A Summer with the Shiba Inu is a visual novel with interactive, meaningful choices.
When Syd the Shiba Inu returns to Shiba Island after a ten year absence, she sets off a chain of events that overturns the lives of all the dogs she had left behind. She gets back in touch with her old friend, Max, and along the way meets a mysterious Labrador retriever named Quei-Li. (What’s a Lab doing on the Island, anyway?) They are her only remaining allies as she tries to survive the past that made her leave the Island in the first place.
3 main endings for Syd, with 10+ endings for other dogs depending on your actions!
Visual novel with story wordcount of ~70,000
30 achievements to unlock
“Overall, A Summer with the Shiba Inu has a good lengthy story with twists and plots, the altering of reality, and modern themes related to advanced technology and one of the best visual novels I have played.“
“ However, the cuteness is only surface. I came for cute dogs and to unwind while reading something light with not too much interaction, but instead I was yanked into quite a dark and complex story, chewing my nails like oh god what's gonna happen next, and ended up breaking the planet. “
“ If I had to compare it to any other VN, I would have to say that it’s much more similar to Hatoful Boyfriend than anything else—not only for its sweet, animal-focused exterior, but also for the darker and more disturbing parts of the story hiding underneath. I’m impressed that such a small studio could produce a highly polished and unique game like this on their first effort, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do next. “