The Vale is an audio-based action-adventure game that places you in the worn leather boots of a blind adventurer.
As a game that was made in collaboration with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, it’s actually tested by and made specifically for blind and low-vision players. There are no graphics in the game, and it’s all based on audio cues and controller haptic feedback. That being said, I found it to be an amazing adventure to play even as someone without impaired vision.
With closed eyes, I got to experience a rich medieval world and story, going on quests and testing out my combat and magical abilities. Definitely recommend!
Victoria Tran is the Community Director at Innersloth, creators of Among Us.
There are games that amaze you with awesome visuals and vast landscapes that really blow you away with gorgeous graphics.
What happens when all those visuals are stripped away and all you are left with is sound? How do you design a game around only audio? That’s what Flying Squirrel set out to do.
What makes The Vale extra special is how it puts you in the shoes of a totally blind person and immerses you in what the world is like for them on a daily basis—if real life was about defending a medieval kingdom as a princess. The Vale uses audio to help you fight, interact, and navigate the world around you.
The team behind The Vale, a small outfit from Ontario’s Niagara region, not only hit it out of the park with this game, but they did it the right way by having blind players be a part of the development process, from idea to release. A definite must play!
Steve Saylor is an accessibility advocate and content creator.