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Clawfish Accessibility Report

Clawfish offers 20 accessibility features in the Difficulty, Getting Started, Reading, 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.

Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the ocean. Its calming soundtrack and simple aesthetic make this a good game to wind down with.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Although there are no difficulty settings, as the game is more focused on creating a relaxing experience than on difficulty, there are minimal reaction-based challenges.

There is occasional dialogue in the game which is presented as speech bubbles, and you can choose to read all of the signs and advertisements scattered about (although these have no impact on the gameplay and are there only for extra detail). The text is often rather small and cannot be adjusted, but is high contrast.

In some of the tanks, the fish blend in with the water (this is intentional to slightly increase the challenge of the section). Other than this, the game is very bright and colourful and everything is easily distinguishable.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @DavidCzar_

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

 

DifficultyDifficulty

Clawfish has 2 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.

Cognitive Pressure

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.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

Clawfish has 3 accessibility features for Getting Started 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.

Assistance During Play

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.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.

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.

ReadingReading

Clawfish has 4 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.

Reading Level

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a younger child could understand.

Text Visibility

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.

Subtitles

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.

Captions

Speaker Indicator: Textual captions indicate who is speaking. This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or placing text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking.

 

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NavigationNavigation

Clawfish has no accessibility features for Navigation which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces. The following games are similar to Clawfish, but offer accessibility features for Navigation:

ControlsControls

Clawfish has 3 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.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Motion

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

 

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VisualVisual

Clawfish 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.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast, or has a slider to make this the case.

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. Or there is a zoom feature to make them larger.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them. This includes the absence of flashing from dramatic visual effects, explosions or weather effects like lightning.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or it is included but it can be disabled. This includes the absence of screen shake for dramatic effect as well as to indicate hits on a target.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action.

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.

Colour Options

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

 

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AudioAudio

Clawfish has 1 accessibility feature for Audio which deals 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.

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:

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.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Ben Kendall



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