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A cross between an adventure game and a platformer set in a universe that combines charm, humor and mystery.

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$14,027
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 5, 2013.

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TAXI JOURNEY is a cross between an adventure game and a platformer set in a universe that combines charm, humor and mystery.

Thanks to KickStarter, you can help us move on from the design phase to creating a real game for PCs and Macs. With your support, we could also develop Taxi Journey on Linux, android & iOS tablets, PSN and Xbox.

Behind TAXI JOURNEY lies a treasure trove of memories – the immense joy and pleasure we had playing games such as Limbo, Braid and Machinarium.

Let’s not forget that Lexis has a very experienced team. In fact, it has been developing games for over 20 years and has earned the trust of publishers such as Ubisoft, Namco Bandai and even Disney.

Universe

TAXI JOURNEY is an original game somewhere between an adventure game and a puzzle game. It is set in a universe that combines charm, humor and mystery.

Gino, a big guy who doesn't say much, is a rather odd taxi driver. Having no money, he can only afford a car without an engine and without a passenger seat so he has to carry his clients on his back and pedal instead of drive.

It all begins when he encounters Zoe, a strange little girl with mysterious powers, who takes him to strange and distant lands where they meet a host of loveable and funny characters as well as some rather disturbing ones who will do anything to stop them.

Completely drawn in pencil, Taxi presents a very strong and personal graphic universe. It takes its inspiration from different movies and games such as the movies of Tim Burton and Myasaki and the very beautiful Limbo.

Gameplay

The aim of this game is to get Zoe to her destination by bypassing various obstacles using the laws of physics (dexterity), finding solutions to situations (puzzles) and interacting with various characters - but only by working together will Gino and Zoe succeed.

While Gino is at the wheel, Zoe can throw magic projectiles or put up her protective umbrella – the two characters make a perfect team. Like Limbo, Braid or Machinarium, TAXI JOURNEY relies on dexterity and thought processes.

But in TAXI JOURNEY, we are keen to focus on the story and the “adventure” dimension. As you advance in the game by solving puzzles and bypassing obstacles, we also want you to be moved by Gino and Zoe’s budding friendship and feel genuinely concerned about their plight.

Key features

  • A universe full of charm, humor and mystery 
  • A truly touching story
  • Exciting puzzles that will test your little grey cells 
  • Quests and byroads 
  • An experienced team that has already published numerous games

Designing a campaign for KickStarter is a way to fund the development of TAXI JOURNEY and create a memorable game. But it’s not just a question of money.

We are keen to have your input throughout the production stage and get your feedback on our decisions and choices. A critical element of TAXI JOURNEY is finding the right balance of gameplay and tuning.

To do that we need to test, test and test – hopefully with your help.

As soon as we can, we will send you versions of the game for your comments and suggestions.

The budget we are asking for - along with a first investment of $150K we're making - is the absolute minimum to create a really good game.

Exceeding this budget would enable us to do two things:

  • To develop TAXI JOURNEY on new additional platforms including  Linux, PSN and XBLA, Android & iOS tablets.
  • To give more depth to the game i.e. more characters, more settings, more puzzles, etc.

Here are our stretch goals:


 


Set up in 1990, Lexis Numerique has a very experienced team. With over nine million games sold worldwide through a network of prestigious partners (Ubisoft, Namco Bandai, Disney, Midway etc.), Lexis Numerique is one the leading independent game design and development studios in Europe.

Designer of highly original worlds, Lexis has created games with strong graphics and innovative features including “Missing; Since January”, “Evidence”, “The Experiment”, “Red Johnson’s Chronicles” and more recently “Alt-Minds” (available soon in the USA).

Convinced that it is still possible to explore new avenues in terms of gameplay and audiences, Lexis Numerique is fiercely committed to remaining independent. We believe that just like cinema, video games need blockbusters but they also need independent games to remain exciting and vibrant.

Risks and challenges

For over 20 years, Lexis has been developing PC, Mobile, PSN and XBLA games.

The last games we designed were adventure games (Red Johnson’s Chronicles and Red Johnson’s Chronicles – One Against All) as well as innovative gameplay called Alt-Minds, which has not yet been launched in the USA.

The main production risk is not technical but rather fine-tuning the game, which is why we regularly test versions of our games as we value feedback.
We don’t make games just for us – we like to share them too and the best way to do that is to get you involved in the process as early as possible.

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FAQ

  • The answer is simple. It's a DRM-free game!

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  • La réponse est simple. Taxi Journey n'aura PAS de DRM

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  • The game will be released in English, French, Brazilian, Spanish and German. However, the objectives, puzzle and riddles will be mainly illustrated by symbols (as in the Machinarium).

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  • Taxi Journey sera traduit en français, anglais, espagnol et allemand. Cependant, en grande majorité, des symboles illustreront les objectifs à atteindre et les puzzles et énigmes à résoudre. Un peu comme dans Machinarium par exemple.

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  • We will consider releasing the game on PS Vita and Wii U as soon as all previous strech goals will be reached.

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  • Bonjour, nous réfléchissons à des versions pour PS Vita et Wii U dès que les précédents objectifs sont atteints

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    HELPER - THANK YOU! // We really appreciate your support and we want to thank you. Be sure that you'll be included in all the polls and requests for feedback that we're going to organize very soon. We'll also distribute wallpapers and digital art, and you'll be one of the first to be noticed.

