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Top 25 Web Sites for Gamers who are Blind - 2015

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AudioGames

www.audiogames.net
If anything new is happening in audio games, anywhere, at any time, it is mentioned in the news section and discussed in the forum on this site.

It offers current news stories by Dark, who is knowledgeable as well as entertaining.

It offers an up-to-date database, of 509 FREE and Commercial blind-accessible games with descriptions of each game.

It has links to immediately download the files from the developer's own site on each game's entry page.

The database continues to grow, adding 50 new games while removing no-longer available selections.

It also offers 45 student audio games from 2001 - 2008, available through their Experimental Audio Games section, as well as MOD downloads that make a number of games blind-accessible.

In addition, it offers links to audio reviews, many annotated links to game sites, developer tools, newsgroups, and similar resources.

There are tips, cheats, walkthroughs and mods to audiogames.

Offers back issues of Audyssey Magazine.

Has a super-active forum of independent game developers and players, with 14,588 users. The latest entries were on the day of our review.

The site is easily navigated.

Founded in 2002. Dark makes updates to the database on an ongoing basis.

Page rank 6/10. Alexa: 1,046,701.

508 Compliance: One image element lacks an alt attribute. Input element without a label.

Categories: Games, Community, Information, Reviews, Help.

In their own words: "AudioGames.net is a community portal for audio games: games based on sound."

Why should I go there? To be the first to hear about the latest new blind-accessible games. Also for a lot of FREE games. And to be enormously entertained.
2

PCSGames

www.pcsgames.net
This site has a large collection of blind-accessible games updated to January 2015.

It connects you to 221 websites that have links to over 410 FREE and commercial games.

It offers the only independent price list of Commercial blind-accessible computer games.

It offers a listing of 14 online games.

It offers a list of 44 accessible iPhone and iPad games updated in June 2013.

It offers a list of accessible Twitter games played by many people at the same time.

It offers a list of accessible Mac games and where to find them.

Each entry in these lists include game descriptions or instructions, and links to the websites where they can be found.

It offers reviews of the PCS games, but not the other games it lists.

From this Web site you can download PCSGames’ own FREE or Commercial games, including: Sarah and the Castle of Witchcraft and Wizardry, PacMan Talks, SuperDog’s Bone Hunt, and Ten Pin Alley.

Home of a weekly game chat: Games People Play, as well as links to an on-line Dungeons and Dragons live role playing adventure Game site: audiotips.com.

Also includes online and interactive fiction resources.

To navigate this site, use the menu links at the top of the games home page.

Founded in 2000 and the most recent desktop game list update is January 2015.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 5,433,898.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games, Information, Community.

In their own words: "My list is primarily designed to search for a type of game or the name of a game and to easily go to the web site where you can download it... We make audio amusements that tickle your ears!"

Why should I go there? For in-depth information about most of the popular blind-accessible games. Also for PCS's own excellent blind-accessible games, especially the popular Sarah.
3

Kitchens Inc.

www.kitchensinc.net
This Web site is the most frequently mentioned site for FREE audio games

This independent developer offers 26 FREE audio-only SAPI tts games, including popular games like "Homer on a Harley, "Awsome Homer" and "Puppy 1".

He also offers trivia, racing, arcade, sports, word, and puzzle games.

He offers 4 self voicing games as well as 23 speech friendly DOS games.

He offers 5 FREE adult windows SAPI text to speech games for a grand total of 58 games.

Navigating this site is easy; just march down the links.

Founded in 2001. He just keeps cranking out new games. He added 4 new or updated games in 2014.

The site is updated regularly, with the most recent update in December 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: One frame element does not contain a title.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Where you can find Jim Kitchen’s FREE blind accessible speech friendly PC, DOS, and windows games"

Why should I go there? For popular audio games, all for FREE.
4

Audyssey

www.audyssey.org

http://audyssey.org/mailman/
listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org
This website is the home of one of the most active discussion lists where you can go to talk with independent developers of blind-accessible games, as well as a core of knowledgeable gamers.

The website's list of accessible games is currently under revision.

The gamers discussion list is an excellent resource for quick technical help and game hints.

Game developers solicit suggestions for improving their games and seek help in game testing and audio recordings for their games. Gamers can get any help they need in downloading, and playing audio games. There are animated discussions among developers and gamers about a wide range of topics.

Navigating this site is standard listserv easy.

Founded in 2006, audyssey.org was last updated in March of 2014. The listserv Gamers discussion has constant posts with the latest entries on the day of the review.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa: 9,318,783.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Help, Information, Community.

In their own words: "The main purpose for us is to provide a place where anyone can learn about games which are specifically for blind people, or just happen to be usable by blind people."

Why should I go there? For help directly from the people who make the most popular blind-accessible games, and the folks who play them. Also to get the latest information about what games are hot and being played right now.

And definitely for the lively and entertaining discussions.
5

The Zone BBS

www.zonebbs.com
This great site currently has registered over seven thousand blind or visually impaired participants, with up to a hundred people logged in at any given time.

There is always someone there to discuss game related issues or other issues.

Offers blogs, Zone BBS by Phone, Voice Chat, Private eMail, Graffiti chat, Person Watch, Quicknotes, and Boards (forums).

Also offers sixteen online games.

Navigating this site is easy. They have a site search link.

Founded in 2003. Very active. Latest update is January 2015.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 11,195,168

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Community, Help, Information, online games.

In their own words: "The Zone BBS is an online community where you can meet new people, play games, and get away from the more stressful parts of life."

Why should I go there? To meet lots of interesting people, many of whom share your interest in games.
6

Spoonbill Software

www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/
blindgamers.htm
Independent developer of 35 FREE blind-accessible puzzle and card games.

Games have very high quality visual interfaces as well as audio interfaces, developed by "...a happily retired computer programmer who writes games as a hobby, for fun and not for profit."

Navigating this site is easy. Start at the links on the Blind Gamers page.

Founded in 2005. Released three new blind accessible games in 2014. These games include: Aces Up Solitaire, Net Link, and Spoonbill Word Yahtzee.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 11,195,168.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "I thought it would be a good idea to share (my games) with other people too. That’s when I created my website, Spoonbill Software."

Why should I go there? For FREE commercial quality card and puzzle games that are both sighted and blind-accessible.
7

7-128 Software

www.7128.com

BlindComputerGames.com
www.blindcomputergames.com
Independent developer of 27 Commercial and 5 FREE games that are accessible to blind gamers.

There were two new games in 2014, Dead Man's Chest, an Inspector Cyndi in Newport game, and Findit, a Pizza game.

A number of games offer accessibility for a variety of special needs. All games are rated as to their accessibility.

Games include: word games, puzzle games, the Inspector Cyndi in Newport mysteries, and educational games for young children.

Home of the Top 25 Websites for gamers who are blind, deaf and motion impaired.

There is information about how to use accessible games in an academic setting through the ALERT program. There are also serialized stories, online trivia, and poetry.

Our sibling Web site is blindcomputergames.com, where you can find Guidelines for Building Blind-Accessible Computer Games. Useful for providing information to developers to help them make that game you can almost play accessible to you.

Navigating this site is easy. It has a site map.

Founded in 2007. Updated regularly. Most recent update, May 2015.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa: 6,913,438.

508 Compliance: Specifies background color but not foreground color to assure adequate contrast.

Categories: Games, Information.

In their own words: "Our games entertain you with stories, puzzles, and word challenges that are fun for and accessible to every casual gamer."

Why should I go there? For Commercial and FREE games that are both sighted and blind accessible, especially word, puzzle, detective, and childrens' games. If you are an educator or caregiver, you will also find FREE help using accessible computer games in your efforts. For information about how to make games blind-accessible. For organized, current, and complete information on Web sites for gamers with multiple accessibility needs.
8

Azabat Games

www.azabat.co.uk
Independent developer of 35 Commercial audio and audio-video blind and visually-impaired accessible card, puzzle, and crossword games in 7 volumes playable off of a cd.

Includes 4 Commercial word games for children ages 5 -– 11.

Also offers Commercial blind-accessible word processing, email, and typing tutor programs.

Navigating this site is straightforward.

Founded in 2005. No recent update noted. No new games or apparent website change from last year's review.

The games listed are certified up to Windows XP which is no longer supported by Microsoft, not Windows 7 or 8.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Image elements have no alts

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Then one day my blind friend, expressing his frustration at not being able to use his newly acquired computer to do all the things he thought he'd be able to do with it, said to me, ‘I only bought the computer to have some fun’. So, with this in mind, I set about creating some computer games, which had the voices built-in and could be run off the CD, so he wouldn't need to install anything."

Why should I go there? For Commercial games that are both sighted and blind accessible, especially card, word and puzzle games.
9

VIP Gameszone

www.vipgameszone.com
Independent developer of 6 Commercial and 8 FREE blind-accessible games.

Offers:
3 Android games 4 Commercial sports games; Super tennis, Super football, Beach volleyball and Funny bowling.
2 Commercial Multiplayer strategy games; Lords of the Galaxy and Galaxy Ranger.
5 FREE games: Puzzle, maze, strategy, and sports.
3 FREE special educational applications for kids who are blind or visually impaired.

This site has best score lists for 5 games. They also have a mailing list to discuss their games.
Navigating this site is easy. Use the links on the home page.

Founded 2003. Updated occasionally. Most recent update 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "We want to specialize in the developing of accessible software for blind and visually impaired kids. Our main goal is to let children to get useful software that will allow them to develop their thinking, memory and imagination. Our motto is: easy setup, easy to use, excellent quality and fun!"

Why should I go there? For Commercial and FREE blind-accessible games, especially the sports games.
10

Kaldobsky.com

kaldobsky.com/audiogames
Independent developer of 10 FREE blind-accessible games.

