Today Brad and I buckle up and take the classic arcade game Crazy Taxi for a spin, a game we just learned was coming to iOS earlier this week. Crazy Taxi was one of those games that back in 1999, when 3D games were still fairly new in arcades and on consoles, was impressive for not just its visuals but its over-the-top style and driving mechanics.

Your goal was to pick up passengers and zip them to their desired location as quickly as possible at all costs. That means that any pedestrians or traffic that happen to be in your path better watch out, because the slower you are at shuttling passengers around the less money you'll earn for your fare.

Crazy Taxi on iOS is a fairly straight port of the game that came to consoles beginning with the Dreamcast in 2000. You have the original Arcade level to play as well as an additional Original level that was part of the home console releases. Both environments look about the same, with similarities to San Francisco and Southern California, but each has slightly different layouts. You also get the Crazy Box mode which is a set of challenges to complete to break up the normal fare-toting play of the main mode.

If you have warm fuzzy feelings towards the original Crazy Taxi then this iOS version should make you feel right at home. It even features the soundtrack from the original game, which was strangely absent from the most recent re-releases of the game. Crazy Taxi should be hitting the US App Store along with the rest of this week's scheduled releases tomorrow night, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

  • Metroview

    Is it optimized for iPhone 5? Please say it is!

    • HumansAreWorthless

      You would think that any game coming out now will be. Lets hope!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      It is not :(

    • Idris

      If Its Optimized For IPod And IPhone 4 , It Sure As Hell Will Be For IPod And IPhone 5 Mate

    • Daniel

      Original game was 4:3. I don't think they will bother stretching it to 16:9 (iPhone 5). Though it would be cool, got an iP 5 myself.
      I'm happy though that they included Offspring!

  • Mekklesack

    Crazy Taxi will be in my iDevice the moment it comes out, too many good times were had. The game came out during the Internet boom, everything was great then. Even Napster.

    • Metroview

      Ah yes... the glorious days of playing online over 56k and then getting pissed when you get disconnected from a heated battle because someone picked up the house phone. I wonder if Phantasy Star Online is still up...

      Long live Dreamcast!

      • Rockinitus

        I think it is if you use the private servers. Only for pc though.

  • jeffyg3

    Ahh yes, one of the many reasons I bought the Dreamcast back in the days. Damn that was an amazing console, a lot of good games came out for it for the short amount of time it was released.

    • Benegesserit

      The controller was terrible but it had probably the greatest selection of fighters of any console.

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      I played the heck out of Jet Set Radio (coming to iOS soon) and Crazy Taxi, but the I really enjoyed a lot was Skies of Arcadia. I'd really love to see that game make it to iOS!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/H4PLSFF42K7KGS5GVPAFSCZUFA tothe

        Is there any information on the release date for Jet Set Radio iOS? It was announced in July as  "coming soon" but I've not seen anything else since then. 

  • http://twitter.com/FawzmaGames FawzmaGames

    Lets hope the controls don't suck

  • macatron

    Now, SEGA just needs to release Skies of Arcadia and I'll be a VERY happy man!! :D

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      One of my favorite Dreamcast games! I'd also love to see Skies of Arcadia on iOS.

  • Arch Deluxe

    Was fun on the console for only about a half hour. You could definitely justify waiting till it's 99 cents this time.

  • Doug VanDerMark

    Kills me every iPhone release.  I hope it is whatever version optimized.  Blah Blah Blah.  If it is not, so what.  I have had every version of every game, the last thing I ever think about is optimized, as long as it runs, that is all the matters.

    • Metroview

      Cool story?

    • MrAlbum

      I think the fear stems from the ancient PC days, where the slightest thing wrong in the graphics options could potentially crash your computer and destroy important data (worst case scenario, but you get my point). Sure, we have much more stable devices nowadays and the benefit of experience, but that doesn't mean that the fear is entirely gone, even if it is a silly fear. Sure, some individuals are not affected by this, but others are.

      Therefore, while I understand your point and sympathize, I must get bullcrappy angry at your toss-off STFU attitude and how cruel it comes off as. Just because you, as one individual, are not caught up in this old pattern, doesn't mean others aren't. Either leave them to their own devices, or find a way to help them, such as a reassurance that the thing they're worrying about really doesn't matter, or something else that I don't have the brain power to come up with right now.

      Sorry about the anger; it was how you approached the issue, not you as a person, that set me off. It wasn't your character; it was what you did.

    • MidianGTX

      I disagree so whatever. You ask questions regarding your crap, we'll ask questions regarding ours.

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    I'm disappointed with the control options mentioned in the video. I'd much prefer an analogue slider to "digital" buttons or tilt controls for steering. Even better would be if it was one of those controls that centre themselves where you touch the screen.

    I don't see the need to map things like the Crazy Drift or Crazy Boost to double tapping a control either. The standard way of triggering those using the gear controls should be perfectly fine on a touch screen by swiping up and down on the gear control.

    Oh well, hopefully it plays better than it looks, but right now the Crazy Box challenges look like they might be near impossible.

    • Rockinitus

      Didn't they mentioned a tilt option?

  • JJE

    Sega has a bank of game resources going back decades. Every few months they pop out another rerun. That this latest is actually a good game is coincidence. Time was when they removed those ad placements they also could have refreshed the graphics. That they chose not too gives you an idea about Sega's commitment to game development. I'll wait until they put it on .99¢ clearance because my commitment to them is just as weak. It's sad really, the OFAP remembers being blown away by Genesis but nostalgia don't make my iPad humm.

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    About to go to sleep...check TA for the 50th time today...A NEW TA PLAYS!!!  Sleep can wait!!!

  • Gamer_Kev

    I still have the Dreamcast and PS2 versions laying around somewhere. I'll be grabbing this one if it supports my iPad and the iCade controls. It would be a lot of fun playing if on an "arcade" machine again. :)

    • ducksFANjason

      Lol I had this game and a Dreamcast back in the day and then I sold it to Games 4 Less (IIRC). Then I started to feel nostalgic, so I bought one on ebay for like $40. If Sega keeps bringing awesome Dreamcast games to iOS though, I may not need it anymore again :D

  • http://twitter.com/twittedapps twittedapps

    I was scared about texture quality. They just look like they used to be, so fine.
    But it's a lost oportunity of updating a bit this game I've played in arcade, Dreamcast and PC, always the same... (on PC I used to play with wheel :) )

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Ancott/100001876732799 Jeff Ancott

    any word on 3gs support?

  • AbsolutePhenom

    I use to play this on my Dreamcast all the time with the steering wheel, and pedals. Gonna have to pick this up solely for the nostalgia.

  • http://www.yepi8.org/ yepi8

    yeah, i like it, thanks

  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    SEGA has many interesting games. It is bound with my childhood

  • http://www.kizi800.com/ kizi

    I still have the Dreamcast and PS2 versions laying around somewhere.
    I'll be grabbing this one if it supports my iPad and the iCade controls.

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8

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  • http://www.yepididi.com/ Yepi Didi

    SEGA has many interesting games. It is bound with my childhood