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18 Accessibility Features

We've documented 18 accessibility features for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., including Low Pressure, No Quick Reactions, No Button Combos, No Repeated Pressing and No Holds. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Getting Started, Navigation, Visual and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.

This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is a turn-based strategy game where an elite group of soldiers (inspired by characters from American literature) defend Earth from alien invaders in an alternate steam-powered future. While it sounds wacky, there's a surprising level of complexity and strategy to the combat; from picking the best weapons, to attack style, and team dynamics. It's the less well-known spiritual forebear to Steamworld Heist and combines its peculiar reality with turn-based tactics and a unique comic book presentation.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. accessibility 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 17 months ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Because the game is turn-based, there is no need for quick actions, rapid button presses, or simultaneous inputs. Additionally, there is no need to hold down buttons.

On the Nintendo 3DS system, you can connect the Circle Pad Pro accessory, which adds another joystick to the system, and use it to look around and aim. Alternatively, you can do this using A, B, X, and Y or the touchscreen. On New Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, you can use the C-Stick to look and aim.

There are no difficulty settings, and some areas of the game can be quite challenging, requiring coherent strategies and prolonged concentration.

Text and subtitles are generally high in contrast, but because of the system's small screen and low resolution, it can occasionally be hard to make out the words. Subtitles are all presented in speech bubbles.

There are no maps in the game. The game can be played without sound.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/03/2015

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Battle, Shooting, Strategy (Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing and Stealth)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Cartoon

Developer: Nintendo America (@NintendoAmerica)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Controls in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 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.

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 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 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 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 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.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Reading in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 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

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

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

Some Dialogue is Voice Acted: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted. This reduces the pressure on reading all the dialogue text, although not everything is provided audibly.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 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.

Clarity

Clear Mission Objectives: The game provides clear, structured missions with directional guidance and advice on which can be attempted next. This also indicates (ideally on maps where they are provided) which missions can't be attempted because you do not have the appropriate items yet.

Menu Navigation

Menus Don't Wrap: Menus don't wrap and stop the cursor at the bottom of the list if you press down. Or menus do wrap but make it clear that you are back at the top of the list with sound or narration.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Visual in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Contrast

Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, or has a slider to make this the case.

Motion Sickness Friendly

Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. which deals 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.

Play Without Hearing

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

 

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CommunicationCommunication

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. The following games are similar to Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., and offer accessibility features for Communication:

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


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