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Discover egyptian technologies, solve challenging puzzles by manipulating time and explore an ancient world
Discover egyptian technologies, solve challenging puzzles by manipulating time and explore an ancient world
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Hourglass is an atmospheric first-person puzzle adventure inspired by Portal, The Witness, and Rime where you have to cooperate with yourself to solve difficult puzzles, explore a foreign world and unveil the big secret of ancient egypt. 

Besides offering an ancient world to explore, Hourglass is mostly about solving various puzzles with a unique core-mechanic. 

Your ability allows you to record your actings for a certain amount of time. After that, time winds back to the beginning of the recording and a copy of yourself appears, repeating the actions. 

On your adventure, you will have to use this ability in creative ways to get through various areas filled with difficult puzzles.  

"Pyramids are the tombs of the pharaohs". This is what most people believe. But more and more studies raise doubts about this thesis. Scientists found indications for ancient egypt being far more technologized than we can imagine.

Hourglass is set in a scenario in which those assumptions are actually true..

You will play as Aywa, a young adventurer who is travelling to Egypt to find her missing father - an archeologist, who never returned from his latest expedition. 

Your journey leads you to a remote temple where you encounter undiscovered egyptian technologies and portals to a foreign world.

Only by unraveling the secrets of these long lost technologies, you are able to solve all puzzles on your quest and eventually find your father.

Although completing the Story itself might take you only about 4-5 hours, there is way more to explore. Completing 100% of the game will take you much longer. Generally speaking, the more funding we receive, the more puzzles, islands and content we are able to provide for you.

We have worked on Hourglass for the last 12 months (part time). We concepted and prototyped the main features of our game and we got great feedback. Now, we would love to work full time on Hourglass and bring this game to life. 


Hourglass is currently planned to release on PC (Windows). We would love to port the game to Consoles if there is enough funding for it.

Hourglass will support gamepad and keyboard input and will release in English and German.

The game will be optimized for players with 21:9 monitors!

We are the Team behind this Project. Ben (left) worked for two years as a 3D Artist on Desperados 3 by Mimimi Games and THQ Nordic while Patrick (right) is mainly a Youtuber and Streamer and has worked on multiple simulations games like Bus-Simulator and Police Tactics by Astragon Entertainment. 

A funding via Kickstarter allows us to develop the game independently. This is very important to us because we want to develop Hourglass together with the community. We would love to stay in constant dialogue with our supporters and hear about all your ideas and feedback for the game.

We need most of the money to pay our living costs.

Since we are only two people and we can´t do everything by ourselves, we will need a professional sound designer who provides us with atmospheric sounds and music and an animator who can create clean animations for our character/clone. 

Risks and challenges

Game development always bears certain risks but we have already prototyped the main parts of Hourglass. Since this is not our first time developing a game, we already know about the upcoming challenges. We are very confident to be able to deliver the experience we promise.

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    Supporter

    Thank you for your support!

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
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    Digital Edition

    The basic digital edition of Hourglass. Your name will also be in the game´s credits as "Supporter"

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • Digital copy of the game
    • Your name in the credits
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    Digital Deluxe Edition

    Get a digital deluxe edition of the game at launch. This includes the final soundtrack of the game, a digital making-of with insights on the development of Hourglass and 3 exclusive wallpapers (16:9 and 21:9).

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
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    Second Game Key

    Save 5€/~5$ and get a second game key for a digital Edition.

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    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • Digital copy of the game
    • Your name in the credits
    • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: Second Game Key
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    Beta Access

    Play Hourglass before release and get access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel. Your name will also be in the game´s credits as “Beta-Tester”

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
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    Alpha Access

    Be one of the first to play Hourglass and get access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel. Your name will also be in the game´s credits as “Alpha-Tester”

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Alpha Access
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    Leave a mark in the world of Hourglass

    Your name will be engraved on a big monument in the game. You will be mentioned as a great pharoh who reigned in ancient egypt.

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
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    Pledge €250 or more About US$ 277

    Design a bird skin

    Design a bird skin. We will send you a 2D bird template that you can colorize as you want (no offensive symbols etc.).
    Your bird will fly around in the game and can be seen by every player. If you dont want to colorize the bird by yourself, you can tell us your ideas and we will realize the skin.

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
    • Design a bird skin
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    Design an easter egg

    Draw a small object. We will create it in 3D and hide it in the game as an easter egg. (No offensive content)
    If you dont want to draw the object by yourself, you can tell us your ideas and we will realize it.

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
    • Design a bird skin
    • Design an easter egg
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    Design a monument

    Design a small monument that can be seen in the game. (The monument has to fit in the overall setting, no offensive content)
    If you dont want to draw the monument by yourself, you can tell us your ideas and we will realize it in 3D.

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
    • Design a bird skin
    • Design an easter egg
    • Design a monument
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    Co-Design a puzzle

    Co-Design a puzzle with the devs. Tell us your ideas about the puzzle itself as well as the environment around it.

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
    • Design a bird skin
    • Design an easter egg
    • Design a monument
    • Co-Design a puzzle
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    Pledge €5,000 or more About US$ 5,538

    Co-Producer

    You will be named as Co-Producer at the beginning of the game. We also invite you to spend a day with us in cologne. (travel costs not included)

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • 3 exclusive digital wallpapers (incl. 21:9)
    • Digital making-of
    • Digital copy of the final soundtrack
    • Digital copy of the Deluxe Edition
    • Access to the Beta-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the credits as "Beta-Tester"
    • Beta Access
    • Access to the Alpha-Tester Discord channel
    • Your name in the game´s credits as "Alpha-Tester"
    • Alpha Access
    • Your name will be engraved on a big monument
    • Design a bird skin
    • Design an easter egg
    • Design a monument
    • Co-Design a puzzle
    • Meet the devs in Germany (Travel costs not included)
    • Co-Producer
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    Digital Edition - Early Bird

    The basic digital edition of Hourglass with early bird discount. Your name will also be in the game´s credits as "Supporter"

    Includes:
    • A big "Thank you!" from the devs
    • Digital wallpaper pack
    • Access to the backer Discord channel
    • Digital copy of the game
    • Your name in the credits
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Funding period

- (33 days)