Blek Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Blek is a puzzle game where you control the repeating motion of a moving line. Your challenge is to pass through coloured dots. However, you can only enter a short motion that repeats. In this way you have to draw in a motion that, as it repeats, creates a path through the dots.

This simple premise is easier to see in action than to describe. But once you understand the premise it becomes and instinctive and elegant puzzle game. It's unusual not only because of the way you control the movement, but how this leads to reflections on motion, embodiment and how simple repeated motions can solve complex problems.

The Android version of Blek is unavailable currently.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @KunabiB

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

No Reading: No reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

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

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. 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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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