It’s a bad habit, but I’m kind of addicted to clicker-style games. AdVenture Capitalist, Clicker Heroes, Tap Titans; my elders are yelling “why don’t you get a job” while the youngsters ask me to come out and play, but days go by and I just keep clicking.
So, when a new smash clicker game started making the rounds on Twitter, I had to check it out. I’m talking, of course, about Crazy Taxi: Gazilionairre. Usually when discussing whether a clicker is fun to play or well-written, you gotta keep 'em separated. But this is both one of the best written mobile games I’ve ever come across and a blast to play. Penned by Joystiq original prankster Ludvig Kietzmann, I defy you to find an Android/iPhone game with writing this clever. If you’ve followed Luddie on Twitter at all, you know he considers puns to be the pinnacle of human communication, and he perfectly hit that balance between awkward and, well, too awkward. It’s pretty fly (for a white guy).
The game has you taking over a taxi company that’s been decimated by the game’s Uber stand-in, run by some stupid, dumbsht, gddmn mtherf*cker who makes it clear that he’s coming for you.
You hire cabbies to run routes through out various representations of Americana. Make money, hire more cabbies, make more money, hire more cabbies. Hit that pop-up icon to pick up extra fares or do a trick. All while your crew makes not-so-subtle digs at Silicon Valley-style disruptive capitalism.
Your employees are a fun cast of characters. Some people might look at them and think these kids aren’t all right, or that he or she’s got issues. But I say ixnay on that, hombre. These are good people, with loads of self esteem. As far as they’re concerned, the future is now, and as head of the new taxi company, you’re gonna go far, kid.
I truly, sincerely apologize.
Hey, you’re right, Bilal!
Crazy Taxi: Gazillionairre is a fun game with a killer soundtrack. I need to stop being so jaded. Play Crazy Taxi, and welcome to paradise! (wait, is that right? eh, whatever, I need to stop worrying about all the small things)