This site has a diverse set of games including a strategy game, a word association game, a simulation game, a math game, a first person shooter game, puzzle games, and a tower defense game.

With these FREE games, Jeremy Kaldobsky aka Aprone, has shown great versatility and skill in developing audio games.

His games include mouse use, not commonly found in audio games.

The games support SAPI, JAWS, Window Eyes, and NVDA.

In addition he offers 10 FREE tool programs.

Since Aprone discovered audio games, he has produced an impressive body of work with several much talked about titles including: Swamp, Luminals and Castaway.

Navigating this site is easy. It's all on one page.

Founded in 2010. Updated in 2014.

Page rank 0/10. Alexa: 103,659

508 Compliance: PERFECT

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "All of the software here is of my own design. Each title is available for free, and I hope you will find them both useful and entertaining."

Why should I go there? For a diverse assortment of FREE blind-accessible games and helpful tools.
11

Braillesoft

www.braillesoft.net
Independent developer of 10 FREE windows blind-accessible audio games.

Offers 18 FREE Windows Mobile Smart Phone Games.

Navigating this site is easy. Use the links at the top of the home page.

Founded in 2006. Latest date is the copyright 2012.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 25,137,293.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "BrailleSoft software will no longer be just Freedom Scientific PAC mate Omni specific. We will move to an interface that is more generalized to work specifically with almost any screen reader running Windows Mobile."

Why should I go there? For FREE blind-accessible games.
12

USA Games

usagamesinteractive.com
Offers 11 games and technical information for developers.

Independent developer of 2 FREE blind-accessible audio games, Final Conflict and USA Blackjack. They also offer 9 other games including games from Spoonbill Software, and games formerly offered by DanZ games and PB-Games .

Offer game developer tutorials for developers programming audio games in BGT, C#, C++, Visual Basic, and Python.

Offer a software developers list for discussion of development of accessible games.

Hosts access to the AudioGames.net forum.

Provide technical information about software development tools.

While navigating this site is easy, a couple of the links are not active.

Founded in 2004. Updated June 2012.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games, Information.

In their own words: "USA Games Interactive is dedicated to delivering the most advanced, top of the line, high quality accessible games for blind and low vision gamers."

Why should I go there? For their FREE blind-accessible games, and excellent technical information.
13

GMA Games

www.gmagames.com
Independent developer of 5 commercial accessible games and 5 FREE accessible games.

These include Time of Conflict, which had a new version released in 2014.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2001. The most recent update is in 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 8,140.855.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Games designed to be fully accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals. GMA concentrates its efforts on developing sophisticated Windows-based games, while keeping its prices affordable."

Why should I go there? For Commercial and FREE blind-accessible games, and especially Time of Conflict, Tank Commander and Lone Wolf.
14

Draconis Entertainment

draconisentertainment.com
Independent developer of 9 blind-accessible commercial Windows games and 2 Mac games.

Navigating this site is easy.

Founded in 2005. Most recent date noted is November 2013.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank: 21,146,099

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Categories: Games.

In their own words: "The array of accessible computer games offered by Draconis Entertainment ranges widely, from sports, to puzzle-oriented, to arcade-style, to exciting first-person adventure games."

Why should I go there? For great Commercial blind-accessible games.
15

DragonApps

www.dragonapps.org
Independent developer of 8 FREE games. These games include a first person shooter, Road to Rage. There is a new release, Slender: Lost Vision for you to try.

There are two Android games, Crazy Bat and Droid Flip.

They are using their own Dragonflame game development engine to create their games.

In addition, there are three software tools available for download.

Navigating the site is straightforward. The menu tabs lead to the games.

The site started in 2010. There was no dated post, but since a new game was released in 2014, that is the most recent date.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 13,595,332.

508 Compliance: Specified background color but not foreground (text) color to assure adequate contrast.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: : "Audiogames are basically video games, but without the video. Instead, you put on your headphones, and imagine the graphics yourself. I guess you could see it like you tried to imagine the pictures to an audio drama."

Why should I go there: To get a very exciting first person shooter, Road to Rage.
16

L-Works

www.l-works.net
Independent developer of 5 FREE audio games, 1 commercial game, and a Freeware game, Super Liam.

One of their previously commercial games, Judgement Day, is no longer available for puchase. Super Egg Hunt plus is still listed for purchase, although there is a note that it will soon be a free game.

They also offer Zompocalypse, a zombie apocalypse side-scrolling hack and slash concept demo.

There is a mailing list with about 4 posts per month.

Navigating this site is easy.

Site was founded in 2002. Last updated in December 2013.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "LWorks produces affordable computer games for those with visual impairments."

Why should I go there? For popular games including the Super Liam side scroller, and Super Egg Hunt plus, as well as their other free games.
17

BPCPrograms

bpcprograms.com
Independent developer of 3 FREE and 2 Commercial games that are blind-accessible, including Treasure Hunt Tournament and 3-D Velocity.

