YesIt might seem unfair to compare a new game unfavorably to another game like it. Still, it’s hard not to know when Taxi chaos is such a shameless clone of Sega’s classic arcade and Dreamcast hit Crazy taxi, from the punk-rock soundtrack of its launched trailer to the way marketing describes playing the game as taking “crazy risks” to rush through the city to bring your “crazy customers” to their destination.
In fact, it reminds me of the gag from the episode The Simpsons when Homer talks about the action movie Keanu Reeves Speed without explicitly mentioning the title. The comparison is appropriate given how The Simpsons: Road Rage he was also a brazen kidnapper Crazy taxi, but at least there was a license for it.
Taxi chaos is definitely a low-budget affair that screams from the start, not only with the stand-in version of New York (known as New Yellow City, so it can still be shortened from NYC), but also in its generic character models. It also lacks polishing, both in resolution and frame rate, even on the PS4 version. When even the home screen for publishers and developers looks nervous, that’s not a good sign.
The soundtrack is disappointing. Sure, The Offspring no one expected, but owning, it seems, just a few uninspired techno songs you might hear returning from the club seems like a bizarre choice, especially for a game that takes place in broad daylight.
Even though you have between two drivers at your disposal – seasonal taxi driver Vinny with his stereotypical Italian wisdom or self-proclaimed ‘influencer’ Clea, who sees this more as a side job in the concert economy – it’s a hint of the depth of the signs. You’ll pick up rock singers, awkward brokers, and pretentious hipsters to discover that their dialogue actually represents the right back-and-forth conversations. However, when your drives can’t last longer than 20 seconds, most of them end up short, and until you pick them up again to hear the same shock, the novelty is already worn out.
Much can be said about how Crazy taxi let his character designs mostly speak – a reverend on the way to church, a pregnant woman in a hurry to the hospital, a cleverly dressed man with a bouquet on the way to a meeting – and they are so much more memorable as a result.
Otherwise, the basic game mode is to pick up passengers and take them to their destination before time runs out while scoring tips by collecting combinations remains the same. The only modern touch is that – reflecting the age of Uber – your performance is rated on a 5-star scale, and you also have the option to take your passenger on a trip.
Then it’s shocking how bad it is Taxi chaos it fails to match what made Sega’s unique arcade runner so addictive at all. What immediately knocks you out is the color coding of the passengers. While in Crazy taxi they indicated distance and price – red is the shortest and green the farthest and therefore the highest earnings – here the color scheme indicates the opposite or follows its strange rules, because next to it there is a time indicator, which is not explained anywhere.
Most confusing is how Taxi chaos actively does not want to play his Arcade mode for long. In Crazy taxi, picking up a new passenger increases your overall timer, giving you an incentive to choose longer prices. But here you’ll get a minute to move your newest passenger to the other end of town just to get your overall timer a miserable increase, which means you can run out of time and get ‘Game Over’ when your passenger timer still has tens of seconds left.
It further consists of flaws that make trying to improve your combinations much less fun. It is almost impossible to miss if your cabin is not literally a hair’s breadth away from another vehicle, there seems to be no way to increase speed when you are already on the move and there is no drift. This leaves your combined bonuses on jumping, which feels less dexterous, but also lags behind when you land with a killer momentum. Meanwhile, shortcuts are simply not clear at all, especially like your navigator arrow, which rotates unpredictably whenever you turn into a block.
Crazy taxi he was hardly known for having a lot of content, mostly coping with the addictive arcade loop of attacks and scores, but even then he still managed to provide an extra map and some challenges in the mini-games in the package. Taxi chaos there are more taxis that you can unlock with different stats, but in addition to its Arcade mode, you also have a free roam that lets you drive without a timer to navigate or unlock Pro mode, which is just the worst idea.
Basically, it’s just Arcade mode, but no navigation, which puts your road knowledge to the ultimate test. Of course, not only is this a nightmare fuel these days when every taxi driver uses his phone’s GPS, but it shows how dirty the open world network map game is so dirty that I barely know where I am half the time.
Again, you can’t help but appreciate how Crazy taxiThe outlines of the west coast map and the circle-like structure provided a better sense of direction, while still having well-placed ramps and more lanes that dared to take risks. In contrast Taxi chaos punishes you for crashing into a police car.
I should note that publisher Lion Castle said they plan to fix some issues via a patch in one day, which could save part of the gameplay in a more passable state. Regardless, Crazy taxi fans will only feel fickle, and Sega should be embarrassed that he even supported him as his Japanese publisher. Rifet about an old song from The Offspring, “On, on, on, on, on, on!”
‘Taxi Chaos’ is now available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One.
Simple but addictive thrills due to fast prices Crazy taxi has been replicated before, from mini taxi games in GTA to FortniteLast year a limited time regime’s inclined taxi. But as a standalone package, Taxi chaos is a cheap, soulless bet that manages to fail in every fundamental aspect of what made those games fun at all.
Fans who feel nostalgic for Sega’s arcade classic are better off downloading the free version of the smartphone Crazy taxi instead of that. Even those feasible touch controls are still a damn better sight than sitting behind the wheel of this in-game car accident.
- Unlockable cabins provide an incentive to play again
- The dialogue between driver and passenger initially gives them more depth
- Polite generic visuals and a memorable soundtrack with side performances
- It spectacularly fails to mimic every fundamental aspect Crazy taxi games
- Pro mode is just a horrible idea