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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 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.

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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...

Firewatch

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...

Apico

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...

Hoa

Release Date: 24/08/2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

The Touryst

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...

Tchia

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...

Season: A Letter to the Future

Release Date: 31/01/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

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...

Ete

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.

Orchids to Dusk

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.

Saltsea Chronicles

Release Date: 12/10/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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,...

Forza Horizon 5

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,...

Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Release Date: 07/02/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

Moonglow Bay

Release Date: 07/10/2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Castaway Paradise

Release Date: 08/01/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Paralives

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

Summer in Mara

Release Date: 15/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Horizon Chase 2 (Series)

Release Date: 20/08/2015, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

My Time at Sandrock

Release Date: 26/05/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

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...

Hotshot Racing

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

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

Out Now: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

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.

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf

Release Date: 26/10/2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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.

Seasons After Fall

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...

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Sunset

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...

The Magnificent Trufflepigs

Release Date: 03/06/2021

Out Now: PC and Switch

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

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...

Down in Bermuda

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

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.

Mineko's Night Market

Release Date: 26/09/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Clawfish

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

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...

Hexagroove: Tactical DJ

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 2D Side-On

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...

The Smurfs 2 - The Prisoner of the Green Stone

Release Date: 02/11/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

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...

Altered

Release Date: 12/03/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

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...

Trip's Voyage (Dreams)

Release Date: 07/01/2022

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Pig Detective 3: Death on Detox Island (Dreams)

Release Date: 26/03/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Rytma

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Sun Haven

Release Date: 25/06/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

Wayfinder

Release Date: 08/12/2021

Out Now: Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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...

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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.

Itorah

Release Date: 21/03/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Components: 2D Side-On

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...

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