Run your own taxi cab company by hiring drivers, upgrading vehicles and getting behind the wheel to complete fares. Some passengers will even encourage you to break traffic laws to get to their destination quickly, but try to avoid the watchful eye of the police.
User reviews: Mixed (128 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 22, 2014
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About This Game

Combining elements of arcade simulation and strategic management, Taxi! puts you in control of an up and coming cab firm based in any one of three 3D cities. You’ll begin with a rundown old taxi, picking up passengers and fulfilling a variety of dispatch missions until you manage to muster up enough cash to upgrade your cab and invest in new vehicles.
Choose your staff wisely, while one driver may be expensive to hire they are less likely to take risks which will end in a collision catastrophe that’ll see you picking up the costly tab at the local garage. Each driver will excel in a particular area but some may be less experienced so you’re not going to want to risk one of your fully upgraded cars on an inexperienced driver that is more likely to prang the vehicle into an unidentifiable mess of metal.
Each of the three cities, based in America, Europe and the U.K includes its own unique cars and will require you to consider what side of the road you’ll need to drive on. Be cautious of potholes, oil slicks, peak time traffic and speed bumps as you seek to deliver your passenger to their destination in a timely manner.
There are a variety of obscure missions that you’ll need to complete that will include impatient passengers encouraging you to break traffic laws to get to their destination quickly and precariously balancing luggage on the roof rack of your taxi.

Features

  • Crashes will cause your taxi cab to dent
  • Hire taxi drivers
  • Purchase new vehicles
  • Upgrade vehicles
  • Day & Night cycle
  • Weather effects including fog and rain
  • Penalties for badly maintained vehicles
  • Speed bumps and potholes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel 2 GHz or greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card with 256 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Ever thought of owning your own Taxi business? Do you like games that are all about patience and following the rules? Then Taxi still isn't for you. If you can get around the game's lackluster driving, the big issue here are the game breaking glitches.

The driving controls are easy, but just not fun. Up to drive forward, down to come to a stop and go backward. Left and right to turn. The camera is automatic and as you drive faster it will change from a near top down angle to letting you see in front of you. It would be nice if you could move the camera around to either soak up the sights of the city or peak around the constant 90 degree turns.

Since you run a legitimate business, any speeding will get you fined. Most of the speed limits are 30 or 40, so I try to keep it under 20. Does that mean kph or mph? The game never told me. Running a red light is a fine. Damage is a fine. Even playing the game as carefully as I do and learning how to be patient, it was a struggle to make money, even when I wasn't fined. In the game's defense, the speed limit and your speed are clearly marked, as is the street lights. What's really odd is the logistics of having street lights not across an intersection, but on your side of the intersection.

You own a taxi service, but in the hour that I played it, I never felt like I ran it so much as drove around picking up fares. In your garage, you can buy cars, hire other drivers, repair cars, clean them, paint them, and fuel them. They're all useless add ons to a shallow driving game.

The core of the game is simple, you drive around picking up fares. Then you wait as they take their sweet time getting into your taxi cab. Once they're in, your GPS shows you where to take them and you just follow the red line. This red line appears on your GPS from where you start, to where you finish, so if you deviate far away from the red line, you need to hit the refresh button on your GPS to get a new red line.

If you can't find a fare, you can click on an icon that will show you to one. These are the more interesting fares. People with luggage that needs to stay on top of your car, because apparently your trunk is full of dead bodies or something. Some people need getaway drivers, so you'll need to avoid cops, but that's okay because the game glitches out where it doesn't spawn cars until you quit and restart the game. Another quest had me following a car. Not subtly either, I had to follow so close that when coming down off of a bridge I rammed it. That's cool, my passenger didn't mind I rammed what was probably his friend's car.

Your fare has a happiness rating, break the law and the happiness goes down, but not by much. The further you drive, the more money you'll get, so always take the long route and your passenger doesn't care. If you want to drive around the city, when the person only wants to be dropped off around the block, go for it.

There are a few fares with time limits and those feel impossible, because you'll need to end up breaking the law and not profiting from them. So its better to waste time than lose money in the process.

One of the glaring issues with the pick up and drop off is how small the zone is. You need to stop in a narrow slot with no wiggle room. Its not that big of an issue, until it comes to stopping in an area with a pot hole that takes up 50% of the zone. Your car takes up about 90% of the zone. So you have to take a hit from the pot hole.