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    SUPPORTER - THANK YOU! // We really appreciate your support and we want to thank you. Be sure that you'll be included in all the polls and requests for feedback that we're going to organize very soon. We'll also distribute wallpapers and digital art, and you'll be one of the first to be noticed.

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    HEAVY SUPPORTER - THANK YOU! // We really appreciate your support and we want to thank you. Be sure that you'll be included in all the polls and requests for feedback that we're going to organize very soon. We'll also distribute wallpapers and digital art, and you'll be one of the first to be noticed.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    EARLY BIRD - SAVE $5 - DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF TAXI JOURNEY //
    Special early bird tier limited to the first 5,000 backers. Download the game at launch and
    get access to the second round private Beta test! Please note that $20 = £13 = €16 (all currency conversions are rough and as of June 27,2012)

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF TAXI JOURNEY //
    Download the game at launch and get access to the second round private Beta test! Please note that $25 = £17 = €20

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30 USD

    DIGITAL COMPANION BOOK //
    Digital copy of the Official Companion Book (discover more about the world and the characters and get special hints and tips)
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS.
    Please note that $30 = £20 = €23

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    DIGITAL ART PACK //
    Digital copy of the Official Art Book with concept art, testimonies, excerpts from the game’s script and much more. PLUS the digital game soundtrack
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $50 = £33 = €39

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    Pledge $65 or more About $65 USD

    PREMIER ACCESS TO THE EARLY PLAYABLE BETA //
    CREATE THE GAME WITH US! Be among the very first to test TAXI JOURNEY and give us your feedback. Even before journalists! We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $65 = £43 = €50

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY
    Receive TAXI JOURNEY // Special edition box containing the game on disc for Windows and Linux. Your name will be featured in the "Special Edition Backers" section of the TAXI JOURNEY credits!
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $100 = £65 = €77

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Special edition box containing the game on disc for Windows and Linux. Your name will be featured in the "Special Edition Backers" section of the TAXI JOURNEY credits! + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $100 = £65 = €77

    Estimated delivery: Sep 2014
    Add $15 to ship outside the US

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    Limited 10 backers
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    Pledge $130 or more About $130 USD

    EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT & POSTER //
    Same as SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY PLUS an exclusive T-SHIRT
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $130 = £85 = €100

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    EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT & POSTER - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Same as SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY PLUS an exclusive T-SHIRT + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $130 = £85 = €100

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    Limited 2 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150 USD

    EXCLUSIVE "TEAM MEMBER" T-SHIRT & POSTER //
    Same as SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY PLUS an exclusive T-SHIRT with the special mention "TEAM MEMBER"
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $150 = £98 = €115

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150 USD

    EXCLUSIVE "TEAM MEMBER" T-SHIRT & POSTER - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Same as SPECIAL EDITION BOXED COPY PLUS an exclusive T-SHIRT with the special mention "TEAM MEMBER" + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $150 = £98 = €115

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    Limited 1 backer
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    Pledge $175 or more About $175 USD

    EARLY BIRD - SAVE $25 -COLLECTOR MINIATURES (GINO & ZOE) //
    Special early bird tier limited to the first 500 backers. Exclusive miniatures of Gino and Zoe (2 miniatures)
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $175 = £114 = €134

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    Limited 0 backers
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    COLLECTOR MINIATURES (GINO & ZOE) // Exclusive miniatures of Gino and Zoe (2 miniatures) + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $200 = £131 = €154

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200 USD

    COLLECTOR MINIATURES (GINO & ZOE) - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Exclusive miniatures of Gino and Zoe (2 miniatures) + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $200 = £131 = €154

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    HARDCOVER COMPANION BOOK //
    Official Companion Book (discover more about the world and the characters and get special hints and tips)
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $250 = £163 = €192

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    0 backers
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    HARDCOVER COMPANION BOOK - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Official Companion Book (discover more about the world and the characters and get special hints and tips) + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $250 = £163 = €192

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    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $275 or more About $275 USD

    HARDCOVER ART BOOK //
    Official Art book with concept art, testimonies, excerpts from the game’s script and much more + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $275 = £180 = €211€

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275 USD

    HARDCOVER ART BOOK - FREE SHIPPING (EARLY BIRD) // Official Art book with concept art, testimonies, excerpts from the game’s script and much more + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $275 = £180 = €211€

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    SIGNED HARDCOVER COMPANION BOOK & ART BOOK //
    Your books will be signed by the team
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $500 = £326 = €384

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    DIRECTOR'S PACK //
    In this tier, you have all the previous tiers with personalized notes from the Director, especially for you!
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $1000 = £650 = €767

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000 USD

    BECOME A CUSTOM CHARACTER OF THE GAME //
    Ever thought of being in game? Take this unique opportunity to discuss with the team, explain us who you are, what are your tastes, what is your world and, with you, we will create a unique character that will not only physically reminds you but who is really close to what you are.
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $3000 = £1951 = €2300

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    ORIGINAL DRAWING USED IN THE GAME //
    These are unique pieces, signed by the artists.
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $5000 = £3251 = €3833

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000 USD

    ONE AMAZING WEEK IN PARIS //
    We will offer you an amazing week in Paris (flight + hotel)! Come and visit our studio, discuss and play with the team and let's have a great diner in a very fine French restaurant.
    + ALL PREVIOUS TIERS. Please note that $10,000 = £6502 = €7666

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Funding period

- (29 days)