While some of the games are accessible enough for people with physical disabilities, there are still ones which are non-accessible. In this blog I will give a list of 5 games available for download on Apple Arcade which are not accessible.
No 5: Marble It Up: Mayhem
Marble It Up: Mayhem is a multiplayer game by The Marble Collection, and for 1-10 players and suitable for people 4+. In this next chapter to games such as Marble It Up and Marble Blast, you will embrace the intuitive and chaotic multiplayer modes, and hunt gems, tag your friends, and prove your marble mettle online! Roll through a beautiful designed single player campaign _ with dangerous obstacles, mind-bending paths, shifting gravity, and potent power-ups _ and grow your magnificent collection of marbles and trials!
To play this game on Mac you have to use W, A, S, D, Space, and Mouse _ and to get on to a new platform you have jump and go forward, using 2 buttons. There’s no option to change these controls as far as I know to have something like auto jump, or double click a specific button to be able to get on a new platform _ which would allow gamers who can’t play the same as everyone else feel involved.
For this reason, I will give Marble It Up: Mayhem 1 star.
No 4: Hotlava
Hotlava is a multiplayer Action game for 1-4 players by Klei, and suitable for ages 4+. In this game you are tasked to run, jump and climb across nostalgia-packed environments with hot molten lava covering the floor, and try not to land on it!
Like what I said about Marble It Up Mayhem, the problem with jumping in Hotlava is having to press 2 buttons at one time, which I, and many others, find difficult _ if not impossible _ to do! I can’t figure out any way of changing the settings to being more accessible, and the only good thing is the character jumps slightly higher _ allowing people with quick movements to take the time they need to move, but by disadvantaging those who can’t!
So like Marble It Up, I will give Hotlava 1 star.
No 3: Shinsekai Into The Depths
Shinsekai Into The Depths is a single player Action game created by Capcom, and suitable for players 4+. It presents a fresh and original underwater exploration game, filled with unique visual and audio experiences.
In it, the land has slowly but steadily been covered with ice, forcing man kind to take refuge in the ocean. But even the sea can’t protect them forever! The ice overtakes the undersea home of a lone aquanaut, forcing an unplanned journey of exploration and discovery. Take control and follow a mysterious mechanical creature ever deeper.
The problem with this game is again when you have to jump and move forward using 2 buttons, but while this is still a problem, it is more accessible than other games on this list. There isn’t the fear of dying with only one click, and you can double click to go higher, and then press W to go forward if you can move quickly. But no matter how high you can choose for your character to go, having to press another button quickly still excludes people move as quick _ which is why I will give it 3 stars.
No 2: Ufo On Tape
UFO On Tape is a single player Action game for players ages 9+ and developed by Revolutionary Concepts.
What would you do if a real UFO descended from the clouds? Would you run screaming, or would you grab your phone and start recording?
Exclusive to Apple Arcade, UFO on Tape puts you in the hot seat as you speed through the countryside, looking out for visitors from outer space.
While on the contrary this game would be accessible _ as to play it your only moving a mouse and clicking if your playing on Mac, or scanning and tapping on iPhone and iPad, it’s been placed at number 2 on this list due to everything happening so fast. There’s no option to slow how fast the UFO moves, and by the time you move and click, it’s hard to keep it up each time the UFO moves.
So for this reason, I will give UFO on Tape 3 stars.
No 1: Redout: Space Assault
Redout: Space Assault is a single player action game by 34BigThings, and suitable for ages 12+.
You play as Leon Barret, ace fighter pilot of the Poseidon Security Forces at Poseidon Corp, are put in control of a Super Orbital Recon Fighter during the 2395 Colonisation of Mars!
To play this game you have to use W, A, S, D, Space and mouse, but after playing it on my Mac I found that I spent most of my time pressing space, and not being able to do anything else. The problem I find is how fast you have to play, and it doesn’t give you enough time to press anything else.
So based on that, I will give Redout: Space Assault 1 star.
As mentioned in previous blogs, I like Apple Arcade, but the fact that most of these games are non accessible to people with physical disabilities means more has to be done. Apple already lets you buy switches, and also change settings to make your device more accessible, so I don’t know why they didn’t say to the developers of these games that there needed to be other options. I would also like to say that it might also be worth Apple copying other examples and create some type of adaptable controller.