China Taxi

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.

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