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: Negative (22 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 22, 2014
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September 3

Taxi has been updated!

Hello Everyone.

We’ve been working on some of the issues that have been reported while Playing Taxi. We’ve gone through and patched the game to include the following:
• Can no longer drive on the pavement to avoid red lights
• Can no longer drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid red lights
• Ai cars can now navigate roundabouts correctly
• Hiring multiple drivers no longer causes issues when opening the map
• GPS colours have been changed to be much clearer to see
• Speed limit signs in America have been corrected and now properly show up as white rectangles
• Cars are less bouncy going over speed bumps/curbs
• Distance meter on fares now correctly resets after each mission.
• Fares have been rebalanced
• US traffic light sequence now goes – Red – Green – Yellow – Red
• Lead car will now correctly spawn in follow car missions
• Ai cars drive slightly faster
• Lighting on Gardner Street (England) has been corrected
• Missing animations on unlocked English cars have been corrected
• British police cars now correctly shows Police livery on doors
• A house on Hickman road (England) has had its windows fixed

If there’s anything we’ve missed that is causing an issue in terms of bugs, please feel free to contact us at support@excalibur-publishing.com

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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
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
I really like this game, although it gets really annoying when the AI decides to stop and reverse in a circle, hitting your cab and other ai. This game would be great if the developers could fix this issue.
Posted: September 30
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123 of 134 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Very buggy.
1 view.
Poor controls.
Very repetitive.
Not a very good tycoon or simulation game.
Posted: August 23
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78 of 89 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
I honestly can't recommend it, not for the price it's asking. The options menu only addresses audio volumes and quality, with no way to adjust keybinds and other important details you'd expect from a driving "sim"...I use that term very loosely as there isn't even turn signals (none that I've found anyway). This feels more like an arcade game without the bells and whistles. You can drive through people (you ghost through them) and red lights without penalty, assuming there's no one in the car with you. Disobeying laws or crashing with passengers in your car will either hurt or help you, depending on what they want. You can wreck your car but the physics and damage are laughable at best. The road signs for the US location aren't even correct...the speed limit signs are rectangular and white, not circular and white/red. The game can also be a bit buggy at times. GTA's Taxi mini-games were more enjoyable, which is a real shame. Wait for a 75% + off sale if you must have it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVPHDbDlgk

Posted: August 22
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79 of 102 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Typical indie game, this time it's about driving the taxi.
- game is a bit bugged, but nothing that can kill the mood. Be careful with hired drivers though, they have a tendency of being dumb when you spectate them
- only one view, but camera is doing an okay job to show you the road. Traffic lights are shown not only as usual, but as lines on the road too, which is helpful. Speed limit is shown all the time, it's 30 or 40, depends on the street
- no Steam Achievements, no trading cards. Yes, it has few in-game achievements, but when do Steam users care about them?
- 3 different cars per each of three regions (makes 9 cars at the end), first one is unlocked, others are unlockable by collecting 5 of their parts
- not too many opportunities for an actual management - hire driver, buy him a car, upgrade it a bit, tell him to go out and start picking passengers, spectate him, drive for him. That's pretty much it. Oh, and upgrades aren't enchancing the perfomance of car, but decreasing it's maintenance
- money can be earned easily if you know what to do (you can fill 8-slot cab depot in 10 minutes by only completing emergency client pickups) and can be spent even easier on cab upgrades, which will in overall cost you ten times more than your car, trust me
- physics.... It's an arcade! What would you expect?

At the end i can tell you one thing:
Look at the gameplay videos. Ask yourself, do you think it will be boring for you if you will be driving around like this for couple of hours? No? Not boring? Well, that means you are like me, who likes driving games. Spend some money, spend couple of hours, maybe couple of evenings, then forget about this game. Boring? Go find yourself somethins else, this is just an indie game about driving taxi, not some Crazy Taxi
Posted: August 22
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Some really severe problems with this game with lots of bugs. Others have already pointed this out in detail. Worst of all if you start to build up your taxi company and need to to go for a break, THE GAME WILL NOT EVEN ♥♥♥♥ING SAVE!!!!!! What sort of stupid ♥♥♥♥ is that and WTF are Steam doing selling this game in this condition?

