Grace's Diary Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Grace's Diary is a role playing game where you play, Grace, who is concerned about her friend Natalie who's behaviour has changed since she started dating her current boyfriend. By experiencing the conversations first hand and making notes in your diary, you play a part in this branching story that address the boundaries of healthy relationships.

You investigate Grace's room to unearth memories and information in order to make that important call to Natalie. Only if you find sufficient information and make the proper choices will you have a successful conversation with your friend.

"Grace's Diary" integrates information about teen dating violence into an award winning point and click game. "I was surprised how much I learned about my own relationships as well as having some really useful conversations with my family about establishing healthy boundaries."

The game is created as part of Jennifer Ann's Group's Gaming Against Violence program. It has created over fifty serious video games about serious issues. Previous video game topics include bystander awareness, consent, healthy relationships, and teen dating violence prevention. This award-winning approach to violence prevention is evidence-based and the games are available for use in university studies. Please contact Jennifer Ann's Group to discuss research opportunities.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/08/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and Web Browser.

Genres: Narrative and Role-Playing.

Developer: @StopTDV

 

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE.

Parents and care givers should not that this is a game intended to teach about consent in dating relationships and although there is no violence on the screen this is alluded to in the narrative and with an image of a broken phone.

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.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading 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.

Controls

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

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

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

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.

Image

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.

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).

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... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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