Crazy Taxi 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

This past Friday, games maker Sega flagged down a Crazy Taxi sequel, dubbed Crazy Taxi: City Rush. As part of the announcement, the original Crazy Taxi for the iPhone and iPad has gone free in the App Store for a limited time. This is free in a true sense of the word – there are no in-app purchased to spoil the fun whatsoever! Crazy Taxi is based on the hugely popular Dreamcast classic and if you haven’t played this game yet, I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try.

It’s a title unlike any other. I mean, what other game lets you hurdle off parking garages, barrel through traffic-packed streets and perform crazy combo and stunts as you attempt to scare up the most fares? As a bonus, Crazy Taxi is packed with humor and you can’t beat the fun factor…

Crazy Taxi features Game Center support for leaderboard and achievements, lets you listen to songs from your iTunes library and includes sixteen mini games.

You can play in touch or tilt control modes and choose from three, five or ten minute gameplay in Arcade and Original mode. Trust me, it’s a blast!

As for the sequel, mobile-exclusive Crazy Taxi: City Rush will soft-launch soon in select markets as a freemium download, Sega said last Friday.

The game basically takes the familiar Crazy Taxi concept and soups up the gameplay with modern visuals (see the iPad screenies below), expanded environments and customizable cabs while leaning heavily on the social component, allowing you to connect to Facebook to compete against your friends.

Crazy Taxi City Rush (iPad screenshot 001)

Crazy Taxi City Rush (iPad screenshot 002)

A collaboration between original Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno and Hardlight Studios of the Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash fame, City Rush opts for a more approachable controls that’ll have you tapping and swiping to maneuver your vehicle.

Polygon has more on that, based on their hands-on time with the game:

The gas pedal is permanently floored, which left us to navigate the titular taxi by hopping lanes with a left or right swipe. Braking to drop off or pick up new customers was as simple as tapping a touch screen, while sharp turns and U-turns required holding a swipe or moving our finger in a specific direction.

Gameplay was simplified for the mobile platform, but still felt as frantic as console versions, thanks to the need to dodge cars or quickly switch lanes.

Download Crazy Taxi free in the App Store.

Be advised – the game will be free until Wednesday, March 19.

The 151MB download runs natively on your iPhone and iPad and requires the iPad 2 or later, the iPhone 4 or later or the fifth-generation iPod touch.

I still have my Dreamcast lying around somewhere…

  • Stefano

    nice! downloading it asap LOL i didn’t even know it was on App Store

  • Christopher Ablaza

    Thanks for the heads up! I used to love playing this game on my old Dreamcast.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    You got to be kidding me??? :O >_<
    Not available in Indian Store???
    Shitttttt man!!! Damn devs!!

    • Reyas Mohammed

      In India its Crazy Taxi (International), so its not free…. 🙁

      • Anmol Malhotra

        ohh i see.. Just saw it on AppStore… Damn it cost rs270 🙂 🙁

      • Reyas Mohammed

        I have a German app store account, so downloading from that 😉
        You may try creating another account in any European appstore, so that you can get many apps free.. like ign free game of month..

      • Anmol Malhotra

        But how come i can have 2 accounts on my iphone??
        Like i have many purchased content on my Indian appstore id… i think creating a new id from another country will remove that.. is it?? 🙁

      • Even I have Indian appstore account and different other appstore accounts. You can keep the Indian appstore account for all other activities like iCloud, facetime etc.

        Inside appstore app, signout and sign in with German appstore account, then download what ever you need. After its done, signout and signin with your Indian appstore acccount. Itunes also will sync the newly downloaded apps. When ever there is any update, you may get a popup in Itunes to give the password for the German appstore account.

        Hope this helps..

        If required, you may contact via my profile.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        So this means if i download an app from US account and then sign through indian account I can still play my game ( eg : crazy taxi )… Am I right??

      • Yes, you are right.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        I cant make an account… I think apple changed their terms and conditions for making an Apple ID
        The credit card information needs to filled up untill you want to proceed.. Shittt man… Unlucky >_<

      • Did u try to create account directly?
        Take a free app, then click free button. Then it will ask you to login or create account. In that way, you dont need to give credit card info. when it asks billing info, select none and go on.. hope u can crack it..

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Finally made an account..
        Now i need to know one thing only
        So this means if i download an app from US account and then sign through indian account I can still play my game ( eg : crazy taxi )… Am I right??

  • Micky Ganon

    like it ?

    • Anmol Malhotra

      NO!!

      • Micky Ganon

        take it easy

      • Anmol Malhotra

        HAHAHA!!
        No offence dude 🙂
        That’s your choice.. But I didn’t like it… I think solstice is the best one so far..

    • Jason Baroni

      Yeah, I dislike it too.

    • iDude

      would’ve been better if it is using a blurred type wallpaper. And i’m not sure what’s the reason behind shrinking those icons if you are not planning on squeezing an additional row.

      • Micky Ganon

        Ok, I got it. You dont like it ..
        It’s fine with me because I like it

    • David Gitman

      מה קורה

      • Micky Ganon

        sababa ahi

      • David Gitman

        תכלס אהבתי את הערכת נושא
        translate: I kinda liked your theme

      • Micky Ganon

        תודה גבר ! מה הם מבינים פה בכלל, כולם פה הודים חחחח

      • David Gitman

        חחחח כן

      • Anmol Malhotra

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  • ConduciveMammal

    What’s meant by “soft-launch”?

    • Merman123

      Released in only a limited amount of places.

  • f1ght3r

    This game is terrible. I wont be wasting my money on the sequel.

    • Jason Baroni

      I like it, actually. I won’t find any racing game on App Store that does not crush on my 1st gen iPad mini with iOS 7 like this one. Worth the download.

  • Mescudi

    Ok this is not related to the topic above, but does anyone know what app I can use on my Mac to show my whole phone including screen, while using screen recorder on my iPhone. Jeff uses it all the time. HELP is for a class presentation.
    Thank you in advance.

  • iDude

    i had it since last week. you could’ve known it earlier if you got AppZapp app.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Offtopic :
    Whatsapp just got updated ( 20min ago)
    With new chat wallpapers and new icon ( iOS 7.1 like more dark )

  • great, downloading now!

  • tariq

    Omg! I never knew this is an app! I use to play this 10 yes ago on my Sega! Thus game brings me MANY childhood memories. Absolutely best game ever. Sooo happy I get to enjoy this game on 5inch screen. Thank you for this post Jeff. Great game!(: