Frictional Games is a small games developer located in the south of Sweden, more specifically in the town of Helsingborg. We develop our own technology to power our games, so far we have released three titles - all part of the Penumbra Series.

Frictional Games isn't really located in Helsingborg, two of us live here and the company is registered here, other than that it is very much a virtual company. Currently we are five people working full-time, all from our own homes, with the Internet as our "office". In addition we hire contractors to help out with specific tasks during production, such as audio, writing and graphics.

Our own game engine goes under the name HPL and uses industry standard technologies such as OpenGL, OpenAL and Newton Game Dynamics. The engine is currently undergoing an extensive update and the new version is cleverly named HPL2. HPL2 is being used in our upcoming game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

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Updated 1 year ago Released May 12, 2010 with a gpl licence

Frictional Games' HPL1 engine used to create the Penumbra series.



Updated 7 months ago Released Sep 6, 2010 with a commercial licence

An extensively updated version of HPL1 engine. Uses industry standard technologies such as OpenGL, OpenAL and Newton Game Dynamics.

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Updated 2 months ago Released Sep 9, 2013 Single Player Adventure

The Swine are Rising! In 2010 Frictional Games terrified the world with the cult horror Amnesia: A Dark Descent. Now they bring you a new nightmare. Created...

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Updated 2 weeks ago Released Sep 4, 2010 Single Player Adventure

Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill...


Energetic Energetic

Updated 3 years ago Released Apr 18, 2005 Single Player Platformer

The Energetic project aims to enlighten and educate teenagers about the production and consumption of energy within our society. Rather than being an...

Penumbra Collection

Penumbra Collection Penumbra Collection

Updated 1 year ago Released Feb 25, 2006 Single Player First Person Shooter

Penumbra is a first person horror adventure focusing on story, immersion and puzzle solving. Violence and combat is hardly an option - the player has...

Penumbra: Black Plague

Penumbra: Black Plague Penumbra: Black Plague

Updated 1 year ago Released Feb 8, 2008 Single Player Adventure

Trapped in a shadowy, underground complex, intrepid explorer Philip continues the search he began in Penumbra: Overture, to discover the truth behind...

Penumbra: Overture

Penumbra: Overture Penumbra: Overture

Updated 2 years ago Released Feb 26, 2007 Single Player First Person Shooter

Penumbra is a first person horror adventure focusing on story, immersion and puzzle solving. Violence and combat is hardly an option - the player has...

Penumbra: Requiem

Penumbra: Requiem Penumbra: Requiem

Updated 1 year ago Released Aug 24, 2008 Single Player Adventure

In the puzzle oriented expansion Penumbra: Requiem long lost friends will return and aid Philip on his quest, but can they really be trusted? In the bizarre...



Updated 7 months ago Coming Dec 2014 Single Player Adventure

Three years in the making, SOMA is a unique continuation of Frictional Games' signature style of explorative horror, provocative storytelling, and unfathomable...

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BrokenBladeDev Oct 25 2013, 12:39am says:

I liked penumbra and amnesia the dark descent, but I think amnesia a machine for pigs wasn't as good. I don't know why but I think you were more focused on graphics and gameplay, because the monsters were slow and don't show up anymore. I could outrun them by walking! Thank you for your time.

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gegoxaren Sep 10 2013, 9:44am says:

Can any one over at Frictional look in to the problems with the sh.bz2 files?
They are too small and corrupt.
bunzip will not even extract it, it says the bz2 file is corrupt.

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UnheimlichStudio Aug 13 2013, 5:11am says:

i wait the second amnesia *0*

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chiefyork Jul 27 2013, 8:26am says:

to everyone who says Amnesia should be free: the folks at frictional games spent countless hours making it so they deserve to be paid for making such a good game. trust me its worth the buy and i bet you guys can earn the 20 bucks it costs to buy it.

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AudioGhostX Oct 13 2013, 9:38pm replied:

ikr, what do they think this is one of those generic boring horror games like all the slender games and stuff? This is actually a good, quality horror game worth the money.

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Crazeddog38 Jul 11 2013, 3:36pm says:

you guys make some pretty bad *** horro games

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Paper_Guy Jul 20 2013, 12:09am replied:

It's okay... You can swear on the Internet.

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tbone776 Jun 26 2013, 8:53pm says:

Please make the dark descent free

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theshad99 Jun 4 2013, 12:35pm buried:


pewdiepie brought me here!!

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Paper_Guy Jul 20 2013, 12:11am replied:

get out

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Some quick thoughts on playing through #SOMA from start to finish for the first time:

Nov 14 2014, 6:16pm

Major #SOMA milestone tomorrow: Pre-Pre Beta. All major features are in & we'll play the entire game from start to finish for the first time

Nov 13 2014, 2:22pm

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Oct 30 2014, 5:00pm

@TheRealShareeq @PettyJTyrant I (Thomas) learned most stuff on my own actually! If u are interested there are TONS of resources online.

Oct 30 2014, 4:57pm

In case you have not played the Penumbra series you can now get all games real cheap on steam:

Oct 30 2014, 4:28pm

Here is an article where Thomas rambles about the current state of horror:

Oct 29 2014, 4:27pm

Amneisa: A Machine For Pigs is now in Humble Indie Bundle 13 along with a bunch of other cool games:

Oct 28 2014, 6:48pm

HalloweenHorrorTip: "Bird Box" by Josh Malerman. Original and extremely tense & disturbing novel. Best read not knowing what it is about.

Oct 28 2014, 4:06am

@Dazz_BLEH exactly. We tune all sounds to have a certain mix, and do not want player to disrupt that :)

Oct 15 2014, 11:07am

New blog post on Alien: Isolation and the evolution of horror simulators:

Oct 14 2014, 5:52pm

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