2019 round-up: Creative Europe video game releases
Creative Europe supports the development of prototypes for narrative-led video games that demonstrate a high level of ambition in terms of gameplay, user experience and artistic expression.
A record 13 Creative Europe-supported games were released in 2019, including the first two from UK developers.
Developed by Danish company Zaxis, Fimbul combines intense Viking battles with a deep story that unfolds through in-game comics to bring the frozen world of the Norse sagas to life.
Smoothie, Alfie Atkins
Norway’s Hyper Games brought us this fun game for kids aged 3 to 8 years old, based on the popular Scandinavian children's book character. Alfie manages his own smoothie stand and offers inventive and sometimes even a bit unappetizing smoothies to his friends and neighbours.
Astrologaster is a story-driven astrological comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London. Players take on the role of the notorious Doctor Simon Forman and use Astrology to treat his patients. The game was developed by Nyamyam and is the first Creative Europe supported game to be released from a UK developer.
Layers of Fear 2
A first-person psychological horror game from Bloober Team in Poland. Players control an actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.
From Red Thread Games comes Draugen, a single-player, first-person Fjord Noir mystery set in 1920s Norway. An American naturalist visiting a Norwegian fishing village finds out that the town's population has vanished. The player must explore the town, discover its fate and survive the night.
Available on:PC / Coming soon to Xbox One and PS4
A game dealing with an important social issue, mixing dark humour with serious questions about genetic manipulation. Mi-Clos Studio in France received the grant to develop the project.
Available on: Steam
Serbia's Eipix Entertainment developed this dark sci-fi text-based adventure set on an alien vessel with an insane AI as your captor.
Available on: Steam
Die Gute Fabrik in Denmark brought us this adventure game which follows 15-year-old Kai as she travels to the strange and secretive community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather, Nonno. A mutant soap opera, where small-town gossip meets the supernatural.
From Ireland's Gambrinous comes an RPG where battles are played with an epic collectible card game. Cardpocalypse takes you back to the 1990’s, a time when computers used floppy disks, and people read magazines for video game cheat codes.
Trine 4 - The Nightmare Prince
Play as the three iconic heroes in the most extensive Trine adventure yet from Finland's Frozenbyte, complete with stunning new environments and dynamic, physics-based puzzles that fans have grown to know and love.
The second UK supported game to be released since the scheme was launched in 2014. SFB Games bring us this murder mystery adventure game full of curious clues, peculiar suspects and unique puzzles.
Moons of Madness
Norway's Rocket Pocket received funding for this first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game where the scientific exploration of Mars meets the supernatural dread of Lovecraft.
Available on: Steam / Coming soon to PS4 and Xbox One
BLACKSAD: Under the Skin
With its anthropomorphic characters and its incredible 1950s feel, BLACKSAD: Under the Skin from Anuman Interactive in France promises all the eerily dark adventure of a detective novel, just like the eponymous comic book series.
11 Dec 2019