Summer Of ’58 is a jump-scare horror-fest investigation game where you play as Alex Mortan, a paranormal investigator/vlogger.
At the request of your followers, you go to Russia to explore the abandoned camp “Yunost”. Locals say that this place is inhabited by restless souls. Turns out that this is a massive understatement.
The pioneer camp “Yunost” was a camp where parents could leave their children for the summer from year to year. That is, until one day in 1958, when what can only be described as a nightmare happened. Residents and counselors were killed, many rather gruesomely, at this place. One of the children was accused but that child was never found. As you can imagine, after this mysterious massacre the camp was closed down and remains so to this day.
First of all, the visuals are really pretty. The ghosts are even prettier (in a scary way) and it looks nothing like the terrible horror-type indie game you so often see. Summer of ’58 has some striking visuals and has a dark, scary aesthetic.
There is a little bit of backtracking in this game, but each time you backtrack you’ll find something new. Sometimes the game likes to manipulate you or just scare the living daylights out of you. Scares can come out of nowhere and are often when you least expect it, so prepare yourself accordingly…
In regards to sound, Summer of ’58 is a walking simulator, and as in most (or all?) walking sims, sound is very important. This game is no exception. Listen very carefully to the sounds as they can help you anticipate what might happen as well as help you go in the right direction.
The story is very interesting and the more you learn, the more you want to dig in and understand the backstory behind the massacre. As for the jump scares, they are pretty hectic and violent. I found them to be incredibly well done, though they are quite nasty and in your face (at times). The only real negative I can see in this game is that it had a few too many jump-scares, in my opinion. Too much of a good thing is not always to be desired, so to speak. Finally, after beating this game, I know they’re going to be bringing more to this series of Summer of 58.’