While it was familiar fun, 2012’s mobile port of Crazy Taxi left us hungry for something new. After all, there are only so many times you can port the same classic game before “classic” starts to lose meaning.
We wanted something different. We wanted something fresh. We wanted a Crazy Taxi that was developed from the ground up for mobile.
Crazy Taxi: City Rush looks to be just what the doctor ordered.
We’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the game thanks to it’s Canadian soft launch, and can report that it’s a Crazy Taxi unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. We’ll be spending some more time with it before it’s release to determine whether or not that’s a good thing or bad thing, but right now we’re leaning positive.
Gone are the game’s traditional arcade controls, replaced with endless-runner inspired one-touch gameplay. You’ll touch the screen to switch lanes, swipe down to reverse, tap to brake at your destination — that sort of thing.
It’s actually quite good fun.
There’s no firm release date yet, though a recent tweet from the game’s official account said we can expect Crazy Taxi: City Rush to hit Android and iOS sometime in August.
In the meantime, SEGA was kind enough to share some screens to introduce Gamezebo’s readers to the drivers and mission types you’ll find in the game. (And if that’s not enough to tide you over, here’s how to get a Canadian iTunes account of your own):
Maria Del Rey is a new addition to the Crazy Taxi Team and one of the first people you meet.
Jake Johnson is a man of impeccable taste and when you drive with him you get a +5% Ride Bonus!”
Mandrew gets you a +10% Ride Bonus and is a cuddly Corgi cosplay character.
Speed around Uptown with Axel, a classic Crazy Taxi driver, who won’t stop for anything.
B.D. Joe of Joe-Go Cabs is in the Beach District and is one of the craziest of the original Crazy Taxi team.
Dash through Downtown with Gena and the Red Ride Taxis Company.
Too much traffic? There won’t be after your Tank Mission!