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.

Choose wisely

3 main endings for Syd, with 10+ endings for other dogs depending on your actions!

Explore a rich world

Visual novel with story wordcount of ~70,000

Discover all possible endings

30 achievements to unlock

Download here:


“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.“

— EIP Gaming

“ 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. “

— Steam review

“ 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. “

— Part-Time Storier