A few weeks back, Sega announced a new, mobile-exclusive entry in the beloved Crazy Taxi franchise called Crazy Taxi: City Rush, and today they've soft-launched the title in the Canadian App Store. Crazy Taxi: City Rush was a polarizing announcement for fans of the series, as many worried that a free to play monetization method and simplified "one-touch" gameplay could ruin the Crazy Taxi formula.

We'll have to spend some more time with Crazy Taxi: City Rush to see how it all shakes out, but if you have access to a Canadian App Store account then you might as well give City Rush a download and check it out for yourself. Keep in mind it's a soft-launch, and the version available in Canada at the moment feels rough around the edges in some spots. Sega will likely update and tweak the game for at least a month or so before launching worldwide, so it'll be interesting to see how it evolves. Also, be sure to check out the early impressions in our forums.

Canadian App Store Link: Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Free (Universal)

  • J.R. Jalapeno

    Getting tired of these soft launches. Give the USA a chance to be first once in a while.

    • Tyashki

      It's not like you guys are first for everything else or something.

      Oh wait. :P

    • mclifford82

      It's not that hard to sign up for different app stores, especially with a gmail account where you just add +nz or +ca to the end of your username and still get the emails at your normal address. username+nz@gmail.com for example.

      • Design by Adrian

        But if the game relies on web servers, they don't want the whole world to hammer them at once. They want to test the impact.

    • Carl

      Getting tired of the USA getting all the options for streaming of video and music. Give Canada a chance to get some once in a while.

  • HarryWarden

    Completely agree. Soft launches just encourage people to make multiple iTunes accounts.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I'm not sure Apple cares about the niche of the niche of gamers who are so hardcore about iOS gaming they have two iTunes accounts. You're basically talking a group of people so small they're basically a rounding error compared to the rest of the market.

      • anabolicMike

        There's a your mom joke in there that I am too tired to pull out for you. Sorry.

  • arr4ws

    What a travesty this game is. Another endless runner.... :/

    • thiagovscoelho

      are you on canada, did you get to play it

      • arr4ws

        Yes im in canada. This is not a crazy taxi game. Its a goddamn endless runner with a crazy taxi skin.

        I already deleted it. Now way i will encourage developpers to use games IP in that way.

        Crazy taxi is a better IP than what this game is.

    • Design by Adrian

      Another game botched because they can't bother releasing a proper game on mobile...

  • extol4000

    All I want to know is if The Offspring tracks are present.

    • SonixManix

      Yes.

      • mclifford82

        The proper response is "YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH!"

      • Cookies

        That's pretty much sold it for me.

  • James Gerbino

    Bah. I'm still enjoying the REAL Crazy Taxi. I still had the old Dreamcast hooked up until I got on NVidia Shield. Everything has to be so simple a 4 year old can play in on momma's phone and buy the IAP's.

    • jamesgecko

      What do Dreamcast and Shield have to do with anything? Was the iOS port of the original Crazy Taxi not real enough for you?

      • James Gerbino

        What Dreamcast and Shield (and android) versions have to do with it is quality CONTROLLERS. iOS didn't have any controllers until recently, and still has no good one for iPAD. The Mogo Pro for droid devices, the Shield's built in controller and the Sega console controllers make the game fun, unlike touch/tilt which does not for me. I have a Steelseries Stratus now, but it is so tiny that it still doesn't make the iOS version of Crazy Taxi as good. I play the best version, not just the one approved by Apple fanboys.

  • Cookies

    SEGA is releasing games we actually want to play whilst Capcom is abusing the trust of their fans. What the hell has happened to the world?

  • godofodd

    Wow, what a colossal disappointment. This is Temple Run in a taxi. This game has nothing to do with the original Crazy Taxi. The route is entirely automatic and predetermined, all you do is swipe left and right to avoid traffic. Not at all what anyone was hoping for.

  • josh nolan

    yeah ill just keep playin the port....crappy part about them ruining these games like this is dummies keep lining up to give them money for it.....they will probably make more money on this turd then they did for the port that was awesome.

  • Capronissimo71

    Guys, i just downloaded the game but it's completely messed up! The buttons and everything is unreadable. Anyone noticed that?

  • CkX82

    Does it require internet to play ?

  • http://madebymadison.com Madison

    They should have called it Crazy Taxy iAppalooza! I'll stick to the old one. That was updated with 'bug fixes' which means Ads for the new one. Bad taste Sega. Bad taste. Taking a fun franchise and turning it into an iApp Endless Runner. SHAME. ON. YOU.

  • spokentruths772

    Where is this game?!? Lol