Orwell's Animal Farm Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Wesley Williams and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Orwell's Animal Farm is an adventure game with a decent slice of strategy, all brought to life with beautiful hand-drawn storybook art. As the name suggests, the game is based on the 1945 literary classic Animal Farm by George Orwell, which uses a farm as an allegory to reflect events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.

In the game, the animals have fought off their exploitative human masters and are now running the farm themselves. It's the player's job to assign tasks to the various animals, manage their resources, choose their laws, and direct their propaganda. You decide just how equal things will be for the citizens of the farm and which of the animals vying for power will rise to the top.

Orwell's Animal Farm enjoys the full endorsement of the Orwell Estate, with many characters from the book appearing, but it also presents narrative choices that allow you to expand upon Orwell’s story and spread Animalism beyond the farm you start in. New creatures can be recruited to grow the Republic of Animals and the game provides eight different endings to experience.

Whether you've read the book or not, you can now explore a genuine classic from inside. Will you be responsible for spreading Animalism across the world?

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Nerial

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Game not yet rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12+ and ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

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.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.

Reading

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

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.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

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.

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.

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. 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: Wesley Williams


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