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Jul
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An arcade and console classic, Crazy Taxi is a game that needs little introduction. After spending quite some time on iOS, you can finally live out the glory days of Dreamcast chauffeuring shenanigans on Android.

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$5 appears to net you the full Crazy Taxi experience, conveniently placed ramps and all. I'm almost at a loss for words writing about this game, because I am struggling not to just start playing right now. I'm not sure just how well the controls will translate to a touch interface, but Sega's typically done a pretty bang-up job on virtual controls compared to a lot of other console ports I've played.

3, 5, and 10 minute runs are included in the arcade and original gameplay modes, and if you're not a fan of the touch controls, you can also torment yourself with tilt-operated taxiing. Controller support is also in tow. 16 mini games are packed in, as well as the rockin' tunes from the original.

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The game appears to be compatible with an impressive amount of hardware, and the 227MB download isn't going to weigh too heavily on your remaining internal storage. Hit up the Play Store link below to get it. There are two additional links for the international and international "lite" (demo) versions below as well (thanks to everyone who pointed this out!).

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • reallylengthyname

    OHHH YEEEAAAHH! wanted this to be on android for years!

  • jayray78

    $5 for a 15 year old game? Come on Sega.

    • John

      If it's fun & entertaining then I don't mind paying $5.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      People will complain about any app that costs more than a dollar, I swear to god. You're not willing to shell out $5 to support the work Sega did in porting this title and optimizing it to run on Android? The equivalent game costs $9 on PC, and as someone pointed out, that doesn't even have the original soundtrack.

      People complain that free games suck because they have in-app purchases and that they'd rather just buy the content outright, but they'll complain just as quickly about damn near any game that isn't AAA quality and completely original costing more than a few dollars as being "overpriced."

      I shelled out 15 bucks for Final Fantasy III when it came out on Android, and it was a damn good investment. I dropped 5 bucks on this without question. You can't have your cake and eat it, and that's exactly why mobile gaming has to the shifted to this loathsome free-to play / in-app purchase revenue model.

      If you believe $5 is too much for this game, you're part of the problem with mobile gaming.

      • Jeremiah Rice

        Also: I paid $60 for it back in 2000. $5 today seems more than reasonable.

        • RyanWhitwam

          With inflation that's about $81 in 2013 money. You made out like a bandit.

        • Kenny O

          Me too.....and it was worth every penny. This was one of my favorite Dreamcast titles.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        Seconded. "$5 for a 15 year old game" sounds like a damn small price for nostalgia. Especially when the alternative is that these games disappear forever. People underestimate the work it takes to keep old games running on new hardware.

        If $5 is too much to keep your childhood alive, you don't deserve the games in the first place.

        • Francois Roy

          It'll even be on sale for a dollar or so sooner or later..;

          I'm always glad to shell a couple bucks for games of this caliber.

      • Perv Bear

        Even if you had a Dreamcast and. Looked for a used copy your still looking at 5$ probably, now if only Nintendo would release it's old achool games on android I'd be in heaven.

        • thisphuckinguy

          I'm dying to have optimized Zelda games for Android.

          • wally

            it's nintendo, don't hope too much :D

            sega & square enix ports lot of their games to mobile. you can expect more to comes from them.

      • S. Ali

        > you're part of the problem with mobile gaming.

        No, people like you who report on these crap games while collecting the ad revenue from page views is the problem with mobile gaming. You're complaining there aren't better games, but you keep reporting on them.

        Pot meet Kettle.

        • tuse

          Get off the internet.

      • bukawa

        Its not user choice to support mobile gaming. Mobile gaming is not a charity.

      • TornZero

        I spent $8-9 for Chaos Rings 2 during one of SE's sales, and it's worth a helluva lot more than the combined $80 I'd paid for Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2. (I got XIII near launch; XIII-2 I found for $20 at Walmart.)

    • Ricardo Steve

      You probably pay $5+ for a 15 year old meal, and I bet you don't tell the employee "Well, what a ripoff! I should eat whatever I want, and maybe have to wait some hours between meals, or I could pay $0,99 for an IMP (in-meal purchase)". Please, you're the type of person that is 'forcing' the mobile gaming to be IAP-based.

    • Windbeutel

      It's too much for me, since I got my game with a pack of kellogs.
      So I will not pay so much for game only without cereals :D

  • Guest

    Original soundtrack...? The PC version had a staggeringly crappy substitute because Sega lost the rights the original Offspring songs.

    The "YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!" at the start kind of defines that game in some ways.

    • drmickhead

      The iOS version has the original soundtrack, and according to the description in Google Play, this one does too. That's awesome news!

    • http://shanked.me/ Shank

      Surely I'm not the only one who just heard that song start playing in my head after reading that, right?

    • ludwig

      don't play the pc version.

      get gamecube or ps2 version of crazy taxi, the game iso is only <100mb. you can play with emulator.

  • Kevin

    "...and the 227MB download isn't going to weigh too heavily on your remaining internal storage"

    That must be a joke, right?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Many modern mobile games are well north of 500MB, this is pretty small for a full-3D title.

      • avinash_g

        The problem is that the data goes to internal sd for phones which have both external and internal sd
        So for some,it can be a big deal.

        • Bradley Ruiz

          use FolderMount and it wont be an issue :P

          • Kevin

            I'm going to try this and see if it works. Thanks

      • Kevin

        (I really did think it was meant to be sarcasm. See avinash_g's comments as to why.)

        Yes, it's true that it's small for a full-3D game, but I'm not sure the generality applies. Semantics, I guess.

  • avinash_g

    Finally :) :) :)
    Will have to start freeing up internal sd space!!!!

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I'm torn. The Xbox re-release demo was a bug abomination of a remake which I never bothered playing, same as the Sonic Adventure re-release. I've pretty much avoided playing all of their re-releases since because of it. Any fans of the original who've played this who can attest to whether it's a truly functional, playable, enjoyable port?

  • Ravi

    you forgot to link to the international version

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.CrazyTaxiasn

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Thanks, I didn't notice that!

  • Karlo

    GPS Location
    No thanks Sega

  • JohnyKatana

    Please Ubisoft/Reflections do the same and release Driver 1 & 2 for Android!

    • nawa

      I hope one day we'll get NFS of 02-05 years on mobile devices too...

  • avinash_g

    There's also a lite version which gives you one minute of gameplay
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.CrazyTaxiLiteasn&feature=search_result

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Ah, nice!

    • xnifex

      international only? do they have a us trial?

      • DrM

        International... and not available in my country (Israel).

        • auff

          I had the same issue, Intl, not available in my country(NZ) but then I installed the normal version fine...

  • jeffrey beck

    Sweet. Now when are they going to release Firefox?

  • skitchbeatz

    Controller support in games like these is exactly why I want Google to release an OUYA competitor.

    • guest

      Sixaxis allows you to connect a wireless PS3 controller (need root). You can also hook up wired XBOX360 or PS3 controllers with USB OTG cable (no root required).

      Can hook up phone to TV via HDMI so already have plenty of Ouya competitors.

  • Funem

    oooh £4 and works with my new MOGA Pro controller.....

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Gamplay might be the best of its kind, but I feel that the graphic is not so interesting like it's in the past. When I look at Real Racing 3, it makes this kind of graphic looks pale in comparation. Even Virtual Tennis looks a lot better.

  • ADFA

    FUCK U BITCH LOSE UR TIME SUCKING FOR CIGARETTES BITCH