Taxi

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This game received 363 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.895 /10

7.895

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #78 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.088

Artwork: 7.587

Sounds/Music: 7.239

Other Aspects: 8.129



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7.760/10
47 days ago
This has to one of the best 80’s games good playfield layout. There are 3 shots to make left Dracula pickup the ramp and Santa pickup and 3 on the right Gorbie pickup the ramp and the express lane plus the two banks of drop targets. Great call outs awesome lighting with leds fitted easy to understand game fast play definitely has that one more game factor
7.572/10
61 days ago
Taxi is bizarre in that it really by every count should not be as $U@)P@Ping fun to play as it actually is.

First off there's the hideous taxi driver dominating the backglass and the strangely unrelated 'celebrity' passengers of Lola/Marilyn, Gorby, Santa, Dracula, and Pinbot. (It makes the contemporary "Diner" customers with their stereotypes positively cohesive.)

Then there's a fairly simple sort of horseshoe set of shots where you can really end up just endlessly shooting around in circles, literally.

Then there's the rather asymmetrical point totals of the three big sources of points, with the jackpot being arbitrary based on previous plays (although that's one of my favorite tournament aspects, they often just turn that off for tournaments), the easily achievable multiball with sadly low payoffs, and the shallow JOYRIDE awards that belie the ability of late 80's machines to accommodate more complexity.

This ought to be a boring machine to play.

SO WHY IS IT SO $I)@ING ADDICTIVE?

I think the answer lies in the rhythm. All the little things you have to do to chip away at the high score, while building up that bonus based on the time you're playing (actually the number of switches, since the bonus stops accumulating if you hold the ball), and the frustration of having to go back and hit LOLA again if you miss the Jackpot, and then the frustration of having a high Jackpot stolen by another player in a multiplayer game, adds a strange tension. Eventually this machine performs a Stockholm syndrome on you and you find yourself welcoming Santa, Drac, and Gorby by name, saying it's time to go visit Pinbot to get that hole lit again, or being as happy as a real cabbie you've got an airport fare and looping back downtown for another pickup to the airport. It's the occasional Crossover award in multiball when you're hitting balls in sequence and when you land that last ball over in Drac. Simple rules, simple rewards, but extremely amenable to groove that's not quite 100% flow but is close enough.

Taxi is by no means the best of the 80's Williams classics but it really does have oddly pleasing staying power.
8.761/10
3 months ago
Awesome game.

For a game that really doesn't have any kind of gimmick going for it, it's surprising fun. It's got a good balance of flow and sharpshooting gameplay.

At the very beginning of the game, all three main shots to be made are done with the left flipper (Gorbie, pinbot, multiball). I think it would've been better to have a different passenger lit first so that both flippers have something valuable to aim for initially.

The multiball is great, and has fun shots to aim for. Whether it's the Express lanes or the crossing ramp shots.

The art is awesome, I love the detail in the playfield and the slightly creepy backglass.

The skill shot rarely works in this game and that is more of a design flaw than and up keep issue.

I've played a handful of different Taxis. When this game is up kept, it is really fun. Though it's not uncommon to find a clunker of a taxi which could ruin the game for you.

The callouts are very repetitive and get old quick.
7.589/10
3 months ago
Taxi is another fun system 11 game. The theme integration is excellent on this one, and it does a great job of forcing you to take shots around the playfield. You will either love or hate the buzzer. The 2 ball multiball is limited, but everything is simple enough and challenging enough to be fun. This is not a game that tells a story, but it is a simple, challenging, skill based game. An excellent game to build your skills on. Most of these have wear around the pops, but a hard top is now available for you perfectionists.

Edit: After 3 months owning the game, I am bumping up my score a bit due to figuring out that my flippers were weak and I needed to replace the coil sleeves. Now that the balls make it consistantly up the ramp, there are 3 main strategies to the game.

1. Collect all the passengers and collect the Jackpot.
2. Lock the ball, release the ball, lock both balls, then shoot ramps for the airport pickup.
3. Hit alternating ramps to light the millions shot.

All 3 are viable strategies, but with weak flippers you can only do #1. Great fun game to sharpen your skills on. This is my 3 year old's favorite game to "play" because he likes santa. Watching me he can also pick up on the rules. Fantastic starter pin with just enough to keep you busy.

A mylared lower playfield is common on this with heavy wear around the pops. If you are so inclined they make an excellent hardtop for this game now to bring it back to looking brand new... if you have that level of skill.
8.442/10
4 months ago
Taxi! Loved in in the 90's and still in 2020. great shots, easy to follow. great fun
8.976/10
5 months ago
Taxi is a game that belongs up in the ranks of Whirlwind and Earthshaker. Great music, great theme, a layout that always keeps you on your toes, and forces the player to make their way around the playfield--giving every shot a reason to exist. There's no reason to spam the same shot over and over, which was a common flaw in many games of this era (looking at you, Police Force and Earthshaker).

