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Jotun
14 Accessibility Features

We've documented 14 accessibility features for Jotun, including Low Pressure, No Button Combos, Play Without Hearing, Colour Blind Friendly and Fully Subtitled (Or No Speech). Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Visual, Audio and Getting Started 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.

Jotun is a fighting game where you prove yourself to the Norse gods by defeating mythical beasts. You forge your way to each beast's lair, then take them on, armed with only your axe and the magical abilities you're granted. These larger-than-life battles, that challenge both your skill and perseverance, feel like they've been plucked straight out of an ancient poem.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Jotun accessibility a year ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

When using a controller, you can either use the d-pad or the left joystick to move about. You need to hold down the attack button to perform a heavy attack. There are no difficulty options and the game is really difficult; you need to move and perform dodges and attacks very quickly when in combat, occasionally pressing buttons more than twice per second.

The game automatically saves progress, but if you die while fighting a Jotun you need to start the fight again.

Text is high in contrast, including subtitles, which are white with a black shadow, but is often smaller than 1/20th the height of the screen. While all the dialogue is voiced, it is only done so in Icelandic to lend it a mythological feel.

There is no in-game map, so navigation, as well as knowing what you're supposed to be doing can be difficult.

The game is occasionally low in contrast, for example, if you go under/behind a rock, your outline is of a very similar colour to the rock. Furthermore, your character is often very small on the screen, especially during the fights against the enormous Jotun. there are occasional flashing effects which can't be disabled, such as lightning flashes in the opening cutscene of the game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/09/2015, updated in 2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Action, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Controls in Jotun 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.

Mouse And Keyboard

Can play with the following:

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

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Can remap mouse and keyboard key bindings, on systems that support these controls.

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

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

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

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Jotun 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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ReadingReading

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Jotun 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.

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.

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.

 

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NavigationNavigation

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

VisualVisual

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

Visual Distractions

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.

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.

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 Jotun 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.
 
Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
 
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).
 
Xbox One
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 Ben Kendall


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