They have a discussion forum with 256 registered members and 1507 posts. The most recent forum post was the month before we reviewed it.

No changes were noted in the last year.

Navigating the site is straightforward. Use the menu of links.

Founded in 2002. Most recent news post is February 2015.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Specified background color but not foreground color (text) to assure adequate contrast.

Categories: Games, Community.

In their own words: "Our goal is to provide the VI community with high-quality, fast action, thrilling games."

Why should I go there? For Commercial or FREE blind-accessible games.
18

Shard Workshop

www.shardworkshop.com
Independent developer of 3 Commercial audio games, and 1 videogame.

Navigating the site is straightforward. Use the Audiogames tab.

Founded in 2011. Latest update, No date was found on the website.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: This site's "main goal is to take the gaming experience for blind and visually impaired people to the next level."

Why should I go there? For an excellent flight simulator and a unique music puzzle game.
19

Blast Bay Studios

www.blastbay.com
Independent developer of 1 Shareware blind-accessible game, the Q9 Action Game; and 2 freeware games, Kringle Crash and Palace Punch-Up.

The Blastbay Game Toolkit(BGT), a game development toolkit to help developers produce their own audiogames, is, as of May 2014, a freeware product.

In addition, they offer Blastbay Oggdec - a simple Ogg Vorbis decoder to help developers with audio files.

There is an active forum with 140 topics, 7,447 posts, the most recent of which was the previous week.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2008. Most recent news, May 2014.

Page rank: 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Image does not have an Alt. Rows and column headers not identified for data tables.

Categories: Games, Community.

In their own words: "Here you'll find audio games for the blind and visually impaired, useful software applications for audio enthusiasts as well as handy components/resources for programmers, and high quality royalty free music.."

Why should I go there? For blind-accessible games, especially the the Q9 action game.
20

Niels Bauer Games

www.nielsbauergames.com
Independent commercial game developer offers 3 Commercial games that are blind-accessible: Smugglers 4 and Smugglers 5: Secession, and the newer Smugglers 5: Invasion.

The forum is apparently inactive at the present time.

They have achieved getting Smugglers V: Secession released on Steam.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2004. Updated May 2014.

Page rank: 4/10. Alexa; 21,128,964.

508 Compliance: A number of images have alternative text missing. Five other items not in compliance.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Niels Bauer Games is an independent game developer from Freiburg in Germany. Since 1998 we are creating addictive casual games for PC-Windows. I am planning on support for blind accessibility for all my future games."

Why should I go there? For highly recommended Commercial blind-accessible games, and to support a game developer who responds to requests for accessibility.
21

Ticon Blu

www.ticonblu.it
Ticon Blu is an Italian company that produces serious games including safe driving games.

They developed audiogames in collaboration with Universal Access.

They have a total of 7 games including: 3 Nicholas Emerich, Inquisitor games, an adventure series which is available on PC/Mac/iOS and Android platforms.

Their other games are a spy game, a racing game, a science fiction game, and a puzzle game .
Their games are available in several languages including English. They have a series of podcasts and demos to help with game play.

Navigating the site is easy if you set the language to English and tab through the site.

Founded in 2003. Their first audiogame was released in 2012. The most recent release is April 2015.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa: 5,670,184.

508 Compliance: Images don't contain either ALT or Long Descriptions. Specified foreground (text) color but not background color to assure adequate contrast. Documents shall be readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "TiconBLU collaborates with ASPHI Foundation (www.asphi.it) studying and developing didactic instruments, simulators and videogames about disability."

Why should I go there: To get high quality games, especially the Nicholas Emerich, Inquisitor series.
22

Pontes Games

www.pontes.ro
Pontes is an association of visually impaired Romanians who have developed 5 accessible games plus seven tools. Two of their games have been ported to Android.

Their Pontes backgammon game is considered one of the best available.

There are puzzle games, an on-line shooter and casino simulator, an adventure Game, and "Pontes Pong" which can be played in both audio and video mode .

There is an active forum in Romanian.

Navigating the site is easy if you set the language to English. Go to Quick Menu, then Programs and Games.

Founded in 2006. The most recent news is October 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 1,212,651.

508 Compliance: Specified foreground (text) color but not background color to assure adequate contrast. Input element lacked a label.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: We "wanted to make a difference in society, in the lives of both visually impaired and sighted people"

Why should I go there: To get the accessible backgammon game or their other games.
23

Pawlosoft

www.pawlosoft.webs.com
Independent developer of 1 commercial game: Airik the Cleric which can be purchased from their website.

Airik the Cleric 2, which was due to be out in 2013 has not yet been released.

This game is located in the world of Aunegauve, the Airik the Cleric world.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2007. The most recent news is 1/1/13.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Airik the Cleric is an all new fantasy adventure RPG game."

Why should I go there: To get one of the few RPG's available in an audio game.
24

Driftwood Audio Entertainment

www.blind-games.com
Offers 1 blind-enabled game, Entombed.

