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  Excalibur announces its first iOS and Android product
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07/01/2014
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom – 1 st July 2014 - Leading simulations publisher Excalibur ( http://www.excalibur-publishing.com) is pleased to announce Taxi!, its first release for iOS and Android, also appearing on  PC and Mac.  Taxi! is a follow cam, driving / management game based in a living 3D city featuring cartoon-style graphics where you take control of your very own taxi cab company.  

Commenting on Excalibur’s advance into the mobile gaming market, the publisher’s Managing Director, Robert Stallibrass said: “We’re very excited to be entering the mobile market.  Taxi! is a full feature complete version for iOS and Android that equals its PC and Mac counterparts.  Further mobile games in the pipeline from us will give our customers a choice on how and where they choose to play our games.”

The Game

You’ll start off as the driver of an old model taxi with the intention of earning as much money as possible. As you increase your revenue, you’ll hire staff, buy vehicles and purchase upgrades for them whilst keeping them all well maintained and clean. You’ll then hire more drivers and vehicles to expand your business.  The game features three major cities; one in the UK, one in the US and another in Europe. Each one comes with its own unique cars and local driving conditions and laws. You’ll experience both left and right-hand driving, having to obey traffic lights, varying speed limits and ever changing traffic conditions.

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The cities also feature an airport, single and dual carriageways, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts and road junctions controlled by give way signs. Other features include bridges, street names, ambling pedestrians, road signs, uneven roads and a day and night cycle. Taxis need to be refuelled as running out of petrol can lead to a hefty rescue / recovery service fee.

Once you have generated enough money you can hire other cars and drivers and then control them by allocating overflow jobs to them. Every driver will have various ratings which will affect how quickly they drive, the likelihood of accidents and how high a fare they can command.

Penalties are awarded for speeding and policed by squad cars.  You can pick up jobs in a variety of ways.   Pedestrians can flag taxis down and jump into your cab or you can pick them up at points around each city. Jobs may also come over the radio telling you where you must collect the passenger and where they must be dropped off.

There are penalties for going too fast, running a red light or causing damage to other cars. Each of the three cities will feature three different taxi models including a yellow New York and a black London cab.

Product Information

Title:             Taxi!  

Publisher:     Excalibur

Genre:                    Management / Simulation

Street Date:   22nd August 2014

RRP:                      PC & Mac: £9.99 / iOS & Android: TBC

Format:                  PC / Mac / iOS / Android

UK PC Barcode:  5060020477768

UK Mac barcode: 5060020477775

For press enquiries, contact Richard Barclay on richardb@excalibur-publishing.com or +44 (0)1869 338833.  

All trade assets such as pack fronts and screen shots are available from:  http://www.contact-sales.co.uk/AT_A_GLANCE_RELEASES.htm

The consumer site is available at: www.excalibur-publishing.com

About Excalibur

Excalibur and Extra Play form the publishing arm of parent company Contact Sales Ltd.  Founded in 2004, Excalibur is proud to be the only independent UK owned publisher with a strong presence both at home and overseas.  Ten years later, 2014 sees the company venturing into new territory by developing its own IP such as Zoo Park, Post Master and Farming World.  The second half of 2014 will see the release of additional new properties including European Ship Simulator, Taxi!, The Battles of King Arthur and Construction Simulator 2015 across the PC and Mac platforms and for the first time, titles on Android and iOS.