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Knack 2
17 Accessibility Features

We've documented 17 accessibility features for Knack 2, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Large Subtitles, Select Difficulty, Play Without Hearing and Audio Cues. Its accessibility is strongest in Reading and Getting Started but it also has features in Controls, Difficulty, 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.

Knack 2 is an action-adventure where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Following the original game, you battle your way through Pixar-style enemies and solve simple puzzles using your size-shifting abilities. It's familiar territory but stands out for the cooperative play in a beautifully realised cartoon world with really high production values.

Our accessibility examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Knack 2 accessibility a year ago. It was re-examined by Andrew Robertson and updated a year ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

There is a wide range of difficulty settings that adjust not only enemies but also simplify routes through the levels. You can select a different difficulty at the start of each chapter. You can also turn on in-game hints for direction. If you take a while to complete a puzzle you are offered a hint of what to do.

The main narration in Knack 2 is fully voiced and subtitled, although it needs to be switched on from the options menu. Subtitles are white text outlined in black but without a solid background. There is other reading to do of small text on a transparent background on the gadget's screen, but this is secondary information not critical for play.

You can play with two players and pressing the R button warps you to the same location. Buttons and controls are introduced with a pop-up image of the controller. The right analogue stick is used to dodge, which is useful but optional meaning that you can play with a single stick and buttons.

You can set brightness and toggle HDR (High Dynamic Range). You can't turn off screen shake.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/09/2017

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform (Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Controls in Knack 2 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.

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Knack 2 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.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.

Adjust After Setting

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds. Although you have to restart your checkpoint or level, this enables you to adjust the difficulty after selecting it at the beginning of the game.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Knack 2 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.

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play. This clearly displays the mappings of actions to buttons/keys/mouse/keyboard without having to leave the game. This includes games that always display buttons to press during play.

Assistance For Progressing

These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.

Assisted Progress With Boosts: If you fail frequently the game automatically gets easier to ease the likelihood of failure. Or there’s an option to start this happening, like giving more health, lives or power each time you fail. Sometimes called Rubber Banding.

Assisted Progress With Hints: The game notices if you get stuck (or you can press a button) and provides information to help you progress. This can offer hints or tutorials popping up during play. This includes hints after you have died, where it can suggest strategies or difficulty settings to adjust or offer to skip past problematic levels.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 6 accessibility features for Reading in Knack 2 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

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast. They are at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of a landscape screen and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens, or can be adjusted to be. We base this on the full line-height, including the space above and below the letters. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.

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

All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Knack 2 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 Knack 2, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:

VisualVisual

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Visual in Knack 2 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 Knack 2 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:

PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

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


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