"Entombed is free to play. Optionally, you can upgrade to the full version from inside the game after purchasing it"

The free version has over 20 hours of entertainment. In the full version there are 25 dungeon levels and many more hours of fun.

There is a very active discussion group with posts as recently as the date we reviewed it.

There is an online Leaderboard.

There is no indicator as to the most recent update of the site.

Navigating the site is very easy.

Founded in 2009.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa: 15,206,624.

508 Compliance: Specified background but not foreground (text) color to assure adequate contrast.

Categories: Game, Community.

In their own words: "Driftwood Audio Entertainment is a company specializing in games for the blind and visually impaired."

Why should I go there: To get one of the few RPG's available in an audio game.
25

SoundRTS

http://jlpo.free.fr/soundrts
Independent developer of 1 FREE blind-accessible game, the popular SoundRTS, a real-time strategy game.

This game is available in 9 languages.

There is a chat page with the most recent post was in the same month as the review.

Navigating the site is very easy.

Founded in 2007. Latest site entry was August 2014.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Game.

In their own words: "SoundRTS is a real-time strategy audio game. I tried to put in an audio game the fun from Warcraft."

Why should I go there? For the FREE Warcraft type audio game.

Online Sites

Although we do not feel competent to rank online sites, these sites were most often mentioned in discussions concerning online games.

Bowing to popular demand, this is that list.

SiteComments

Alter Aeon

www.alteraeon.com
It's a MUD. But a FREE MUD with a huge following among the blind gaming community.

Alter Aeon is a multiplayer text based game with a huge world. The game has a support page for the blind and visually impaired player. This page outlines the available support software for the game.

This online MUD is one of the few we know that actively supports blind and VI players.

One blind gamer said "This is probably the most comprehensive game I've ever played . . . Beyond the absolutely amazing gameplay, there are lots of people on there who are just a joy to chat with. As well, the website is entirely accessible from all platforms and very nicely organized for screen reader/notetaker navigation."

Updated constantly. The most recent update was the week of our survey.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 2,924,445.

508 Compliance: Image element contains no ALT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Alter Aeon is one of the most blind friendly multiplayer games on the web. Over half of our players are blind or visually impaired, and our dedicated staff is constantly on the lookout for trouble spots."

Why should I go there: To play one of the few blind accessible MUDs.

QuentinC's Playroom

www.qcsalon.net
Offers 21 FREE online blind-accessible online games.

The playroom offers card, dice and board games that can be played online with other players in six languages.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 6,397,760.

The most recent date noted was April, 2014.

Categories: Games.

508 Compliance: Image element has no ALT.

In their own words: "The Playroom is the new online game platform of QuentinC. With this small program, you will be able to connect and play online with other players.

Why should I go there: To play card, dice and board games with other players.

RS Games

www.rsgames.net
Offers 8 FREE online card and board or educational games.

The latest posting was announcing their 5th anniversary in December 2014.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 27,097,905.

Categories: Games.

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In their own words: "RS Games was started in late 2007 by Ryan Smith with the goal of creating freeware games for the blind."

Why should I go there: To play games with other players.

Blind Adrenaline Simulations

www.blindadrenaline.com
Independent developer of 7 blind accessible online games in their Blind Adrenaline card room.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2006. Latest update was in the copyright 2014

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank: 4,396,251.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "…We've built the most feature rich set of online card games available for the blind…"

Why should I go there? To play card games or yahtzee in tournaments or against one another.

AllInPlay

www.allinplay.com
Independent developer of Commercial blind-accessible online games.

They are an online site that any blind gamer who enjoys card and word games should be aware of.

Offers 6 subscription-based blind-accessible word and card games.

Enables you to play against the computer or with others over the Web, participate in tournaments, and chat with others.

Offers free trials.

All in Play was founded in 1998. No recent updates noted.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 15,203,108.

508 Compliance: Image elements contain no ALTS.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Building something amazing that touched the lives of people all around the world... now *that* was something to wake up to every morning!"

Why should I go there? Their online card and word games are mentioned favorably throughout the blind-gaming community.

Core Exiles

www.core-exiles.com
Core Exiles is a FREE to play epic space adventure game. You are the captain of a small spacecraft and have a wide range of opportunities for adventure.

This is a game that has a large VI player base. They have a forum that includes player guides and tips for VI players.

They have been responsive to requests to include accessibility in the game.

They have an active community forum system with posts as recent as the day of the review.

Page rank: 3/10 Alexa rating Not enough information to rank.

Categories: Games, Community.

508 Compliance: Input element lacks ALTS, Title attribute, or linked label.

In their own words: "Whether you're a strategist, an explorer, a privateer or a mix of all three, you'll find yourself at home in Core exiles"

Why should I go there: To play in a complex and exciting environment.

Materiamagica

www.materiamagica.com
Materiamagica is a FREE to play Multi-User-Dungeon (MUD). It is set in the world of Alyria.

