Crazy Taxi is one of the greatest arcade games ever made. Sega recognizes this, and has milked the franchise over the years with ports to consoles and mobile devices. Now after all the ports – the original creator of Crazy Taxi is back with a brand new title exclusively for mobile devices.
Sega announced this morning that Crazy Taxi: City Rush is coming to iOS and Android devices later this year. The free-to-play title was designed by Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno and developed by Hardlight Studios.
So, how does Crazy Taxi: City Rush stack up to the original? The core gameplay is still the same, but some concessions have been made to better suit mobile devices. For starters, the taxi is now on a somewhat fixed path going at a fixed speed. To turn, you swipe left or right at street corners and you can swipe down to turn around. The game is also mission based so you won’t be picking up random passengers anymore.
Of course, this is a free-to-play game so you’re going to have to deal with the usual pitfalls associated with the genre. Playing the game will cause an energy gauge to deplete and you can’t play anymore once said energy gauge is empty. The gauge does refill over time, but you can buy an instant refill through money earned in-game or through in-app transactions. Like the best free-to-play titles, the game can be completed without having to spend a single cent. If you don’t want to wait, the option is there though.
Despite the revamped control scheme and new mission structure, the game appears to retain the Crazy Taxi spirit. If you still can’t believe it, check out this comparison video from GamesRadar:
While you’re at it, you might want to check out the admittedly humorous trailer from Sega:
Image via Crazy Taxi/YouTube