Baba is You

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Released: March 2019. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Overview

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the level’s logic to your advantage.

 
This game is good if you want to play BAFTA nominated games, harm no living thing, play games with visibility features, learn something playing a properly great game, have silly fun together, play games without in-app purchases or play old games like new.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

On the PC and Mac, you can purchase the soundtrack. This is included for free in the Definitive Edition.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Accessibility

This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty:
  • Reading: There is some reading in the game, including the puzzle words which are sometimes low contrast to the background.
  • Controls: You can remap the controls and adjust how long you have to hold a key or button for it to repeat. You can apply two buttons to each game action.
  • Image calibration: Turn on visual movement grid. Disable wobble effect. You can Force high-contrast colours. You can enable a zoom mode to magnify the screen.
  • Audio calibration: Adjust sound effects and music separately.

System 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... read more.


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Designed To Be Easier To See

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