Review: Neo Cab (Steam)

Neo Cab

Play as Lina, the last human driver-for hire searching for her missing friend in the neon streets of Los Ojos. In this interactive story, you’ll meet unique passengers during your nightly shifts, each with their own clues and secrets, if you can get them to share.

Pros:

  • Nice hand-drawn graphic style.
  • Steam achievements.
  • 586mb download size.
  • Lush neon aesthetic.
  • Conversation simulator gameplay.
  • Game-pick up people and drop that at a location (taxi driver) and interact with them.
  • Main and side stories.
  • Branching choose your own interactions.
  • The story is well written and paced.
  • Relatable situations.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Energy-used to power your electric car. You pay to recharge it and use it up getting to locations.
  • City map-choose your own jobs/progress. You can see brief descriptions of the potential customers’ demeanor.
  • Earn cash and rep from jobs and is dictated on how you both get on with the conversation.
  • Chilled slow pace to it all.
  • Controller support after a lot of faff.
  • Thought-provoking.
  • Perfect lazy afternoon game session.

Neo Cab

Cons:

  • Can’t always have your choice within a conversation and instead get told what to say.
  • No voice work at all.
  • Slow pace.
  • Short game clocking in under 5 hours.
  • Little replayability.
  • The controller is really fiddly.
  • Minimum graphics settings.

Neo Cab

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Neo Cab is one of those games that don’t come along very often but when they do they leave an impression on you long after you finished it. For the game only lasts a handful of hours but those hours are taken up with an engaging and familiar story of struggling with maintaining friendships, moving areas and making a living in a world where your job is being taken over by artificial intelligence. The pace is that of a slow one with you doing a lot of reading but it is full of twists and intrigue. I loved my jaunt through the neon soaked cityscape and generally enjoyed my interactions with the many colourful characters you meet. I didn’t like the complete lack of voice work but to be honest you forget that after time, the game is painfully short and has no real reason for a replay but its a game you play in one sitting and enjoy.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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