Lexis Numérique has unveiled the very first gameplay video and exclusive new artwork of their upcoming title, Taxi Journey. Currently being developed for Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.
Taxi Journey takes inspiration from games such as Limbo and Machinarium with influences from film directors such as Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki, combined with a unique universe and original gameplay features. Announced in July 2013, the Kickstarter campaign for Taxi Journey begun with a huge fanfare: in less than two months, Taxi Journey has gained more than 17,000 Facebook fans.
Gino, a taxi driver, is a man of few words… and he is broke. He can only afford a car with no engine or passenger seat. Therefore, he carries his customers on his back and pedals his car. As a result of an encounter with Zoe, a mysterious young girl, he ends up journeying to strange, faraway lands; together, they’ll face unique situations and meet amazing characters. Some are friendly, while others hide an evil seed inside. They could be in the villages you’ll pass by, in the overcrowded towns that you’ll visit, and even in the deserts you will cross – there will be some encounters you will never forget…
Djamil Kemal, Marketing & Business Development Director, explains the idea behind Taxi Journey: “We love adventure games, we love platformers and we want to do something truly unique. We believe there is room for a side-scroller that focuses on the story, on the characters and connects to players on an emotional level.”
For Djamil Kemal, the Kickstarter campaign is not only about the money, it has also become a social platform that connects the developers with their fans.. “We’ve been developing a very strong relationship with the community and we want this to go on during the whole production. In addition to classic rewards – the game itself, artbook, print frames etc. – we want to offer the community a unique chance to give their feedback and have a real impact on the game at every key moment of the production; pre-production, alpha, beta…”
Taxi Journey is a promising looking original puzzle/adventure videogame set in a universe that combines charm, humour and mystery. The new trailer for Taxi Journey follows below and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest from Lexis Numérique.