Ear Hockey Review
Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
You control a paddle from the first-person perspective and can hear the ball travelling around the court. The goal is to hit the ball so the other player can't return the ball. The first player to score seven points wins the match.
It's an accessible game for players with low vision, but also an interesting game to play and explore you sense of hearing.
You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.
Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
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.
All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.
Menus are Voiced: All of the game menus can be narrated for easier navigation.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.
Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.
Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.
Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.
High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast.
Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.
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.
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.
Play Without Sight: The game can be played without visuals.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.
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