Give it a chance. For yourself.
Hello, this is Michael Samyn, the designer of Bientôt l'été.
I must admit that the consternation that our work causes amuses me to some extent. But I know that that's wrong.
Bientôt l'été was made with videogame technology but without much concern for the traditions and conventions of videogames. So if that is what you are looking for, know yourself, and look elsewhere.
But I assure you that Bientôt l'été was created with the best intentions and in all honesty. Feel free to browse through the developer blog to sample this: http://tale-of-tales.com/bientotlete/blog
. This honesty has lead us away from caring much about our audience and towards a further thematic and formal exploration. That was a choice that seemed appropriate for this project. In future projects, we may navigate in the other direction. Both have their merits.
It's difficult to explain what makes Bientôt l'été an enjoyable experience for some. I realize that the pictures and text on the store page fall short. It takes a a bit of effort to get into the atmosphere. I find that easier while playing than by looking at screenshots.
You don't need to do this effort for us. We don't care. Do it for yourself!
This project was created to offer a particular source of joy for those who can bring themselves to it. It could have been much better. It could have had more direct impact. But here it is. And I believe that anyone who puts a bit of effort into it can enjoy it.
Judging from the reports of people who don't, it's usually because they expect too much. They are looking for things and waiting for things to happen. But that's not how one can enjoy this game. It's more like a toy than a game. You have to play with it. But play in a very slow, contemplative manner.
If you want a shortcut to decide whether you will like this game, have a look at one of the films Marguerite Duras directed (there's some on YouTube). Her work was the major inspiration for the design and content of Bientôt l'été. If you find no joy in these films, you probably won't find any in this piece.
Here's a fragment, for instance: http://tale-of-tales.com/bientotlete/blog/duras-film-agatha-et-les-lectures-illimitees
I realize that we are but feeble artists compared to the genius of Marguerite Duras. I see Bientôt l'été more as a form of fan art or a tribute, even though I hope it can bring the experience of her work to an audience that might not have been aware of it.
Some people enjoy Bientôt l'été very deeply. Other people don't. You could be one, or the other. There's not much point in arguing about that.
But in general, more joy is better. :-)