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Top 25 Web Sites for Gamers who are Blind - 2014

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AudioGames

www.audiogames.net
This Web site is the primary place to get the latest news in the audio game industry. If anything is happening in audio games, it is talked about on this site.

It offers current news stories by Dark, who is hugely entertaining while being informative.

It offers an up-to-date database, of 459 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 33 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.

Offers links to audio reviews. Also offers many annotated links to game sites, developer tools, newsgroups, and similar resources.

Offers tips, cheats, walkthroughs and mods to audiogames.

Offers back issues of Audyssey Magazine.

Has an active forum of independent game developers and players. 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 rank 937,853.

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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 April 2013.

It connects you to 215 websites that have links to over 400 FREE and commercial games.

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

It offers lists of online games, Mac games, and accessible games using the mouse which were created between 2008 and 2010.

It offers a list of 42 accessible iPhone and iPad games updated in June 2013.

Entries in these lists include extensive game descriptions or instructions and links to the websites where they can be found.

The lists are especially good for finding games from independent game developers.

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.

Navigating this site is a challenge. Use the menu links at the top in the body of the window.

Founded in 2000 and the most recent desktop game list update is April, 2013.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 21,491,225.

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 lots of the most popular blind-accessible games. Also for PCS's own excellent blind-accessible games, especially the popular Sarah.
3

Audyssey

www.audyssey.org

http://audyssey.org/mailman/
listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org
This exceptional Web site has more discussion and technical knowledge about blind accessible gaming than anywhere else on the Internet.

If you want to find out what games are currently being played by blind and VI gamers, this is the website for you. It is where you can go to talk with independent developers of blind-accessible games, as well as a core of knowledgeable gamers.

This 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. Constant posts.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 10,405,320.

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.
4

Kitchens Inc.

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

This independent developer offers 25 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 57 games.

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

Founded in 2001. He just keeps cranking out new games. He added 8 new or updated games in 2013.

The site is updated regularly, with the most recent update in December 2013.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 14,992,381.

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.
5

The Zone BBS

www.zonebbs.com
This great site currently has registered 7,361 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.

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 February 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 8,699,214

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Community, Help, Information.

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 34 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 six new blind accessible games in October, 2013. These games include: Elevens Solitaire, Tri-Peaks Solitaire, Aces to the Top Solitaire, Word Builder, Word Solitaire, and Word Jumble.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 22,123,567.

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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 25 Commercial and 5 FREE games that are accessible to blind gamers.

Several more offer accessibility for a variety of special needs.

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

Home of the ALERT (Accessible Learning through Entertainment and Recreation Tools) project, FREE information on applying accessible computer games in a learning environment.

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

Entertainment includes serialized stories, online trivia, 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. Has a site map.

Founded in 2007. Updated regularly. Most recent update, February 2013.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 3,612,900.

508 Compliance: Specifies text color but not background 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.

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. Updated occasionally. There is no recent update information and no new games or apparent website change from last year's review.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank N/A.

508 Compliance: Images 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:
4 Commercial games: 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.

Have released 3 Android apps for smartphones and tablets.

Navigating this site is easy. Use the links on the home page.

Founded 2003. Updated occasionally. Most recent update 2013.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank N/A.

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 is where you can find Aprone's widely diverse accessible games and software including:
a very popular first person shooter zombie game, Swamp;
a strategy game, Castaways;
a math game, Puzzle Divided;
an organization game, Obsessive Compulsive;
a puzzle game, Revelation;
an ecosystem game, Luminals;
an arcade game, Daytona;
a tower defense game, Towers of War;
a word game, Dog who Hates Toast;
a math based puzzle game, Puzzle Divided;
and a turn-based, time-traveling puzzle game, Temporal.

With these games, Jeremy Kaldobsky aka Aprone, has shown 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 tools including: a 3D head tracking device called See Monkey;
an interactive Fiction story builder;
a simulated Level 1 or 2 Brailler;
an audio timer;
a WAV file organizer;
a Webcam-based color identifier;
and an audio weather program.

Jeremy discovered audio games in late 2010 and has produced an impressive body of work since then.

