Summertime Madness is a picturesque first person puzzle game. Published and developed by DP Games, an all-Italian team. Let’s find out the full review together.
The story as it begins
July 20, 1945, Prague.
The city of Prague was under siege, devastated by the war. The buildings collapsed, churches burned and everything was about to be swept away forever. A painter lived there, isolated from the outside world. The more the horrors of war intensified, the more the artist obsessively painted beautiful landscapes, to counteract all the evil around him. One night, a mysterious figure appeared out of nowhere in his abode.
He walked slowly across the room and looked at the paintings one by one, before sitting down in front of the artist, offering him a deal. A chance to enter one of his creations, away from the war and free. But if he did not find his way back before midnight, his soul would be trapped in the painting for eternity. The artist, now on the verge of madness and terrified of death running through the streets, shook hands with the mysterious man, and accepted the pact.
A few moments later, the house was empty.
Summertime Madness – the cursed painter and art
If you are an art lover, the first thing you’ll notice from the first moments of the game is the attention to detail in the settings, very well done and designed like a painting that you can adjust through the settings. Throughout the session you will be fascinated by the colors and dynamism of each element that has been designed as a real drawing.
Initially it may remind you of some exponents of the genre, but soon it turns into a mix of dark and sometimes disturbing moments giving the developers creativity and skill differentiating from the classics we are used to. We have many references to well-known artists such as Escher, Rene, as well as several references to other artists scattered throughout the various puzzles that I personally enjoyed. To accompany these scenarios we have a music section that goes well with the surrounding environments and finally the voice acting gives a unique experience than ever.
Intuitive puzzles but in some cases a bit complex
Summertime Madness offers a series of puzzles that require logic, intuition and creativity, some of which are very easy to solve and others slightly dispersive especially to unlock certain points that can continue the story. During my session I admit that I lost patience and on the first game over I managed to finish the puzzle. I remind you that the version played initially was Classic (six hours) and Advanced (three hours), I decided to choose the first to take my time to explore the whole environment.
The new patch released recently you will have the opportunity to replay all the chapters calmly. If you use the clock you will have some clues, but this will cost you 15 minutes less than the time available, so make good use of it. Within the game you have the possibility of extra interaction that will lead you to unlock some achievements, as well as the classic easter eggs. Do you know the white rabbit with his “It’s late, it’s late!”? That’s it, in some moments I was terrified of the clock running out and not saving my progress.
Summing up, Summertime Madness is suitable for those who love puzze game and who love to get involved by appreciating the environments and the soundtrack. A product that in my humble opinion you should play and support a wonderful all-Italian product. I thank the guys at DP Games for giving me the opportunity to try this little gem.
The price of Summertime Madness is 7.39€ on Steam, I recommend you to play it if you love puzzle games made well. I hope this review can be of help to you, see you next time.
Free digital copy of the game provided to us by the developer for review purposes, tested in the PC version.
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