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Little Bug Accessibility Report

We've documented 16 accessibility features for Little Bug 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.

Little Bug is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar games, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual gameplay is complemented by a poignant story of a girl and her struggling single mother, where you help the child navigate various trials in an attempt to restore their fractured relationship. It's a tale of trauma and forgiveness, healing and relationships.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Although the game has no difficulty settings, the checkpoints are very frequent, meaning you won't ever have to spend long in getting back to where you were. Some of the jumps in the game require quite precise movements and player input, but you can spend as long as you need on each section as there is no time limit. Because of the 2D play area, it is very straightforward to figure out where you're trying to go and there is only one route to take, although some secret items have small areas dedicated to them that are quite hard to find.

Although the text is always a contrasting colour to the background (typically light blue or white), it can be quite small and it is animated to shake slightly, making it at times quite difficult to read. In addition, there is no voice acting, so reading the text is the only way to glean information. When someone is speaking, it is clearly indicated with a glowing speech bubble surrounding the text. While the game's background is quite dark, much of the foreground is brightly coloured with neon pink and blue, and interactive elements like breakable platforms glow.

The game can be played with either a controller or a mouse and keyboard. To use a rope, a core gameplay feature, you need to hold down a button. All events have sound effects, but some are rather nondescript and could be misconstrued as part of the overall ambient sound or soundtrack. The game can be played without sound.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Buddy System LA (@BuddySystemLA)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Difficulty in Little Bug which deals 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.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Little Bug 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.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

ReadingReading

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Little Bug 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 primary/elementary student (9-year-old) 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.

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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If you want to play Little Bug, but it doesn't offer the Reading accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Reading accessibility:

NavigationNavigation

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Little Bug which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces. The following games are similar to Little Bug, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:

ControlsControls

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Controls in Little Bug which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

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

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Little Bug which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Contrast

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

Interactive Elements

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.

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. This is useful for blind players.

Colour Options

Colour blind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Little Bug 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.

Audio Events

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.

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.

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