Crazy Taxi is a refreshingly different type of game - in fact, it isn't a parking game, as such, at all. In this one, you take the part of a cab driver, and your pay - in terms of the number of points you collect - will be determined by your accuracy and speed. You are driving down an endless highway in the desert, and the further along it you can get, the higher your score will be. There is no object to this game beyond the simplest one of all - try to beat the high score, and your own best effort.
Unlike in many Flash driving games, in this one you do not look down from overhead, but instead take a third-person perspective, with the camera following your car along the road. This gives quite an impressive sensation of movement when you are traveling at top speed. You can use the left and right arrow keys to switch lanes, and the up and down arrows to alter your speed, which is necessary to judge the trickier jumps to perfection. To activate your car's jump function, hit the space bar. Just make sure you don't land on top of another car, as that will slow you down.
You have 30 seconds to reach the first checkpoint, but for each succeeding level, that time limit will be slightly reduced. The level of traffic on the highway will also increase, making it more and more important that you get your jumps correct. There's no damage meter, as such - you simply lose speed if you hit something. Crazy Taxi is very reminiscent of some of the classic arcade driving games of the past, and its smooth animation and cheerful colors make it a great choice when you have a few minutes to spare.
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