The Smoke Room: Summer Special is a free visual novel featuring familiar animal characters from the series. Where the original game had horror themes, this one has summer vibes with the friends heading to the beach. If you enjoy visual novel games with loads of text and few gameplay options, you can try ERROR143, Purrgatory and Don't Toy With Me.
Some parts of the game feature choices and items you can interact with. For example, one scene has you at a clothing store to select outfits for each character. There’s a casual story, mostly with dialogue between the characters.
Dialogue between friends
The core element of The Smoke Room: Summer Special revolves around a group of animal friends who decide they need a break after their last adventure. They head out in the car, heading in the sun to the beach. They stop for a few things along the way while you get to click through every part of their conversations.
When you get the chance to interact in The Smoke Room: Summer Special, it will mostly be selecting items for the characters. For the most part, you’ll sit back and read walls of text and enjoy the show without too many challenging choices. It’s ideal for anyone who doesn’t want a strenuous game with puzzles and shooting.
Graphics and gameplay
The visuals are well presented within a 2D environment, the characters displayed with a cartoonish art style. When they speak, their mouths simply move with the words without too much animation. The gameplay involves selecting one of the options that appear on the screen, but you’ll mostly click through dialogue.
Fun day at the beach
The Smoke Room: Summer Special is a fun, casual experience that mostly requires you to read the story. While there are a few choices along the way, it’s designed as a sequel to the horrific events of the last game, giving players more time with characters they love.
The visuals are pleasant to behold, which makes the experience of clicking through dialogue more pleasant. There are many times where the speech doesn’t really mean anything and is simply there to fill the space. How long you play will depend on your patience and how quickly you get bored by visual novels.