Summer Session Game Review by Tabitha Akery
Game Rating = 1/5
Summer Session is a social interaction game. Spend the summer attending classes, interacting with others, and looking forward to the weekend. Make the right choices to increase the chance of getting a date.
Spend a summer at school attending classes and interacting with local students. Meet and greet the new roommate. Run into new classmates on the way to class. Meet the new teacher of biology. Talk to a few more students. Finally, set the schedule for the rest of the week, in anticipation of the weekend.
Summer Session focuses on a story about a guy stuck in summer school. He is searching to increase his popularity and obtaining a girlfriend. Passing biology is a minimal goal even though classes seem to take up the majority of the time.
The Summer Session characters are drawn from standard stock on a two-dimensional background. The displayed backgrounds are minimal. Only used to distinguish where the character actually is. Nothing stands out. There is no action other than the occasional classmate popping up out of nowhere. The action is described in text at the bottom of the screen rather than in the game.
Summer Session choices are limited to a very few. The most these decisions do is change the feeling of the classmate. A right decision increases the character’s popularity. A wrong decision decreases the character’s popularity. The more popularity, the more likely the character is to get a date and survive summer school.
Conversations are carried out between characters in a text box on the bottom of the screen. This leaves the character’s voices to the imagination. Interest is quickly lost in the vast amount of reading done by a very simple conversation.
Most of the sound is regulated to a very simplistic strip of musical chords. This occurs only when the main character interacts with another student. The only good thing about this is there is no annoying background music to distract the player or alleviate the excruciating boredom that occurs from Summer Session’s reading text.
Setting the weekly schedule ahead of time speeds Summer Session up drastically. However, there is only one option available for each day. The planning stops on the weekend and sticks with its limited choices. Again the lack of movement in this realm limits this game, severely. While some of the options such as playing video games or partying sound like fun, they, in fact, are regulated to a few words and a background change.
Summer Session is an extremely shallow game. The demo is extremely short and only allows for a seven day play. It’s choices are extremely limited and only affect the character’s social standings. Classes are a useless waste of time. Only allowing one choice for each weekday scheduling is very poor. Even the story line is simple and shallow.
I will not be buying this game.