Boku No Natsuyasumi
Not to go all beardy Alec Guinness on y’all, but modern games are a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”. Doing unspeakable things to folks’ clavicles in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Going Old Testament on the collective keisters of Hitman:Absolution’s overly saucy nuns. Sigh. All we really want to do is embrace our inner kid and frolic about, catching bugs on our digital summer holidays.
Wait, that’s a thing in Japan? Boku No Natsuyasumi 3 (or Summer Vacation 3) is a game where the sole purpose is to innocently bugger about while on holiday at your aunt and uncle’s home in Hokkaido. You while away the days making chums with the locals, spend your nights gazing up at a star-splattered sky and, basically, just chill the heck out. Emphasising a sense of relaxed exploration with no end goal, there isn’t a Western dev that’d have the brass melons to make this enchanting playtime-’em-up.