A new puzzle sensation APP for Iphone is appealing to visually impaired users by using sound-based gameplay paired together with touchscreen control. Stem stumper is a puzzle game in wich the player guides a crazy looking plant creature around obstacles (angry tree stumps and clouds of weed killer) to find bags of fertiliser. The gameplay itself involves dragging your finger along screen creating your path and as you approach something of use you recieve visual and sound clues. Ananse Productions LCC the creatores of the games describe it below.
iOS gaming for the blind
“Come play Stem Stumper, a blind-accessible puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch,” reads the iTunes blurb. “A dynamic layered soundtrack guides Mimea the vine through 100 brain-teasing levels. Use sling shots, sprinklers and Angry Acorns to open paths for her to grow. Use the right combination to rack up points and prove once and for all you’re smarter than a 6th grader.
“The inaugaral game of Ananse Productions, Stem Stumper is built from the ground up to be enjoyed by both the iPhone’s burgeoning blind community and fully sighted players around the world.”
The real innovation here is the option to play in “sonar mode” in which the visuals disappear from the screen and you are forced to focus and play the game exclusively via the sound effects emerging from your phone.
Stem Stumper supports Apple’s VoiceOver, which reads out the instructions for each stage, for those visually impaired or blind gamers
Source – Itunes