Red & the Dog Days of Summer is an atypical role-playing game which forgoes the usual combat oriented gameplay and fantasy settings of computer role-playing games and focuses instead on a character driven narrative. The player guides the protagonist Red in gathering clues to catch a serial dognapper menacing the town of Arbourville. It is up to the player to make correct deductions as some of the clues may be red herrings. By adopting this type of gameplay and narrative, Dog Days disrupts the homogeneous state of the genre and deconstructs the taxonomy of computer role-playing games.