New Crazy Taxi Game Doesn’t Seem Nearly Crazy Enough

Sega’s just announced a new Crazy Taxi game. For mobile. Now what do you think that’s going to look like? If you guessed something that looks a whole lot like an infinite runner, then congratulations. This ride’s on us.

Crazy Taxi: City Rush will be hitting the App Store and Google Play later this year as a free-to-play release, ditching the open world design of the original game for an on-rails, swipe-centric experience. Here’s the relevant stuff from the official press release:

From Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade smash hit and Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top mobile developers comes a game reimagined for a new generation of mobile gamers. Crazy Taxi™: City Rush captures the spirit of the beloved Crazy Taxi series with one-touch, intuitive controls that make for a fun and frantic ride everyone can enjoy.In Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, there’s no mission too insane, no stunt too dangerous and no passenger too outrageous…nothing is safe!

Free to download and play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush was designed exclusively for mobile and will release globally later this year.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you the first news of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush,” said Executive Producer and creator of the arcade original, Kenji Kanno. “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.”

Swipe to quickly change lanes, whip around corners, onto sidewalks and ramps to send your cab soaring through the air. Drive crazy through an all-new big city setting.

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush will launch with a wide variety of adrenaline-fuelled missions, wild challenges — and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customise your cab to increase its power and visual appeal with a wide variety of over-the-top upgrades. Take your friends for a ride and blaze a trail through the city, sidewalks, and alleyways for special rewards.

The game’s out in several regions around the world and you can get a sense of the gameplay in this video from, which was spotted on NeoGAF.


  • Sooooo… a “free” rehash of a beloved niche old franchise for mobile devices… why do I get the feeling that this will be the only time in history where the taxi driver will be the one expected to pay the exorbitant fare?

  • This is for everyone, but is also a sort-of reply to @aliasalpha and @weresmurf as well.
    They did just release the old one as well, but I suspect that will be paid for, enticing the younger/casual audience to this new free version.
    But at least the proper old one will still be there for the fans, hopefully for a cheap price (it’s available for free now as well, as a heads up)

      • I’ve downloaded it, but I never played the original so I wouldn’t know (I also don’t really listen to msuic in mobile games).
        I looked online and it seems that it has the original soundtrack, with an option to listen to your own if you get tired of it.
        (So if it’s not, then you might be able to buy the soundtrack and play that as you’re playing the game).

      • I’ll throw out a no, I don’t think any re-release of this game came with the original sound track.

      • I’ve just downloaded the Android one, and it’s definitely got at least some Offspring songs in it. The first one I heard was the one that starts with “Ya ya ya ya ya”. I’m not sure if the entire soundtrack from the old one is present, though.

      • From the Play Store description: “Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion ”

        So, yes it does.

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