Help to bring accessibility to my game

App Developer

Hello,

I am Dominique Vial, an indie iOS developer from France. I created several puzzle-game released on App Store, each of them having a Color-Blind mode for player to separate tiles. Here are the games on App Store and dedicated pages on my website:

I have no people around me suffering from color blindness so I am looking for feedback about color blindness modes. If you interested in please contact me using this contact form.

I used tools to simulate color blindness: Color Oracle and Sim Daltonisme.

Simulated color blindness

Then I am interested to go one step further and increase accessibility for my games by offering Voice Over support. I don't know if this can be possible with these games but I want to try it! I am currently rewriting Novae from ground using Swift 3 so this is the perfect moment to bring full accessibility.

Regards

Dominique

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Thank You

Hi,
I would like to thank the app developer for making your games accessible! I enjoy playing puzzle type games.

sounds great

It souyds like a really good idea but unfortunately I am no game developer so can't help very much.

All you have to do is play

App Developer

All you have to do is play with the game. Novae Marathon is free. I can provide you promo code for both Novae and Nixie if you want. Please contact me.

label buttons

I have tried the free game and see that the first thing that should be done is to label the buttons with text. I have clicked around and tried to see things but the buttons need to be labeled and I haven't been able to start a game to try. This can become accessible.

Major update

App Developer

I am currently rewriting Novae from the ground. I'll then include accessibility support to this new version.

brilliant

Brilliant. If you can send me a promo code I will gladly try it and be of help. My email is sabrina059 at gmail dot com. You can send it there or pos] it here. Thanks for trying to make your games accessible.

nixie

I am really interested of Nixie too. I like the fact that there are unlockables and this is a type of game I have been looking for.

Promo Code for testing purposes

App Developer

Here follows promo code for Novae and Nixie. These 2 games have accessibility for color blindness only.

Novae :

  • http://tokn.co/8hpukm8g — redeemed
  • http://tokn.co/nyky5utr — redeemed
  • http://tokn.co/0ujra57q — redeemed
  • http://tokn.co/kv7tsg4m — redeemed

Nixie:

  • http://tokn.co/p7fa86xp — redeemed
  • http://tokn.co/rk56tugk — redeemed
  • http://tokn.co/e8ef75sj
  • http://tokn.co/zw922nc7 — redeemed

got it

I got the promo codes. Nixie I haven't come very far with but Novae can work really great with some labeled buttons. I have managed to start the game and I think I see the tiles but they are all unlabeled. I haven't been able to do much. I think the first step is to label the buttons and put text for VoiceOver to read to see the tiles. This sounds like a very interesting game. In Nixie I cannot see any buttons but I have managed to make it sound by turning VoiceOver off and tapping around on the screen.

Novae

I can actually see the score and level indicators at the top of the screen since it is text.

I use SpriteKit to create

App Developer

I use SpriteKit to create Nixie. This is a game library from Apple. The bad point is accessibility does not come with it. The good point is I found last week a way to add it. So this will be the next big update for Nixie.

Thank you

App Developer

I think the author of this comment already post this answer on StackOverflow or on Apple's forum. Currently I've done successful experiments on node that were direct children of Scene for Nixie. Next step will be more difficult I guess!

Thank you

Thank you for beginning to add accessibility to your games. I look forward to playing!

nice to see

its nice to see you want to make this game work with voice over. i'd be happy to test the game if you think it would help.

Thanks

App Developer

Thank you for your support.

I'll keep you informed of the released of new versions of both Novae and Nixie.

Currently I am rewriting Novae from ground using Swift 3, the new language from Apple. As I take time to do this I don't expect a playable version until May.

Nixie is already released using Swift 3 but using SpriteKit, a dedicated framework from Apple to design game. Unfortunately this framework bring complexity for accessibility. So I have to work on game design and find answers to tricky problems in order to bring full accessibility. This is a great challenge! Estimated Time of Arrival: let's say June!

I am an indie developer so from time to time I need to refill the money bag by hiring me to some companies. This lead to pause on my apps development!