Lexis Numerique’s Taxi Journey claims to be a platformer that mixes adventure elements, puzzle gameplay, poetry, humor, and mystery. The description grabbed my attention. After going to the game’s Kickstarter page, I was charmed. The art style — featuring distinct pencils and inks — has a Tim Burton-esque feel to it. The characters and objects in the game look familiar and weird at the same time. The idea of a poor taxi driver that can’t afford a real cab and has to carry his passengers on his back while pedaling will give you an idea of the game’s tone. The taxi driver, Gino, teaming up with a magic-wielding girl named Zoe gives the game all sorts of comedic and gameplay possibilities.
I’ll be keeping my eye on Taxi Journey. I’m intrigued by the game’s potential. In my head, I see clever and classic platform gameplay that takes place in a world with a beautifully unique look and a wonderfully strange tone. As I’ve learned from past Kickstarter projects, I’ll wait for the developer to provide updates that show how close (or not) the team is to realizing that potential before getting to excited. I’m hoping Lexis Numerique meets its $230,000 goal and crafts the game I think it can be.
Check out the Taxi Journey Kickstarter pitch video below and let me know what you think of the game (please!).