Ducks on the Water - Game-Studio from Cologne, Germany

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WDR Big Band Play Along App
Annie Emerald Jump and Run
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... at Cologne based game studio Ducks on the Water! To catch a players attention in today's fast-paced times, you need one thing above all: a good story.

We have specialized in narrative content. It often happens that we dissolve the boundaries between digital and classic content and tell stories in several different media at once. Our app "No Money, Dude!" e.g. is a small readable story with playable content.

With our combined knowledge of apps/games and book/storytelling we are right at the intersection between games and books and can boldly go where no duck has gone before...

What we work on:

interactive video games, narrative games/stories, edutainment and commissioned work for WDR (Big Band Play Along), Naumann und Göbel (crime puzzle book), Schwager und Steinlein (Escaperoom Buch Kids), among others


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WDR Play Along-App
wins „Preis Innovation 2020“

The Play Along App of the WDR Big Band wins the „Preis Innovation 2020“ of German Orchester-Stiftung!

The jury particularly appreciated the fact that the App offers jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to play music from home together with the internationally renowned WDR Big Band. The Special Award 2020 goes to the Stuttgart State Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations!



„Mord in Seattle“
Now on the market.

From now on you can buy our German puzzle crime book with 5 cold-blooded detective stories and 90 unsolved puzzles in the shop.

Who was killed at Robert Hopkins' Café? Why did the young cat burglar not open his parachute? And what does a champagne pyramid have to do with the hot tub murder? The answers require skill, flair and a great deal of powers of deduction. A puzzle book - perfect for the summer break!



"Dear, Robin"
Grant approval!

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
is funding our concept for the web app "Dear, Robin" about the everyday life of a robin.

We are planning a new web app where players can watch a digital robin in its natural environment. Among other things, they will find out how the songbird reacts in the sphere of influence of humans, the city and the environment. So it's practically an interactive nesting box for your pocket.



The WDR Big Band-App
is online!

Together with the WDR Big Band we developed the WDR Big Band Play Along app. So now everybody can make music with the band!

Idea and concept were created by John Goldsby of the WDR Big Band himself. Jörg from the Ducks developed the app and advised on its implementation. "Play Along" contains five arrangements of different styles, including funk and boogaloo - all of them of varying difficulty. They were recorded exclusively for the app by the WDR Big Band.



Clear the stage for
Edgar Wallace

The funding notice from BMVI has arrived! Whoo-hoo! From now on we dive deep into the Crimestories of Edgar Wallace for our new game.

Our new project "Edgar Wallace" combines classic crime literature of the early 20th century, modern web technology and board games - including various analog and digital game mechanisms - to create an immersive gameplay. What will it look like in the end? We will tell you on all of our social media channels and our homepage ...



Annie Emerald in
Early Access

Pixel Art Adventurer Annie collects emeralds in an abandoned mine. An old school Jump and Run for discoverers big and little.

Currently you can find „Annie Emerald“ on the gamer platform - free of charge, for testing. Send her on a treasure hunt through various levels, help her fight against the dark creatures under the earth and collect as many emeralds as possible. And if you like, support Annie with a few Euros, so she can soon raid more levels!



New contract:
a puzzle-crime-story!

Together with publisher Naumann & Göbel from Cologne, we are now working on a combined crime and puzzle book, to be released in 2020.

The total of five criminal cases are based on the cult investigators of well-known series: Columbo, Bones, CSI, Murder, She Wrote and The Mentalist. Our task is to interpret them and to add puzzles to the unscrupulous murders. This time we are doing it in a completely analog way. The puzzle stories will be published as a book in July 2020.



No Money, Dude!
English Version

The Ducks on the Water-Classic is now available in English! Find it in the App-Store and on Google Play for your mobile device.

Are you ready to create your own game? Perfect! But wait... what? You’ve got no money? Well, then our little narrative game No Money, Dude! is exactly what you need. The brand new english version of our classic - OUT NOW – lets you dive deep into the daily routine of a game designer: 1 game, 5 chapters, 140 decisions, 11 endings – which one will be yours?

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#MOLLYAlone #Adventure #IndieGame

M.O.L.L.Y. Alone

Planned for 2022

Venture a unique space journey! Be brave, save yourself and a whole planet - with the help of a little cow!

#OldSchool #PixelArt #Platformer #IndieGame

in early access

Annie Emerald

Discover an old gold mine, and find treasures, avoid creatures and overcome obstacles. Now in Early Access for Linux, macOS and Windows on

#NoMoDu #InteractiveFiction #Mobile


No Money, Dude!

„No Money, Dude“ is an interactive text adventure in 5 chapters. You and your, let’s call him „mentor“, embark on a journey of self discovery and develop 3 different games.

Apps & Books

#App #Music #PlayAlong #WDRBigBand

Updates: 12/2020, 03/2021

WDR Big Band Play Along

The App won the Preis Innovation 2020 from
Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung!

The WDR Big Band wanted a modern App to let musicians play along the. The App offers printable scores and a mixer to adjust the volume of single instruments.

App available in Germany only.

#Analog #Buch #Crime #Rätsel


Mord in Seattle

Five well-known detectives had to be adapted into one story for each of them. Add up to 20 puzzles to each case, and a cold case, which readers could solve.

The Ducks

Enjoyed playing: Maniac Mansion, Thimbleweed Park, Firewatch,
Tomb Raider.

Game Designer, Developer

Because of my love for letters and stories, I studied German philology, French and Media studies in Göttingen, Rennes and Bonn. After side trips to communication agencies, I attended a training program for Dramaturgy in Berlin in 2015.

Enjoyed playing: Monkey Island (2), Day of the Tentacle, Love you to Bits, Candy Crush.

Narrative Designer, PR

After High School, I worked as a registered nurse and many years as a freelancing illustrator. I then studied illustration to follow my dream. Since 2013, I am working as an illustrator in Dortmund, Germany. I love inventing little creatures.

Enjoyed playing: Tetris, Moorhuhn,
Heavy Rain.





DOTW GmbH | Ducks on the Water
Jörg Burbach
Alfterstr. 2, 50969 Cologne, Germany