At the beginning of the game, you select a driver for the taxi cab. Next, you drive the cab around the city and when you see a person standing in a red, yellow or green circle, use your brake to stop and the person will get into the cab. Then, you earn money by driving that person to wherever he or she wants to go before he or she grows impatient and gets out of the cab.
Whenever you make it to an area indicated entirely by green, use the brake to drop off your customer. You must try to get as many customers as you can before time runs out. The faster you get a passenger to the desired destination, the more money (and bonus time) you will earn.
While taking a customer to the requested destination, you must follow the green arrow while avoiding on-coming traffic and various other obstacles. When time expires, you will be rated on how well you did based upon how many customers you delivered and much money you earned. The game ends afterwards, regardless of the results.
Additional money can be earned by driving like a maniac - weaving through traffic, jumping off of strategically placed ramps, or the infamous downhill jumps (where you can catch some serious air, San Francisco Rush style), among other stunts. At the end of the game, your score is tallied up and you are awarded a license according to how much money you earned during the game:
- $0 - $999 = Class E License
- $1000 - $1999 = Class D License
- $2000 - $2999 = Class C License
- $3000 - $3999 = Class B License
- $4000 - $4999 = Class A License
- $5000 - $9999 = Class S License (allows you to view the ending, and watch some of your best dropoffs!)
- $10000 - $20000 = AWESOME! License
- 20000+ = CRAZY! License