You see pot holes damage your car, which has what I can only describe as a health meter. If your car is out of health, it needs to be towed back to your garage for a hefty fine, but that's not the real problem here. The bigger issue is pot holes are like objects. If you run into them head on, that's fine you can go through them, but if you try to turn into a pot hole or nudge it with the side of your car, it blocks you. In fact I've seen my car ram a pot hole and come to a complete stop.

Each fare tends to be around $100 which is fine. The real problem is the expense of repairs and cleaning. Fuel goes down at a laughably low rate. You'd assume driving around 24 hours a day with no brake would have your gas tank empty three times, but no 24 hours of driving is worth 10% of your fuel. I'd say fuel and cleaning is reversed. Cleaning runs about $50 or so.

You can get your car cleaned, repaired and fueled at your garage, but there are places out and about when driving to have it done. The really cool thing is your passenger sits happily as you get your car repaired. That's super nice of them. I wish I could say easy mode lets you do that and hard mode doesn't let you do that, but there are no difficulties.

Another problem is my car would get damaged without me understanding why it was damaged. Did I hit a pot hole? No. Did I ram a car? No. Did I hit a sidewalk or a stop sign? No. yet it went down. Repairing your car from low to full health can cost $250 - $400. That's about 4/6ths of the money. To the game's credit, there are no shifts, you can drive around for days and days. Just like you can in real life! Hey someone out there has probably done it before! How else will you get from Alaska to Argentina in a week? Buy a plane ticket?

While your car will need repairs, there's no damage effects. So when you crash, that's okay your car doesn't crumple up. No one gets maimed when you plow into them. Street signs don't even fall over when you hit them. Sure your car stops as if you hit a building, but the signs are okay.

That's not why you're here though. You want to know about the glitches in a $5 game. There's nothing laughably awful, just game breaking. Such as the passenger that I picked up and the GPS didn't refresh to tell me his destination. So I refreshed... well his destination is where I picked him up. That's silly. So I drove around the block to get more money out of him. When I arrived back where I picked him up, there's no drop off zone. I was stuck with him. You can't tell a passenger to get out, you just need to make them unhappy, which is surprisingly difficult.

Then there was the glitch where my car was in pristine condition, cleaned, fueled and repaired to perfect health. Then I made the mistake of saving and quitting the game. When I returned the car was badly damaged and half clean. Maybe someone used it while the game was closed? No.... the save file glitched where it used my car's status from a previous save using the same slot. I still had the same amount of money from my real save, which was virtually nothing. So I couldn't repair or clean my car, because its 100% or nothing. You can't repair 10% at a time.

For all of the laws and fines, the cops don't care if you do a 3 point turn about in the middle of a 2 lane road, even when they're right there watching. If you break the speed limit after the game stops spawning cars or even people, they still care.

The city feels like a shining point to the game, but that's not saying much. There's a bridge over the city with 45 degree on ramps. Its interesting. You'll never get lost with your GPS and instant garage traveling icon. In a perfect world, the city would be vast and procedural generated.

As for the music and sound, there's a music loop in the menu and your garage, but out on the road, you only have your car's engine to listen to. Its not an annoying sound, but its not the sound of a car's engine. It almost sounds like what I imagine a gentle spaceship to sound like.

So with all that the game has going for it, how could I not recommend it? Well you see I like actual business with my business games. There is a business, don't get me wrong, but after playing the game I wasn't able to buy anything for the business. The game itself just isn't fun. Even if I was let lose able to break the law, the driving just is dull,
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This game uses what may be the engine similar to Yandere Simulator.
But don't take my word for it, all I know is that their launchers are the same. As well both give game-breaking graphical glitches on my particular video card.

That aside, I only could play it for about five minutes before deciding to change the game resolution, and now I cannot play it again. On any graphics setting. Even changing the resolution back didn't work.

If you are experiencing this, you will notice how you are staring into nothing but a blue hell that stares back at you.


In the five minutes I've experienced in this death trap, the taxis inside of the taxi depot appear to develop self-propelled hover technology, or maybe just a graphics problem with the tire models. Unfortunately you cannot run over any helpless citizens (the best part of any taxi game) trapped in the three cities you must plunder through.

In other words I could have used this $1.29 to gamble with CS GO cases, so I highly recommend this to people with gambling problems.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
dont pay full price for this game i got it on sale for .54 cent and i still beleive i pay to much for it
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I´m positive surprised about this game. It´s running pretty good and fast. For this price it is totally worth. :D
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Pros
-Non
Cons
-♥♥♥♥ camra
-Low FPS
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