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Sky Force Reloaded
Accessibility Report

16 Accessibility Features

We've documented 16 accessibility features for Sky Force Reloaded, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), No Button Combos, No Repeated Pressing, Play Without Hearing and Colour Blind Friendly. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Navigation, Visual 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.

Sky Force Reloaded is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat enemies, earn money and upgrade your ship. As you shoot down huge opponents and dodge barrages of attacks, you save civilians and upgrade your ship with unique upgrades that make you strong enough to take on the next stage. It stands out for its unique combination of frantic shoot-em-up levels with role-playing elements as you personalise your plane.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Sky Force Reloaded (Series) accessibility a year ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes


This report is based on the latest game, Sky Force Reloaded (2017). Previous games may differ in the accessibility options available.

You often need to very quickly react to incoming attacks and enemies, and moving your ship precisely is essential. Because the screen is always moving, you can fail to rescue civilians if you don't do it before they leave the screen, so the game is not low pressure. While there are difficulty settings for each level, you start on the easiest difficulty and unlock the harder ones, but even on the easiest difficulty you need to spend time upgrading your ship before you can beat them, and in order to beat the game you need to beat some of the levels on a harder difficulty as well.

Much of the text throughout the game, including subtitles, is small and low in contrast. A voice does tell you when you find a ship upgrade in the stage, which is in addition to a visual cue.

Because the screen is always moving forward and all you do is shoot enemies, navigation isn't a part of the game. many of the backgrounds can be distracting, and there are screen-shake effects and flashes occasionally. Much of the game is also low contrast, and some enemies and objects can be difficult to distinguish because of this and also due to their small size. Aside from on helicopter rotor blades, there is no motion blur.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Shooting (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: I Dreams Games (@IDreamsGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Controls in Sky Force Reloaded 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:

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

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

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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DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Sky Force Reloaded 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 Sky Force Reloaded, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Getting Started in Sky Force Reloaded 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. The following games are similar to Sky Force Reloaded, and offer accessibility features for Getting Started:

ReadingReading

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Sky Force Reloaded 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.

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.

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've documented 3 accessibility features for Navigation in Sky Force Reloaded 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

Large Clear Navigation: The in-game navigation and maps are clear to read. They offer large text and offer markers that are large and of high contrast. Where text or information is small, there are settings to zoom-in and increase visibility.

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 3 accessibility features for Visual in Sky Force Reloaded which deal 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.

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 Sky Force Reloaded 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:

Android
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this.
 
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.
 
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 Ben Kendall


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