We've documented 12 accessibility features for Cubric, including Low Pressure, No Repeated Pressing, Play Without Hearing, Partially Voiced and Some Speech Subtitled. Its accessibility is strongest in Getting Started and Reading but it also has features in Controls, Visual and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Cubric (Dreams) accessibility 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
You control the robot and cube movement with the D-Pad (direction buttons on the left of the controller). You hold down the X button while pressing the D-Pad (or L1 and R1) buttons to move the cube.
You can die, but you do not have limited lives or a timer so you can play at your own pace. It saves your progress so you can come back to the game if you wish to stop, and it will start you where you left off.
There are red barriers that turn green to indicate you can pass through them, that may be hard to distinguish for colourblind players. When you collect items to unlock pathways, these are sometimes off-screen and only indicated with sound.
Release Date: 15/06/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 12 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Controls in Cubric which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Specific button operation required to play
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.
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Cubric 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 Cubric, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in Cubric 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.
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.
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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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Cubric 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.
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.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.
Some Speech Subtitled: Some spoken content has subtitles. This reduces the pressure on interpreting all the spoken content, although not everything is captured textually.
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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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Cubric 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. The following games are similar to Cubric, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Visual in Cubric which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or it is included but it can be disabled. This includes the absence of screen shake for dramatic effect as well as to indicate hits on a target.
No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action. Where foreground contrast is high, this includes games with some movement in the background that doesn't make it overly difficult to distinguish what is happening.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Cubric 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.
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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System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings.
Read more about system accessibility settings.