282661_5If you have fond memories of wasting entirely too much time playing Crazy Taxi on your Sega Dreamcast, Mad Processor's Parcel Panic - Post Car Racer 3D [App Store] is really worth checking out. In the game, you play as a delivery truck driver on Tapiti Island, a strange land where customers expect their packages to be delivered in a matter of seconds or minutes instead of the days (or weeks) we're used to in the real world.

Starting the game, you have 60 seconds to get to the first seemingly random package pick up location indicated by a green circle on the ground. Once there, the bed of your truck is filled with crates and you need to race the packages to their destination. Guiding you to where you need to go is both an arrow, a mini map, and a dotted line showing you one way you could take.

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Once you get familiar with Tapiti Island, you'll quickly realize that simply following the dotted line is not the fastest way to get from place to place as there seem to be shortcuts and ramps everywhere. Getting massive amounts of air also adds a few seconds of time to the clock, and when you successfully deliver your cargo, you're also awarded bonus time. The game continues until the clock reaches zero.

Also included is a free play mode where you can explore Tapiti Island. Although you may not notice it while you're frantically ferrying packages from place to place, the island itself is home to all kinds of varied architecture and overall, in my opinion, seems much more interesting than the repetitive cityscapes that made up the Crazy Taxi world-- Even though Tapiti Island is nowhere near as large.

The developer put together the following trailer for the game:

Really, the only thing I don't like about this game is the camera takes a bit of getting used to. Your truck is controlled by tilting, which is standard for games like this, but your viewpoint seems to always tilt to keep the truck level on the screen regardless of how much you're tilting your device. The driving physics themselves seem fairly realistic, so your truck doesn't turn instantly, but the way the screen will tilt all the way to the side makes it feel like it should be.

It's only disorienting the first few times you play the game, but since people have mentioned not liking games with cameras that tilt with the device it's worth mentioning that Parcel Panic is one of the more extreme examples of this. Even though it has a weird camera, Parcel Panic is by far the closest thing to Crazy Taxi on the App Store, and completely worth a look for that reason alone.

If the Crazy Taxi comparison is lost on you, Parcel Panic is a fun and fast paced driving game with tons of jumps, unlockables, great graphics with effects that scale depending what device you're using that I've really enjoyed since loading it on my iPhone.

App Store Link: Parcel Panic - Post Car Racer 3D, $2.99

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  • 1337brian

    Yes. Yes it looks just like Crazy Taxi... For $3 I don't think you could go wrong!
    If you like those types of games that is...

  • 1337brian

    Yes. Yes it looks just like Crazy Taxi... For $3 I don't think you could go wrong!
    If you like those types of games that is...

  • seearees

    I'm definitely guilty of spending far too much time playing crazy taxi on the dreamcast. I used to often arrive late or even miss my last period in high school because my friends and I would go to my house during lunch to play.

    This game is tempting but just doesn't seem to quite have the appeal that crazy taxi did. I'm still holding out hope that Sega ports the real thing to the iPhone soon. It'd be perfect for the platform. Then again, Sega has been horrible at ports thus far so it would likely disappoint.

  • seearees

    I'm definitely guilty of spending far too much time playing crazy taxi on the dreamcast. I used to often arrive late or even miss my last period in high school because my friends and I would go to my house during lunch to play.

    This game is tempting but just doesn't seem to quite have the appeal that crazy taxi did. I'm still holding out hope that Sega ports the real thing to the iPhone soon. It'd be perfect for the platform. Then again, Sega has been horrible at ports thus far so it would likely disappoint.

  • PsYkikGMR

    I bought this blindly looking at the pics on the app store. I thought it would play like Crazy Taxi. It does in the way of getting from point A to point B as quick as you can, but it just doesn't have that sense of speed at all as Crazy Taxi or all the crazy driving things you can do. It plays like a go cart to me, but that doesn't mean the game isn't fun. It's actually very fun, but if you're hoping for a Crazy Taxi like game, this won't feel like the game you're hoping it would be.

  • PsYkikGMR

    I bought this blindly looking at the pics on the app store. I thought it would play like Crazy Taxi. It does in the way of getting from point A to point B as quick as you can, but it just doesn't have that sense of speed at all as Crazy Taxi or all the crazy driving things you can do. It plays like a go cart to me, but that doesn't mean the game isn't fun. It's actually very fun, but if you're hoping for a Crazy Taxi like game, this won't feel like the game you're hoping it would be.

  • dumas1000

    Pretty decent, in terms of fun factor, but learning curve is steep; at least it is in terms of getting enough points to pass the levels. The second level is rather difficult. It could be dangerous for the devs to have gone this route, simply because it feels as if the game itself was developed with casual gamers in mind.

    Then again, this game emits sort of a laid back vibe. Maybe people will see it as a relaxing, stress-free experience, and it won't really matter if they cannot pass the levels.

  • dumas1000

    Pretty decent, in terms of fun factor, but learning curve is steep; at least it is in terms of getting enough points to pass the levels. The second level is rather difficult. It could be dangerous for the devs to have gone this route, simply because it feels as if the game itself was developed with casual gamers in mind.

