We've documented 14 accessibility features for Riverbond, including Low Pressure, Visual Cues, Directional Audio Cues, Audio Cues and High Contrast Text. Its accessibility is strongest in Visual and Controls but it also has features in Getting Started, Reading and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.
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External examiner, Vanessa Chia, first checked Riverbond accessibility 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Vanessa Chia and updated 2 years ago.
Release Date: 10/06/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Players: 1-4 (4 online)
Accessibility: 14 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Controls in Riverbond which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
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.
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 Riverbond 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 Riverbond, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in Riverbond 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.
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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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Reading in Riverbond 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.
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.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Riverbond 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 Riverbond, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Riverbond which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, or has a slider to make this the case.
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.
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.
Audio Depiction of Event Location: Indication with positional/stereo audio of where directional events are on the screen for things like damage, footsteps, environmental elements or way-finding. This is useful for blind players.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Riverbond 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.
Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events. This mirrors audio indicators of progress in the game with a corresponding visual indication.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Riverbond which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. The following games are similar to Riverbond, and offer accessibility features for Communication:
System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
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 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
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.