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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.

OverviewOverview

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely automatic and calculated by the simulation rather than human input.

Campaign mode consists of choosing the types of army units within the factions: Tribal, Farmers, Medieval, Ancient, Vikings, Dynasty, Renaissance, Pirates, Spooky, and Wild West. Each faction has their own abilities, strengths and weaknesses and deal different amounts of damage. Each unit has a cost so you must balance your resources and consider who you are fighting and take care when placing formations on the battlefield.

Sandbox mode enables you to set-up armies without worrying about the costs or the need to win. The fun is seeing how different configurations do against each other. Commonly, a huge number of weaker units can be set-up to take on fewer stronger units.

DetailsGame Details

Rating:

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @LandfallGames

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 with Mild Violence.

ESRB TEEN with Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game tries to ease players into its learning curve by slowly unlocking units, however, this can be overridden in the settings.

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.

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

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

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.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is 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.

Controls

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

Gamepad

Required inputs for the game, or that can be setup with remapping.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

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.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

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.

High Contrast Mode: You can adjust the contrast of the game to be high-contrast, or the game already has high contrast visuals.

Visual Distractions

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.

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.

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

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). 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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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