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Incredibox is a musical beatbox game and website developed and published by the French company So Far So Good. The concept is simple and consists of drag-and-dropping sound icons on different characters to do beatbox. The player can find combos to unlock animated bonuses and record mixes to integrate a ranking. An automatic mode is also available to generate an endless composition of randomness.
Part game, part tool, part toy, Incredibox is a music-making app in which the user can create a mix by managing a group of beatboxers. Once one of the available versions (or styles) has been chosen, the player finds himself in front of an interface made up of seven blank characters and twenty sound icons. These icons are divided into the following categories (five for each of them): beats, effects, melodies and voices. Each icon is a unique a cappella sound loop to drag-and-drop onto the characters from a range of hats, sunglasses, masks, headphones or other items that dress them as they are used and let them sing in rhythm with each other. At this point to fine tune his mix, the player can also swap out new sounds, mute sounds, do a solo on one of them, find combos to unlock animated bonuses and record all those interactions to share it on social media via an URL. Then contributors can listen and vote their favorite tracks all the way to the Top 50 chart of Incredibox. And for those who just want to listen an endless mix, an automatic mode can play the loops of each version at random.
The game was originally released as a flash game for web browser on August 16, 2009. It was first released a iOS mobile app for the iPad on March 27, 2016. The app was then updated on September 19, so that now it runs on both the iPad and the iPhone. The game was then made available for Android users and released on Google Play in December 15, 2017. A desktop version of the game was released on the Mac App Store in November 15, 2018 and on the Microsoft Store in December 5.
The game have seven versions in the game that the players can choose from. Each version has a different musical style with a unique theme to it. The first four versions were released online on the official Incredibox website and they can be played both on the website and the mobile apps. The remaining versions of the game are exclusive, and they can only be played on the mobile apps.
- The first version of Incredibox was originally released online as a flash game on August 16, 2009. A remake of the original the flash game was released, under its new name, Alpha. It came first on the Incredibox website in June 26, 2018, and later added to their mobile apps on September 26.
- Little Miss is the second version of Incredibox that was released in March 2012 on the Incredibox website. This theme is inspired by hip hop music.
- Sunrise is the third version of Incredibox that was released in October 2013 on the Incredibox website. This theme is inspired by pop music. It is the first version of the game to add colors to categories with items and outfits to the characters.
- The Love is the fourth version of Incredibox that was released in November 2014 on the Incredibox website. This theme is inspired by French house.
- Brazil is the fifth version of Incredibox that was released on May 26, 2016. It's the first version to be made exclusively for the mobile apps. This theme is inspired by Brazilian music.
- Alive is the sixth version of Incredibox that was released exclusively on the mobile app in March 5, 2018. The theme is inspired by Japanese culture, with music of modern rap/hip hop music.
- Jeevan is the seventh version of Incredibox that was released exclusively on the mobile app in June 24, 2019. This theme is inspired by traditional Indian music.
- Dystopia is the eighth version of Incredibox that was released exclusively on the mobile app on December 1st, 2020. This theme is inspired by Cyberpunk culture.
The games provide examples of:
- A Cappella: You don't need real instruments to make a song in Incredibox.
- All There in the Script: None of the characters' names are mentioned in-game, but their names are revealed in the game's internal data.
- Art Evolution: The Original (aka Everything), the prototype version of Incredibox which was made in Adobe Flash, has stiffer character animation, and the singers look noticabely different than the ones in Alpha.
- Bilingual Bonus: The voices and bonuses in the versions Brazil and Jeevan all sing in Brazilian Portuguese and Hindi respectively, which make sense since those versions are inspired by Brazilian and Indian culture. However, translations for these can be found here and here.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Played straight with version 1 (Alpha), in which all of the singers are black and white with no colors distingusishing the beats, effects, melodies and voices. Subverted with the other versions, though.
- Reality Has No Subtitles: No in-game translations are provided for the Portuguese and Hindi lyrics present in Brazil and Jeevan.
- Video Game Remake: Alpha is the remake of the original flash game with improved sound and design of the characters and bonuses with some new characters.
- World Tour: The three versions of the game are inspired from different countries which are Brazil, (Brazil) Japan, (Alive) and India. (Jeevan)