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SEGA releases Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire, an idle-tapper meant to coast off of the nostalgia for an 18 year old game

It looks like we now know why the original Crazy Taxi was so recently resurrected as a free app on the Play Store. It was in preparation for today's release of Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire. That is right, there is now a new Crazy Taxi game out on the Play Store. But don't get your hopes up, as this is not a racing game in the slightest. This time around Sega has seen fit to borrow from the original's popularity and release an idle-tapper with a Crazy taxi skin.

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Sega Offers Crazy Taxi For Free In The Play Store To Hype Up The Upcoming Freemium Sequel

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.

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Crazy Taxi For Android Updated With NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Support

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.

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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.

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Crazy Taxi Review: A Near-Perfect Dreamcast Port That's Cheaper Than Cab Fare

Dateline: 1999. A 12-year-old Jeremiah Rice spends every cent of his allowance at the local Pizza Hut's dingy game room, trying to perfect an S-Class run on the brand new Crazy Taxi arcade unit. Another fourteen years have passed, and SEGA's ode to irresponsible driving isn't exactly the technical marvel it once was, but it's every bit as fun. And a single fiver will let you play as much as you want on Android.

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Crazy Taxi is from a different age, before sedate casual games were the norm. It laughs at the idea of realism, driving by new features like bump-mapping and realistic physics engines, giving them the finger as it power drifts over a drawbridge.

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