We've documented 23 accessibility features for The Magic Labyrinth, including Playable Without Hearing, Audio Cues Mirrored Visually (Or no critical audio signals), No Close Inspection Disadvantage, Easily Verbalised Game State and No Busy Backgrounds. Its accessibility is strongest in Physical and Difficulty but it also has features in Visual, Getting Started, Reading and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Magic Labyrinth accessibility 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
You can adjust the difficulty by the varied complexity of the wall positions. The instructions provide some simple and complex scenarios.
Although players without hearing will not hear when their ball drops off, they can feel this by placing a hand against the base. The ball also appears at the corner of the maze after it has fallen off.
Symbols are coded by different icons but these are all the same blue colour and although the contrast is not high with the background there is a white glow behind each of them to accentuate the contrast.
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Difficulty in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play.
Simple and Full Version: Game provides layered rules to enable the removal of elements for a simpler version of the game. Ideally, these are given non-stigmatising descriptors for example, "simple/complex" rather than "novice/expert".
No Deceit Advantage: No game mechanic where players need to deceive each other to progress. This includes bluffing and lying.
No Colour Advantage: Game can be played without colour-blindness being a barrier to performance.
No Weighing Decisions: Game can be played effectively without weighing probability or choosing between competing consequences.
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game.
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of managing your pieces and progression.
Play Order Tokens (Or play order doesn’t change): Where player order impacts the game or there are multiple play phases the game provides a means of keeping track of this. Includes provision of play order tokens or use of piece/board orientation.
Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly respond to events in the game or other players.
Low Pressure: Decisions aren’t time-limited so you can take your time with each action.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Reading in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides accessible text.
How much reading is required to play the game and how complex the language is.
No Text: No text or numbers in the game at all. This means the game is language independent.
Necessary Text Visibility
How clear are the required text or numbers to play the game.
Clear Icons: Icons are used to simply communicate and highlight important graphical elements related to gameplay. This assumes good contrast and generally familiar symbols.
We've documented 8 accessibility features for Physical in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with how you interact with the game components and how accommodating these are of different requirements.
How the game components accommodate interactions through touch, shape, texture and colour.
Components are Replaceable: Game components can be replaced with alternatives that meet an accessibility requirement, that don’t conflict with game mechanics (needing to pick randomly from a bag) or another physical aspect of the game (board indentations).
No Non-Standard Dice (Or No Dice): The game uses standard numerical dice, doesn’t need dice to play or ensures dice are readable by touch.
No Tiny Pieces: Game pieces are not very small. This doesn't cover cards. The target size for this is not less than 20mm wide and not less than 2mm thick.
No Paper Money: The game doesn’t use paper money.
No Sprawl: You can play the game on a small surface (train table or hospital bed table) of approximately 1/2 meter square. Or you can manage this in a small space easily.
How the game assists interaction, manipulation, management and placement of game pieces.
Player Components Not Shared: Key components are not shared so you can organise them as best suits your needs. Keeping them close to you. Organising them in useful groupings.
No Fiddly Placement: No movement or manipulation of small pieces or cards in limited space on a board or other location.
Easily Verbalised Actions: The game is clearly labelled (landmarks, coordinates and so on) to make it possible to unambiguously describe game actions and relate those to the board or other pieces. This is useful for players who need others to move their pieces.
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with how well the game offers visual clarity and adjustments to accommodate visual needs.
How well the art on (and design of) components support a range of visual needs.
Colour Blind Friendly Design: Game prioritises the use of colour blind friendly palettes. This eases distinguishing elements of the game where colour is used. Ensure colour blind supporting graphics can be easily described or verbalised.
How easy it is to see and identify the components you need to work with to play the game.
No Busy Backgrounds: Game board or cards have a simple or monochrome design to aid in identifying game elements when observed in play on top of the board.
Easily Verbalised Game State: Other players can describe the state of both their playing area and shared areas for players unable to see them. The verbalised game state is not too complexed to memorise.
No Close Inspection Disadvantage: If necessary, players can inspect similar pieces to distinguish them without time limit or risk of leaking gameplay intention.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in The Magic Labyrinth which deal with how the game supports player communication to meet a range of requirements.
How the game accommodates different styles of communication, particularly non-verbal.
Audio Cues Mirrored Visually (Or no critical audio signals): Where audio cues (soundtrack, player utterances and shouts) are critical for play, there are visual equivalents to ensure players with hearing impairments aren’t disadvantaged as a result of the loss of incidental sound.
Playable Without Hearing: You can play the game without the need to hear other players or sound made by game elements. Where other communication channels can be used if you have a supportive set of players, this is only included if communication can be low pressure.