This is one of the most genuinely intriguing games I've covered on indiegamenews.com for a very long time... perhaps ever! It's a game designed to be played equally by blind and sighted people - although sighted people are in for a major culture shock without any visual clues. I tried the press-only demo for a while and it's quite fascinating, and predictably I was pretty awful at it. I did get through the first few bits, though I'm pretty sure it was more by luck than judgement. I was a little perturbed that all 3 characters other than the player character sounded extremely similar, but the audio experience was fascinating - you really had to listen to the difference in your foot steps, the squeaking of bats, the dripping of water, and of course the repeated thuds as you walked into the wall over and over again!
Anyway, enough from me - here's the press release:
This is one of those projects that you read about and really want to succeed. Apart from blind players, their families and interested sighted players, I can definitely see this game having a role in education. Having to rely on your memory and orientation perception - which in my case are both pretty bad! - is a real change and makes you realise just how much you rely on your sight - and how much you take for granted. In the same way that one-touch games have made gaming more accessible to the physically impaired, this game could set a precedent for games allowing the visually impaired to enter the gaming world on a level that was previously unavailable to them.
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