I reviewed Summer in Mara for issue 43 of Wireframe magazine, which you can download for free over here. And Chibig’s gentle farming-RPG was a real tonic.
You play a young girl in charge of an idyllic island, with the aim of growing crops, planting trees and raising chickens, while gradually building more and more outbuildings, statues and other delightful home improvements. And there’s a whole blue world to explore, too, with dozens of islands to visit, scattered across serene Wind-Waker seas. Quite lovely.
It’s not perfect – it can be a bit rough around the edges, and the pacing is somewhat all over the place. But what a lovely counter it is to the hell year that is 2020.