Unspottable Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more likely you are to give away who you are.

It's a simple hide-and-seek premise that makes it fun for players of all abilities. The skill is not in reaction times or accuracy, but observing how the other players are moving to discern which character on the screen they are.

You can use the different environments to try different tactics to not getting spotted, as well as tempting other players to give themselves away. Sneak, mind-games and tricking the other players is all part of the challenge.

There are 15 environments that include a playground, a sushi bar, theatres and factories. Each one offers new ways to trick other players and new ways to blend in with the crowd. Different arenas have different rules as well, for instance in some levels the robots slowly run out of battery until only the players are left. There are also Collect side quests on some levels where you also need to collect items for points. There are two rhythm levels where you need to follow the DJ's dance instructions so as not to stand out. In the Expert mode you can't see when a player has been punched, and controllers don't vibrate (so not to give that away) so you can pretend to still be in the round.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @GrosChevaux

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Rounds vary in length depending on how quickly players are discovered.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You need at least 2 players.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 3+ and ESRB EVERYONE for mild fantasy violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Expert mode makes it more difficult for everyone and turns Vibration off. The only time the screen shakes is at the end of a round not during play. There are two rhythm levels where you need to see the dance instructions of the DJ to match the other dancers and not to stand out.

Difficulty

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

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Assistance

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

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

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.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

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

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

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.

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.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

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.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

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: Andy Robertson


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