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

Founded in 2010. Updated October 2012.

Page rank 0/10. Alexa N/A

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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 and audio games.

These include Crocodile Dentist, Wack-a-Mole and The Great Escape.

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 3/10. Alexa rank N/A.

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 12 games and a wealth of technical information for developers.

Independent developer of 2 FREE blind-accessible audio games, Final Conflict and USA Raceway, and 1 Freeware text game, USA Blackjack. They also offer 9 other games including games from Spoonbill Software, and games formerly offered by DanZ games and PB-Games .

Offer a game developers list for developers programming audio games in BGT, C#, C++, Visual Basic, Python.

Offer a gamers list for discussion about accessible games for the blind.

Provide technical information about running audio games on various platforms in the USA Games Blog.

The technical information dates from 2102.

Navigating this site is easy.

Founded in 2004. Updated June 2012.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank: N/A.

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

Draconis Entertainment

draconisentertainment.com
Independent developer of 11 Commercial and 2 FREE blind-accessible games.

Includes Pinball, Alien Outback, Ten Pin Alley, Silver Dollar and Change Reaction.

Navigating this site is easy.

Founded in 2005.

In 2013, Draconis Entertainment announced that it had released its first iOS app. It also indicated that it has developed a new cross platform game development platform that will allow them to release both Windows and Mac editions of any future game.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank: N/A

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

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.
14

GMA Games

www.gmagames.com
Independent developer of 9 accessible games.

These include 5 Commercial games; the Time of Conflict, the popular GMA Tank Commander, Shades of Doom, Lone Wolf, and Pacman Talks, as well as 4 FREE games.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2001. No change in 2013. Updated most recently in 2010.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 9,888,323.

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.
15

L-Works

www.l-works.net
Independent developer of 2 Commercial and 5 FREE audio games.

These include Judgement Day and the well-known Super Liam and L-Works Free Games; a collection of 5 FREE games.

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

In August 2013, they released their first mobile game, Audio Archery, for both iOS and Android.

Navigating this site is easy.

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

Page rank 3/10. Alexa rank: 2,057,679.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

Categories: Games.

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

Why should I go there? For Commercial games including the popular Super Liam side scroller, Judgement Day, and 4 FREE audio games.
16

DragonApps

www.dragonapps.org
Independent developer of 7 FREE games. These games include a first person shooter, Road to Rage.

In addition, there is Dragon Pong; Attack From Space, a Space Invader type game; an adventure game; an arcade game and two Android games. .

They have developed the Dragonflame game development engine which they use to create their own games.

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

The site started in 2010. The most recent post is February 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank N/A.

508 Compliance: Specified foreground (text) color but not background 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.
17

BPCPrograms

bpcprograms.com
Independent developer of 3 FREE and 2 Commercial games that are blind-accessible.

These include Treasure Hunt, Tournament, a turn-based action game, and 3-D Velocity, the first-ever fully blind-accessible fighter jet simulator that was released in 2010.

They have a discussion forum with 402 registered members and 1202 posts. The most recent forum post is the date we reviewed it in February 2014.

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

Founded in 2002. Most recent news post is February 2014.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa 9,573,572.

508 Compliance: Specified background color but not foreground color 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 blind-accessible games, Zero Sight (flight Simulator), Zero Sight : Extended Operations, Music Puzzle - rebuilding songs

They recently released a non-accessible videogame called Wacky Spores - The Chase.

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 rank N/A

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 Commercial blind-accessible game, the Q9 Action Game; and 2 freeware games, Kringle Crash and Palace Punch-Up.

Blastbay Game Toolkit(BGT), a game development toolkit, is available to help you produce your own audio games and has been used by a number of game developers to produce audio games.

There is an active forum with 178 registered members and 6,844 posts, the most recent was the previous day.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2008. Most recent news, May 2012.

Page rank: 4/10. Alexa rank 6,815,340.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

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 developer offers 2 Commercial games that are blind-accessible: Smugglers 4 and the newer Smugglers 5.

Smugglers 5, Secession, is blind-accessible and can be purchased from their website.

There is a forum with 178 Comments, the most recent of which is February 24,2014.

