise awareness of the game again to prepare the market for a console sequel. You never know.
  • Shnubby - March 15, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    I certainly hope so. Would be nice!

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