Boku no Natsuyasumi
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|Boku no Natsuyasumi|
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Boku no Natsuyasumi (ぼくのなつやすみ?, lit. "My Summer Vacation") is a video game developed by Millennium Kitchen and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It is part of the popular Boku no Natsuyasumi series and was released in Japan on June 22, 2000. A PlayStation Portable port was released on June 27, 2006 Boku no Natsuyasumi Portable: Mushimushi Hakase to Teppen-yama no Himitsu!!, "My Summer Vacation Portable: Secret of Dr. Top and Humid Mountain!!". The port features updated graphics and several new characters.
The game revolves around Boku, a 9-year-old boy sent to his aunt and uncle in Japan's wooded countryside and the daily adventures he encounters there. Boku is there because his Mother is in her final month of pregnancy. The player controls him for the 31 days of August 1975 (In Japan, a Summer Vacation, called natsuyasumi (なつやすみ) last for one month). You explore the game's area and can catch bugs and pit them against each other, collect bottle caps, fly a kite, or just relax.
Game creator Kaz Ayabe said that he wanted to create a game that simulates the real world. When development began, Millennium Kitchen handled everything about the game except for programming and sound design. According to Ayabe, Boku no Natsuyasumi's setting is based on the Tsukiyono, a town in the Yamanashi Prefecture of the Chūbu region. The team took many pictures of clouds during the staff's time collecting references.
Ayabe stated that originally, the game was planned to be released in the summer of 1999, but Sony's producers asked the team to add in a fishing minigame, which delayed the game to 2000.
- Ray Barnholt (2013). "Summer Vacation Confidential - SCROLL". Retrieved August 3, 2016.