Michael (Admin) | May 23, 2012 Games
China Taxi ($0.99) by Keyloft LLC
Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
When I read the iTunes description of this game and saw that it’s based on a famous Chinese painting called “Along the River during the Qingming Festival” a little bell went off in my head, like the ding of a microwave oven when your Hot Pocket is ready. I’m not Chinese, but I’ve heard of that painting before! A quick search of IAR revealed that I got acquainted with this painting over three years ago through an app called Painting Scroll. Painting Scroll and China Taxi really have nothing in common besides the painting connection, but I just wanted to let you know that I have a really good memory.
So getting back to the point of this post… what is China Taxi and is it any good? The answers to those questions are platform game and yes, respectively. China Taxi is a side-scrolling platformer where your job is guide two frantic old-timey Chinese “taxi” guys through an obstacle course where their two missions in life are to (a) pick up passengers, and (b) not get splattered all over your screen by all the crazy, life-threatening stuff they have to dodge along the way.
Rather than try to impress you with all kinds of flowery descriptions of the game’s artwork and power ups and obstacles, I’ll just come out and say it: if you like platform games, you’ll like China Taxi! Sorry to be so cliché, but that’s what you really want to know, isn’t it?
This is a quality game, and it doesn’t try to insult you by letting you breeze through the first 20 levels unscathed. It will challenge you with brick walls, boulders, zombies, giant holes in the ground, and who knows what else… and while China Taxi may not be porting to Xbox or PS3 anytime soon, it should easily deliver enough entertainment to justify its purchase price, assuming you’re a fan of the platform game format. This is a game with some personality behind it, so if you need a new diversion don’t be shy about dropping a dollar on China Taxi.
|Sound & Graphics||Feels very professional|
|Controls||Takes some getting used to but easy enough|
|Replay Value||New levels = new challenges, so how determined are you?|
|Overall||It may not blow your mind but it’s a fun, high quality game|
|App Name:||China Taxi (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||$0.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 4, iOS 5.1|