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Video Game1428: Shadows over Silesia Review
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Posted: 2 weeks ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

1428: Shadows over Silesia is a historical adventure where you explore 15th-century Europe through the eyes of two characters intertwined at the outbreak of war. You fight opponents, sneak around enemy sites, and solve puzzles to progress through the world. It's notable not only for its unique historical setting within the Hussite Wars in Silesia but also for its design to be playable using only audio, without sight.

It's 1428, and the Hussite movement of Bohemia (the west of the modern-day Czech republic) is embroiled in a war in Silesia (modern-day western Poland, north-eastern Germany and the north-eastern Czech Republic). In this conflict, you play Hynek, a Hussite commander, and Lothar, a member of the order of the Knights Hospitaller. Both have their own worldviews and allegiances, but when a greater threat emerges, they must try and put down their weapons and forge an alliance to face it.

Gameplay is a mix of combat, exploration, character interaction, stealth mission, and puzzles. Fights are challenging with a focus on realism. You must study your opponent to find weaknesses and openings to then advance and deal damage. You explore the world, talking to characters and reading notes and messages to figure out what to do next. Sometimes, you infiltrate enemy encampments and bases, where you must avoid being spotted by the guards; careful and slow advancement is essential. Puzzles range from rearranging statues to solving codes, and all rely on careful observation of the world around you.

The result is a deep dive into an oft-forgotten part of European history. There's a challenging mix of gameplay mechanics, from combat to stealth to puzzles. Most impressive is the depth of discovery here (reading books, decyphering letters and so on) that makes the world a rewarding place to explore.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/10/2022

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Stealth and Strategy)

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: KUBI Games (@KUBIGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 25 hours to complete. Although the gameplay is fairly linear, depending on what you choose to do and how quickly you do it, the time to beat can vary significantly.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.

The developer provides the following mature Content Description on Steam: "The game includes nudity, rude speech, extreme violence, sexual acts, sexual content, non-consensual sex, suicide and alcohol".

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The fights require precise timing and careful study of your opponents to find openings to attack. Sometimes you can die repeatedly, which can be frustrating.

CostsCosts

1428: Shadows over Silesia usually costs £24.99.
 

1428: Shadows over Silesia

Steam Store PC £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
There is a Deluxe Edition of the game which contains 2 PDF stories exclusive to the edition. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our 1428: Shadows over Silesia Accessibility Report documents 43 accessibility features:
The game has full text-to-speech and audio narration which makes it accessible to blind and low-vision players. It has a built-in screen reader but also works with the NVDA screen reader and any MS SAPI-compatible voice. In order to make the game announce many different key points, like your health, status, objective, and closeness to enemies, you need to hold down a button and simultaneously press another button. Which buttons do what can be fully configured within the settings menu. The combat is precise and sometimes requires you to press buttons quickly.

Many settings within the accessibility menu allow you to fine-tune the difficulty to your preferred level. In addition, you can extend the time for quick-time events and slow down enemy movements, and simplify the puzzles that may be more challenging for low-vision and blind players, such as ones that require an understanding of the game space beyond what the screen reader can inform. When the game starts, the narration asks you to confirm your screen reader and narration preferences.

Text is all high contrast, but is occasionally small even on the largest UI scale. There is a high contrast mode, but some enemies and objects can still be small and difficult to see. This can be overcome by the different audio cues for each object and scenario, which you can cycle through in the menu to familiarise yourself with each. Unless you're using a screen reader and audio cues, the game can be played without sound.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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