They are trying to get enough votes to have the Smugglers series released on Steam.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2004. Updated March 2013.

Page rank: 3/10. Alexa rank 7,943,502.

508 Compliance: A number of images have alternative text missing.

Categories: Game, Community.

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

Blind Adrenaline Simulations

www.blindadrenaline.com
Independent developer of 1 Commercial blind-accessible game and 7 online games in their Blind Adrenaline card room.

Offers 1 Commercial desktop blind-accessible game, the well-known Rail Racer. Includes English, French and German voices. Rail Racer II is in Beta.

Also offers 7 online games in their card room.

Navigating the site is easy.

Founded in 2006. Latest update was in November, 2013 talking about cribbage being available in the card room.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank: 22,048,701.

508 Compliance: PERFECT.

Categories: Games.

In their own words: "…the coolest racing game ever made for the blind…"

Why should I go there? For the popular Commercial audio Rail Racers game, or to play card games or yahtzee in tournaments or against one another.
22

Pontes Games

www.pontes.ro
Pontes is an association of visually impaired Romanians who have developed several FREE blind and VI accessible games using the development engine BGT along with other, not game related projects.

One of their games, "Pontes Backgammon", has been mentioned as the "single best version of accessible backgammon, with so many features it's unbelievable, from language support to online play."

In addition to this game there is "Pontes Duel"; an online shooter; several puzzle games; a casino simulator; "Escape", an Adventure Game; and "Pontes Pong" which can be played in both audio and video mode .

There is an active forum with posts as recent as the day we reviewed the site. It is, however, 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 September 2013.

Page rank 3/10. Alexa rank 3,593.478.

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

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 to get other games that have been developed using the BGT game engine.
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 was due to be released in summer of 2013. It is still not released.

Airik the Cleric is a classic role playing game (RPG) that uses self-voicing to make it accessible.

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

On January 1, 2013, Pawlosoft announced it is operating through breakerboxgames.com rather than selling direct. When you search Breakerbox Games for Airic the Cleric, you get information on a game called Kurt Wolf that states it can be played as an audio game.

Navigating the site is easy.

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

Page rank 3/10. Alexa rank N/A.

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.

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 rank 9,393,807.

508 Compliance: Specified background but not foreground 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.

Offers 1 FREE audio realtime strategy game, the popular SoundRTS. Includes Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish translations.

There is a chat page to talk about your adventures in the game. The most recent post when we reviewed the site was February 2014.

Play against the computer, multiplayer online, in map mode or first person mode.

Navigating the site is very easy.

Founded in 2007. Updated occasionally.

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank N/A.

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."

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 3,541,854.

508 Compliance:PERFECT.

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 17 FREE online blind-accessible online games.

The playroom offers seventeen card, dice and board games that can be played online with other players

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 2,353,393.

Categories: Games.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

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 one FREE PC game, Shoot da Me, and 7 FREE online games: Monopoly, Yahtzee, Blackjack, Uno, Battleship, Apples to Apples and Shut the Box.

They also offer a tool that converts musical note values to milliseconds.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 13,361,155.

Categories: Games.

508 Compliance: 2 errors; Foreground color specified but not background color to assure adequate contrast.

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.

AllInPlay

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

We consistently saw positive references to this site.

They are an online site that any blind gamer should be aware of.

Offers subscription-based blind-accessible games: The Anagram Game, Texas Hold'em, Crazy Eights, Draw Poker, Loco Locution, and Black Jack.

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

Offers free trials.

Current Web site was founded in 2003.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 5,844,224.

508 Compliance: Could not test site for compliance - test aborted 5 times.

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 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.

Page rank: 3/10 Alexa rating 4,582.720.

Categories: Games, Community.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing and controls lack associated labels.

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). Donations to cover the expenses of maintaining the website are invited. 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.

Page rank: 4/10 Alexa rating 2,138,731.

Categories: Game, Community.

508 Compliance: 4 errors listed.

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.

Founded in 2013. Constant updates.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 508,607.

508 Compliance: Image alternative text is missing.

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 new game and to see how this open source game develops in the future.

