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Painted Waters Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and @GeekDadGamer.


Painted Waters is a simple adventure for young children. You explore a secret miniature world on a Walker Doodle (the game's version of caterpillar) using a single button to get around and play the puzzles and challenges you find. It's unique not only because of the approachable and accessible controls and storybook visuals, but because it combines these with nuanced interactions and tests of skill.

Play involves directing your fish or Walker Doodle using a single button (mouse button, any key, controller button, or other camera peripherals like Tobii, Eyegaze). In the world you make single press choices about the turns and directions to go. In this way you explore from place to place and find a range of miniature adventures (mini-golf, pachinko, board game, and block bashing).

Each of the mini adventures are also played with a single button, but also provide ingenious ways to make strategic choices and timed throws. For example you make your way around the edge of a mini-golf hole and can choose when to hit the ball and in that way control the angle of your shot.

Completing one of the adventures rewards you with a prize that you can then use to decorate and customise the world. This might be a giant cherry to hear a joke, a seed to grow a flower, a block, button or statue. You can also find items in some of the mini adventures that let you customise those spaces, and how those games play.

Painted Waters is currently available in a trial mode as part of early access. The game is in ongoing development and will see many content updates and fixes as it moves towards a full release.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)

Players: 1




Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. It's an open ended game that can be enjoyed for many hours. Most players tend to play for up to 30 minutes at a time.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young children with physical impairments should find the challenge approachable and accessible. You only need to be able to press a single button with very light timing.


Painted Waters

Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The game will always be free, with no ads or in-app purchases.


Our Painted Waters Accessibility Report documents 36 accessibility features:
Before you get to menus the game onboards you to select your controller method. It is played by a single "press" and supports mouse button, any key, controller button, or other camera peripherals like Tobii, Eyegaze. There is touch screen controls for Windows Tablets.

You are provided a cookie trail in the game to indicate which direction to go. As you approach interactions an icon appears to indicate the choice to make if you press the button.

Menu text and subtitles are generally clear to read, although there are some environmental prompts (like words on lolly/popsicle sticks) that are less clear. The quests text can be hard to read as it doesn't have a background.

There are no depth of field or motion blur elements that may trigger motion sickness. You can slow down the speed of movement to ease this as well.

There are some light timed-reaction aspects to some mini games, but you can reduce the movement speed of your character and interaction speed to ease this. You can also always retry if you missed your window of opportunity. You can save progress in each mini game, but not half way through one of these challenges.

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