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Sayonara Wild Hearts Accessibility Report

We've documented 14 accessibility features for Sayonara Wild Hearts in the 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.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-action game where you control a running, flying, dancing or motorbike-riding character to collect coins and hearts in time with pop music. The neon visuals and emotively voiced story make this an unusual and compelling way to experience both music and narrative.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Text is mostly bright and large, but it is a stylised font and flashes with the music. Unselected text in the menus is very faint.

If you fail a section it rewinds for another attempt. If you fail a section a number of times the game offers the option to skip this section. This means you can't fail a level and it creates a low-pressure experience if you are not focused on the score.

Mobile controls are designed to respond to a finger held on the screen and motioned to change direction and taps for triggering events. You can play with swipes but this is less accurate. Console controls use the Left Stick for direction, or you can use the D-Pad (or indeed the Right Stick).

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PS4, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Simogo (@Simogo)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Sayonara Wild Hearts which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck. The following games are similar to Sayonara Wild Hearts, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Sayonara Wild Hearts 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.

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.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, 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.

Guaranteed Progress With God Mode: There is no fail state for any game level, where you lose progress or have to start again. Or there are options to make failing impossible: infinite health or lives, unlimited time. Sometimes called God Mode or Unfailable.

Assisted Progress With Hints: The game notices if you get stuck and provides information to help you progress. This can offer hints or tutorials popping up during play. It can suggest which difficulty settings to adjust or offer to skip past problematic levels.

 

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If you want to play Sayonara Wild Hearts, but it doesn't offer the Getting Started accessibility features you require, this similar game extends the Getting Started accessibility:

ReadingReading

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Sayonara Wild Hearts 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

How much reading is required to play the game 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.

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.

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.

 

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If you want to play Sayonara Wild Hearts, 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 Sayonara Wild Hearts 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 Sayonara Wild Hearts, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:

ControlsControls

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Controls in Sayonara Wild Hearts 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.

Touchscreen

Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.

One Motion Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Visual in Sayonara Wild Hearts 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

Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting 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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If you want to play Sayonara Wild Hearts, but it doesn't offer the Visual accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Visual accessibility:

AudioAudio

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Sayonara Wild Hearts which deals 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.

 

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If you want to play Sayonara Wild Hearts, but it doesn't offer the Audio accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Audio accessibility:

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.
 
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
 
iOS Apple Arcade
iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

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