Taxi

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This game received 354 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.856 /10

7.856

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This game ranks #64 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.061

Artwork: 7.549

Sounds/Music: 7.201

Other Aspects: 8.071



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7.762/10
60 days 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.
9.474/10
5 months ago
the BEST system11
6.901/10
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago
Fun game & makes me want to play again & again.
9.038/10
6 months 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.
8.792/10
7 months 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.
7.188/10
7 months ago
Excellent and classic sys 11. Beautiful.
8.278/10
7 months ago
Fun game , enjoyed playing it from the start and still do today.
8.360/10
9 months 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
9 months 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
1 year 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.
7.577/10
1 year ago
Challenging game when set up hard. Can be "all or nothing" score wise ... you only get 20k per passenger pickup, and if you drain you have to start again. Aftermarket scoring roms are available which fix the jackpot and make the game better for tournament play.
6.104/10
1 year ago
"Taxi" can be fun if you're looking for a quickee pinball fix and just want to knock the ball through some ramps. It's a game that requires skill because most everything you need to hit are lanes. The entire game is comprised of you picking up famous passengers like Gorbachev, Santa Claus, Dracula, Marilyn Monroe and Pinbot. The game suffers, however, from an over-simplistic set of rules, a puke-ugly playfield, and repetitious audio. Yes, hearing your passengers calling "TAXI" is a riot (especially Pinbot who sounds so amusingly desperate hailing a cab in his robotic voice) but it gets old in about a minute. One plus is the alpha-numeric display which somehow animates "cars" going by complete with a passing car sound. This is a nice touch. Otherwise, the game is decent but not great. Even still, this is a must-have for collectors.
10.000/10
1 year ago
True Classic Game, perfect 10
7.507/10
1 year ago
I have to say that the Monroe face on backglass is distractingly bad. She looks terrible. That being said the game is a blast to play.
8.825/10
1 year ago
Taxi is a great system 11 game. Simple rules, fairly easy to understand. Jackpots are challenging but doable. I wish the ramps had better flow, they're a little clunky. Perhaps (?) my favorite system 11...?
8.336/10
1 year ago
One of the true great System 11 games and Mark Ritchie's best game design. Python's art is no slouch either. This game, when properly set up, feels so great to shoot, and flows like butterscotch onto a sundae. Unlike the butterscotch, the game can be blazing fast and hard to keep up with--there's a delicate balance between flow and control unlike any other game I can think of. You can see how Taxi was born out of big brother Steve Ritchie's High Speed in Mark's previous game Road Kings. Taxi tosses aside the seriousness and gritty nature of those themes and really creates something special by concentrating on unimpeded flow. To pick up passengers requires shot accuracy too, and the game demands you do things in the proper order and within demanding time constraints. Oh, and the Taxi jackpot bell...one of the greatest attention getters in all of pinball. A true classic.
8.913/10
1 year ago
I own a table so I am biased, but I love all aspects of this game. The music and sound package is top notch! The call-outs are memorable and funny! You can't beat PinBot saying "Taxi, Taxi" and the tunes that play when picking up passsengers for each character are well implemented. I love all the music clips on the different modes.

Some people may not like the symmetrical set up, but hitting left ramp/right ramp combinations is satisfying, as well as properly aimed Gorbie and Santa Clause shots. The playfield art is simple, and just ok. Definitely not busy like some other tables and the top down perspective is very simplified but work well for the game. The cabinet art is great! The taxi driver on the translite is just downright creepy.

I love playing this table! If you find one on location, give it a few games!
7.876/10
1 year ago
Definitely a classic. Really fun targeting each passenger. Pretty decent flow, too. If you're looking for a classic sys11 I would say put this one right up at the top of your list after Diner.
5.264/10
1 year ago
The theme and art are "meh", but not nearly as "meh" as the gameplay.
8.256/10
1 year ago
This is the machine I seek out at shows. I log many, many games when I can find it. I wouldn't own it, but for its era, simply the best. Can be super fast, or you can pick off the shots.
3.724/10
1 year ago
Really an overrated machine. Played a few different examples, just couldn't get into it. No long term fun.
9.032/10
1 year ago
My favorite 1980's pin. Love the theme and passengers. I love the sound when the carry passenger light is lit and hit. Also the Dracula and Pinbot skill shots are tough every time.
7.889/10
2 years ago
For a 1 level game from '88, this is the best there is. It's fast, fun and does a great job with the theme. The perfect "5 minute game."

People have no idea who Gorby is anymore, but all other passengers are cool.

The Taxi driver on the back glass freaks me out.
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