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The Diver
15 Accessibility Features

We've documented 15 accessibility features for Dave The Diver, including No Button Combos, Play Without Hearing, Audio Cues, Speaker Indicator and Fully Subtitled (Or No Speech). Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Getting Started, Navigation, Audio and Visual 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.

Dave the Diver is a simulation game where you manage a sushi bar by night and hunt for fish to sell by day. You explore the depths of a lagoon, using your harpoon to catch fish and solve puzzles to unlock new areas. Then in the evening, prepare dishes and manage your clients and staff back on land. It creates a compelling interplay where success in one part opens possibilities in the other, in a world rich in things to do and discover.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Dave The Diver accessibility a year ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

There is one mini-game where an audio cue tells you when you need to perform an action. This is accompanied by vibration if you're using a controller. In order to aim your harpoon, you need to hold down a button. To reel in a fish you need to rapidly press a button (this is accompanied by screen shake). The ocean exploration part of the game can occasionally require fast reactions to avoid attacks but simultaneous buttons aren't required. The bar management side of things doesn't require quick reactions at all. You can run out of oxygen, making for high-pressure scenarios.

The game is quite dialogue-heavy, and during the bar management part of the game, there's also quite a lot of important text to pay attention to. Text is all high in contrast but is also quite small and cannot be adjusted.

There is no map in the game, so navigating the blue hole can be quite tricky. When wanting to go back to the surface, you don't need to go all the way back up to the surface, only find a radio icon that instantly gets you back there. However, as these are light blue against the blue of the ocean, they can occasionally be hard to spot.

There is a depth-of-field effect, as well as a significant chromatic aberration on the sides of the screen.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/06/2023, updated in 2024

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Collecting, Simulation (Action, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 15 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Costs: Purchase cost, In-Game Purchases and In-Game Pass

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Controls in Dave The Diver 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 & 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.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

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

Controller Vibration

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates events or interactions in the game, echoing visual and audio cues. This can provide additional information about progress, approaching enemies or hitting a target.

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Dave The Diver 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 Dave The Diver, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Dave The Diver 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.

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 4 accessibility features for Reading in Dave The Diver 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.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in Dave The Diver 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

Digital Menu Navigation: Menu choices with Gamepad can be made without using an analogue stick to guide a cursor to a selection. For example, using D-Pad, buttons or the Stick to change menu selection in a single action.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Visual in Dave The Diver which deals with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Dave The Diver 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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System Accessibility Settings

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

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
 
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.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

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


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