Spanish game developer Pendulo Studios, creators of the Runaway Saga, The Next Big Thing, and Yesterday, are making a new adventure game, Day One.  But there is one small problem: in order to keep the product independent and innovative, they need help with funding.  And that’s where all of you will come in.

Meet Ethan. He has one day to live.

From their page at Gamesplanet Lab:

Let us introduce you to Ethan, a young and acid journalist who learns from his doctor that he’s got a terminal disease: he’ll be dead before the end of the day. Back home, he finds a capsule and a note: “This will keep you alive 24 extra hours. Come to Paris for more. We’ll find you.”

And from there, you take on the role of Ethan as he cynically goes about the rest of his life.  Day One becomes “a dark comedy about corruption, easy money, immorality, politics, death, DRMs and other curses of our time!”

So, being a crowd-funded game there has to be rewards for donating towards the cause.  Well, sit back, you’ll enjoy this.

The low levels of funding offer basic rewards such as wallpapers of the game (€5, $7 US) and the game itself (€12, $15).  But once you get to the €50 range ($61), you become a part of crowd-creating this game.  Submit your music, artwork, voiceover, text, and whatever else they are looking for.  The supporters plus the Pendulo team will decide if it gets in.

The rewards get bigger and better.  You can earn a physical book of The Art of Pendulo Studios (€300, $362), text of your choice integrated in the background (€600, $723), web meetings with the team (€900, $1,085), original artwork autographed by the team (€2,500, $3,013; 15 left), a character modeled after you (€5,000, $6,025; 3 left), and a brainstorming session in Madrid, Spain, with the team along with a tour of the city (€6,500, $7,832; 10 left) just to name a few.  And for two lucky donators, they will get a chance to either party with the winner of Best Developers of the Year award at the Fun & Serious Game Festival (€9,500, $11,446) or be given a grant to study at the Complutense University of Madrid to become a Master of Video Game Design plus an internship at Pendulo Studios (€10,000, $12,049; CONDITIONS: must be a graduate, must have an understanding of Spanish).

T-shirts. Available for those that donate €100 ($121). Also includes physical copy of Day One plus the soundtrack.  Actual design of the shirt TBD.


So far, Day One has had €37,996 ($45,779) committed for their goal of €300,000 ($361,446).  The project has 32 days left for funding so you have plenty of time to get your money together for a shot at a Masters from Madrid (or a more realistic reward like having a shot at getting your artwork or music into a high production value game).

For more on the project, click here.

To read more about Pendulo Studios, click here.

Jeff Neuenschwander
Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.