Once a Bird
Based in Porto, Portugal
April 22nd, 2008
Press / Business Contact:
Travessa das Antas, nº 81, 4º Dir.
+351 93 160 39 35
Once a Bird is the studio behind games like Bennu, Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur, Fold and Outsider. It consists of Ricardo Moura, a programmer, Tiago Lourenço, an illustrator, and Jo Pereira, a musician. We're committed to making original and fun games.
Once a Bird was founded on the dream of building the ultimate football (soccer) simulator. Since we don't yet have the resources to employ the extra 379 humans necessary to make this happen we're making small but focused indie games instead. Our first game was Bennu, which placed in the Top 20 of the DreamBuildPlay contest. It was released for Xbox 360 and PC. Afterwards came Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur, a word game, and Graveyard Shift, which also placed in the Top 20 of the DreamBuildPlay contest.After that
Recently we released Fold, Fold+ and Twitchy Thrones for mobile devices to great reviews. Fold+ was selected by Apple as one of the best new games in its release week. Fold was "App of the Day" in tuaw.com and was described by the same website as "the most original iOS puzzler in years". Twitchy Thrones was praised by supergamedroid.com for its "excellently designed strategy gameplay" and by pocketgamer.co.uk for being "fun and funny".Now
At the moment we're developing Outsider, an adventure game where every puzzle is different. In 2018 Outsider was selected by Eurogamer as one of the top 8 Portuguese games and by Playstation Talents as one of the top 11.
Outsider Trailer YouTube
Twitchy Thrones Debut Trailer YouTube
Fold Release Trailer YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Bennu - Top 20 in the DreamBuildPlay contest." - 2008
- "Graveyard Shift - Top 20 in the DreamBuildPlay contest." - 2012
- "Fold+ - Best New Game - App Store." - 2016
- "Outsider - Eurogamer Best Portuguese Game nominee." - 2018
- "Outsider - Playstation Talents nominee." - 2018
- "Bennu is a a quirky, lovable little puzzle game (...) a well-styled work of art."
- savamizz, Worth The Points
- "Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur - (...) the strangest premise of any game I’ve played yet (...) the gameplay is awesome, and I must admit I find the premise focusing on “133t-speak” warms my cockles."
- Someone, Writings of Mass Deduction
- "Fold is the most original iOS puzzler in years (...) You've probably never played a game even remotely like this before."
- Pretentious Bastard, TUAW
- "Fold will prove to be one of the most challenging and innovative entries in the genre to come to the iPhone in quite some time."
- Alvaro Bernedo, Guiding Tech
- "Twitchy Thrones is fun and funny"
- Matt Thrower,, Pocket Gamer
- "Outsider was the biggest surprise of the event [...] An excellent title for puzzle lovers."
- Jorge Loureiro, Eurogamer Portugal
Team & Repeating Collaborators
Programming and Design
Music and Sound FX