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PixelJunk Eden Accessibility Report

We've documented 16 accessibility features for PixelJunk Eden 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.

PixelJunk Eden is an organic puzzle game. You swing from abstract plant shapes to explore a styalised garden, attacking pollen carriers to gather particles that bring seeds to life. It's a game where you grow a field of plants, each one granting new ways to delve deeper into the silhouetted tundra.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Controls are designed to reduce the number of buttons required.. You tap the left stick to start a spinning around in a circle, then press it again to jump in that direction. You hold the left stick in a direction to pass through plants rather than land on them. You can pause in the air for a short time by pressing the action button.

Playing with just the mouse, left button jumps and, if held down, you can guide yourself in the air. The right mouse button controls your silk. You can also adjust the length of the silk with your mouse wheel. As you play you'll unlock a drop attack that's executed by pressing both mouse buttons in the air.

The game is mostly high contrast. There are small items to collect but you don't have to accurately target them. When seeds are ready to grow they flash to indicate this. Your character leaves a trailer behind them that makes it easier to locate where they are and their trajectory.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room

Costs: Purchase cost

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in PixelJunk Eden 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.

No Jump Scares: No sudden loud noises or popping-up scary visuals that unexpectedly appear without warning, or the option to disable them.

 

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Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in PixelJunk Eden which deals 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

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

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in PixelJunk Eden 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.

Subtitles

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): 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

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

ControlsControls

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Controls in PixelJunk Eden 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

1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse-button/mouse wheel.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Visual in PixelJunk Eden 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

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.

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.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Audio in PixelJunk Eden 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.

Adjustable Audio

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.

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.

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
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
 
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.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @GeekDadGamer



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