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Cool Games to Help Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and gamers all over the northern hemisphere will be picking up some games indoors to help cool off. There are loads of titles I’m looking forward to playing this summer when it gets too hot to go outside!

Fall of Porcupine

Genre: Puzzle, Platformer, Story-Driven
Platforms: Switch, Steam, GoG, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
Developer | Publisher: Critical Rabbit | Assemble Entertainment
Release Date: June 15, 2023

This depressing little indie game called Fall of Porcupine not only looks gorgeous, but also riveting. While it covers a lot of heavy subjects, this narrative-driven game seems like it will be fulfilling to play all the way through this summer.

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster

Genre: JRPG
Platforms: Switch
Developer | Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Release Date: Summer 2023

Baten Kaitos was one of my all time favorite Gamecube games; I actually keep my old Gamecube around and hooked up to the TV at all times in case I get an urge to play. I can’t wait to see what they do for the remaster; this already stunning game will be even more gorgeous this time around.

Wildfrost

Genre: Roguelike Deckbuilder
Platforms: Switch, Steam
Developer | Publisher: Deadpan Games, Gaziter | Chucklefish
Release Date: April 12, 2023

I love deck-builders, and I love Roguelikes. And Wildfrost scratches that itch with a beautiful, polished-looking exterior. I am stoked to see what this summery treat will have in store for me. You can read James’ review here. 

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle
Platforms: Switch, Steam, iPhones
Developer | Publisher: CAPCOM
Release Date: June 30, 2023

If you never played Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective when it was on the 3DS, you are missing out. This completely rotoscoped, unique puzzle game is an absolute delight. I can’t wait to see it on a platform I like interacting with (the 3DS was never comfortable for me).

PuPu’s Adventure Park

Genre: Theme Park Builder
Platforms: Steam
Developer | Publisher: 西梅树工作室
Release Date: July 2023

PuPu’s Adventure Park resembles if Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Hamtaro had an adorable baby. I have played the demo, but I need the full game to keep cool and out of the summer heat with the world’s most adorable little friends.

Frogsong

Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Platforms: Steam, eventually Switch
Developer | Publisher: Frogteam Games
Release Date: June 10, 2023

I have a streamer that I love watching, and he started this game on release day. I knew immediately that I was in love and needed to buy it for myself to play this summer! It’s a journey where you are the world’s most adorable frog on a journey to become a warrior.

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