    Then again, this game emits sort of a laid back vibe. Maybe people will see it as a relaxing, stress-free experience, and it won't really matter if they cannot pass the levels.

  • Bruce

    I bought a copy and like it. I think it is a calmer, gentler version of Crazy Taxi. The only real complaint I have is that it needs more than the one environment to drive in.

  • Bruce

    I bought a copy and like it. I think it is a calmer, gentler version of Crazy Taxi. The only real complaint I have is that it needs more than the one environment to drive in.

  • tadad1

    A good fun game that requires a fair bit of strategy. To clear a level with a Gold ranking takes seemingly endless replays but eventually you instinctively learn where each destination is, where each bumps in the road or tricky corners await to dump your load, the best jump points and their best approach for that perfect landing that will save you precious seconds yet even then it can all go wrong in an instant.

    Sadly once I unlocked all four vehicles and each levels Gold ranking there was little incentive to keep playing despite there being 99 different delivery pick up and drop off layouts for each vehicles they all take place on the one small map and though each route changes they all feel pretty much the same and become boringly repetitious.

    All that aside as it stands it a good fun romp and well worth $3, hopefully new maps will be added in the future and even if they are $3 a pop via DLC the game is so enjoyable I would not hesitate to pick them up in an instant.

  • tadad1

    A good fun game that requires a fair bit of strategy. To clear a level with a Gold ranking takes seemingly endless replays but eventually you instinctively learn where each destination is, where each bumps in the road or tricky corners await to dump your load, the best jump points and their best approach for that perfect landing that will save you precious seconds yet even then it can all go wrong in an instant.

    Sadly once I unlocked all four vehicles and each levels Gold ranking there was little incentive to keep playing despite there being 99 different delivery pick up and drop off layouts for each vehicles they all take place on the one small map and though each route changes they all feel pretty much the same and become boringly repetitious.

    All that aside as it stands it a good fun romp and well worth $3, hopefully new maps will be added in the future and even if they are $3 a pop via DLC the game is so enjoyable I would not hesitate to pick them up in an instant.

  • http://next.iepa.net AlexL

    I've enjoyed a lot Crazy Taxi on the Dreamcast in the past. This game looks very promising, will try it soon. In the meantime thanks for this mini-review. Happy New Year to everyone! :)

  • http://next.iepa.net AlexL

    I've enjoyed a lot Crazy Taxi on the Dreamcast in the past. This game looks very promising, will try it soon. In the meantime thanks for this mini-review. Happy New Year to everyone! :)

  • Brandon

    I bought it and thought I would like it... the only problem I find is speed... it just plain lacks speed, it feels really slow to me. :(

  • Brandon

    I bought it and thought I would like it... the only problem I find is speed... it just plain lacks speed, it feels really slow to me. :(

  • DeShaunz

    Graphics are stunning! Really I play this game just for the eye candy!! lol

  • DeShaunz

    Graphics are stunning! Really I play this game just for the eye candy!! lol

  • omg

    is crazy taxi coming out soon? i want to play that on my ipod

  • omg

    is crazy taxi coming out soon? i want to play that on my ipod

  • TheRocK

    Actually this game is pretty boring. I expected something like Crazy Taxi and got bored after playing through the tutorial. The game feels very slow and the environment looks also very boring. It controls well, but other then that it is not much fun.

  • TheRocK

    Actually this game is pretty boring. I expected something like Crazy Taxi and got bored after playing through the tutorial. The game feels very slow and the environment looks also very boring. It controls well, but other then that it is not much fun.

  • Lord Gek

    Is it true that there is no randomization of routes? Like you are always delivering to the exact same spots in the same order with each of the vehicles?

    • Bruce

      Yes, true... But you can take any route you like and finding shortcuts and jumps is part of the game.

  • Lord Gek

    Is it true that there is no randomization of routes? Like you are always delivering to the exact same spots in the same order with each of the vehicles?

    • Bruce

      Yes, true... But you can take any route you like and finding shortcuts and jumps is part of the game.

  • chrishelms

    finally!!! i loved crazy taxi on my sega dreamcast. it doesn't play the same way and i definately miss the leningrad cowboys but this game rocks! i really like the graphics and the car controls! i don't find the environment too small, since there are some hidden ways to get quicker to your destination. i'm more the type of player who likes small levels to explore than vast landscapes where i get los....
    i hope to see more good games coming from mad processor in the future!

  • chrishelms

    finally!!! i loved crazy taxi on my sega dreamcast. it doesn't play the same way and i definately miss the leningrad cowboys but this game rocks! i really like the graphics and the car controls! i don't find the environment too small, since there are some hidden ways to get quicker to your destination. i'm more the type of player who likes small levels to explore than vast landscapes where i get los....
    i hope to see more good games coming from mad processor in the future!

  • menom

    welcome to chrishelms of mad processor!

  • menom

    welcome to chrishelms of mad processor!

  • rich_952000

    I am happy with my purchase, not a bad game at all. :)

  • rich_952000

    I am happy with my purchase, not a bad game at all. :)

  • 04Yajnesh12Joglekar1997

    Can you please produce parcel panic for wave 3
    I just love it.