BlindSide

www.blindsidegame.com
This website is the home of the Commercial 3D audio-only adventure game BlindSide. BlindSide uses custom audio algorithms to turn any pair of stereo headphones into simulated surround sound.

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. Constant updates. The latest Tweet was the day we reviewed the site in March 2014

Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank 9,268,417.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing.

Categories: Games, Community.

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 a new interesting 3D audio game that was winner of the 2013 Games for Change Festival's "Most Innovative" award.

AbleGamers

www.ablegamers.com

AbleGamers Foundation
www.ablegamers.org

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

Founded in 2004 and is constantly being updated.

Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 848,605.

508 Compliance: Images alternative texts are missing.

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.

applevis.com

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

There is an active forum with many recent posts.

There are 279 accessible games listed in their Apps list as of the date of our review.

The site is updated regularly with most recent newsletter February 2014 at the time of our review.

Page rank 6/10. Alexa rank 308,180

508 Compliance: Foreground text color specified, but not background color to assure adequate contrast.

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 online games.
Get blind-accessible off-line 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 central place on the Web, from which you can get to wherever you're going.

The Game Accessibility Project

www.game-accessibility.com
Contains a significant amount of information of value 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 November 2013.

Page rank: 6/10; Alexa Rank: 5,803,201

508 Compliance: Image contains no alternative text.

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, if somewhat dated, on accessibility and audio games.

IGDA - Game Accessibility SIG

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.

Both public sites have been inactive over most of 2013, although some discussion has occurred.

The listserv is active with members of this SIG discussing issues related to game accessibility. So the SIG still exists and maybe the public Web sites will resume activity in the future.

Founded in 2007. Has not been updated recently.

Blogspot Page rank 4/10. Alexa rank N/A

508 Compliance: Two types of errors; Images missing alternative text.

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 search might reveal information about blind-accessible games.

Ouch!

www.bbc.co.uk/ouch
The BBC’s Web site for the disabled including people who are bind.

It offers a monthly internet talk show, blogs, "In Touch", a weekly radio show for blind people, and a message board.

Not specifically for gamers, though they do have related articles.

Founded in 2002. Constant updates.

Page rank 0/10. Alexa rank 370 (probably because it is part of the BBC website).

508 Compliance: Image element contains missing alternative text.

Categories: Information, Community.

In their own words: "Ouch! is a website from the BBC that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people... It's aimed at those with a stakehold in disability: family, friends, professionals and, rather importantly, disabled people themselves..."

Why should I go there? For a lot of current information on accessibility, sometimes including gaming.

Ergohacks

http://ergohacks.com
A source of product reviews, including accessible games

Their game reviews include:
  • Input and Touch Accessibility
  • Ease of Use
  • Visual Accessibility
  • Audio Accessibility
  • Visual Accessibility
The site is very navigable.

Founded in 2013. Constant updates.

Google page rank 0/10. Alexa rank 14,699,122

508 Compliance: Missing Alt attributes, Input fields missing labels

Categories: Information

In their own words: "...your on-line guide to innovations, ideas and inspiration that make the world a friendlier and more accessible place to as many people as possible."

Why should I go there? For very current information on accessibility, sometimes including gaming, and for reviews of the latest games, with specifics related to motion impaired access.

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.

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.

Google page rank 2/10. Alexa rank 10,854,695

508 Compliance: Missing 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 accessibliity."

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 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.

Google page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 6,589,090

508 Compliance: Missing Alt attributes.

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 the words you need to tell a developer how to make your favorite game accessible to you. If you're a developer, to find out how to make your games accessible to all. And for Commercial blind or vision impaired accessible games.

Gone Sites

These are sites that went away in 2013.

The links may or may not be good.

If you're desperate or merely curious, you could check the Wayback Machine at www.archive.org

SiteComments

BlindSoftware

www.blindsoftware.com
Note: This URL takes you to the Mush-Z distribution site since BlindSoftware ceased operation in June 2013

X-Sight Interactive

x-sight-interactive.net
Note: Damien has released X-Wheel as Freeware since X-Sight Interactive closed at the end of 2013.

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 knowledgable 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, walkthroughs.

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 March, 2014