Nova-box is a small indie game studio from Bordeaux, France. We create and publish narrative games.
We created "Echoes, Season 1: Greenhearth" for iOS and "Along the Edge" for Windows, Mac and Linux, available here on itch.io.
We are a small team with strong motivations and beliefs. We are convinced that video games are a perfect medium for storytelling, especially interactive stories that couldn't be told through classical media.
Entertainment is not the only goal for us, what we want is to deliver a message, and, above all, to provoke an emotional response.
With Along the Edge, we wanted to make a very accessible game: there is absolutely no dexterity, no strategy, no 3D space perception skills and no learning curve required to fully enjoy it. While there's no possibility of a “game over" until the story ends, the game automatically saves your progress after each of your decisions. So, as a player, you will have to live with the consequences of your actions, and some of the story lines may very well lead you to very tense or awkward situations.
The team is composed of a three persons game studio (Nova-box), a freelance graphic artist (Nicolas Fouqué) and a freelance musician (Charles-Henry Martin).
Nova-box was created about ten years ago (in October 2007). During the first years, they worked mainly as subcontractors specialized in Artificial Intelligence and user experience design for larger game studios in the Bordeaux, France area. In 2013, they began making their own narrative games as an independant company, starting with "Echoes, Season 1: Greenhearth" on iOS.
Nicolas Fouqué (@nicofouque) is a freelance artist. School of Fine Arts graduate, he also has a degree in Game Art and started making video games in 2007 at Mad Monkey Studio. Freelance illustrator since 2010, he was the art director of "9 Elefants" (published by Microids) in 2013. He formed a long term partnership with Nova-box, starting with the second episode of "Echoes, Season 1: Greenhearth".
Geoffroy Vincens (@novabox) is a creative writer, a musician and an hobbyist photographer. He co-wrote "Echoes, Season 1: Greenhearth" for iOS in 2013-2015. For Along the Edge, he crafted a very personal universe, set in a fictional version of his rural childhood hometown. He also helped creating the visuals by taking argentic photographs during field trips on location.
Charles-Henry Martin is a music composer and a pianist. For Along the Edge, he wrote and recorded about one hour of original piano solo material on an acoustic grand piano. He also provided all the background sounds of the game, capturing the material on location with a portable recorder.