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The Best Summer Ever, Or At Least the Biggest

"It was originally just a test project to learn some Python scripting with the Renpy engine."
—Creator DarkCookie

Summertime Saga is a game that is currently being developed which began in 2016. It is perhaps the world's most elaborate dating sim, encompassing more than sixty-five characters, more than thirty locations, and more than twenty mini-games. It was created by DarkCookie for Kompas Productions and is funded entirely by Patreon backers who presently number more than 18,000.

The game focuses on a young man living a typical life in the average American town of Summerville, aside from the mysterious death of his father. Investigating his father's death leads him into a secret criminal organization. That is, if the player bothers with any of that instead of just exploring the locations and interacting with the cast members.


Summertime Saga provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Roxxy starts out as this, though she gets better with Character Development. Jenny mostly plays it straight, being a former cheerleader with an oversized ego who acts like she's above everyone around her with the exception of Jane and Debbie, although she quickly takes a shine to Roxxy when they meet.
  • Animal Nemesis: Captain Terry is a parody of Ahab, pursuing a carnivorous fish that bit off his toe.
  • Anything That Moves: By the end of the game, the player character can have sex with anyone from his classmates to his middle-aged landladynote  to an anthropomorphic (literal) cow girl and a mermaid.
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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Roz, the sixty-odd year old medical receptionist at the hospital, demands a particular sort of payment for her help to the MC.
  • The Artifact: Several elements of the game's early development are still present even after Retcons have rendered them non-canon, due to seperated character arcs.
    • Tyrone, Chico and Chad were friends of Eve before her personal route was completed, after it they were changed to annoying jerks who harassed her all the time, but she still recruits them to help clean the grafitti from the school auditorum during Miss DeWitt's route, and Chad's apparent attraction to her still shows up in Miss Ross' route when you have to get her sketch pad back from him.
    • A smaller case is the photo of your classmates you keep on the desktop of your PC, which still shows Eve with her distinctly pre-rework character design.
  • Bad Habits: Sister Angelica is a nun with a warped idea of penance involving religiously-themed BDSM.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: The player character is packing. Every single character he has sex with will comment on it.
  • Brand X: A store in the mall is called Consum-R.
  • Breast Attack: When Roxxy and Eve get into a brawl in the school corridor, Roxxy starts to smother Eve's head with her gigantic bosom and Eve... retaliates the only way she can.
  • Cast of Expies: The longer development has gone on the more of these have shown up. The main storyline is a major source of them. Expy characters include copies of Donald Trump as well as his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, Vladimir Putin, Gordon Ramsay, Hillary Clinton, Keanu Reeves (specifically as Ted, although he also shouts out to several of his other roles) and Christina Hendricks.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: The player character certainly has the option of being one, as he can do a lot of good for the majority of his potential sexual partners.
  • Captain Ersatz: Miss Ross is a gender flipped version of Bob Ross.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: - there is a good reason why the Main Character, Diane, Debbie and Jenny should have very similar looking faces. It just can't openly be said any more. Outside the MC's home environment note , while there are nearly seventy mainly female characters, they all seem to follow at most three physical builds and three types of face; differentiation is mainly done by hairstyles, colours, freckles, clothing, etc.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Mia's mother and Sister Angelica; also the Italian pizzeria-owner's wife.
  • Cute Kitten: You can adopt an adorable little orphaned kitten you find in the graveyard behind Diane's house. Although you can name it anything you like, the default name for her is "Pussywillow". She spends the rest of the game sleeping in your room and you can pet her whenever you want.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed with Roxxy. She cheats off of every test she takes, but the player character thinks she's smarter than she acts. It seems to be less that she's actually stupid as she is just thoroughly uninterested in anything academic.
  • Dumb Muscle: Exaggerated with Dexter. He doesn't have much going on upstairs (or downstairs, for that matter), having to read at a kindergarten level. The only thing he really has going for him is athletic prowess and brute strength.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: His French teacher gives him additional class credits for diligent work and has an interesting perspective on personal tuition.
