Title Space Taxi Category Miscellaneous Author Andreas Spreen Players 1 to 4 HD Installable Yes Compatibillity All Aminet Path game/misc/spacetaxi3.lha Submission Joachim Froholt Profiled Reviewer Review I love this game! In case that exclamation wasn't enough to make you download the game from the Aminet (It's available for free!!!), here's a review of it: In Space Taxi, you are a taxi driver. In space. The game is all about flying around in various single screen 2D landscapes, picking up people and flying them to wherever they want to go. Think of it as a cross between Lunar Lander, Gravity Force and, well, taxi driving. Each level consists of a single screen and contain a number of platforms which you can land on. When you start playing, some small people will appear on the platforms, waving at you. If you land near them, they will board the taxi and tell you which platform they want you to fly them to. Once you start flying again, a bonus counter will start counting down from 1000. If you reach your destination before it reaches 0, you'll get extra points. The levels are also filled with various traps, switches, doors and other things which will either hinder or help your progress. The authors have obviously thought long and hard to come up with innovative features. For instance, some levels contains deadly balls which chase you until you manage to land. Other levels contains zones where you can't control your taxi properly, while others contains magnetic fields and wind. In addition to all this, you've got to watch your fuel reserves. Each level has a refuelling platform, but fuel costs. For every unit of fuel you get, you'll pay with a point from your score. If your score is at 0, you can't get any more fuel. If you want high scores, you will have to consider fuel economy all the time. Several players can take part at the same time (maximum 4). They can either cooperate or compete. Competing is, as always, the most fun, but if your intention is to complete as many levels as possible, cooperation will be the best route to take. Skill is important in this game. The levels will start off very easy, but once you begin to get used to the controls, you will be presented with much harder challenges. After a couple of hours of practising, there's nothing you can't do with your taxi. Of course, that's when you get cocky and end up smashed into the ground... The graphics are rather good, far above average for a PD game. Everything is crisp and clear, and each level has it's own distinct graphical style. The sound effects are very cool. The little people shout "Hey Taxi!", and tell you where they want you to fly them. Everyone has their own voice, and if you're tired of hearing them speak in english, you can make them speak german. You can also include your own sample sets. The game also includes several small music modules, most of which seems to be conversions from famous Commodore 64 tunes. Although this description of the Space Taxi might make it sound a bit boring (flying passengers from platform to platform.. how fun can it be?), I can promise you that this game is everything but boring. It is incredibly enjoyable, both as a one player game and a multiplayer game. If you haven't done so already, download it now. If you don't like it, all you have to do is delete it from your HD (somehow, I can't see that happening....). What else is there to say? History Lesson No. 64 Space Taxi originally appeared on the C64, in 1984. It was created by Muse Software, and has spawned several clones on the Amiga, and probably some on other platforms as well. One of these clones is Air Taxi, which you can find a review of at this very site.