Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe! Summer is here and it’s time for a bit of fun in the sun, especially now that a lot of places are starting to open things back up! But, as much as we could all do with a bit more sun and fresh air, the summer heat can be a bit much for some folks. So, if you’re looking for something fun to beat the heat, I have just the list for you!
I’ve compiled a list of games that give off those chill summer vibes. From the city streets of sunny Miami to a fun scout themed summer camp—each of these picks will put you in the mood for summer fun!
Ghosts of Miami
Developed by Pillow Fight | Available on Steam | Windows, Mac, & Linux
Set in sunny Miami, Ghosts of Miami follows amateur private investigator Chelo Martinez as she takes on the cases and tracks down the people who slip through the cracks. Help Chelo navigate the beaches and back alleys of Miami at the height of the cocaine epidemic, and investigate five original cases, including the disappearance of her own father, ten years ago. Search for clues, interrogate witnesses, and use your street smarts to get to solve your cases. Along the way meet a color cast of characters like your childhood friend and member of the infamous Escobar family, or a super sweet EMT you meet during one of your investigations!
Want to know more? Check out the review: Big Hair and Even Bigger Cases: Ghosts of Miami – Game Review
Our Life: Beginnings and Always
Developed by GB Patch | Available on Steam | Windows, Mac, & Linux
Explore all your nostalgic feels in Our Life: Beginnings and Always, design your own character and grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door. Experience various events and heartwarming discoveries as you navigate the ups and downs of growing up in the seaside town of Sunset Cove. Build relationships with friends and family, crafting your very own adventure—this is your life, make the most of it!
Want to know more? Check out the review: Our Life Beginnings and Always Review – A One of a Kind Life
Summer in Mara
Developed by Chibig | Available on Steam | Nintendo Switch
What better way to tap into those breezy summer days than with Summer in Mara, a relaxing farming adventure game. Take on the role of Koa, a little adventurer girl and explore a vibrant and colorful archipelago teeming with life! Customize your own island, plant your own crops, and raise your own animals; Complete various tasks and quests and get to know the unique characters that inhabit your island home.
Developed by BLits | Available on Windows, Mac, & Linux
Make the greatest summer memories with Kentaro and the rest of the campers at Camp Buddy, the scout themed adventure camp. Nothing screams summertime like summer camp—get to know a colorful cast of campers and scoutmasters, compete in camp themed activities, make friends, and maybe even find love along the way. Camp Buddy is an 18+ boys love game, so if you’re not big on explicit sexual content, maybe give this one a pass. Buuuut, if that’s your jam, this game delivers a surprisingly heartfelt gaming experience!
Want to know more? Check out the review: [First Thoughts] Camp Buddy – 18+ BL Visual Novel
Developed by Winter Wolves | Available on Steam | Windows, Mac, & Linux
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of New York City for a quaint country café in Corona Borealis! Take on the role of June and get to know your fellow co-workers and mend your strained relationship with your father. While romance is a big part of the story, Corona Borealis prioritizes friendships over romantic entanglements, which is perfect for folks looking for a much more wholesome gaming experience.
And that’s my list. As always, this is not an exhaustive, but it is a great starting off point–so I challenge you guys to go out and do a bit of searching of your own. Also, if your favorite game didn’t make the list feel free to share it down in the comments section and tell me what it is that you love about the game!
3 thoughts on “Games That Give Off Summer Vibes”
Ghosts of Miami is a great pick that I don’t see get much love! I really dug its 80s vibe and soundtrack. Chelo is also an awesome protagonist!
The list entries I’ve played are great picks and now I gotta try the others! Our Life in particular is such a perfect game for the weird, wonderful feeling of summer and the passing of time.
Happy to see Summer in Mara there. I played on Switch the 1st time, I like the game so much that I bought it on Steam too and I must say, imo, the Switch control are easier.