Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series) Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @EamonGaudio and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock & plant samples for your experiments while avoiding the dangers of hostile animals. You can talk to local villagers, battle enemies and solve puzzles to learn more about what is going on.

Unusually, Nanotale's main interaction is typing. Apart from movement, you must pull out your field notebook and type sentences to fight, solve puzzles, or harvest samples. Words are related to the object you are typing about. For example; enemies will have words like darkness, fear, or bite while interactive elements like plants have words like cure, ocean, or enkindle. However, some of the word choices can seem a bit bizarre at times.

Nanotale is currently in early access on Steam with an anticipated full release in early 2021. Nanotale is a new adventure from the Typing Chronicles franchise and the successor to Epistory - Typing Chronicles.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibilty: 28 features

Developer: @FishingCactus

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete. An early access demo is available that is about 3 hours long.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Nanotale is not officially rated by PEGI or ESRB. The game shows mild fantasy violence and is most likely best suited for people who have basic typing abilities.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game is played with the keyboard and no mouse required. There is a time break option that allows you to slow the game world to work through typing or moving Rosalind to safety. There is an option to allow for different health regeneration speeds; none (default), slow, and fast. There is an adaptive difficulty option or the setting can be turned off and a fixed difficulty can be set by the words per minute typing speed.

There is the option for OpenDislexic font. Most text is large white text with a black background but there is no option to change the font size or background opacity. The game uses magic to defeat enemies and there is no blood or gore shown. There is no punishment for misspellings or incorrectly trying.
 
Our Nanotale - Typing Chronicles Accessibilty Review details 28 accessibility features:

Difficulty

Difficulty Options: Select Difficulty
Difficulty Options: Customise Difficulty
Adjust After Setting: Adjustable Between Levels
Cognitive Pressure: Adjust Speed
Cognitive Pressure: Save Anytime
Assistance: Tutorials

Reading

Reading Level: Simple Minimal Reading
Reading Level: Moderate Reading
Text Visibility: Large Clear Text
Text Visibility: High Contrast Text
Subtitles: Large Clear Subtitles
Subtitles: Any Speech has Subtitles
Captions: Speaker Indicator
Voiced: All Dialogue is Voiced

Navigation

Clarity: Large Clear Navigation
Head-Up Display: Head-Up Display Navigation
Head-Up Display: Game Map

Controls

Mouse And Keyboard: Keyboard Alone
Remap Controls: Remap Mouse and Keyboard
Button Combinations: Holding Down Buttons Optional
Button Combinations: Rapid Pressing Optional
Button Combinations: No Simultaneous Buttons

Image

Visibility: Bright Colourful Palette
Visibility: Outline Interactive Elements
Visual Distractions: No Flashes
Visual Distractions: No Screen Shake
Colour Options: Colourblind friendly

Audio

Play Without Hearing: Play Without Hearing

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