This free Sim Taxi game is a fun and challenging "time management" brain game.
When you play Sim Taxi, you train brain skills like concentration, multitasking, and memory.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
In Sim Taxi, earn cash by picking up customers and delivering them to their destinations. Use the cash to upgrade your taxi! You can even save your game sessions to continue playing later.
HOW TO PLAY. To start playing this Sim Taxi game, click the Play Game button on the main screen of the game. Then click either the New Game button to start a new game, or click the Load Game button to resume a previously saved game.
The goal of Sim Taxi is to become a successful taxi driver. By delivering your customers to their destinations, you earn money. You can use this money to upgrade your taxi with a better engine, better tires, and other enhancements.
You start the game with a basic taxi and no money. To become an excellent taxi driver, you need to memorize the city streets. There is no map! You also need to drive carefully. Accidents and traffic tickets will slow you down and cost you money.
Fortunately, there is a guiding arrow on-screen that tells you which direction to drive.
But there are many looping and dead-end streets, so it pays to learn your way around. That's the memory improvement part of the game.
The longer you take to deliver your fare to his or her destination, the smaller your payment. So, like real taxi drivers, aim to drive carefully but quickly to your destinations.
SIM TAXI GAME CONTROLS. Use the Arrow keys to drive the taxi. To accelerate the car, hold down the Up arrow key. To brake, hold down the Down arrow key. Use the Left and Right arrow keys to turn the taxi while driving.
To turn the taxi radio on or off, press the R key. You can adjust the volume of the taxi radio by press the right or left arrow bracket keys. To change the radio station, press 1, 2, or 3.
PICKING UP PASSENGERS. As in real life, in this Sim Taxi game you must first locate passengers. Find passengers, drop them off at their destinations, collect the fare. Rinse and repeat. Then, when you've saved up some cash, upgrade your taxi.
There are two ways to get taxi customers:
Dispatcher. Your dispatcher calls you when he has a fare for you to pick up. He'll give you the location of the customer, so all you need to do is go to that location and pick them up.
Driving Around. The second way is to simply drive around. Pedestrians can be seen on sidewalks throughout the city, and some of them need a taxi. A green pulsing oval appears around the people who are trying to hail your cab.
To pick up a passenger, pull your taxi to a stop as close to them as you can. If you accidentally drive a little bit past them, the won't get in the taxi and you'll have to look for someone else.
YOUR GARAGE. As you play Sim Taxi, you may occasionally damage your taxi by crashing into other cars or objects. To repair the damage to your cab, you need to enter your Garage. The garage is located just outside the taxi company office.
To enter your garage, park your taxi on top of the wrench icon, then press the Spacebar. Once in the garage, you'll see a Condition bar that displays whether your taxi has any damage. You'll also see options to repair your car or upgrade your car.
Obviously you should try to avoid damaging your taxi. Otherwise you'll have to pay for repairs with the money you've earned.
UPGRADING YOUR TAXI. A cool feature of this Sim Taxi game is that you can upgrade your cab to improve its look and performance. Add a spoiler, upgrade your tire or engine, and so on.
To upgrade your taxi, first enter the garage, then click the Upgrade Taxi button. The engine options are the first option to display on the screen, but you can scroll through the others by clicking the right and left arrow buttons above the options.
To view the details of an option, click on the option. For example, when you click one of the engine options, you'll see specs for that engine including acceleration and maximum speed. To purchase the upgrade, click the Buy? button. You'll only be able to buy the upgrade if there is enough money in your account.
Each level of upgrade is progressively more expensive, so you need to keep earning money if you want to upgrade your taxi all the way.
GAME MODES. When you first play Sim Taxi, you probably won't do very well. At least I didn't. I was always driving into other cars, getting traffic violations, and just plain getting lost in the city.
So before you play the regular Sim Taxi game, try Practice Mode. To access this mode, click the Practice Mode button on the main screen.
Once you've developed some skill at Sim Taxi, try the challenge mode. To access this mode, click the Time Attack Mode button on the main screen.
SAVE YOUR GAME. You don't often see a Save option in Flash games, but this Sim Taxi game has one. That means you can save your progress each time you play.
When you click the New Game button, the Select New Game screen appears. If you've previously saved a Sim Taxi session, you can choose that session from the saved games list.
If you want to start a new game, click one of the empty slots, then type a name for the saved game in the "enter your name" box and click OK.
To make sure your game is saved, be sure not to simply close the Sim Taxi game window when you are done. Instead, click the Save and Quite Game button. This button can be found by clicking the Menu button in the upper right corner of the game. This will save your progress.
OPTIONS. In the Options screen you'll find the following optional configurations for Sim Taxi:
Game Sound. Use this option to turn the Sim Taxi sound effect on or off.
Sound Volume. Manually control the volume of the game, from 0 to 100.
Taxi Radio. Set whether your taxi's radio is on or off.
Radio Setting. Use this to control whether the stations on your taxi's radio change automatically or whether you can manually control the station in game.
Again, don't for get to use the Save and Quit Game option to exit the Sim Taxi game. This will save your progress.
Sim Taxi is a lot of fun, and it may be easy to forget that it's a brain game. Most time management games are the same way. But if you think about it, you'll realize your brain really does have to work hard if you want to be successful playing games like this.
Because time is factor in how much money you make in Sim Taxi, concentration is certainly required. Paying attention to the condition of your vehicle, looking for passengers, adjusting the radio, following the dispatcher's leads, and so on all at one time requires multitasking ability.
And let's not forget learning the streets of the Sim Taxi city! Without a map, you literally need to memorize the streets and locations in the city if you want to drop off your passengers efficiently and earn the highest fares.
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