This text-based interactive fantasy has been in existence for over fourteen years.

They have been responsive to requests to include accessibility in the game. They even have their own VI mailing list.

The news and community sections of the website were down and being worked on when our review happened, so, except for the 2015 copyright, there was no indication as to the currency of the site.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 1,772,580.

Categories: Game, Community.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

In their own words: "The game is text-based, so you aren't limited by someone else's vision - your own imagination is all that is required to vividly illustrate the life and experiences of your character."

Why should I go there: to play with other gamers in a mature, complex, game universe.

Sites to Watch

These are sites that don't fit within the above rankings, but that we think should be brought to your attention.

SiteComments

Doublespeak games

www.doublespeakgames.com
This website is the home of the FREE text adventure In a Dark Room.

This game is available in the App store on iOS as well as Windows.

It has been made open source and has been put up on Git Hub. There is an active blog and a number of people have added content.

During 2014 they released a match 3 type game which is not blind accessible.

Founded in 2013. Constant updates.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 168,740.

508 Compliance: Foreground color specified, but not background color. Is not readable without an associated style sheet.

Categories: Games, Community.

In their own words: "In a Dark Room is a minimalist text adventure game."

Why should I go there? For an interesting game.

BlindSide

www.blindsidegame.com
This website is the home of the audio-only adventure game BlindSide.

This game is available in the App store on iOS as well as PC Windows and Max.

It is accessible for blind and sighted users alike - a new level of audio-based horror.

Founded in 2012. The last update was a year ago.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 3,435.953.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing. Background color specified, no foreground color specified. Frame not titled.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: " BlindSide presents the opportunity for both sighted and visually impaired gamers to enjoy an identically nightmare-inducing gameplay experience.."

Why should I go there? For an interesting 3D audio game.

VG Storm

www.vgstorm.com
This website is the home of 2 commercial games, Psycho Strike and Paladin of the Sky, and 1 Shareware game, Adventure as C.

Psycho Strike is a mix between an RPG, a sidescroller and an adventure game. It is a violent game about a criminal gang.

Paladin of the sky is a roleplaying game with 15 dungeons and hours of play.

Founded 2014. No indication of update.

Page rank 0/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing.

Categories: Games.

Why should I go there? For two interesting console-like audio games.

NA Soft

www.ndadamson.com
This website is the home of two accessible games, Dotris, which is like tetris, using a braille display, and Park Boss, which is a game where you develop an amusement park.

Dotris is Free, but asks for donations that go to the ClearVision Library.

Park Boss is free, but the developer, Nick Adamson asks for donations to help finance further development.

Has a Twitter feed that allows interaction with players. Also interacts on Facebook.

Founded 2014. Updated occasionally.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rank.

508 Compliance: Background color specified, but foreground (text) color is not. Is not readable without an associated style sheet.

Categories: Games, Community.

In their own words: "NA Soft ... is just a useful way to identify the software I write in my spare time."

Why should I go there? For an interesting simulation or a unique braille game.

Valiant Galaxy Associates

www.valiantgalaxy.com
Valiant Galaxy Associates is home to a FREE science fiction audiogame, Traders of Known Space, in which you control a merchant ship and attempt to make a profit.

They hope to release a commercial game set in the same universe, called Interceptor. It was released in beta version in June of 2014.

There is a well developed story line in an interesting description of the timeline involved and descriptions of the aliens found in known space on the website.

Navigating the site is easy. Just use the page links to move to the section you want to visit.

Founded in 2014. The most recent news is April 2015.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa: Not enough information to rate.

508 Compliance: Specified background color but not foreground (text) color to assure adequate contrast. Documents shall be readable without an associated style sheet.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "Our goal is to provide low cost gaming, high quality play experience, and where possible a high degree of replayability."

Why should I go there: For a fun science fiction game.

AbleGamers

ablegamers.com

Unstoppable Gamer
unstoppablegamer.com

Includification
includification.com
Though this Web site has little blind-specific content, its excellent game reviews do include color blindness.

Their Includification Guidelines have recommendations for accessibility features for mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive impairments. Each set is displayed in three levels that contain recommendations for making a game increasingly more accessible.

Founded in 2004 and is constantly being updated.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 941,976.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing. Documents shall be readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Background color specified, but not foreground (text) color. All input elements must be accessible with assistive technology and must have a label.

Categories: Reviews.

In their own words: "AbleGamers does not rate games for the totally blind. We do call out examples of games that do something special for the totally blind community, but it is not a ratings criteria."

Why should I go there? For professional-quality game reviews that rate color blind access and to be able to point out the Includification guidelines to interested game developers.

applevis.com

www.applevis.com
This site is Apple's accessibility site. It provides accessory reviews, blog articles, advocacy information, guides and tutorials, and podcasts about everything Apple related.

There is an active forum with posts on the day of the review.

