A game so monetized, it's CRAZY.
A lot of publishers have attempted to put new spins on their classic franchises and interpreting them intelligently on mobile devices. Some have done well at this, while others have not. Sega's Crazy Taxi is a classic Dreamcast-era arcade-style title that now sees its first all-new mobile entry. With Crazy Taxi: City Rush, the developers at Hardlight Studios have created an arcade game that incorporates a lot of elements from the series well, while introducing a whole heaping pile of monetization-based roadblocks that surely sour the experience.
Crazy Taxi: City Rush is very much unlike past Crazy Taxi games, and that's mostly to do with the platform it's on, mobile. You don't have the luxury of driving freely around a relatively expansive city, picking up any fare that you want inside your craaaaazy taxi. Instead, you pick from a selection of fares from a menu of one of four areas of a city, which unlock as you make slow progress in the game. The fares have you starting a given play by picking up the person or people needing to be driven to a given location. Sometimes you'll pick up a new person at that same location, and need to drive them to a final spot to complete the fare. Of course, you have a set time limit to complete all of this in.
|Load up on some Bite-Me Burgers, and then haul butt to your next destination.|
You get four plays in your gas gauge that slowly regenerate after several minutes have gone by. You can get free plays from watching a video, but you can only do this a handful times before you can't do so for several hours. You can spend diamonds to refill your gas gauge, but these are better used for taxi upgrades and things of that nature. If you really enjoy City Rush or are just impatient, you can use real world money to either double your gas gauge (around five bucks) or purchase unlimited gas (around ten bucks) to play the game and drive fares as much as you want.
|Drifting around uptown Bay City.|
|Boost up your taxi's body so collisions like this won't slow you down as much.|
In addition to traditional Craxy Taxi fare-collecting and dropping-off missions, City Rush also has a Daily Rush mode that you can only play, of course, daily. It has you trying to go through as many checkpoints as possible with each checkpoint awarding you cash. The more consecutive days you play this mode, the more cash each checkpoint is worth. There is also a mode that is semi-daily that puts you in a tank, trying to run over and destroy as many vehicles as possible in a limited amount of time. These are fun additions to the formula and bring some freshness too.
|Even with speeds going over 100 mph, getting your fare to his/her destination is more important than your safety.|
|Tap, tap, tap-a-roo to stop your taxi in a jiffy.|
|No, I will NOT make a joke about this ride being a day at the beach.|
[SPC Says: B-]