Problems with Marvel Avengers Game: Accessible Game Review.1

Problems with Marvel Avengers: Accessible Game Review Part 1, now on YouTube. If you enjoy this video and would like to see more, please subscribe to Phoebs Does Technology Reviews!

I’ve been looking forward to the new Marvel Avengers game for a few months, ever since I began getting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies this Summer, and found I absolutely loved them. The game is available on Playstation and Xbox, and after my preorder of the game failed because I ran out of money ordering other things, I ordered an Xbox version of it shortly after it’s release date last week, along with the steelbook.

I didn’t get a chance to play it when it first arrived _ having had a lot of previous engagements _ but because I wanted to do some research for a blog that will be out on here tomorrow, I put it in and installed the game last night after work. I remained excited about it while it loaded _ having seen a few clips and photos of it in previous days _ and as is often the case when a game first loads _ found I was able to use the main controls. However, the problem then arose when I got to the laser tag bit, when I found that I was able to Aim in with Lt on my Xbox Adaptive Controller, but that I would have to hold it down while turning round, and then shoot with Rt.

I find it difficult to hold a button down for a long time while doing something else, which is why Toggle Options are so important to me. In most shooter games, new ones have included Accessibility Options like Toggle Aim _ meaning someone like myself could just hit Lt (or whatever button that game has for Aim) once to let us aim on an object, then move round, and to just shoot when we’re ready.

After discovering the problem, I paused the game, and started looking through Settings. Most of the settings the game had were for subtitles, volume, and ones that would help with colour blindness and regular blindness, but when I went over to controller, there was nothing other than showing the controller layout, but even when I went to Gameplay Options, there was nothing. Seeing this, I then decided to try and see what the Latchbox would be like with it, and set it up to work with Lt. When everything was set up, I placed the switch by my head, and hit it to see if it would work. Basically, the light to indicate it was toggled on came on, but hitting it did nothing.

The reason I include Accessible Game Review.1 in the title of this blog is because I still want to play this game, and I would hate to give it a bad rap overall, based only on accessibility options, cuz if the right Toggle Options were added as soon as possible, I could give the game the proper game review it deserves. Having options like subtitles, text size, and options for blindness and colour blindness is brill, but if you can’t invite everyone to play together with the options that are better for them, then do you really want your game to be widely played?

I truly hope Crystal Dynamics and SquareEnix _ the companies that developed Marvel Avengers _ can introduce Toggle Options to the game soon, because otherwise it shows ableism towards one part of the disabled community!

9 Most Accessible Games December 2019

The Top Games of the Month were released on December 11th, but while these games will have been judged on downloads, I will judge them on accessibility.

All the games mentioned in this blog are free to download.

No 9: Bake a Cake

Bake a Cake Recipes and Puzzles is a game developed by Nordcurrent UAB, and suitable for players 4+.

Snowflakes dance in the air, houses are decorated with twinkling lights, and gifts are wrapped under the tree! And this means it’s time to celebrate Christmas!

In it you play as Rachael, as you complete puzzles to help bake a cake, and meet other characters.

To play this game you just have to be able to tap and slide. Clearing the board is easy to do, but it is sometimes very hard to tap a button, so for this reason I’ll give it 4 stars.

No 8: Ice Crush 2020

Ice Crush 2020 is a Puzzle game by Kudo Games, and suitable for players 4+.

In it, you work to clear over a 1000 levels, with new ones being added each week.

This game follows many of the same controls as Bake a Cake _ so being able to play it is no problem _ but you don’t play as a specific character. But there are a lot of similarities between it and Candy Crush, so if you’re looking for something different, you might be left disappointed. And it also crashes a lot.

So I will give Ice Crush 2020 3 stars.

No 7: Sweet Hearts

Sweet Hearts is a game developed by SmileyGamer BVBA, and suitable for players 4+.

Celebrate St Valentine with Cupid’s cute candy matching game. This game features no less than 2400 relaxing and challenging levels.

The controls in this game are the same as the other ones, and to play you just have to be able to tap and swipe.

So overall I will give Sweet Hearts 5 stars.

No 6: Tasty Treats

Enter the sweetest adventure and travel through magical lands of treats, mixing, matching and finding treats for your furry friends. Make the most delicious combinations and get through challenging levels full of fun! Smash fruits together and match the rarest treats to feed your animal friends!

To play Tasty Treats you just have to be able to tap and slide, making it suitable for most physical disabilities. So I will give it 5 stars.

No 5: Candy Charming

CandyCharming is a game by 707 Interactive, and suitable for ages 4+.

Exploring magical Candy kingdoms, you’ll be helping the lovely candy fairy to match and crush candies and sugars to unlock further gameplay.

To play Candy Charming you just have to be able to tap and slide, so for this reason I’ll give it 5 stars.

No 4: Bee Brilliant Blast

Bee Brilliant Blast is a game by Tactile Games ApS, and suitable for players 4+.

In this game we go back to the world of beeland, and join the singing Babees, the crazy Busy Bees and the cheeky spiders in another puzzle game! Get ready to blast colourful tiles, make brilliant combos, and have some buzz-tactic fun! Find your inner puzzle bee and join a new beedazzling adventure!

Bee Brilliant Blast features:

  • Easy addictive puzzle gameplay!
  • Travel through Beeland and play multiple different game modes in hundreds of addictive levels
  • Lots of crazy bees
  • Lots of different game modes
  • A lifetime supply of bee puns

To play Bee Brilliant Blast all you have to do is tap, which makes it accessible to people who can only use one finger at a time.