There are 300 accessible games listed in their Apps list as of the date of our review.

The site is updated regularly with most recent blog entry on the date of our review.

Page rank 6/10. Alexa rank 147,653

508 Compliance: Table uses markup to associate data and header cells but has no summary.

Categories: Games, Community, Information.

In their own words: " AppleVis is a community-powered website for vision-impaired users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch."

Why should I go there? If you are a user of any Apple product, desktop or mobile, this is your best information about what is available for you.

Whitestick

www.whitestick.co.uk
A place to find information relevant to blind-accessible computer games and much, much more.

When you hear about a Web site constantly in your Web travels, then it probably should be brought to the attention of the few gamers who are blind who haven't heard of it yet.

Whitestick's content offering includes a section of Neverending Stories, you can submit for others to read.

However, this Web site's strength is in its extremely well organized and inclusive sets of links to Web sites useful to people who are blind. These include Web sites where you can:

Get audio books.
Get blind-accessible software.
Enjoy online fantasy role-playing books.
Play one of 89 online blind accessible games.
Get 55 text adventure games.
Lists companies that produce downloadable games.

In addition you will find links to Web sites related to blind sports and those hosting chat lines and blogs related to visual impairment.

They also offer a dozen more sets of links that should be useful to gamers and non-gamers alike.

508 Compliance: There are missing form labels.

Founded in 2001. Last update, January 2014.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 4,358,232.

Categories: Information.

In their own words: "Welcome to my Website, which has been set up to assist the Visually Impaired computer user locate information and services relating to blindness."

Why should I go there? Because it's an excellent resource that contains many links, from which you can get to wherever you're going.

The Game Accessibility Project

www.game-accessibility.com
Contains a lot of information of value (if somewhat dated) to people who want to learn about accessibility.

Very good game design articles and projects dating from 2007 and earlier. Has separate pages discussing games for the Visually Impaired, Audio Impaired, Motion Impaired, and Cognitively Impaired. These pages include discussion of relevant games and annotated links to sites where you can get those games.

Forum with separate areas for games addressing Visual, Auditory, Motion, and Learning disabilities.

The forum page is now relatively spammer free, but is not very active.

Founded in 2006. Latest vision forum post March 2014. The latest information on the home page is for a game jam in July 2014.

Page rank: 6/10; Alexa Rank: 3,452,852

508 Compliance: Image element has an empty ALT.

Categories: Information, Community, Help.

In their own words: "This website aims to inform disabled gamers about the availability of accessible games, and functions at the same time as an academic resource for developers, publishers and researchers in order to stimulate accessibility in games."

Why should I go there? For a wealth of information on accessibility and audio games.

IGDA - Game Accessibility SIG

igda-gasig.org

gameaccessibility.blogspot.com

gameaccesssig.forumotion.com

IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Listserv Archive
An industry advocacy group seeking to motivate developers to make their games more accessible to gamers with special needs.

The sites tend to focus on motion impairment rather than vision.

The sites have shown activity during the past year. There is a summary of their GDC conference presentation in 2015 There is a GA-SIG action list that includes action items for the members. There is a list of websites that provide forums and game reviews.

The listserv is active with members of this SIG discussing issues related to game accessibility.

Founded in 2007. Most recent posting is April 2015.

Blogspot Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 21,859,750

508 Compliance: Images missing alternative text. Requires associated style sheet to navigate. Background color specified but foreground (text) color is not. Frame elements lack titles, description, and navigation aids.

Categories: Community, Information.

In their own words: "The Game Accessibility SIG was formed to help the game community strive towards creating mainstream games that are universally accessible to all, regardless of age, experience and disability."

Why should I go there? A for information about blind-accessible games and other accessibility issues.

D.A.G.E.R.S

http://dagersystem.com
A Web site for reviewing accessible games using their Disabled Accessibility for Gaming Entertainment Rating System.

Many of the games are non-Windows XBox, Playstation, etc. But they do include the very latest Windows games.

The ratings for visual disabilities does not mention access by text readers, primarily focusing on color blindness and VI with an indication of text size and not needing to see fine detail.
Games are rated functionally by:
  • Overall Accessibility
  • Visual Rating
  • Fine-MotorRating
  • Auditory Rating
They also offer industry news, mostly about new releases.

Founded 2011. Updated constantly. The most recent review was dated the day before the date of the review.

Google page rank 2/10. Alexa rank 22,148,843

508 Compliance: Image elements contain no ALT attributes.

Categories: Reviews, News.

In their own words: "DAGERS - The leading game journalism site for disabled gamers, featuring disability game reviews and perspectives on video game accessibility."

Why should I go there? For reviews of the very latest vision impaired accessible games.

Game Accessibility Guidelines

gameaccessibilityguidelines.com
This site is an information resource for developers and gamers. It was created by some of the top people in the accessible gaming field.

