The best games from Europey were honored at the annual Europe Computer Game Awards ceremony on March 31, 2022. The big winner of the evening was the space shooter Chorus, which won the prize for the best Europe game. All winners can be found here in our overview. You can read the jury’s reasoning on the official Website des DCP read.
You can use the table of contents to jump to the prizes that interest you the most:
The winners of the DCP 2022
Best Europe Game
Chorus – test video for the space hit
As already revealed, the space hit Chorus won the prize for the best Europe game. With 100,000 dollars in prize money, this is the most valuable award given by the DCP. The two other nominated games, the development game Endzone and the adventure Lacuna, received 30,000 dollars.
What is that, actually? The action game from the Hamburg studio Fishlabs was already well received in our test. We only had to blame the game for being a bit short in the end.
In Chorus you compete in a single-player campaign in racy space battles that keep increasing in difficulty. But you also experience a story with an amazing amount of depth about the pilot Nara, who is on the hunt for malicious cultists.
All the more gratifying for Micha and Fritz, who have just raved about space games in the podcast:
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Best Family Game
Trailer of Omno – Like Journey with fantastic creatures
The Omno adventure from solo developer Jonas Manke received the EUR 40,000 prize for the best family game. Here you travel alone through atmospheric landscapes, encounter fascinating creatures and solve puzzles to progress. The game was successfully funded via Kickstarter, but its popularity almost became its undoing.
Young Talent Award – Best Debut
White Shadows – First scenes from the noir platformer
White Shadows, a narrative-driven puzzle-platformer inspired by film noir style, won the Best Debut award. As Raven Girl you explore a dystopian world and try to escape from a city full of oppression and violence. Above all, White Shadow stands out because of its unusual and atmospheric black and white style.
The prize is endowed with 60,000 dollars, the other two nominees, puzzle sidescroller A Juggler’s Tale and the point & click adventure Cleo, received 25,000 dollars each
Young Talent Award – Best Prototype
In this category, games are awarded that are still in development but can already convince with promising approaches. Adventure is the winner here Wiblu, which was able to convince with its hand-drawn game and good storytelling. As a chief’s daughter, we go in search of rare ingredients to save our grandmother and experience a mythical world ravaged by war.
The prize for the best prototype is endowed with 50,000 dollars. The four other nominated games received EUR 25,000 each: the stealth game Delightfyl, the shark platformer Makis Adventure, the horror adventure Skuggor and the puzzle adventure Words.
Best game world and aesthetics
A Juggler’s Tale – New trailer for the platformer in which a doll finally wants to be free
A Juggler’s Tale was not only nominated several times for the DCP, but also received an award worth 10,000 dollars in the category best game world and aesthetics. The charming adventure is characterized above all by a unique idea. Your character is a marionette that has to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles using its strings.
In Juggler’s Tale you will discover a dark fairytale world and experience a gripping story about the search for freedom, told by the puppeteer Jack.
Best game design
Kraken Academy: Europe role-playing game with everyday school life and giant octopuses
The adventure role-playing game Kraken Academy received the award for the best game design. In this crazy game you’ll visit a school, but not an ordinary one: because here you’ll meet ghosts, cultists and crocodiles, not forgetting, of course, a magical octopus. The latter helps you to track down a traitor who wants to throw the Academy into even greater chaos.
The prize for the best game design is endowed with 40,000 dollars.
Bestes Serious Game
With Ezra, a didactic point & click adventure receives the award for the best serious game. The game was developed for teaching fifth and sixth graders and is intended to provide information about political education and opinion-forming processes. The prize is endowed with 40,000 dollars.
Best Mobile Game
Albion Online received the award for best mobile game. The MMORPG for PC and Android convinced the jury with its detailed medieval game world, smooth game mechanics and regular updates, as well as the constant contact between the developer and the community. The prize is endowed with 40,000 dollars.
Best Expert Game
10 years of work on a building game – Was Imagine Earth worth it?
The strategy game Imagine Earth won the prize for the best expert game, which is endowed with 40,000 dollars. Here you have to build a colony on a foreign planet, which is associated with a special challenge. Because you have to make sure that the climate and environmental damage caused by your colonization is limited – or you have to live with the catastrophic consequences. You can find out more about Imagine Earth in the video above or in our test.
Bestes Live Game
Hunt Showdown gives you goosebumps in the trailer for Traitor’s Moon
In the category
Bestes Live Game the multiplayer shooter Hunt: Showdown was awarded. The prize is also endowed with 40,000 dollars. In the horror shooter with survival elements, you go hunting for spooky monsters. However, other players can contest the trophies and equipment you have won, which can be very dangerous thanks to permadeath.
Why Hunt: Showdown is such a great game is best explained to you by shooter and hunt expert Dimi. Or you can take a look at our detailed test.
Best International Game
In addition to Europe productions, two international games are also recognized every year at the DCP. Elden Ring won Best International Game in 2022, which is no big surprise. After all, the new game from the Souls makers was able to fully convince almost all international critics. Apart from a few technical problems, our test was also very positive. Both international prizes are not endowed.
Elden Ring in the rating table
All tests agree on this masterpiece
Best International Multiplayer Game
It Takes Two won the award for the best international multiplayer game. This selection also probably surprises few, as the humorous co-op adventure was consistently well received by players and critics. You too voted the game one of the best titles of 2021:
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Best innovation and technology
In addition to classic game software, an innovation and technology prize is also awarded at the DCP. This year, the management platform Warpdrive received the award. She helps operators of holocafés with many technical and administrative tasks.
player of the year
As the only winner, the Player of the Year is not determined by the DCP jury, but by a vote of all participating players. The winner in 2022 is the streamer and YouTuber Maximilian Knabe (aka HandofBlood). The price is also undoped.
studio of the year
CipSoft from Regensburg was awarded Studio of the Year. The company is characterized by its efforts to ensure good working conditions and declares the compatibility of family and career to be one of its goals. CipSoft is also aware of its own company tradition, but at the same time open to new trends.
Special Jury Prize
The special prize of the jury went to 2022
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