Summer is great, isn’t it? It’s the best time to hang out with old friends or find new tribes to connect with.
But y’all...it’s hot AF outside right now.
Just the thought of stepping foot outside makes us break a sweat, so we’ve compiled some lists of our favorite things to help you pass the time while you try to keep cool. Last time, we brought you some of our fave summer reads.
Today, we put together a list of our favorite games. From new releases to throwbacks to mobile, there’s a little something for everyone (we hope).
Side note: We got so many recommendations, you'd be reading this blog for days if we included them all. 😄 So we only included a few for each category.
For when you need something entirely new to play.
This one is for the Switch users out there! Pac-Man 99 looks like the classic Pac-Man we all know and love. Chomp on some Pac-Dots, avoid (or eat!) the original ghosts, and keep an eye out for bonus fruit. However, this is a battle royale. Your Pac-Man is competing against 98 other Pac-Men....survive by attacking your enemies!
According to IGN, the only downside is that every single match plays out the same, once you figure it out. Maybe Nintendo will release new modes and mazes in future updates...
Here’s a new release from our friends at Devolver Digital. The premise: You’re a Crow hard at work reaping the souls of the dead for the Reaping Commission. The job gets a lot more interesting when one of your assigned souls is stolen, leading you to Death’s Door - a realm untouched by death.
Death’s Door is an engrossing action-adventure game with entertaining characters and a compelling world. It’s a definite must-play if you’re into dungeons, boss battles, and exploring new worlds.
Little Nightmares II
This one looks amazing and comes highly recommended. We haven't had a chance to try it out yet, so here's what the folks at Polygon said about it:
"Little Nightmares 2 is a horror puzzle-platformer developed by Tarsier Studios, the same studio behind the original Little Nightmares. Players control Mono, a small, mouse-sized child exploring a regular-sized world full of monsters and dark secrets. Most of the game is set inside a dark and twisting city, where it seems to always be raining and always be nighttime. The city’s population is controlled by a mysterious television broadcast that makes everyone almost entirely passive, but it’s the grotesque monsters that also inhabit the city that offer the biggest threat to Mono as he attempts to escape."
For when you just don’t want to jump into a brand new game.
Who’s a fan of Animal Crossing? 🙋♀️ So are we! This open-ended country-life RPG is equally addicting and fun to play. The premise: You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life.
Every day offers new activities to complete, mysteries to discover, and plenty of items to collect. A seemingly endless supply of goals and events, along with a relaxing aesthetic, makes you want to fully immerse in the experience - and never want to leave!
Oxygen Not Included
This one was recommended by one of our Gaming tribe community members!
Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Deep inside an alien space rock your crew of Duplicants will need to master science, overcome strange new lifeforms, and harness incredible space tech to survive in a subterranean asteroid base. Your Duplicants will need water, warmth, food, and oxygen to keep them alive, and even more than that to keep them happy. Good luck and don't forget your multi-tool! - ONI Fandom
Mario Kart 8
Who doesn’t love Mario Kart? Parents might have played the original when they were kids, and now the next generation gets the ridiculously fun Mario Kart 8. It has a great score, a beloved cast of characters, and courses that make you want to stop and look around.
The Switch version includes 48 tracks, 8 multiplayer arenas, and 42 characters. That’s a lot of gameplay! While it might not be possible to enjoy this game shoulder-to-shoulder with friends right now, you can race against other players from around the world with one of their online play modes.
For when you don't feel like sitting in front of your console or desktop.
The huge, beloved Pokémon franchise includes a top-selling toy brand and trading card game, an anime film series, a live-action film, books, manga comics, music, merchandise, and a theme park. This year, the franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary, as well as the 5th anniversary of Pokémon GO.
For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Pokémon GO is an AR mobile game that uses GPS to locate, capture, train, and battle Pokémon. The AR component makes the creatures appear as if they are in the player's real-world location. For more on how to make the most of the experience, check out Digital Trends’ extensive how-to guide. And happy hunting!
Fantasian is the brainchild of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and is currently only available for iOS. Check out its beautiful and compelling trailer below!
It is an epic RPG in the classic sense, with little numbers popping up when you attack monsters and everything. It also features a system that twists how players deal with random monster encounters: You can put off battles until you actually feel like dealing with them. Best of all is the game’s singular visual design, in which the animated characters traverse actual, physical dioramas that were lovingly crafted and photographed to bring Fantasian’s world to life. - Polygon
Coming soon: Diablo Immortal
If you’re a fan of the Diablo game series - or just a fan of MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) in general - be sure to keep an eye out for a new, mobile-exclusive game in the Diablo series.
Diablo Immortal takes place between Diablo II and III, and users will experience the world of Sanctuary with visuals similar to the iconic Diablo games. Players can adventure solo, bring their friends along, or join a worldwide community battling against evil.
There is no official release date, but game developer Blizzard has stated it's on track for a 2021 release.
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