  • The Fundamentalist: Mia's mother, Helen, is devoutly Catholic and self-righteous, refusing to let Mia invite boys over, even for studying, and believes she hasn't done any wrong in God's eyes. It takes Sister Angelica to break her down.
  • Hate Sink: Aside from the more serious villains in the main storyline, there are are a couple of characters who are complete jerks with no redeeming features just there to be despised, such as Dexter, Ms. Smith and (until her personal route is completed at least), Annie.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Originally, the MC, Debbie and Jenny didn't have designated names, requiring you to choose them yourself. Later versions gave the women canon names (while leaving the MC's name blank), but still left in the option for you to change them to something else if you prefer. Bizarrely, this option only comes up after both women have been referred to by their default names in dialogue at least once, meaning that if you do take advantage of this option their names suddenly change within the space of a few seconds.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Roxxy initially comes across as a spoiled rich alpha girl. Turns out she's got a softer side and comes from an unhealthy home.
    • For all her bitchiness, Jenny proves to be a loving mother to the player character's child, even displaying Mama Bear tendencies.
    • Iwanka Rump starts out looking like a basic Shallow Parody of Ivanka Trump, but once you actually interact with her she opens up about growing up in her weird family with a lot of rules & being exposed to very shady characters.
  • Humiliation Conga: Dexter is kicked in the nuts by Becca, sees the player character making out with Roxxy, is beaten in both a set of pushups and a game of basketball by the player character, resulting in him losing his pants and getting laughed at for his Teeny Weenie, and finally gets beaten up by the considerably shorter and skinnier player character. And he had it all coming.
  • Hypocritical Humor: An announcement over the PA states that bullying isn't tolerated. Despite this, Dexter is the student well-being representative.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Might be the case with the player character and Eve. If she chooses to show him her scar or shows her bulge, he will accept it either way.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Maria's cannolis are so unbelievably delicious that they make the MC go cross-eyed when he tastes one (as well as give him a Raging Stiffie). Apparently Tony loves them so much that he won't sell them because he doesn't want to share them with anyone.
  • Innocent Innuendo: The first time the player goes around to Roxxy's home (a trailer) and meets her white trash mother and hillbilly stereotype cousin, the two of them go inside and start saying a lot of things that sound like they're living up to certain other white trash hillbilly stereotypes, such as Crystal wanting to get at what's in Clyde's pants. If you go inside the trailer, you'll see they're actually just counting startlingly large amounts of money that Clyde had been carrying in his pockets from his drug dealing business.
  • Jerkass Façade: Once the player character gets on good enough terms with Roxxy, she'll start being nicer to him, but will refuse to walk to class with him just so she can keep up appearances as the school's Alpha Bitch.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch:
    • Roxxy starts off the game as just a pure Alpha Bitch, manipulating Dexter and regularly tormenting other students. With some character development, she becomes this, pulling a Heel–Face Turn and becoming a generally friendlier and more likable person, though she still pushes Becca and Missy around.
    • Although she's only a Beta Bitch, Missy is actually quite a sweet girl, with a very poorly-disguised crush on the MC, and most of her bitchiness can be attributed to her hanging around with Roxxy and Becca.
  • Mundane Fantastic:
    • The player character can discover a mermaid lives in the sea near his town but it's not something he'll apparently ever feel like dwelling on or telling anyone about. Even if he has sex with her.
    • Likewise, when the player character tells Eve and Grace about his encounter with a vampiric Odette in the crypt, neither try to deny the existence of vampires, just doubting that Odette is one herself.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Both Kim Wang and Mayor Rump are initially presented as obvious parodies of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, respectively, with much of their controversial real-life traits being downplayed into something more fitting with the game's light-hearted setting. As of one of the later versions, Kim forces his wife to dress up as eyecandy for Rump, and Rump has business ties to The Mafiya, who are setting up shop in Summerville for drugs and a sex slave trade.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Because different character routes are all completely independent from each other, they often exhibit Negative Continuity on occasions where characters from one story appear in another one. Roxxy is the most notable example (probably because she undergoes the most significant Character Development in her route); no matter how far along her route you are, whenever she shows up in someone else's story she's back to being the same old bullying Alpha Bitch she was at the start. You can literally go in a couple of clicks from a scene taking place in the school hall during her route where she calls out Becca and Missy for being rude to you after you go out of your way to help her with a problem, to a scene taking place in the change room during Eve's route where the three of them viciously mock you when you stand up to them for bullying Eve.
  • Perky Goth: Odette is a pretty standard big-breasted goth girl with a knack for partying. To a lesser extent, Eve and Grace qualify, as well.
  • Pet the Dog: When the player character gets a bloody nose for standing up to the thugs for Debbie, Jenny is shocked and asks if he's okay.
  • Retcon: Initially the player character lived with his family. Because of what the player character can do to them, it was changed so that they were not blood-related to him. Patreon insisted on a few editorial changes, as it wasn't quite comfortable with the original storyline. Anyone exploring the sim will see characters who look as if they are related, including two women who look so alike they are indistinguishable from each other and could be twins, but who are absolutely and emphatically not members of the same family, and any physical resemblance is completely coincidental. And even though the Main Character looks as if he might be a son or a nephew of the women whose physical appearance is such that they could be twins - but aren't - he isn't. Honestly. Nor is he related in any shape or form to the dark-haired girl who lounges about the house in her knickers and a t-shirt, the one who treats him with the sort of easy-going contempt an older sister might show to her little brother. No. Relation. Whatsoever. Apparently Patreon were pretty emphatic about this.
    • A lot of early story scenes (such as the MC mocking Roxxy about being trailer trash to get back at her after she taunts him about his father's death) were removed from the game when their related character storylines were fully expanded, which often rendered these scenes Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Running Gag: Roxxy and Becca insulting you when they see you, only for Missy to say something flirty instead, earning her a glare from the other two and executing a hasty Verbal Backspace to half-heartedly insult you.
  • Self-Deprecation: If you get on the player's PC, he has a copy of Summertime Saga on his desktop which you can run. The first time you click after trying to start a new game, however, it generates a Ren'Py uncaught exception error screen and crashes, prompting the player to complain that the game is always full of bugs.
  • Sex God: There's no way to fail at the sex scenes, meaning the player character is quite adept considering the array of potential partners.note 
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  • Strange Aunt: This was part of the the original conception of Summertime Saga, until Patreon objected to the direction the dating sim was taking; the Main Character makes money to buy goods and services by working on the small farm owned by a character who began as Aunt Diane. Aunt Diane expresses an interest in the MC, part of a theme in the game that caused Patreon to threaten to close the account, until all incest storylines were expurgated from the game. Diane is now a completely unrelated person and is merely a friend of the MC's former mother (now "landlady"), and no longer her twin sister. The incredible physical similarity between Diane and Debbie is an amazing coincidence which is not mentioned in the game notes.
  • Teeny Weenie: Dexter loses his pants in a basketball match with the player character, unveiling his absurdly small penis. Everyone, even Coach Bridget, laughs at him.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Dimitri and Igor, a couple of enforcers for The Mafiya. Dimitri is the smarter and more competent one, whereas Igor is a Literal-Minded dimwit who Dimitri always gets sidetracked by.
  • Transparent Closet: Kevin couldn't be more gay (albeit Straight Gay) if he tried, although the game only contained (very obvious) hints up until Roxxy's reworked story featured a scene where Becca spelled it out for the benefit of an oblivious Missy.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Averted with Eve. If you choose for her to have a bulge, the player character will be quick to accept it.
  • Yellow Sash of Power: Annie is a standard nosy, tyrannical hall monitor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Eve plays this straight, although it's dyed and you can still see traces of her original blonde. Coach Bridget also has colored hair, though it's pink. This becomes a plot point when Coach Bridget becomes the only teacher willing to go out of her way to kick up a fuss when Annie tries to ban hair dye in the new uniform code.

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