It presents a full set of guidelines for developers who want to make their games accessible. These guidelines are grouped by:
  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Within these groupings, the guidelines are further grouped by:
  • Vision
  • Motor
  • Cognitive
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • General
This information can also be useful to gamers who want their favorite game to be made accessible. Because they provide a common set of technical concepts and terms that a gamer can use to communicate with a developer.

Many of the entries include links to Web sites that offer games that are examples of best practices for resolving a particular accessibility issue. This could be a good resource for gamers seeking such games.

The site is very easy to navigate.

Founded in 2012. Updated occasionally. The latest date noted was 2015 in the copyright.

Google page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 2,686,384

508 Compliance: INPUT element lacks ALTs, Titles, or linked Label.

Categories: Information, links to games.

In their own words: "A collaborative effort between a group of studios, specialists and academics, to produce a straightforward developer friendly reference for ways to avoid unnecessarily excluding players, and ensure that games are just as fun for as wide a range of people as possible."

Why should I go there? If you're a gamer, to find how to tell a developer what is needed to make your favorite game accessible to you. If you're a developer, to find out how to make your games accessible to all.

Gone Sites

To our knowledge, no sites went away in 2014.

If you know of any sites that have ceased operation, please let us know.

Survey Methodology

Data comes from 7-128 Software market research of over 100 Web sites relevant to the accessible gaming community, including: developers, gaming media, and organizations.

Because we rank only what we ourselves understand well:

We specifically address single-user, desktop games that run on Windows.
We specifically do not include games that run on the Macintosh in the Top 25, although there are some sites listed in the Sites to Watch section for Mac users.
We specifically do not address games that run on consoles, mobiles, or in your Web browser in the Top 25 section although there are some sites listed in the Online Sites and Sites to Watch sections that include those types of games.

Ranking is based on, in general order of priority:

Games

Games you can get: FREE or Commercial, via download or on CD.

This means games developed at the surveyed Web site.

This also includes Web sites where you can directly download FREE games developed at another Web site.

This also includes annotated links to Web sites where you can download FREE games developed at another Web site.

We rank FREE games higher than Commercial games.

We specifically do not include resellers unless they also offer games they themselves have developed.

We may include games that are under development when the available version is playable and interest in the gaming community is evident.

Help

Help from other gamers or technically knowledgeable people.

This means not only forums or other interactive means of sharing, but also a group of people who will give technical advice.

Information

Gaming news, technical specifications, tips.

This means information about games, including industry and academic gaming news and announcements, game descriptions, tips, cheats, walk-throughs.

It includes links that are annotated with something that adds value to the link, for example personal suggestions.

Reviews

Reviews of games.

This means game reviews that include blind, color-blind, and visually impaired accessibility issues.

Community

Interaction with other gamers and game developers.

This means forums, blogs, chat lines, and other interactive means of sharing.

Currentness

How frequently is the site updated.

This means how often does it get new games, game updates, new information, or posts by gamers or developers.

Sites that have not been updated for a long time (years) are ranked down.

Reach

How well known is the site in the blind gaming community?

This means how often is the Web site mentioned in forum posts, in media articles, how does it Google. How many comments, and commenters, are there for the Web site's forum or blog posts. What are its Google and Alexa ratings? What observed influence has it had on our industry.

Note: Google ratings indicate how early a Web site's home page appears in Google search results. Higher values are better.

Alexa rankings indicate how often a Web site's home page is hit by users. Lower values are better.

Sites that have very little traffic or are not mentioned by the gaming community in forums and such, are ranked down.

Accessibility

Web site's 508 compliance.

This means we checked the site's Home Page with 508 compliance Web checkers. PERFECT means it passes with no failures that would deny reasonable accomodation to people who are blind, color blind, or visually impaired.

It specifically means that the site does not use captcha without at least some alternative means of foiling spammers.

Does it Work?

Do all of its parts work?

This means does it have broken links?
Does it have broken Javascript?
Is its storefront inoperative or do its free downloads not download?
Is the site itself down for a significant part of our year-end survey period?
Is the gaming community complaining about lousy service?

Longevity

How long has the site been around.

This means when the Web site was founded.
This generally is not a factor in our rankings, but could be of interest to the gaming community.

Breadth vs Depth

Preference is given to breadth.

This means that, all else being equal, Web sites that offer help or information as well as games tend to be ranked higher than Web sites offering just games or just information.

When a site offers information about game platforms we don't include in our rankings, in addition to those we do, we note this additional information.

Mainstream vs. Independent vs. Educational Game Developers

For the purpose of this survey, Mainstream developers tend to be larger companies, producing Commercial games with more features.

Independent developers tend to be smaller companies or individuals, producing simpler Commercial or FREE games.

Educational developers tend to be Independent developers who produce games that emphasize learning rather than entertainment.

This rough labeling is our way to indicate what kind of games you'll likely find at a developer Web site. It has no bearing on rankings.

Exceptions

Exceptions to the above are put in our unranked Web Sites to Watch section.

Data is current as of May, 2015