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Sega originally released Crazy Taxi for Android priced at $4.99, but until March 19th, you can now get the game entirely for free. We're talking the full package, complete with everything from the original music by the Offspring to all the craaaaaaazy money your frightening driving skills can earn you. Unfortunately, the one thing you're not likely to get are future updates.

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You see, Google doesn't allow developers to make paid apps on the Play Store free, then return them back to their original paid status. So instead, Sega has temporarily taken down the original Crazy Taxi entry and replaced it with a free one. When this version goes away in a week, it probably won't see the same kind of support the paid version does. That said, if it currently runs on your device, it will continue to do so unless a future version of Android comes along that breaks it.

Sega's using this sale to draw attention to an upcoming entry in the franchise, Crazy Taxi: City Rush. That free-to-play title will introduce modern visuals, but it will also come with less desirable innovations, such as social network integration and in-game currency.

Yeah... You might want to hit the widget below instead. Looks like this is the best free Crazy Taxi gaming we can expect for quite a while.

SEGA TAKES TO THE STREETS IN CRAZY TAXI: CITY RUSH

Legendary Crazy Taxi Franchise Returns to Mobile Platforms with

New Arcade Experience Full of Signature over-the-top Excitement and Action

SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2014 – SEGA Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest game in one of the company’s most iconic franchises: Crazy Taxi™: City Rush. 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-fueled missions, wild challenges – and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customize 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.

“Creating a new game for our Crazy Taxi fans is extremely rewarding,” said Chris Olson, Senior Vice President of SEGA Networks. “City Rush embodies the spirit of Crazy Taxi with its signature frantic arcade action and crazy stunts and also delivers a new mobile experience with easy one touch controls and social features.”

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush has soft launched in limited global regions, with plans for a full global release later this year. More information will be released leading up to the game’s official launch.

As a special ‘thank you’ to longtime fans, SEGA is also pleased to announce that the first game, Crazy Taxi, is now free to download on the App Store and Google Play for a limited time.

For more information on Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, please visit the official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube page. To watch the Crazy Taxi™: City Rush announcement trailer, please head here:http://youtu.be/em7kky1xaFc.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cheeseball

    You see, Google doesn't allow developers to make paid apps on the Play Store free, then return them back to their original paid status.

    Google needs to fix this.

    • Jonnyw2k

      Or sega could just drop the price to a minute amount such as $0.01

      • Sir_Brizz

        The lowest price a dev can set is $0.99. Anything lower than that was always Google doing it themselves.

      • Cheeseball

        As mentioned by Sir_Brizz, the minimum price a developer can set is .99 USD.

        Besides, that would just be a compromised workaround and not a viable solution.

      • Alexander Fuchs

        I am a developer and I have apps under 0.99$

    • Deeco

      I was wondering the same, how was this possible?

      • Cheeseball

        Hello! It's mentioned in the article:

        So instead, Sega has temporarily taken down the original Crazy Taxi
        entry and replaced it with a free one. When this version goes away in a
        week, it probably won't see the same kind of support the paid version
        does.

        • Laura Steven

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  • Sir_Brizz

    Ugh. Freemium. Is anyone else getting absolutely famished of all the stupid freemium games?

  • Joe McClellan

    What the deuce! Where is the game?

    • hickhamt

      and now it's gone? went to the play store, said it was compatible with motoX.. clicked install, said it was, but never showed up on my phone.. went to the play store on my phone and doesnt show up in the market... non-rooted motoX... anyone else having issues?

      • ddh819

        try installing it from the Play website?

        • hickhamt

          actually here's a google+ discussion on it:

          Pedro Borges
          1:50 PM

          I was able to download it on my motox (haven't tested it yet though). I tried searching for "Crazy taxi" but that didn't work -- I ended up searching for Sega, then "more apps by developer" and found it that way. Download took a while but it did download and install.

          Tony Hickham
          1:56 PM+
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          THANKS +Pedro Borges ! that works for me too... damn! 227MB!?!? better be awesome! lol... someone needs to rip the APK while it's free and sort of available.. wonder why a samsung galaxy tab isnt officially listed as compatible... my 4yo. boy would love this on his tablet..

      • Jordan Pt

        I had to scroll a while before finding it. Apparently because they "reposted" it to the Play Store, all of the rip-off apps are now higher ranked in Google's algorithm.

  • h4rr4r

    I will take this free game, but I give 0 farks about the freemium one.

  • http://www.friendlyphotozone.com/ Friendly Photo Zone

    wow... I didn't remember Crazy Taxi being so one-dimensional and boring. I guess my expectations are different.

  • SetiroN

    Buying games "because one day I might play it" never pays off. :(

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I never asked for this....

    Another day, another ruined franchise. Good fucking job, Sega. You really have lost it now.

    • Jordan Pt

      I don't even get how they can claim this is better. If anything its the more limited, less fun, "easy"/lazy version.

  • Meduneter

    flappy bird is now available in play store :D

  • remister

    Where's my thanks, I sent this one in, earlier today.

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

      Sega sent out a press release. We obviously appreciate tips very much, but in this case we got it from the horse's mouth.

      • remister

        I'm better than the horses' mouth, I am a camel, I spit. It's all good.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Not only that, I spotted the new free game as early as last night and sent them an email to ask wtf is up and where the paid version is. They replied this morning with the PR.

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          If I bought the paid version before, when it comes back will play store show it as purchased? Or will it be a new item, thus making me pay again for it?

  • Spasillium

    This runs like crap on my Nexus 4. From the moment the main menu shows it lags. Other games I have on my phone like Real Racing 3, Riptide GP2, and Ridge Racer Slipstream run smoothly. So WTH, Sega?

    EDIT: Looks like others are having the same problem too. One of them being a Note 3 user.

    • http://Egosistema.net/ The All New RSX

      Sony Xperia E , 0 lag
      WTF?!? XD

  • remister

    Fine Print: Offer ends 3.19.14

  • daas88

    I'm getting my Moto G in about 2 weeks, if I install this now in my current device, will it be available for free in my Moto G when I get it? As if I had purchased it?

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Yes, it should still show up as an app you own under Google Play.

    • sean

      You should.

  • Sinistar83

    The description of the City Rush game makes it sound like an endless runner 'on rails' type of game.

  • primalxconvoy

    Just played it. Seems to work on Moga A and B modes but the annoying popups advertising the freemium game seem to disable it until you press the "x" to remove the pop-up.

    Also in the "crazy box" challenges, there is little to no time to read the instructions before the game automatically starts before you are ready.

    Not a very polished or good version so needless to say I uninstalled it and will probably play the emulated version.

    Why can't official companies emulate their games better than unofficial emulators?

  • Andrew Vrba

    I'm genuinely surprised with how good this port turned out! I'm usually left feeling very underwhelmed by Sega's offerings on Android. Its well optimized, and they even managed to get that classic soundtrack we all know and love.