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Summerhouse (2024) is a creative game where you design little vignettes by constructing buildings by dragging and dropping doors, windows, roofs and other paraphernalia. Play is about design rather than success or failure, but it still offers surprising outcomes - particularly for players who wouldn't consider themselves creative.

The developer was inspired by their love of little summertime houses. You place modular building blocks in a grid system to construct beautiful little dwellings and neighbourhoods. Play is about having fun and enjoying being creative, as the developer puts it, "you can’t win or lose it and you can’t be bad at it".

As you progress you learn how different placements and configurations create different styles of houses. The controls are designed to work regardless of design skill and keep things super simple. There are hundreds of building blocks to experiment with.

The result is a game that's as much about creating a vibe as it is about any particular outcome. Getting into the flow of tinkering with the little houses is matched by the resulting buildings that exude calm tranquillity.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Summerhouse 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Creative and World Building game with Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players can enjoy messing around with the different buildings. Older players enjoy constructing houses with a particular aim or aesthetic.

CostsCosts

Summerhouse usually costs £3.99.
 

Summerhouse

Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/03/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, World Building and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Developer: Friedemann A (@Friedemann_A)


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