Crazy Taxi Review

Crazy Taxi Review

Jul 15, 2013

Crazy Taxi was just as important a part of the nineties bands as The Offspring and Bad Religion were. Disregarding the fact that it was originally released in 1999, of course. It actually has The Offspring and Bad Religion as a soundtrack! Come to think of it, whenever someone mentions Crazy Taxi, it’s because they make a remark about how they became fans of those bands because of it. I know I did. Still, although iconic soundtrack is what makes Crazy Taxi remembered to this day, the rest of the game was just as good – when it was originally released on Sega Dreamcast, at least.

The idea behind Crazy Taxi is really simple and interesting. It’s not a game about a homicidal maniac, and it’s not about a hotshot street-racer. It is about an honest, taxpaying, hard-working taxi driver, driving his clients around town in an appointed vehicle. He is also completely bonkers. They don’t call it “crazy” for the crazy cheap rates, after all.


Crazy Taxi offers several game modes, mostly only differing in the time limit. There’s also an option to compete in Crazy Box, which is a collection of small stunt maps. Unfortunately, there’s no unlimited, or career mode, which would be of great benefit to Crazy Taxi. Anyway, apart from the Crazy Box, the task is always the same. The cab drives through a vast city, and takes passengers by stopping somewhere around them. After a passenger loads, he asks to get to the required destination as fast and smooth as possible, relying on a green arrow above the car that points towards it. If he gets there sooner than required, and the player performs some tricks on the way, there’s additional fare to be offered – but only if the client gets to his destination in the end, and the cab won’t get shaken too hard, of course.

The town is always the same, and its urban greyness becomes tiresome after a while, but there are four different taxi cabs to choose from, with different drivers. Several tricks that can be performed while driving are also a neat addition, and they are not that difficult to execute. The controls are generally quite simple: two arrows to turn the car, and acceleration and brake/reverse buttons on the right. It is also possible to switch to tilt controls, but there are no other options.

In general, Crazy Taxi leaves a nice, but a bit of a disappointing feeling. It’s a gold classic, flawlessly transported to mobiles, sure, but it looks dated quite a bit, mainly because it lacks several fundamental features that could make Crazy Taxi interesting for a long time. There’s no chance to roam around the world, spend money to improve the cab, or unlock new features, and there’s no multiplayer, which I think, is what could make Crazy Taxi a lot more enjoyable. In the end, not counting the nostalgic bliss, great soundtrack, and a basic idea of driving carelessly around an open world, the game is just a bit more than mediocre. If the fact that this is Crazy Taxi on mobiles isn’t exciting enough, the whole game probably won’t be, as well.

Jet Set Radio Review

Jet Set Radio Review

Jan 9, 2013

Remember when Sega was in the battle to be the biggest game console out there? Well on the Sega Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio was born. It mixed graffiti, rollerblading and music, all of big things at the time. All of them make for a really fun game. While the younger Sega deficient players of the modern day might not think it is as amazing as it really is, Jet Set Radio is a really good remake of a Sega classic for the Android platform.

The plot of the game is to protect the turf with graffiti so other gangs can’t claim the territory. The tagging (spraying graffiti) is marked out with a red arrow. The locations can be on cars, trucks walls and anywhere flat. In some levels, the rival gangs come in and spray they tags. Make sure to cover these up ASAP to keep the territory. The larger tags can take multiple cans to cover. While spraying, arrows appear on the screen. Using a finger on the screen, make the motion of the arrow. This will make the character spray their can. Usually there are several motions needed to create or cover a patch of graffiti.

To be able to tag the different spots, collect the spray cans. Depending on the level, different colors might be scattered around. Look for the yellow cans, all of the others are used by the other gang. If other cans are collected, it’s less for them to use. The skating controls are a combination of an on-screen D-pad and a few buttons. The movement is very reminiscent of the many games in that era; not quite as exact newer games. Use rail slides and different grabs to gain points and have fun while running from the police. After a

All through the game the music is very DJ and Hip-Hop (not rap) infused. The style music ties in great with the feel of the game. The Android versions has 29 of 30 tracks from the original Dreamcast release. It’s awesome they kept the music in Jet Set Radio as close to the original as possible.