Summer in Michigan is so brief; we'd hate for you to spend it all inside. Still, we know there will be days when the weather ruins our plans for outdoor adventure. When summer storms roll in and you need a way to pass a lazy day, these excellent games offer fun and excitement without committing to weeks of gameplay. They’re fast, fun, and you can set them aside for later when the sun comes back out. Enjoy!
1. Maneater (Xbox One and PS4)
In this messy adventure, you are a shark out to find the fishermen who killed your mother. Eat up and grow big so you can get strong to enact your revenge. They’re gonna need a bigger boat.
2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo Switch)
If you loved Super Mario 3D World and enjoyed playing as a cat, we have the game for you. Though Bowser’s Fury isn’t the main feature in this set, it’s short, fun, and cat-themed.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
3. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One)
A visually stunning adventure in which an unlikely hero must journey to find his courage and confront a dark nemesis to save his home.
4. Wreckfest (Xbox One and PS4)
Full-contact racing and demolition derby matches make this game stand out as you compete to finish the race before your vehicle is destroyed.
5. Jurassic World Evolution 2 (Xbox One, PS4 and PS5)
Dinosaurs roam free, and now they need you to build a new park to contain them. Part Rollercoaster Tycoon, part Pokémon.
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
The gold standard in cartoonish racing games featuring familiar characters. With a wide array of customizations and special settings, this game is great for all ages.
7. Little Nightmares (Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch)
A suspense-adventure game in which you are a young boy trapped in a world that has been distorted by the humming transmission of a distant tower. You set out to save your friend and solve the mystery of the Signal Tower.
8. Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch)
Rocket League looks like a racing game, but it’s more like soccer. Instead of feet, you direct the ball with rocket-boosted vehicles in an arena where you can drive up the sides of the walls. It’s pretty fantastic.
9 & 10. Inside + Limbo (Xbox One and PS4)
Two games in one! Inside and Limbo are both puzzle games driven by dark mysteries, and each could be completed in an afternoon.