Crazy Taxi (Apr 8, 2001 prototype)

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Crazy Taxi (Apr 8, 2001 prototype)
Build date Apr 8, 2001 18:37:04
Build name 0.4.8
Dump status Released, redump needed
Released by Hidden Palace
File release date March 20, 2021
Origin CD-R
Lot Project Deluge
Labels Crazy Taxi 0.4.8
Dump method Memorex MRX-650LE v6 AM61 (PowerISO)
Game Crazy Taxi
System PlayStation 2
Genre Arcade Action
Final build JP Oct 5, 2001
EU May 10, 2001
US Apr 27, 2001
Release date JP Nov 22, 2001
EU May 10, 2001
US May 17, 2001
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A prototype of Crazy Taxi for the PlayStation 2.


  • This is a late NTSC-U build from just under three weeks before the final game.
  • "Version : 0.4.8" appears at the top of the screen at all times, and "WORK IN PROGRESS SUBMISSION - ACCLAIM - CONFIDENTIAL" appears at the bottom.
  • Some of the menu sprites were tweaked slightly before the final release.
    • For example, the kerning on "CABBIE" in the Crazy Box menu is slightly less even than in the final.
  • The text on the "Try Again?" screen is strangely squashed.
  • On the Crazy Box menu, the "CLEARED" symbol is lighter red in colour and is displayed underneath the mission number. In the final, the "CLEARED" symbol is on top and a darker red.
  • A number of passenger voice lines were re-recorded.
  • Once a song starts playing, it will continue to loop until the game is over, rather than randomly switching between different songs.
  • The credits sequence appears to be absent - should the player unlock the credits, the credits song will play but the screen will go completely black for its duration.
  • The name input screen that appears after the credits has a more basic and empty background and is missing the cabbie photo.
  • Miscellaneous Notes:
    • Game is emulatable (in PCSX2): Yes (as of March 17, 2021).
    • Game contains dongle protection: No.




File Type Date Size SHA-1
PS2 - Crazy Taxi 0.4.8.bin File 2020-10-25 09:44:08 174.54 MB e179c0e9165e884d0ef04e809720309c4605aeff
PS2 - Crazy Taxi 0.4.8.cue File 2020-10-25 09:44:09 88 bytes 019a08f53d552b55719a7e101a9093052be94941
PS2 - Crazy Taxi 0.4.8.jpeg File 2020-10-25 15:07:07 1.02 MB b037845329f780835dd214fe87b49aa58b846822


A huge thanks to Hwd45 for doing the initial research on this prototype! And a huge thanks to the anonymous donor that allowed for this release to happen!

See also