Double Kick Heroes Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Double Kick Heroes is a heavy metal rhythm game. You tap buttons in time to the music to lead your band through the zombie wasteland. It revolves around the "double kicking" drumming technique. When you get this right you can speed up the music.

You play the different band members: Lincoln, Snake, Derek, Randie and James. Each one is different to play, with different abilities and power. As you play you find out each of their back stories to being in the band.

There are a total of 50 songs (30 in the main story and 20 in hellgate mode) in the game. You can also import your own music on PC, play community designed tracks or even edit your own songs and share challenges.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 11/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Rhythm.

Developer: @headbang_club

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete. Creating your own music and trying the community challenges extends the duration considerably.
 
Players: This is a single player game. There's a novel motion controlled option on the Switch game where you play with two sets of Joy-cons; one in each hand, and one tucked into each sock.

Other controllers are supported on Xbox and on PC you can use most mini adaptors.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence, Strong Language

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Violence, Blood, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The higher difficulty the more instruments you have to control and the more buttons you need to press in time. You can customise the difficulty by changing the music speed and removing all enemies.

Difficulty

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

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Cognitive Pressure

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

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

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

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

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

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Controls

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

2 Buttons: Can play with 2 buttons.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Image

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

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.

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.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

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. 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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @Black1976


 




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