Puyo Puyo (Series) Accessibility Report
We've documented 22 accessibility features for Puyo Puyo in the Controls, Difficulty, Getting Started, Reading, 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.Puyo Puyo Champions (Puyo Puyo eSports in Japan) is the latest in a puzzle game series where you line up slime-like Puyo creatures who fall from the top of the screen. The trick is to rotate the groups of two, three, and four colours to line up with those already in play. When four or more line-up they connect and pop. You can achieve more points and bonuses by chaining colours together. Play is hindered when opponents send out nuisance Puyo that get in the way of lining up colours.
Recent updates added more settings. This was driven partly by competitive eSports aspect of the game but also with some good general accessibility enhancements.
Colour Adjustment lets you choose colour calibration for Trichromatism, Protanopia, Deuteranopia, and Tritanopia as well as adjust colour strength. Game Speed option lets you pick normal, 2/3 and 1/2 speed Changing this setting does not affect how a match starts and ends, the fall speed of Nuisance Puyo, or Quick Drop time. In addition to the "Comeback Assist", there are Settings that offer Sweet, Super Sweet or Auto Play. This enables the computer to automatically perform up to 10 drops once you have done 5 of your own.
Release Date: 07/05/2019
Price: 75% off
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1-8 (2 online)
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Collecting
Accessibility: 22 features
Components: 2D Side-On
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 6 accessibility features for Controls in Puyo Puyo which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.
Mouse And Keyboard
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Select Preset Controller Mappings: You can select preset button layouts from options provided by the developer.
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.
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Puyo Puyo 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.
Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.
Adjust After Setting
Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds. Although you have to restart your checkpoint or level, this enables you to adjust the difficulty after selecting it at the beginning of the game.
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Puyo Puyo 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.
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.
Adjust Speed: Adjust the speed of the game at critical moments or throughout, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times. By slowing the game, you have more time to interpret what is happening and then execute your actions. It also reduces the pressure on getting things right quickly or the first time you attempt them.
Assistance For Progressing
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.
Assisted Progress With Hints: The game notices if you get stuck (or you can press a button) and provides information to help you progress. This can offer hints or tutorials popping up during play. This includes hints after you have died, where it can suggest strategies or difficulty settings to adjust or offer to skip past problematic levels.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Puyo Puyo 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.
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.
Large Clear Text: All essential text is large and clear or can be adjusted to be. The general text used throughout the game in menus, instructions and other key information (excluding subtitles that are assessed separately) is at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height on landscape screens and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens.
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 haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Puyo Puyo 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. The following games are similar to Puyo Puyo, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Puyo Puyo 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.
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 adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility. Includes the ability to select which type of colour blind mode you require.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Audio in Puyo Puyo 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.
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.
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Puyo Puyo which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.
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).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @GeekDadGamer and @GeekDadGamer