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Fate of Kai Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Fate of Kai is a narrative puzzle game where you control the story rather than the characters. You discover Kai's story by walking through the panels of a comic book. It's a tale about a boy who wakes in a strange land handcuffed to a mysterious chest. As you read on, you can alter the timing and decisions being made, which have direct and indirect consequences in the rest of the branching story.

You click through the pages and on the different points of interaction. Rather than a linear book, you end up exploring each chapter like a maze, modifying the characters' ideas to move the plot forward in different directions. Each time a character thinks of something, it's a chance to change the course of the narrative. You also have a chance to go back in time on occasion, affecting previous events that impact (and alter) your world. By changing these intentions, you solve puzzles that then open up more pages of the story.

It's a detailed and colourful book with over 700 panels that invite you into an adventure through 160 pages. It's designed to grow to meet your ambitions and ability, offering an elegant story to newcomers and a complex saga for more experienced players.

It's a rare experience with little reading but loads of comprehension and interpretation. It also required imagination and critical thinking to appreciate the impact each action can have. As the game develops, with each chapter evolving these ideas.

A Nintendo Switch version is planned.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TryLightGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 75 minutes and 75 minutes to complete. Although the average play-time is about around an hour. Some players will take longer to play and solve the puzzles. There are also a number of themes and secrets to discover along the way.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Fate of Kai usually costs £3.99.
 

Fate of Kai

iOS £3.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7+.


This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

 

Rated 9+ on Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game offers hints about the puzzle in the blank pages. This also highlights important words in another colour.

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.

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

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

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.

Text Visibility

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

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

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

Navigation

How the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces.

Large Clear Navigation: The game navigation and maps are clear to read, large and with high contrast or with settings to zoom or increase visibility.

Controls

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

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

One Tap Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

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.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction.

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.

Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

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. 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. 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: @GeekDadGamer


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