SEGA's Crazy Taxi was a very welcome addition to Android's gaming lineup last month, and no less so for a wide array of controls. The game came with standard on-screen controls, tilt steering, and support for HID and MOGA controllers. It was strange, then, that the game was incompatible with the controls on NVIDIA's SHIELD. Other SEGA games had already been updated for the launch. But today Crazy Taxi was updated to version 1.2, complete with SHIELD-friendly controls.


I tried out the game for our SHIELD review, and in addition to the lack of physical controls I found it to be strangely slow on the screaming hardware - some kind of incompatibility in the game itself, I supposed. That's also been addressed, and now it runs as as well as you'd expect. Crazy Taxi is pretty good on just a screen, but the full-sized console controls of the SHIELD might just fool you into believing that you're playing on your trusty old Dreamcast.

The SHIELD support wasn't mentioned in a changelog, but a previous post on the Play Store page indicated that it was coming. I've tried it out on our review unit, and it's fantastic. SHIELD owners don't need to do any calibrating for the updated game to work: just download it, install it, and get going. The super-boost is still a bit tricky, just like with a MOGA controller; make sure you've got the analog stick pointing up to pull it off correctly. Now go make some crazy money.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sean Royce

    Does anyone on this forum actually own a shield? I'm actually curious.

    • Stephen


      • ItsDaNSAAAAA


    • Rza

      Yes!!! It's awesome!!! Especially when paired with a GTX670 :)

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Yep. I do, it's been about 10 days and I still haven't played anything on Xbox Live since (Borderlands 2 and CoD Black Ops 2). I just keep playing Riptide GP2 and some emulation. I can't put it down.

      Edit: and I haven't even used the PC streaming features since I don't have a card that's better than or equal to a GTX650... yet. The Shield is actually making me want to upgrade my video card. Probably nVidia's plan all along.

      • Sean Royce

        Cool, good to see a perspective from someone that owns one.

  • Primalxconvoy

    I think the controller support also is for ouya controllers.