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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 to the sun, video games have loads of tricks to make us feel like it's summer.If you are fed up with 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. This list includes 38 games from the last 21 years, with 1,153 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play summery games.
Release Date: 11/12/2020
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. Play involves exploring the island, using the bird song you hear to find and photograph all manner of real-world birds. It stands out...
Release Date: 20/09/2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Open World
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...
Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on...
Release Date: 24/08/2021
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home. It's unusual because of its handcrafted...
Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Open World
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, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time away by...
Release Date: 17/03/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox quests and play, the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...
Release Date: 31/01/2023
Season: A Letter to the Future is a narrative adventure about a young woman sent out from her secluded community to explore the world for the first time. She is tasked with documenting life in a local valley before a mysterious cataclysm washes...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Components: 3D First-Person and Hand-Made
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.
Release Date: 03/12/2015
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Orchids to Dusk is a short wandering adventure. You are an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes of oxygen. You explore the world and discover fantastic gardens on the planet.
Release Date: 12/10/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Day and Night
Saltsea Chronicles is a point-and-click adventure where you sail the sea to rescue your ship's captain. You explore the flooded world discovering islands, meeting characters, and managing the relationships between your crew. Unlike other sailing games,...
Release Date: 05/11/2021
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Open World
Wide Ocean Big Jacket 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...
Release Date: 07/10/2021
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Day and Night
Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...
Release Date: 08/01/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Hand-Made, Open World and Persistant World
Castaway Paradise 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...
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Components: 2D Overhead
Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...
Release Date: 15/06/2020, updated in 2021
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
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 Take care of...
Release Date: 20/08/2015, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night
Horizon Chase 2 is the latest game in the Horizon Chase series of arcade racing games with a 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...
Release Date: 26/05/2022
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...
Release Date: 10/09/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Hotshot Racing is a simple and fast racing game where you have to drift around corners and hit the apex on razor-sharp bends in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.
Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020
Out Now: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One
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.
Release Date: 26/10/2021
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.
Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...
Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Components: 2D Side-On
Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourfully painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps...
Release Date: 21/05/2015
Out Now: Mac and PC
Components: 3D First-Person
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...
Release Date: 03/06/2021
Out Now: PC and Switch
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a narrative game where you use a metal detector to explore an old farm. As you do you retread old relationships in the English countryside. You'll find and dig up treasures to share with your friend Beth over a...
Release Date: 14/01/2021
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set of interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.
Release Date: 26/09/2023, updated in 2023
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Weather
Mineko's Night Market is a narrative-driven adventure where you help a village at the base of Mount Fugu thrive. You explore the Japanese-inspired world, collecting items and completing tasks to make items to sell at the market. It stands out for its...
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the...
Release Date: 28/08/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Hexagroove: Tactical DJ is a rhythm game where you mix music using an intuitive and tactical control system. Each level sets goals for you to combine musical loops in real-time. Success is not just a matter of matching instructions but creating...
Release Date: 02/11/2023
The Smurfs 2 - The Prisoner of the Green Stone is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You hunt down the scattered Green Stone pieces by exploring the levels, gathering collectables and clearing out the decomposing matter. It builds on the...
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Altered is a demanding-yet-meditative puzzle game where must get your character to the end of the level. It's unique because to get there, you change your physical characteristics (extending, elongating, splitting into two, or attaching yourself to...
Release Date: 07/01/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Trip's Voyage is a running, jumping and collecting game. You play as a cat in a sailor uniform, collecting bells and anchors over a series of colourful platform-filled worlds. Inspired by open world 3D games like Super Mario Odyssey and Banjo Kazooie...
Release Date: 26/03/2020, updated in 2021
Components: 3D Third-Person
Pig Detective 3: Death on Detox Island is a point-and-click adventure. You play as Pig Detective who has been invited to Relax Island for a holiday, but soon his investigation skills are needed. The world is populated by talking animals in a 1930s...
Components: Open World
Rytma is an adventure game where you explore a Mediterranean landscape to find and play ancient instruments with different qualities. You investigate on foot to discover the instruments that you then move around to solve musical puzzles and learn their...
Release Date: 25/06/2021
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Pixels and Weather
Sun Haven is a role-playing adventure game where you tend the land, build relationships in a fantasy village, and fight monsters to save the realm. With magical abilities and companions, you explore towns and cities belonging to different races and...
Release Date: 08/12/2021
Out Now: Web and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Wayfinder is a meditative adventure where you explore the wild to reconnect with nature and create poems. As you travel through the world, the seasons change to reveal words to collect that form unique miniature poems. It's a short game that stands out...
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Out Now: Android and iOS
Acron: Attack of the Squirrels! is a fighting game where up to eight squirrel players try and steal acorns from a player controlling a giant tree. You can play as the tree in VR, as the other players use their mobile devices to coordinate attacks.
Release Date: 21/03/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Itorah is a running, jumping and fighting game similar to Dead Cells, where you explore a vibrant, handcrafted world, solve a mystery and defeat enemies. The game stands out with an artistic style inspired by Mesoamerican...