Welcome to another installment of PadGadget’s Flashback Friday. Every week we spotlight a game or app that appeals to the younger version of ourselves. Whether it is an 8-bit side-scrolling game, or a macramé how-to app, we love to go back in time. Last week, we reminded you of the time-sucking PC duo from Cyan Worlds. I had almost forgotten how long it takes to get through Myst.
This week, we are getting a little bit crazy with a flashback to the turn of the century. It is hard to believe that we left the 1900s more than a decade ago. The nineties brought us Grunge music, bowling shirts and the height of the Goth era. It also brought us Crazy Taxi.
Crazy Taxi took the gaming world by storm in the late 1990s. By 2000, it had landed in the living room of practically ever kid who owned a Dreamcast, Playstation 2, or GameCube. Players control a supped up taxi as they barrel down the city streets, looking for the next fare.
Players must pick up a fare and race to the next destination in a timed trial game that offered rewards for getting there fast. If you get your fare to his destination within the designated amount of time and with few accidents, you’ll receive a tip.
Once you’ve dropped off the fare, drive to the next one and repeat. As the game goes on, you’ll run low on time. Once your clock runs out, the game is over.
Choose from the four original cabbies, including the green-haired Axel, the joyful B.D., the sweaty bald Gus, or the quick-witted Gena.
The iOS version of the game is an identical port of the console version, including Arcade Mode Original mode with three, five, and 10-minute time limits. The game also features 16 mini games, like taxi bowling, balloon popping and super speed pickups.
You will be pounding pavement to the tunes of Offspring and Bad Religion, but if you really can’t stand those tracks, you can always listen to your own device’s music library.
Crazy Taxi is available for $4.99 for the iPad and iPhone. Pick it up in the App Store today for some good time turn-of-the-century fun.