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On the heels of Sega's Crazy Taxi comes Smashing Drive from Spanish developer Gaelco. You take on the role of a cabbie that must get his fare to a destination in the least amount of time. But unlike Crazy Taxi, Smashing Drive plays like a traditional racer, where you must travel along a set course, avoiding common and uncommon obstacles as you make your way to the finish line.
What makes Smashing Drive different than other racers is the cab itself. While the world you careen through is fairly modern, the taxi is high-tech, and when you run over certain icons within the game you'll be granted the temporary ability to do some powerful things. Power-ups include the ability of flight, giant tires that can smash over cars in your path, and a sonic horn that destroys anything directly in front of you. You also have a normal horn that will occasionally make smaller cars out of your way.
There are three different courses immediately available in Smashing Drive, each increasing in difficulty. Levels range from busy streets to crowded bridges, all the way up to skyways that twist through the tops of skyscrapers. You'll even find yourself smack in the middle of an airport while planes are trying to take off. If you conquer these three levels in the qualifying time, a secret expert track opens up.
But you aren't just competing against the clock in Smashing Drive. You'll also go head to head against another cabbie that's taking a fare to the same destination as you. The first one to reach the goal is the only one who gets paid, so it's important to do anything and everything you can, regardless of safety or traffic laws, to reach the goal first. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide