A Summer with the Shiba Inu

Quill Game Studios, Ratalaika Games

Weak Man
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65
Top Critic Average
0%
Critics Recommend
Based on 7 critic reviews
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A Summer with the Shiba Inu

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Based on 7 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

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Critics Recommend

Based on 7 critic reviews
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Available on:Nintendo SwitchJun 26, 2020
PCAug 23, 2019
PlayStation 4Jun 24, 2020
Xbox OneJun 24, 2020

Developer: Quill Game Studios

Publisher: Ratalaika Games

Genres: Simulation, Interactive Story

When Syd the Shiba Inu returns to Shiba Island after a ten-year absence, she sets off a chain of events that overturns the lives of all the dogs she had left behind. She gets back in touch with her old friend, Max, and along the way meets a mysterious Labrador retriever named Quei-Li. (What’s a Lab doing on the Island, anyway?) They are her only remaining allies as she tries to survive the past that made her leave the Island in the first place. Your choices matter - there are multiple drastic ways to change the fate of Shiba Island, with 10+ variants depending on how you treat the dogs you meet along the way. FEATURES: - 3 main endings for Syd, with 10+ endings for other dogs depending on your actions! - Visual novel with story wordcount of ~70,000 - Random facts about dogs in menus - Dedicated Dog bark button in preference menu

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A Summer with the Shiba Inu has an intriguing premise with a curious story. However, because of the engine limitations and limited nature of presentation and choices, it might only appeal to those who want a short visual novel with an interesting hook.

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While it wasn't what I was expecting, A Summer with the Shiba Inu has enough working in its favor. Instead of hitting a crowded beach, why not spend part of your summer respecting social distancing by curling up with this visual novel. Plop on your reading glasses, overlook the pacing inconsistencies, and be charmed by Syd and her canine friends. Keep an eye on Quill Game Studios, too.

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The Digital Fix

Posted by Georgina Howlett
7 / 10.0
The Digital Fix

A Summer with the Shibu Inu will intrigue the player with its various endings and cute character models, but its visual offerings and replay value are extremely limited overall. If you enjoy choose-your-own-adventure games, this is worth a try, but prepare to be disappointed in the ambiguous conclusions to every story.

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The length of this visual novel is pretty satisfying. I made it from the beginning to one of the endings within an evening. While that’s pretty short, the many endings give the game plenty of replay potential. In a visual novel with sparse mechanics, the story element of the game is key. However, the confusing world-building, unexpectedly dark tone and timeline jumping will keep me from picking the game up again.

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