#blog Lisa Meeuwsen
We all use the digital world for multiple purposes: chatting with friends, learning a new skill, staying up to date on the latest news, you name it. But what we also like to do, is playing video games. In general, most games are extremely visual. Therefore, this may cause some challenges for people with a visual impairment. Luckily, technology is becoming more and more accessible. This enables everyone to enjoy some games online. This blog is a dedication to the five best video games for blind and visually impaired people!
Truly Audio Focused
Many of these games make use of binaural audio to truly transform these audio games and make them more realistic. Binaural audio, also known as 3D audio, is made to enhance the experience. When listening to binaural audio, each ear picks up separate sounds and the sound changes as the listener moves their head. This results in being able to hear certain sounds coming from all angles. You are not only hearing sounds from the sides. You can hear sounds from the front, above, behind or below you. This effect makes the sounds more realistic, and it feels like, whatever you hear, is actually near you. Because of this, we highly recommend you to play these games while using a headset.
Now without further ado, let's dive into 5 of these great games.
A Blind Legend
A Blind Legend is an audio-only action game for smartphones. The game was developed by a French company named DOWNiNO together with radio station France Culture. The idea behind this online game was to give visually impaired people access to high-quality games and increase the public awareness for this type of disability.
The game is set in the medieval era. In the game, you are Edward Blake, the hero. Edward has to rescue his wife Lady Caroline with the help of their daughter Louise. You control the hero by Multi-Touch Gestures using the touchscreen of your smartphone. A Blind Legend is a great game for anyone that loves action and adventure.
One of the players of A Blind Legend describes it as a great game and he thinks it’s amazing a game like this was made. The audio is very clear and the game is simple to play but very fun. You can watch the game trailer here.
AudioWizards is an audio game perfectly accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. Even though it has graphics, the audio is still the main element to play. In the game you battle enemies with spells that each have their unique sound. The game and the audio was made with blind and visually impaired musicians to make sure the audio fitted well with the game. The game can be downloaded from GooglePlay and costs $4.99.
Watch the game trailer here!
Entombed is a game produces by Driftwood Audio Entertainment. This is a company specialised in games for people who are blind and visually impaired. Entombed is the first game they created. This game is for the people who like adventure. You are battling to escape a deep and scary dungeon. By trying to get out of the dungeon you have to battle goblins, ogres and other creatures. You discover secret rooms, retrieve magical equipment and get into the character of a profession such as a fortune teller or a fighter. Entombed is a free game that you can download onto your computer. There is also the option to upgrade to a full version, this requires payment.
RS Games is a free web-based application. It allows their used to play multiplayer games within your web browser. The games are all accessible with assistive technology. You can join a public game or create a private game. You don’t need to download anything apart from a laptop or phone. Whilst playing the games, all information is communicated within text. You can use the buttons or keyboard shortcuts to do certain actions within the games. The platform has several free multiplayer games like Bingo, Blackjack, Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly, Uno and Yahtzee.
Sryth is an online adventure game. The game is text based which makes it accessible for the blind and visually impaired that use screen reading programs. The game takes place in Sryth, hence the name of course. Sryth is a heroic fantasy game in which you create and customize a character that will be the brave adventurer. In the game you make progress by finding magical items and armour. You fight goblins, rats and warriors. There are eighteen skills and eleven disciplines to command. Some of the content is free and available to all. Other content is only available to those who have subscribed.
Players of Sryth are big fans of the game. It is a game to get lost in, it draws you in and you spent hours playing it. They recommend it to others, because it is fun to play but also to improve your screen reading navigation skills!
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