Should you have been a fan of Myst from back in the day, or are just on the lookout for something a bit weird to adventure through, Summertime Madness is going to be for you.
Available to purchase and download right now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via two completely separate purchases (one for the old gen, one for the new gen), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, Summertime Madness will whisk you off to an unknown world for an adventure like no other.
Sold as a single player first-person puzzler that just so happens to come with a £12.49 price tag attached, Summertime Madness throws you into 1945 Prague, playing the role of a painter who has made a bit of a deal. The problem is, this deal is with the devil, and after being confined to a life within one of his own canvas paintings, it’s up to him – read: you – to get back into the real world.
This plays out via a series of puzzles, all as you take to the artistic landscapes and explore things around you. Surreal and dreamlike in their nature, there are moments of Summertime Madness that are able to wow, as slowly and surely your surroundings give up the secrets that have held.
The key features you need worry about are…
- – Unique artstyle and a surreal environment to explore
- – A collection of clever puzzles that will challenge your creativity
- – An ever-changing world that develops as you progress
- – Hidden secrets to find
In fact, as our full review of Summertime Madness on Xbox Series X|S points to, there are times when this is a beautiful game, where certain puzzles rise up above the rest – and when the soundtrack and visuals combine, it’s all a bit of a cracker. However, that same review talks about the problems that come about via mazes and how for much of the tale, the focus is far to firmly put onto the style, rather than the substance. Still, give that review a read and you may well be tempted in.
If you are, you’ll find Summertime Madness over at the digital store of your choosing. We’d go for the Xbox Series X|S version from the Xbox Store, but the Xbox One version is also available, as is a PlayStation or Switch drop.
Summertime Madness is a single-player first-person puzzle game. The player, in the role of a painter who has made a deal with the devil, has to find his way back to the real world after being cheated and trapped into one of his canvases. A dreamlike journey into a surreal world of the artist’s own creations where the atmospheric gameplay provides mysteries to discover, puzzles to solve and artistic landscapes to explore.