Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Accessibility Report
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure offers 31 accessibility features in the Difficulty, Reading, Navigation, Controls, Visual and Audio areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. 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.Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when she sees an animal in danger, she realises the island needs her help.
The text is displayed black on white background. The subtitles are quite a good size, but you can't make them larger. When played on smartphone with a Backbone (or similar) controller, or on the PlayStation, Xbox or Switch the display moves from portrait to landscape without significantly scaling the interface so the text is smaller. The mission objects and descriptions of animals are quite large on smartphone in portrait mode but again on consoles' landscape display, it is quite small.
The missions are clearly listed and you can always access a well-annotated map. There is no sonar-style directive audio ping, but you can listen to the sound of the animal you need to find and use that sound to home in on its location in the game world.
You can't remap buttons. On smartphone you can use the gyroscope to fine-tune your aiming of the camera.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 5 accessibility features for Difficulty which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
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.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress. This avoids being forced back to the start of a level, or checkpoint when you fail a particular challenge.
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.
Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance. This can offer hints or tutorials popping up during play. It can suggest which difficulty settings to adjust or offer to skip past problematic levels.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate levels of detail. Ideally, this includes ongoing tips that relate to contexts in the game where the player is failing.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 5 accessibility features for Reading 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.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student would appreciate.
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.
Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.
Any Speech has Subtitles: 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.
Speaker Indicator and their Tone: Textual captions indicate who is speaking and their tone. This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or character expressions with text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking.
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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 4 accessibility features for Navigation which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces.
Clear Mission Objectives: The game provides clear, structured missions with directional guidance and advice on which can be attempted next. This also states which missions can't be attempted because you do not have the appropriate items yet.
Audible Directional Cues: Additional audio clues that indicate where to go next and how close you are to arriving. This is offered as a sonar-style ping with stereo audio and volume to guide you in the right direction.
Head-Up Display Navigation: Indication of where to go next with arrows, minimaps and cookie trails. This provides clear ongoing guidance about where you are and where you need to go.
Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout the entire game. This enables the orientation of the player and the world, confirming a direction of movement and the location of destinations or points of exploration.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 6 accessibility features for Controls which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
One Motion Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.
Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of the gamepad to fine-tune aiming or as the main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming.
Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.
Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates events or interactions in the game, echoing visual and audio cues. This can provide additional information about progress, approaching enemies or hitting a target.
You can adjust
Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 7 accessibility features for Visual which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.
Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable. Enemies and player characters are at least 1/6 of the height of the screen.
Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined or highlighted for visibility. This can be with a large border around the character or a special visual mode that adjust the colour to make characters more visible.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this 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.
Audio Depiction of Event Location: Indication with stereo audio of where directional events are on the screen for things like damage, footsteps, environmental elements or way-finding.
Motion sickness friendly
Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness. This includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects. It also includes games that don't have these movement elements in the first place.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure has 4 accessibility features for Audio 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.
Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on-screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.
Play Without Hearing
Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.
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.
iOS Apple Arcade
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.
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