What are Some Good Video Games for Summer?

Jessica Ellis

When summer approaches, video gamers may wish to search out some games that will put them in the right mood for relaxation, sunshine and the beach. Even if the closest you will get to the outdoors is by having your computer near a window, plenty of video games exist to put you in a warm-weather mood. Some may be so inspirational, you might be tempted to leave your mouse behind and grab a beach towel.

A handheld video game.
A handheld video game.

Possibly the most beloved warm-weather video games are the classic Monkey Island;&reg series. These summer video games cast you as Guybrush Threepwood, a wishful, gullible young man wanting to be a pirate in the tropical Tri-Island area. The Monkey Island;&reg series are puzzle games that will require your intellect, a fruity beverage, and possibly a cheat guide to truly enjoy. These Lucasgames;&reg classics are full of hilarious dialogue and feature what many experts consider to be one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time. Much of the music is available commercially, as well, if you can’t get those Tri-island grooves out of your mind.

Roller Coaster Tycoon allows families to build virtual amusement parks.
Roller Coaster Tycoon allows families to build virtual amusement parks.

The Tropico;&reg video games provide a different summer-gaming experience. In Tropico I;&reg, you are the dictator of a small tropical island, somewhat modeled after the islands of the Northern Caribbean. Whether you wish to turn your island into a product-producing metropolis or spend your time catering to rich foreign tourists, players must try to maintain the health and happiness of their islanders or risk being thrown out in a violent coupe. Tropico II;&reg, which is also a society-building game, casts the player as a famous pirate leader building their own pirate paradise. Populate your island with wenches, grog factories and terrified captives while you use your ships to prey on nearby fleets.

Perhaps to you, summer means laid-back and relaxing entertainment. Why not yank that old Sega Genesis out of the closet and blast off to the coolest of cool alien planets? In Toejam and Earl 2: Panic on Funkatron;&reg, lead your alien character through the funky environments of their groovy planet, pausing to capture the Earthlings that have invaded the planet. This classic game is suitable for the whole family, and even features an unkillable mode for new gamers. Just because the technology is 20th century, doesn’t mean a well-made game can’t provide hours of entertainment, and give you a nostalgic trip to the 1990s as well.

For lucky possessors of the Wii™ gaming system, exploring the cool and fishy depths is made easy in Endless Ocean;&reg. As a casual ocean explorer, don a scuba tank and dive through hidden caverns and colorful reefs in search of unusual species and rare ocean treasures. Divers may encounter giant rays, whales and sharks in this kid-friendly and even educational game.

If you associate summer with amusement parks and can’t quite make it to Disneyland, check out the Roller Coaster Tycoon;&reg video games. The latest installment, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3;&reg, allows users to build and micromanage the ultimate in thrill rides and theme parks. Expansion packs allow the addition of water rides and even animal exhibits. This three-dimensional game is highly reviewed by gaming experts, and is appropriate for all age levels.

While for some, summer means spending time in the great outdoors, some gamers look at the long, warm evenings as a chance to unwind and relax with their favorite summer video games. There’s no reason that gaming can’t be seasonal, and may even encourage a gamer to take a look at the outside world themselves. Humor, innovation, laid-back game play and some fantastic soundtracks make summer video games well worth a chance.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a EasyTechJunkie writer.

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Last summer, though I didn't have much time for games, I did manage to get one in. Has anyone ever heard of Chrono Trigger? To make a long story short, it's an RPG where you try to go back in time and stop and ultimate evil from happening.

It was a fairly decent game, but pretty overrated as well. Maybe the problem that was that I over-hyped myself too much, so my expectations could never be met. However, it was a solid summer game, and perfect for when you have nothing better to do.

Also, this article gives some great suggestions on what games to play during the summer. While I've never heard of Monkey Island, I'm quite familiar with Roller Coaster Tycoon. Besides, what better time of the year to play a game like that? Especially when Six Flags Great America is open.


I have one friend who loves to play video games in the summer, and it's actually kind of disturbing, ha ha. He definitely has an addiction.


I know that there are a lot of people who like to play video games in the summer, and I'm one of them. The problem is that during most other times of the year, you're so occupied with school, work and life, that you never have time to relax. Also, when it comes to the types of video games people should play during the summer, I feel that it all comes to down personal preference, even though the article gives some specific examples, which I really appreciated. Whatever you prefer, always remember to have fun, and remember to enjoy yourself while doing it, as the point of a video game is to have fun.

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