Inscryption Accessibility Report
We've documented 25 accessibility features for Inscryption in the Controls, Getting Started, Reading, Navigation, 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.Inscryption starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological horror that slowly reveals bloody secrets inscribed on the cards.
Most of the gameplay consists of using the cards to play matches against your opponent, and the cards are large with high contrast images and, but there are a few parts of the game that have smaller or harder to see elements.
You can sometimes explore the physical area around the card table and have opportunities to interact with items and solve puzzles you find there. This part of gameplay is atmospherically low light and low contrast, making some objects more difficult to see as part of the challenge. Additionally some of the items you can obtain can be difficult to see when sitting in your item area because they blend in to the background. Several of the characters you meet are shrouded in darkness as part of their aesthetic as well.
The map shows a clear view of what options you have for the possible paths ahead of you, but there is no explanation anywhere of what the various symbols that can appear on that map throughout the game mean, so it takes a lot of trial and error and exploration to be able to figure out what all your choices are when evaluating a game map and making an informed choice about your path and which objects to interact with. The cards have symbols for the abilities the creatures have, and most of these are visible in a physical rulebook your character can pick up and look at, however this book does not actually explain the rules of the game or many of the other things you will encounter in the game aside from those symbols, be prepared for a lot of experimentation.
You can turn off the screen shake, fliker, and "noise" effects in the options menu, but there are also occasional flashes with no option to disable them. The flashes are not a repeated strobe-like effect, but more of a fast switch to a bright screen, so it may not affect people who are sensitive to flashing lights the way many games with this feature would.
There are not jump-scares in the traditional sense of something jumping towards you quickly, but there are several points in which something shocking and/or creepy happens, like hands slowly reaching out towards you or turning to have a scary looking face revealed in the darkness.
The game is auto-saved very frequently so you will not lose progress on a run by exiting the game during a run, but if you exit duiring during a battle you will have to restart that battle when you resume play.
Release Date: 19/10/2021, updated in 2022
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Genres: Adventure, Brain Game (Collecting, Communication, Narrative and Puzzle)
Accessibility: 25 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Hand-Made
Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 6 accessibility features for Controls in Inscryption 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.
Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.
One Tap Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.
Specific button operation required to play
Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods (a second or more) is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the movement stick/button which is not considered a hold for this purpose.
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.
No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Inscryption which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play. The following games are similar to Inscryption, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Inscryption 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 Getting Starting
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.
Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.
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.
Assistance For Progressing
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.
Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.
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We've documented 5 accessibility features for Reading in Inscryption 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.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. This doesn't include subtitles as required reading if they are fully voiced.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) 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, clear and of good contrast. They are at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of a landscape screen and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens, or can be adjusted to be. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.
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.
Some Dialogue is Voice Acted: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted. This reduces the pressure on reading all the dialogue text, although not everything is provided audibly.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Navigation in Inscryption which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.
Large Clear Navigation: The in-game navigation and maps are clear to read. They offer large text and offer markers that are large and of high contrast. Where text or information is small, there are settings to zoom-in and increase visibility.
Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with the landscape, 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.
Menu Audio Cues: Navigating menus provide an audio cue for each selection.
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We've documented 6 accessibility features for Visual in Inscryption which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, 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.
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.
Audio Cues for Visual Events
Menu Audio Cues: Navigating menus provide an audio cue for each selection.
Motion Sickness Friendly
Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.
Colour blind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Inscryption 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.
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).
PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @growingupgamers