I've had my IPod for a few months now; because I'm too darn cheap to get the IPhone. Nevertheless, it's been a lot of fun to try out new apps and other gadgets in conjunction with this multi-facetted music playing marvel. In this entry, I will suggest a few (mostly) accessible games.
So, do I consider myself a Mac convert? No, not in the least. I do however, like tinkering and this is yet another platform in which I can do just that. I've played long enough with my IPod to note that I know most gestures to control the device. I can swipe, tap, double tap end even triple tap and pinch like a pro now, but all of these gestures do take a while to get used to. Under the VoiceOver menu found under settings, general and accessibility, there is an area where you can practice these gestures.
There is also a game called Zany Touch, or ZTouch), which helps you test your gesture skills. This game reminds me of the old game called BopIt. The more gestures you correctly perform, the faster the game becomes. There is a free and a paid version of this game. The free version only lets you go up to 30 gestures.
Please note, in order to run this game you need to turn off VoiceOver. There is a convenient way of doing this.
To set this up, go to the accessibility menu, (see above on how to get there), the last option on this menu is the Triple click home feature. Double tap on this and move to the option which says:
Toggle VoiceOver. Double tap on this and then you are set. You only have to set this once to make it permanent.
Now, from anywhere within your IDevice, you can push the home button 3 times in rapid succession to toggle VoiceOver on or off. This is a very convenient feature, especially when it comes to audio-based games. So back to Zany Touch. Before turning off VoiceOver, explore the Zany Touch screen by sliding your finger around the game area. Double Tap on the "new Game" icon.
Now, you need to choose your level. Run your finger in the middle of the display. From top to bottom you have, hard, medium and easy. Remember the location of the appropriate button. It's now time to turn off VoiceOver with the Triple press of the home button.
Once that is done, double tap on the location of the preferred button and the game commences. Follow the audio instructions. When the game is over, triple tap the home button to start VoiceOver. There's a score board which you can explore on your own. Besides those various navigational caveats, this game is fairly accessible and also addictive.
Nope, it's not a car simulation. BeepBeep is the Idevices' answer to the equivalent of Simon Says. Choose the colored button according to its accompanying sound to fulfill an ever expanding sequence of beeps.
Another game within this sort of Style is the Silent Space: Simon Says. You need to recreate a pattern utilizing 2 buttons. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, you'll see when you try it that there is a certain challenge to this one.
I will expound on the virtues of one last game here and leave you with this for now.
Aurifi is an audio-based IDevice game which is fully accessible from the get-go. Oddly enough, it wasn't designed for the blind or visually impaired player. It just so happens that because of its designs and the intention of the game play, the experience can be enjoyed by all and be accessible at the same time.
There is no free version of this application, but at $4.99, it's worth spending some time playing. All instructions are given via human speech and the tasks get more difficult as you progress. You get to avoid sounds, intercept audio anomalies, balance a moving target, match sounds, etc. This game is to be played with headphones, as the stereo spectrum is used for accomplishing the above tasks. Turning off VoiceOver is a must, right after launching this game.
For more information on the above games and accessible IDevice applications, visit the AppleVis web page:
You can also follow @applevis via Twitter to get the latest updates to the growing list of applications.