No 3: Bubble Shooter

Bubble Shooter is a game by Fapps World et Cie S.E.C.S, and suitable for players 4+.

Enjoy hours of fun with this classic Bubble Shooter game.

Match 3 or more bubbles of the same colour to make them disappear and get some points.

The score you get increases with the number of bubbles you make disappear at the same time, and the game also includes special bonus bubbles for an enhanced strategic gameplay.

Bonus bubbles include:

  • 2x score: doubles the score you get when the connected bubbles disappear
  • 3x score: doubles the score you get when the connected bubbles disappear
  • Score Bonus: you get an additional score bonus
  • Bomb: the surrounding bubbles explode
  • Pause: the bubbles don’t fall down anymore for some time
  • Slow down: the balls fall down slower than normal for some time
  • Move up: all the bubbles move up one line

To play this game you just have to drag and tap, so for this reason, I’ll give it 5 stars.

No 2: Block! Triangle Puzzle: Tangram

Are you ready to build with rainbow triangles? Arrange shapes made up of triangles to fill up each kind of shape and design.

Block! Triangle Puzzle: Tangram is a game by BitMango for players 4+. To play you just have to drag shapes into a grid and drop, but the shapes can’t be rotated. This makes it accessible to most physical disabilities, so I will give it 5 stars.

No 1: Tropicats

Tropicats is a game by Wooga, and suitable for players 4+.

An amazing adventure game where you get to solve puzzles while building and decorating a tropical island.

Like others on this list, Tropicats is a tap and swipe game, which is like the earlier ones on this list. You can come across all different cats as you complete more and more levels, and for this it is getting 5 stars.

3 Most Accessible Apps and Games From iPhone’s Top Apps and Games of 2019

The 2019 list for best Apps and Games on iPhone was released a few weeks ago, and while that will have been scored on views of purchases and downloads, I am going to score them on a view of which is more accessible. A quick warning though that I’ve only been able to try out the free or cheap ones, but a full list will be included at the end.

Games

1: Sky Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light is a free game to download on iPhone and iPad.

Sky: Children of the Light is a Family game suitable for players 9+ and developed by Thatgamecompany. In it, you play as the children of the light, spreading hope through the desolate kingdom to return fallen stars to their constellations.

In the Kingdom of sky you can:

  • Soar and explore 7 dreamlike realms to discover the mystery
  • Encounter and socialise with likeminded players around the world
  • Use character customisation
  • Team up with others to travel into darker realms
  • Gift candles of light to share appreciation and grow friendships
  • Enjoy a unique musical experience and create harmonies of your own
  • Join an ever-expanding world with new upcoming attractions, including seasonal events and expanding of realms

To play this game you just have to turn by sliding left and right on your screen, move by using an on screen joystick, fly by pressing a button _ which if you press it enough let’s you get higher, and therefore fly at a higher distance _ and to accept stuff you just tap.

As far as the story in the game goes, it really depends on what type of games you’re in to, but as far as accessibility is concerned, I will give it 5 stars.

Apps No 1: Flow

Flow is a free app to download on iPhone and iPad, but which costs £10 for a yearly membership, and £1 for the monthly one.

Flow is an app developed by Moleskine, and gives the user an all new way of drawing simple pictures and taking notes on iPhone and iPad. It can be used by amateurs and professionals, and has been built for creators from the ground up, offering you dozens of combinations of paper, colours and tools. And if you’re using an Apple Pencil or a stylus, Flow feels as responsive as it would if you were drawing on real paper.

Flow is vital in finding your creative potential. In this version you can even create your own tools, and you get a choice of 5 colours, which can also be edited.

Features available in Flow are:

  • Infinite width documents for uninterrupted creation
  • Create your own unique set of tools
  • Dark and light paper with dot grid, squared, lined or blank styles
  • Customisable gestures, including double tap for Apple Pencil
  • Collections for organising your creations
  • Hideable interface so you can stay focused
  • Export with configurable options like transparency and lasso area
  • Drag and drop documents to Timepage to store creations in your calendar
  • Multitask on iPad with Split View, Slide Over and Drag and Drop

Membership with flow includes realtime cloud storage and backup for your documents and tools.

I’ve found this app accessible enough, but _ as is the case with a lot of these apps _ I’m not sure how I feel about having to use 2 fingers to rotate a drawing. Although this is largely still a problem with Apple, I think Developers need to be aware that there are people who can only use one finger, and until this problem is addressed there’s no way I can give it a full 5 stars.

There is also a problem in that when you sign up to the Membership, it is hard to slide the screen down.

So therefore, I will give Flow 4 stars.

Apps No 2: The Explorers

The Explorers is a planet through photos and videos app by The Explorers Network, and which can be downloaded for free and is suitable for ages 17+.

After signing up you can contribute by sending photos and videos, and win the opportunity to take part in upcoming expeditions. You can also look through other photos and videos which have been put up all over the world.

Like Flow, this app is accessible to an extent, but it is still hard to slide down when creating your account. So I will give The Explorers 4 stars.

So fitting in to my number 3 spot is The Explorers, Flow is at number 2 and Sky is at number 1.

All of these apps and games are available to download for free, but the full list _ including ones you pay for _ are below.

Top Apps and Games 2019

  • Spectre Camera
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • Flow
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Affinity Publisher
  • Gris
  • The Explorers
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap