Pedestrians and tourists, take shelter because the streets are about to become even more reckless! Jump into the cabin and rush around town to pick up the craziest customers and drop them off as fast as you can. With Chaos Taxi we wanted to bring back a throwback to a classic and almost forgotten arcade racing genre in video game history – and now it’s available for Xbox One!
Traffic sweeps through the streets, pedestrians crossing the sidewalks and passengers of all kinds eagerly waiting for you to pick them up. Welcome to New Yellow City, a city where everyone has too many places to be, but never enough time to get there. The team did everything in their power to create the perfect arcade town.
Just like the classics, the gameplay in Chaos Taxi is focused on supporting passengers and transporting them to the destination of their choice. Navigate the crowded streets, avoid pedestrians, and walk through the park to find the fastest way to drop them off. To bring something new, we’ve also given players the ability to defy gravity and even jump over rooftops! The main challenge is to find the best shortcuts throughout the city, to be even faster and to avoid time running out.
Design a new yellow city
Before the team got down to designing the city, we all asked ourselves, “What would be the best city to inspire for this spiritual successor?” It wasn’t long before the iconic taxi capital, New York City, became the obvious winner. We always start by researching iconic key locations and city maps to decide what should be included. At the same time, we dive into similar titles for inspiration – in this case, classic taxi games.
We first wanted to divide the city into two parts: a main island and a smaller island connected by two bridges. The goal was to really get the player to think about which passengers they wanted to pick up based on their destination, as taking a trip on the bridge could endanger your time limit. Then, the idea was born to extend the bridges into a giant highway that would encompass the whole city. It would be difficult to enter, but easy to jump. In the end, we let go of both ideas and focus on something new: a hopping cab.
When we started to focus on the main island, some things became very important to us. First of all, we wanted to bring that New York feeling to the city, including iconic landmarks but giving them a little unique touch. Players will be able to visit Freedom Park, Aeonian Square, Memorial Park and many other places (three guess what their inspiration was). Next, we wanted to make sure that the line of sight between them was clear, so that players could easily find them and learn the different routes through town.
The next step was to add back roads to give players the chance to take even more risks and find unique shortcuts. When the foundations were laid, we started experimenting with the mechanics of jumping, because what could be crazier than rolling over buildings? We’ve added ramps, low buildings that you can jump directly onto, and various roofs that you can walk through. Taxi driving will never be the same. Curious about where there are good shortcuts? Keep an eye out for green scaffolding on buildings, there might be a crazy opportunity there.
Passengers with a personality
Of course, driving and jumping isn’t all there is in New Yellow City. Much like its inspiration, it is filled with unique citizens, each with their own history. To bring the city to life, we decided to give them all a unique voice and dialogue. There are also various special passengers that you can pick up multiple times, so you can get to know them better each time you meet them. You can choose a hipster, a plumber, a rockstar and many more. Make sure you visit each rooftop because you never know who you are going to meet.
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Are you ready for this crazy and chaotic race? We all hope you will join us on a cab ride of your life as a Chaos Taxi is now available for Xbox One!
RUSH ACROSS THE CITY TO DELIVER YOUR CRAZY CUSTOMERS! Get behind the wheel and get ready for a whole new taxi experience! Drive around town as seasoned taxi driver Vinny or self-proclaimed “ influencer ” Cleo, and pick up the craziest customers! Ride through the city center in a powerful muscle car, ride through the parks in an exotic supercar, or drift through the business district in a Japanese tuner taxi. Whatever you choose, your challenge is to deliver your passengers on time! At least if you want to make money. Navigate crowded streets, avoid pedestrians on sidewalks, or even defy the laws of gravity by jumping over rooftops! Nothing is too extreme to deliver your passengers on time! Discover the best shortcuts, and get to know New Yellow City (NYC), and your passengers, like the back of your hand. Are you ready for this crazy and chaotic race? • A completely fresh and modern take on the classic old school taxi games! ? • Explore and master the streets of the huge and vibrant New Yellow City. • Discover the best routes to speed up and maximize your rates! • Go all out! Become crazy! The more risks you take and the crazier you drive, the higher your rewards! • Break the rules in seven extreme rides: from the iconic yellow cab to a full-fledged muscle car! Earn enough to complete your collection. • Get to know your freaky passengers through hilarious, fully voiced conversations! Pick up a hipster, plumber, rockstar, alien and many more! • Break down mailboxes, street lights, fire hydrants or anything in your way! The city is your playground. • Test your driving skills in three distinct game modes! Enjoy classic Arcade mode, navigate Freeroam or take on a real challenge in Pro mode.