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.

To see a recap of previous year's releases take a look at our articles for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Fimbul

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.

Available on: PC / PS4 / Xbox One / Nintendo Switch

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.

Available on: GooglePlay / AppStore

Astrologaster

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. 

Available on: AppStore / PC / Mac (Steam, itch.io)

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.

Available on: PC / Xbox One / PS4

Draugen

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

Eugenics

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

Lightstep Chronicles

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

Mutazione

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.

Available on: Apple Arcade / PSN / Steam / Itch / Game JoltGOG 

Cardpocalypse

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.

Available on: Nintendo Switch / Xbox One / PC / Apple Arcade

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. 

Available on: Steam / Nintendo Switch / PS4 / Xbox One

Tangle Tower

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.

Available on: Apple Arcade / Steam / Nintendo Switch

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.

Available on: Nintendo Switch / PS4 / Microsoft Store / Steam / GOG