I love the small details in the game, like the crossover ramp bonus, and the way the bonus countdown music changes depending on how large your bonus is. Playfield artwork is... Ok. Python's detail work is great, there's just a lot of stale looking gray, and many of the playfields have aged rather poorly, but the gameplay, rules, and music more than make up for the deficiency.
8.312/10
6 months ago
Hidden gem. Straight forward, fantastic fast flow, great music, and good humor. One of the best skill shots in pinball!
9.540/10
8 months ago
Taxi is an all time classic. Fun layout. Great music and sound. Plenty of variety in lighted shots and objectives. Perhaps getting stuck on a passenger is a drag, but it requires you to make all the shots in order to light the jackpot. Taxi has the right amount of precision playing and frustration. Fantastic game.
8.278/10
1 year ago
The two standout features for me on Taxi are making ramp combo shots and the callouts. There is just something outstanding about making multiple ramps to achieve the millions shot. Who doesn't want to hear Pinbot or Gordie (or Marylin!) trying to hail a cab -- even though it can get repetitive there are enough characters to create variation. Hey!

I do like the ball launch from Drac's kickout as well. Add in the trolley bell and multi-ball, you can have fun for hours with plenty of variety.

Artwork is a touch cartoonish for my tastes, but overall I would not let that stop me from enjoying this game.
8.735/10
1 year ago
Taxi is one of the greats! Simple ruleset. Easy 2 ball multiball. Pick up passengers. Then go for the million shot. Very rewarding when you can complete your objectives.
7.141/10
1 year ago
Not bad.
9.123/10
1 year ago
easy to understand rules that are difficult enough to make you play over and over, great classic art work.
8.623/10
1 year ago
Second best Sys 11 after Whirlwind in my opinion. A classic with fun but challenging all or nothing gameplay. Must have good flippers to make sure the ramps are make-able for some great combos.
7.762/10
1 year ago
I really wish I could have played Taxi on a better maintained and faster machine, but all in all everything worked just the Dracula pickup coil took a bit to launch instead of launching immediately.
This game is all about flow, and if you get into the groove good things can happen. But, I also say, you're going to want to make sure you learn the rules. Because, otherwise you're not going to get any points. The game is stingy and forces you to do things in a particular order.
With that being said, once you learn the rules you're going to have a fun time. Its a tough, but fair, and challenging game. Its a nice crazy/silly/funny theme. Love the backglass. It's got humor and sex appeal, which is always nice. I like how the playfield is basically a road or highway. And you have stations where you pick up your passengers. Has a cool skill shot. Two different things you can shoot for. Either 100k or 25 k and that rewards you with a passenger.
Each ball you have to start over with the passengers, unless you get the carry over passenger bonus hit, then you start the next ball with the same amount as the prior ball.
Just a fun and fast paced game. No ball save, so you can go from good game to bad in a matter of seconds.
8.042/10
2 years ago
the BEST system11
6.926/10
2 years ago
Had the pin for about 5 months. Played it a couple days a week. It was fun but not our favorite. Had some cheap drains and not a ton of variation but setup well. Great music and a good classic. Probably one of the better ones in the day but with everything out there now doesn’t hold up super well in my opinion
8.398/10
2 years ago
A pooular game for a reason. Kids & adults alike love the theme with Santa, Marliyn, Pinbot, Gorbachev & Dracula. The joyride & carried passengers shots really add to the fun. I absolutely love the backglass with the characters, rearview mirror & taxi meter. The cabinet is a bit bland but the cab-themed topper at to its appeal. Alternating ramp shots on the "highway" can make you dizzy, but it sure is fun. I love the skill shot start although it could be better integrated with the theme.
8.472/10
2 years ago
Fun game & makes me want to play again & again.
9.038/10
2 years ago
Theme is great, execution is pretty weird, but I think that's Anghelo's calling card. The game is simple but fun, easy to learn, but tough to master. Love the groovy music and the lightshows for the various jackpots are great. You can never go wrong playing or buying a Taxi.
8.722/10
2 years ago
The game that hooked me on pinball. I love this game. I like how simple it is, yet so challenging because you have to pick up everyone in one ball. The skill shot is unique, great flow with ramp shots. Music is fun, and the jackpot music and light show are great! The cabinet art is awful. If I ever do own one, it won’t be on the edge of a bank of tables. The cabbie on the back glass is kind of creepy... but I enjoy everything else about the game.
7.183/10
2 years ago
Excellent and classic sys 11. Beautiful.
8.278/10
2 years ago
Fun game , enjoyed playing it from the start and still do today.
8.292/10
2 years ago
I played Taxi back in the days when it came out and loved the flow o Airport ramps over and over. Later 2014 a marylin Version was my first pin, sold it and hope to find a nice one day for an acceptable price ....I think ist a very good pin in a 5+ Collection.
6.906/10
2 years ago
Pretty cool game. The crossing ramps are cool and picking up the different characters is decently fun. Not too deep in the rules, even for the time so it gets boring after time but it’s fun to pop a few quarters into every once in a while.
9.056/10
2 years ago
For some reason, I've always loved Taxi. It's just something about it. Just *meh* cab artwork, but very smooth shots, awesome and tough gameplay, and super satisfying music and sounds. Also, the bell really makes the game. Even though it's simple, it's SO MUCH FUN. I want to play it over and over and over again.
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