Summer Nightmare (Visual Novel Review)

Summer Nightmare is a horror visual novel released in 2017. It takes place in a high school where countless students have been going missing- including the son of the principal. Your character is a male high school student who is actually being blamed for the disappearances and even murder- that is until you appear in the school at night and wind up in a life or death version of hide and seek. The answers you choose not only depend on whether you live or not but also the clues you find as well.

From: SocksCaps64 (I can’t put in a link because it won’t let me see the page it’s from for some reason).

I was rather hesitant in playing this since I’m a huge scaredy cat and this has been downloaded on my laptop for months now, but I am now annoyed at how lackluster this game is. The art style isn’t that bad, in fact, I have seen worse, but it isn’t something that would automatically catch your eye. The only thing that makes this scary is the music (which gives you a slight sense of suspense), but the rest isn’t really that scary. The story is good, but I don’t think it was executed well enough for it to leave an impression. Another thing that bothers me quite a bit is the fact that you don’t actually see the Medusa at all while playing the game- in fact, I think the only time you do see her is in the menu screen (according to the game, it’s only if you make eye contact, you die, so I was hoping maybe you get to see her from the back, but they only sow you a red aura which is akin to a beacon when she is near).

I was hoping that this would be one of the games that I would be reviewing for Halloween, but since it’s way too early for that and I might forget to make one later, I decided to write one now seeing that I literally just finished playing it a few minutes ago. I was thinking about buying the DLC thinking that there would be more to the story, but then I saw the reviews saying that the DLC doesn’t make any changes whatsoever to the plot- which is a bit disappointing.

With that being said, I give Summer Nightmares 1.5 paws out of 5 (which rounds up to two)🐾🐾. I don’t really recommend this VN if you want something that’s 100% suspenseful and scary. The plot had the potential of being a rather intriguing piece of work, but it, unfortunately, missed the mark by a lot. Despite me being a bit late to playing and making a review for this VN, I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up everyone! Nya! 🐾


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