When your favorite childhood memories are brought back to life years later, it can be an anxious experience. As games, toys, and movies are reinvented for the modern age, the things that made them fun for us as kids can be forgotten in the redesign. I’ve had plenty of disappointing moments in my lifetime as my favorite games get dragged through the mud and turned into something completely different than the things I loved.
When SEGA announced that it was reinventing Crazy Taxi for a new generation, I was immediately wary of what was to come. When I found out that the game’s original creator, Kenji Kanno, was on board for this version’s design, my fears were lessened, although not completely dismissed.
After Crazy Taxi: City Rush launched today in the App Store, I went into the gameplay with scrutiny. It is different. Very different. However, my memories have not been dragged through the mud as I feared. It is actually a pretty good game.