A Summer with the Shiba Inu is a mystery visual novel being developed by Quill Studios that I got to play at Bit Bazaar.
It's a mysterious narrative game that takes place in a world inhabited by dogs. You play as Syd the Shiba Inu as she reunites with her old friend Max and encounters a mysterious Labrador Retriever called Quei-Li.
From the short demo I played, it defies your expectations quite a bit. The game begins with a fairly traditional introduction to the characters and world, reminiscent of other "weird" visual novels such as Hatoful Boyfriend, but then it takes a mysterious turn that sets the story in motion. The demo ends as the mystery begins, and it left me craving more from the story and it's world.
While the writing is the true highlight of the game, it also features very pretty artwork from a variety of talented artists. It's a real treat for the eyes.
I look forward to seeing more of A Summer with the Shiba Inu as it continues development. For now though, a demo is available on the Quill Studios website.