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HoloVista Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @TomaTantrum and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

In Holovista is an adventure game you play by taking and sharing photographs. You play as Carmen an up-and-coming architect tasked to live in and take photographs at mysterious mansion and share your thoughts via in-game social media. Your task is taking these photos of specific objects and posting some to your social media feed where Carmen’s friends comment and post their updates. Additionally, you will talk with other characters through the in-game messaging system.

In doing this you help Carmen solve the mysteries of the mansion, learn about herself, and build on her relationships with her friends and family. Almost no part of the gameplay is timed or limited, so you can revisit locations, social media posts, and messages. The story and events quickly grow serious and addresses topics around mental health, death, and religion, among others.

You can revisit rooms after taking the required photographs to find additional objects. Finding all the objects in a room before advancing the story you will allow access to private social media posts Carmen creates for herself.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/09/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @AconiteCo

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete. HoloVista takes place over five days. Each day can take around one hour to complete with the later days taking a bit more time.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Not rated by PEGI or ESRB. But rated 12+ in the Apple App Store for Mild Horror/Fear and Mature/Suggestive Themes. Profanity or Crude Humor. Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References.

In addition to the rating, given much of the topics presented and addressed in the game, parents may want to reference the Content Warning section in game or on the developer website.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Detailed information of Accessibly and Content Warnings can be found here: https://www.enterholovista.com/pages/accessibility

HoloVista has a setting to Reduce Intense Effects but some players may still have some difficulties with visual elements, especially later in the game.

For each photograph taken, a white screen will appear acting as a camera shutter effect. Some players will need to avoid taking too many pictures quickly to avoid rapid white flashes.

Difficulty

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

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

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

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

Extensive Complex Reading: Extensive reading 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.

Navigation

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

Head-Up Display: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trails and the like.

Controls

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

Touchscreen

Touchscreen controls for this game are:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

System Settings

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: @TomaTantrum and @GeekDadGamer


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