Potentially a good game, but obviously the developer could not be arsed to finish properly to have the required content and quality. Quite frankly I'd like to go around to their office and punch them straight in the gob for conning me out of £7.49.

DO NOT BUY THIS RUBBISH UNTIL THEY SORT IT OUT PROPERLY!
Posted: August 23
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
WARNING DO NOT PURCHASE THE GAME IS BUGGED AS HELL when you hire drivers while you drive they dont earn the gps does not always work if you hav a driver out do not go to map game freeze if one of your drivers totals a car while you are driving you get sent straight to garage though your car keeps going and once again game freeze this game is a good concept but is grossly badly executed dont waste your money
Posted: August 23
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
UPDATE: There are currently a few game-breaking bugs that need to be addressed.

A fun little game that bridges the gap between arcade driving and business simulation. Graphics and car handling are passable. If you've liked other Excalibur titles, you're likely to enjoy this one too.
Posted: August 23
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Good concept, bad game

The concept behind this game is rather appealing to me, but the execution is poor. There are two major game-breaking bugs that require reloading your last good save or restarting entirely. (Pick-up/drop-off points not loading properly, getting stuck on the map screen with AI taxi drivers) In addition, the concept of having a team of drivers and managing your taxi company is great, but you'll find that once you get a couple drivers, you'll be making money so stupidly fast that the game quickly turns from a fun interactive taxi simulation game to an idle game where you just watch your numbers grow. It only takes a couple hours to completely max out.

Overall, I'd say skip this and wait for a better game within the same genre. I'd pay $40-$60 for a GOOD taxi simulation game simular to Euro Truck SImulator, but this is certainly not it, and not even worth half the price of what its listed for.
Posted: August 24
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Doesn't save, drivers don't work.
Posted: August 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
This game is so bad that it's halliorious
Posted: September 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Good Potential but buggy as hell ends up ruining the gameplay.......................
Posted: August 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Game is as broken as it is boring. Do not buy.
Posted: August 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
It is not a great game. But it is good to kill some time. But as for all games buy it while it is on sale.
Posted: September 12
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Just... don't bother.
Posted: August 28
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Totaly CRAP GAME just put your money to a different game and dont waste it on this one
Posted: August 30
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
The game isn't as bad as some of the other reviewers indicate. The graphics are antiquated. Neither the driving nor the management simulation portion are as good as they should be. When I bought it, it was priced at 12.99. I would say 4.99 would make this a good deal to kill a couple of hours.

The repetition of the driving missions gets tedious. It takes too long to build up money. It's too easy to lose it. So, it's accurate to real life. I would recommend a bit more time spent developing the management side and then beefing up the driving portion. Perhaps the developer could spin the game into two separate components that can be combined? Maybe handing off the driving portion to someone who specializes in that, and work on a more sophisticated economy and management sim? I don't know. Just remember, this is an indie offering, and it really COULD be worse.

For those still reading, there is one trick I found to help you get off the ground more quickly. Sell the first car you get immediately. That car is worth 2000. Then you can buy two of that same car right away, and hire a driver. That should help those who don't mind giving this simplistic indie offering a chance.
Posted: September 6
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5.9 hrs on record
I had seen the trailer and screenshot for this game prior to release and was quite interested in it. Unfortunately when it was released I did see quite poor feedback.

Nonetheless, I jumped on board and bought the game. The game was playable, but lacking quite a bit. There were many issues when playing on London, esp the roundabouts. The issues were so bad that they were funny. You can see the troubles I encountered in the clip I uploaded onto Youtube: http://youtu.be/Vk2hiloZCbg


Update 04-09-2014
They have launched an update to the game on 3rd Sept. I have installed the updated and although it has fixed the major issues I experienced and the game is now playable, there are still quite a few issues. Again below is the play through I had (the game seems to start going downhill from when i hire in the second video below:

http://youtu.be/lW7f5HSmny0
http://youtu.be/0uUNbQK7oxc
Posted: September 3
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