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Downpour
7 Accessibility Features

We've documented 7 accessibility features for Downpour, including Low Pressure, No Button Combos, No Repeated Pressing, No Holds and One Motion Targeted. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Getting Started but it also has features in Reading 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.

Downpour is a quick and creative way to make games on your phone. You collage photos, drawings and text into branching narratives. Your games can then be shared in the app or via a web browser. It stands out for the power of putting game-making in the hands of everyday people, as you can see in the homely, moving and intriguing stories already being told.

External examiner, v buckenham, first checked Downpour accessibility 5 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andrew Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

In terms of making your own games: Downpour involves taking photographs and interacting with a somewhat involved interface (including dragging objects, scrolling, and dragging sliders).

In terms of playing other people's games: accessibility depends on what has been created (contrast, size of targets, degree of complexity). The interaction method for playing games involves tapping on targets, with no time pressure.

Games can be played within a web browser, allowing the use of web accessibility features (cycling through links, etc).

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/02/2024

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, Narrative (Brain Game, Communication, Sequencing and World Building)

Accessibility: 7 features

Components: Hand-Made and Text

Developer: v 21 (@v21)

Costs: Free. In-Game Subscription

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Controls in Downpour which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

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.

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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If you want to play Downpour, but it doesn't offer the Controls accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Controls accessibility:

DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Downpour 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 Downpour, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Downpour which deals 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.

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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If you want to play Downpour, but it doesn't offer the Getting Started accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Getting Started accessibility:

ReadingReading

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Reading in Downpour which deals 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.

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.

 

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If you want to play Downpour, but it doesn't offer the Reading accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Reading accessibility:

NavigationNavigation

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Downpour 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 Downpour, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:

VisualVisual

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Visual in Downpour which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game. The following games are similar to Downpour, and offer accessibility features for Visual:

AudioAudio

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Downpour 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.

 

Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Audio

If you want to play Downpour, but it doesn't offer the Audio accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Audio accessibility:

System Accessibility Settings

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

Android
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this.
 
iOS
iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

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


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