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Play The Seasons: Breeze Into Summer Sun

Games are often thought about as dark places to do dastardly needs you wouldn't in real life. But there are many that take us to bright summer climes. From lens flare to the struggling exposure of our eyes in the sun, video games have loads of tricks to make us feel like it's summer.

If you are fed up of the short dark days, or need to get a dose of heat and sunshine, there are loads of games for you. Whether you played them in the middle of summer, or while the days started to wane, they are a great way to remember it won't be dark and cold forever.

Here are our lists of games that invite you into different seasons:

Sunset

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/05/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Sunset tasks you with cleaning a large apartment in a fictional 1970s South American city. But outside the apartment, there is unrest and rioting. The chaos of the country and the repetitive daily chores grate against one another to create a meditative...


Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @UsTwo

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...


Ete

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Ete (été, which means summer) is a gentle adventure where you discover memories by exploring with your camera, music and paint. The screen starts almost entirely blank, and as you move around and interact you create vivid colourful memories.


Horizon Chase Turbo

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...


Hotshot Racing

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @CurveDigital

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Hotshot Racing is a simple and fast racing game. You have to drift round corners, hit the apex on razor-sharp bends in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.


The Touryst

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ShinenGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...


Castaway Paradise

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/01/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This game places you on your own tropical island. Make the place your own with decorations and furniture, dress up, collect bugs, fish, grow crops and help your new neighbours. It's an open-world game that offers an Animal Crossing style experience on...


My Time at Sandrock

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/03/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @PatheaGames

Players: This is a single player game

My Time at Sandrock is a life-simulating role-play game where you restore a run down town. It's set in the same wholesome yet post-apocalyptic world as My Time at Portia. You start by working as a builder, but soon...


SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.


Summer in Mara

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Summer in Mara is a farming game with a strong narrative about an adventurous girl called Koa. With a full day-night and season cycle, you can take the challenge on at your own pace as you build your farm and explore the world around you.


Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Open World

Developer: @_TurnFollow

Players: This is a single player game

This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.


Firewatch

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Players: This is a single player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...



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