Do you suffer from road rage but lack the inherent aggression to properly express it? Have you ever wanted to purposefully cause mayhem in a motor vehicle without any of the real life consequences? If so, Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire might be the game for you!
The popular SEGA classic has rolled out an app port and it’s just as crazy as its predecessors! While the goal of the game is to pick up passengers and drop them off at their destinations (like any good law abiding cabbie) the fun is all in the mayhem your fleet of taxis will cause as they recklessly drive around town looking for stunt ramps and jostling every pedestrian in sight.
Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire is easy to get the hang of, you simply tap on a customer to pick them up and tap again at their destination to drop them off. If you see a blimp or a jump ramp, tap it, and watch chaos ensue. For each of the above actions you will earn in-game cash which are used for buying and upgrading more taxis. Keep an eye out for VIP customers and complete contract-based missions to earn even more cash to help build your maniacal taxi empire!
It starts a bit slow when you are only managing a couple taxis but as your fleet grows the game picks up a bit of speed and there is a certain visual appeal of watching five taxis terrorize a small cartoon city. As you progress you can unlock new areas and their own unique cab designs, of which there are many.
Aside from the main in-game currency, cash, you can also purchase diamonds which are used to boost your earnings, unlock more cash, or buy in-game lottery tickets which unlock more rewards. You can also watch video ads for some extra in-game cash when you’re feeling strapped.
Although the game is visually pleasing it lacks basic controls and almost no decision-making is needed. Unlike past Crazy Taxi games you don’t manually control your taxi, you simply tap (and tap a lot) to go from one point to another. With a full set of taxis the pace picks up but when you unlock a new area it feels painfully slow controlling one or two taxis again and the in-game cost to unlock some of the more unique taxis and fill your roster is massive.
Despite its visual appeal Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire simply strips too many controls to maintain longevity after a few hours and really give meaning to the mayhem. You never really feel like you are in control, and although you can make some decisions on which cars to purchase and upgrade you are really just along for the ride.
Overall Score: 3/5