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Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series) Review

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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks 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 or ESRB

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

Platforms: PC and Stadia

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

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.

Difficulty

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

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.

Cognitive Pressure

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 With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

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

Reading Level

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Moderate Reading: Moderate 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.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are 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.

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

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

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

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

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.

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.

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

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

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

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. 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.

.. read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @EamonGaudio


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