|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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Simulationswww.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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Why should I go there? For two interesting console-like audio games.
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.
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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 Associateswww.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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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.
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Founded in 2001. Last update, January 2014.
Page rank 5/10. Alexa rank 4,358,232.
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 Projectwww.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
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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 SIGigda-gasig.org
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
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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.
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:
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
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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 Guidelinesgameaccessibilityguidelines.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:
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
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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.