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As Dusk Falls
25 Accessibility Features

We've documented 25 accessibility features for As Dusk Falls, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Large Subtitles, Large Text, No Quick Reactions and No Button Combos. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Getting Started, Visual, Navigation, Audio and Communication to reduce unintended barriers.

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As Dusk Falls is an interactive Drama following two families that intertwine with each other over thirty years, set in Arizona. You can play on your own, but it's best in a group of up to 8 players who use a smartphone app to make choices, like PlayLink games on PlayStation.

Our accessibility examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked As Dusk Falls accessibility 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

There's quite a bit of reading. As well as Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text for player-to-player communication, the game supports a screen reader:
  • Menu Narration: Enables menu UI to be read aloud by the screen reader.
  • Gameplay Narration: Enables in-game UI and important gameplay elements to be read aloud by the screen reader.

You can adjust the gameplay to ease cognitive load:
  • Hotspot Display Type: Allows the player to have all the hotspots stay on screen after being discovered, or to have them all appear from the beginning of the scene.
  • Quick Action Types: Allows the player to remove mashing interactions, or to set all interactions to require a single button tap or a hold.
  • Extended QTE Timer: All Quick Time Events (QTE) have a 10-second timer to finish. With this setting, for the Mash, you have a longer amount of time to do the same amount of mash but are still against the clock.
  • Choice Timer: Allows the player to disable timers in all choice scenes and Timed Hotspots.
  • Extended Override Timer: Extends the override timer (how long you get to override another player's choices) from 10 seconds to 20 seconds.

The game has an autosave which saves the game after a scene change or a big decision is made.

The background occasionally has flashing lights, such as the lights on top of a police car, and during decisions, the game also adds visual distortion to the background that can't be disabled. The game can also be dark and low-contrast at times.

Text that appears on in-game objects that is important to the plot, such as writing on a notepad, can also be displayed as subtitle-stye text at the bottom of the screen. The game's subtitles include the name of the speaker, but not their tone. Environmental sounds, such as a dog barking or a car skidding, are also shown.

When playing along using the smartphone app, you only need to use a single finger but could be asked to hold or swipe the screen, mirroring the console/PC action.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/07/2020, updated in 2024

Price: 67% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1-8 (8 online)

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Action, Brain Game, Communication and Traversal)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Int Night (@Int_Night)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 8 accessibility features for Controls in As Dusk Falls which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Can play with the following:

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Can play with the following:

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Touchscreen

Can play with the following. Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.

One Motion Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods (a second or more) is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the movement stick/button which is not considered a hold for this purpose.

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in As Dusk Falls which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play. The following games are similar to As Dusk Falls, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in As Dusk Falls which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.

Assistance For Progressing

These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.

Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 7 accessibility features for Reading in As Dusk Falls which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: All essential text is large and clear or can be adjusted to be. The general text used throughout the game in menus, instructions and other key information (excluding subtitles that are assessed separately) is at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height on landscape screens and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens. We base this on the full line-height, including the space above and below the letters.

High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast. They are at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of a landscape screen and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens, or can be adjusted to be. We base this on the full line-height, including the space above and below the letters. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.

Captions

Speaker Indicator: Textual captions indicate who is speaking (or there is only ever one person speaking). This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or placing text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking.

Voice Acted

All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.

NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in As Dusk Falls which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Menu Navigation

Menu Narrated: All of the game menus can be narrated for easier navigation. The game menus can therefore be navigated without reading text.

Game Choices Narrated: Player choices through textual user interface are narrated. This enables selections such as dialogue, weapon-choice or character upgrades to be made without reading text.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Visual in As Dusk Falls which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Narration for Visual Elements

This is the audible narration of in-game text. Sometimes talk about as Text To Speech, although it may include the narration of no-textual elements. This is different to Text To Voice, which provides player-player textual communication audibly.

Menu Narrated: All of the game menus can be narrated for easier navigation. The game menus can therefore be navigated without reading text.

Game Choices Narrated: Player choices through textual user interface are narrated. This enables selections such as dialogue, weapon-choice or character upgrades to be made without reading text.

Colour Options

Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in As Dusk Falls which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

Play Without Hearing

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.

 

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CommunicationCommunication

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Communication in As Dusk Falls which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Online Communication Assistance

Text-to-speech: Convert text messages from other players to voiced messages. Game converts text typed by the player into synthesized audio that's read aloud to all other players in the voice channel. This feature allows players who can't speak verbally to have their thoughts expressed aloud to the rest of the players in their party.

Speech-to-text: Convert voice from other players to text messages. Transcribes incoming speech from other players into text onscreen in real time. Players who can't hear voice chat can read what other players have said aloud on their screen.

System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

PC
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
 
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
 
PlayStation 5
PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings.
 
Xbox One
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
 
Xbox Series X|S
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Andy Robertson, Ben Kendall and Jo Robertson


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