- Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the protagonist just a walking stereotype of rural Finland with his excessive drinking, or trying to drown out the fact that his family basically left him? Not a lot of backstory really exists (yet), so it's largely up to the player's interpretation of what really happened.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: When the player wins the remote cabin of a card dealernote in a game of cards. The card dealer flips the table in typical fashion...then proceeds to squeal and walk on all fours like a pig.
- The same thing happens when the player proceeds to set the house that they lost to the card dealer on fire while the card dealer is chilling on the living room sofa.
- Crosses the Line Twice: The game allows you to send Jani; an annoying ricer who does nothing but taunt you flying by ramming him on the driver's side door, killing him in the process. You can then walk up to the wreckage and see his corpse, full with blood splattered all over the cockpit, give him the middle finger and telling him off while pissing all over his dead body, and then finish the act by throwing a bottle of beer at him. Seriously.◊
- By that extension, most of the game's humor derives from this. Another mission calls for you, the player, to take a septic truck full of shit, and dump it all over said ricer's car. Needless to say, this game sometimes revels in toilet humor.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: A hilarious subversion: drunk driving is "encouraged" (as to keep the Thirst meter down and because you can carry the entire beer case with you and take a drink whenever necessary, as opposed to non-alcoholic drinks that only come in single cartons/jugs and are likewise emptied in a single swig, or because they only come from static sources you can't carry around like water from taps), but the inevitable side-effects seriously impair driving ability, and oftentimes lead to crashing into a tree.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: The green techno car (often nicknamed Techno Viking, Green Perkele or Green Devil) that has a tendency to run you off the road became a fan favorite, and when it was removed in a recent update, the outcry of the fans quickly brought it back.
- Forbidden Fruit: The only clue you get about certain gameplay elements is via your grandmother warning against them; such as hitching a ride with your alcoholic cousin, or engaging in underground gambling against a shady individual.
- Fridge Horror: An in-game note left by the parents (in Finnish, of course), states that they left for vacation in Tenerife, and say they'll be back when "Tenerife gets boring". Given the premise, and such an arbitrary timeframe, it's likely that the decided on whim to leave, without warning, and without a care of their son's welfare, aside from a brief bit where they tell him not to drink alcohol.
- The actual (Finnish) text of the letter is worded more like the situation has been discussed prior, and the letter is merely reminding the player of their responsibilities.
- Your grandmother mentions that your parents have always been free spirits prone to spontaneous overseas trips. She also considers it a good thing you've been entrusted with jobs, as opposed to the other unemployed youths around town who are largely left to their own devices.
- Memetic Mutation: "Perkele!"
- Narm: The death screams, especially the bit where it sounds like the VA is trying not to laugh.
- Replacement Scrappy: Jani was this when he debuted for replacing the fan-favorite "Techno Viking". Fan reactions later resulted in the latter returning. Jani still isn't very well liked but that is mostly deliberate.
- Scrappy Mechanic: Pitch black nights at the homestead lead to some frustration; deaths from starvation, thirst and/or fatigue are highly unlikely in a real life home in the middle of the night. The dev apparently forgot to take into account that while the human eye can't adjust perfectly to darkness, you'd still be able to find a light switch via tactile senses. Or better yet, just sleep on the floor immediately available.
- The Scrappy: Jani, for replacing the "Techno Viking" in his debut, constantly insulting the player and ramming the Satsuma in order to rile him/her up.
- Tear Jerker: Since most of the time, new players are too busy killing themselves (accidentally or intentionally), imagine the parents returning home, only to find their son dead in a drunk driving accident, and an either have a horrified reaction, or a largely indifferent response. While mostly played for laughs, it's a game that probably shouldn't be taken too seriously when one's own real parents are away on a vacation.
- Considering that, it's no wonder why he drinks so much alcohol and swears so often.
- Routainen Maa, or the death theme has lyrics (when translated into English, assuming it references the family) that doesn't portray a very positive outlook for them, and seems to represent the protagonist accepting his role as the family's butt monkey.
- As of a recent update, it is now possible to die from stress.
YMMV / My Summer Car