\$100 Taxi Ride is just that: a taxi ride as far as a \$100 fare will last. The catch? The driver picks the destination! From Auckland to Dublin, Hollywood to Johannesburg, or Bombay to Panama, there are no limits to the people you'll meet, the cuisine you'll try, and the breathtaking scenery you'll see. With your guide an adventurous local who's not afraid to get off the tourist track, this show is your passport to the ends of the Earth and into the world's most exotic cultures.
Runtime: 30 minutes
$100 Taxi Ride - Crazy Taxi - Netflix
Crazy Taxi is a series of score attack racing video games that was developed by Hitmaker and published by Sega. The first game appeared in arcades in 1999 and was very successful, prompting Sega to port the arcade version to their Dreamcast console in 2000. It is the third best-selling Dreamcast game in the United States, selling over a million copies. The game was later ported to the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and PC with sequels also appearing on the Xbox, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation Portable systems. Each game has the player assume the role of a taxi driver who must accumulate money by delivering passengers to their destinations in the fastest time possible, earning tips by performing “crazy stunts” before the time runs out. The franchise has been recognized for its innovative gameplay design which is easy to learn but difficult to master, its use of in-game advertising, and its soundtrack music provided by the bands The Offspring and Bad Religion. The core gameplay mechanic has been patented by Sega, leading to at least one lawsuit over similar gameplay in The Simpsons: Road Rage, which has since been settled out of court.
$100 Taxi Ride - Beyond video games - Netflix
There have been two attempts to create a movie based on the Crazy Taxi franchise. In 2001, Goodman-Rosen Productions acquired the rights for the movie, with Richard Donner lined up to direct the film. Donner had stated “I loved playing 'Crazy Taxi,' and I realized immediately that it had the potential to be a big summer event movie.” The movie would have been tied with other merchandise items such as T-shirts and toys, according to Jane Thompson, director of licensing for Sega of America. However, this initial attempt stalled due to an “absence of plot elements” according to Movie Insider. After this option expired, Mindfire Entertainment acquired the rights to a Crazy Taxi movie based on the game franchise in 2002, with an expected release date in mid-2003. However, since then, no further news on the film has been forthcoming. In 2003, Sega entered a contract with DSI Toys to produce a remote controlled car in their “GearHead” line based on the Crazy Taxi franchise, but DSI filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy later that year. Sega has formed the production company Stories International and teaming up with Evan Cholfin for film and TV projects based on theirs games with Crazy Taxi as an animated project.
Sega has attempted to branch the Crazy Taxi franchise beyond the realm of video games, with varied results. In addition to the video arcade games, Sega Enterprises, Inc. (USA) created a Crazy Taxi themed redemption game which was released in 2003. The player had to roll their coin or token down the sloped playing surface past a moving taxi model in the center of the playing field in order to hit one of eight targets (representing passengers) at the far end. Passengers were worth different points, from which the operator would then set the number of tickets to be won. The game incorporated music and sounds from the video games.
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