Lost Words: Beyond the Page Review
Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
It starts as this simple platforming game but adds narrative weight when Izzy's grandmother is taken ill and then passes away. Experiencing this story by interacting with the words and pages that are telling it is a unique and tender way to deal with the themes here. The parallel story in Estoria offers a chance to relieve the tension while also offering a helpful parallel.
While not everyone will connect with the characters or the narration here, for those that do this is a lovely and unusual experience. Particularly for younger players, it's a gentle way to engage in a difficult subject.
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.
Rated PEGI 7 because it features pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. At one point in the game, the protagonist's village gets attacked and goes up in flames. The player encounters a menacing dragon accompanied by threatening sound effects. This can be scary for younger children.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.
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.
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. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
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.
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