In an automated world, Neo Cab is the last bastion of the cab drivers.
California based Change Agency‘s Neo Cab is a game that delivers on all three of those points. So when I loaded up the game for the first time I was pretty sure I was going to have a good time. And I wasn’t left disappointed.
Neo Cab tells the story of Lina, one of the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Lina’s friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, the only thing she can do is keep driving. As the player, you choose what passengers to pick up and how you engage with them to learn their stories. Balance Lina’s own emotional wellbeing with the needs of her passengers as she strives to keep her perfect rating, and her job. Maybe someone in this city can help Lina with her own story?
Choose Your Own Adventure
Neo Cab is a visual choose-your-own-adventure novel. Even though the city of Los Ojos is huge and sprawling, there is no open world for you to explore, and Lina is confined to her car. As the player, you never actually drive the car either. The focus in this game is solely Lina, her passengers, and her developing relationship with her missing friend.
I love the atmosphere in the game, and the surprising turns the conversations with the passengers takes. They might seem shallow at first, but once you get under their skin, complex personalities are revealed. Every ride turns out to be something else than you expected.
The game has a couple of bugs, like achievements not being registered, and passengers entering and exiting the cab while it’s moving. But there’s nothing game breaking. All in all, Neo Cab is a nice little gem. My play through took about three hours, and at the current asking price of $14.99, that’s not the worst value for money I’ve experienced. There’s also a demo available, so you can try the game to decided if it’s worth your money or not.
As for replay value, you can probably play through Neo Cab a couple of times before it wears out. I won’t do that, because I’ve got too many games to play, and too little time to do it. But the emotional survival game Neo Cab still comes highly recommended.