Once a Bird

Once a Bird is a studio based in Porto, behind games like Bennu, Attack of the 50ft Verbose Dinosaur, Fold and Outsider: After Life.
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 across a multitude of genres.

Early history
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”.

Back in July we released Outsider: After Life, an adventure game where every puzzle is different, on mobile platforms. 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. In 2019 Outsider was selected by DreamHack Summer as Best Arthouse Game and nominated for the Game Connection Europe Development Awards as Best PC Game, Best Casual Game and Best Quality of Art. It won Best Portuguese Game at Indie X.
In September it was Game Of The Day in Apple’s App Store in the USA.

Studio Head Contact

Ricardo Moura