Out Tuesday from Lion Castle, Taxi Chaos is a clear call back to the oddly-specific taxi-driver-game-genre that was a minor spectacle in the late 90s and early 2000s with Crazy Taxi and The Simpsons: Road Rage. Seriously, even the gestures some of the customers make seem to be a call back (if not an outright ripoff) as you can see for yourself in the launch trailer below.
The map for Taxi Chaos is based on NYC, with one main map for the larger city and a smaller island connected via two bridgeways. This was intended to "make the player really think about what passengers they wanted to pick up based on their destination, as taking a trip across the bridge could endanger your time limit," the developers pointed out. This also led the creators to make a new innovation to the game genre.
"Next, the idea was born to extend the bridges in a giant highway that would enclose the entire city. It would be hard to enter, but easy to jump down from," Lion Castle marketing director Valentijn van der Lende detailed in his post. "Ultimately, we let go of both ideas to focus on something new: a jumping taxi."
To encourage players to use this new feature, the developers also added ramps and lower buildings. You can check it out for yourself now, since the game is currently out.
Taxi Chaos is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One via digital download.