NOTE: This is no longer the current version of this list! Since making this post, and then updating it, I have decided to create a permanent page with an up to date list of accessible games here: https://22point.wordpress.com/games-for-talkback-users/
Following on from my recent post about Android low vision games (https://22point.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/low-vision-games/), I thought I would follow up with one for Talkback users as well – of course low vision or even fully sighted users can enjoy these games just as much! I’ve roughly categorised them below, but aside from that they are in no particular order (ok I may have included RapiTap! first, but if you enjoy this blog, please do support me by at least trying it and hopefully buying the full version!).
RapiTap! (Accessible game)
$2.99 with free version available
Tap targets fast and avoid decoys. A reaction based game which offers options from full screen, to a 10×12 grid
$3.91 with Free version available
Match 3 type game with heaps of features and bonuses.
$2.16 with Free trial available
Memory game with lots of options, different themes (remember colours / numbers etc).
Simon memory game. The four buttons (8 in advanced mode) simply say button, so require a bit of practice to remember which button is which sound, otherwise it works with Talkback.
Accessible Minesweeper game (Each square is either empty or has a number in it signifying the number of mines in adjacent squares – try to clear all the squares without blowing up the mines.
Another accessible minesweeper game by e-UCM who also made Eyes Free Golf.
Ad supported (no full version available).
Accessible chess game. Does require knowledge of where to place pieces (alternatives are visually highlighted but no talkback hint).
Tic Tac Toe (Another One!)
There are many Tic Tac Toe games, this one by Escogitare at least is accessible with Talkback, and yes it’s called Tic Tac Toe (Another One!).
Dice World! Bringing the world together with dice games! Not just one dice game, but Six different games! Farkle, Yatzy, Balut, Threes, 1-4-24.. and PIG! Challenge your friends or random opponents to any or all games!
•100% Talk Back Accessible!
Word / Number games:
Hanging with Friends
$1.99 or free with ads
7 Little Words
Free (In app purchases available, also includes flurry Analytics) Join letter groups to make words which match clues to form the 7 words.
One number Down:
Given a list of nine numbers, work out which one from 0 – 9 is missing as quickly as possible.
A sliding puzzle – 15 pieces in a 4×4 grid. Unscramble to put the numbers in order. Works well with low vision too. Numbers are about 28pt.
Spelling game against friends or the computer
Also a free version available
TAKE A CRACK AT OUTSMARTING YOUR FRIENDS IN THIS AWARD-WINNING TRIVIA GAME!
Trivia Crack is the international smash hit game that pits friend against friend in different categories to determine who has the most trivia knowledge. And it’s FREE! Each of the six categories (Science, Entertainment, Art, Geography, Sports and History) has a corresponding character, and the game is won by being the first to obtain all six. Give Willy the Wheel a spin and let chance decide which category you get!
A quiz game you can play with friends.
$4.99 (on special for $2.99 at time of writing – 21 May 2014) A cross between an adventure story and a pedometer, this ‘game’ encourages you to walk and as you do, you slowly unlock the story.
By the same people as “The Walk”, Zombies run is an audio game you listen to as you run / ride an exercise bike or do any kind of cardio – you are a ‘runner’ for one of the last outposts of humanity after the zombie apocalypse strikes!
Adventure / Role Playing games:
Choose to survive
Fun turn and text based strategy / combat game.
$1.82 with Free demo available
Clever set time RPG game. Four unlabelled buttons (to Game, Shop, Inventory, Statistics) but everything else works well.
Totally Random Hero
(Link currently down – waiting to hear back from author about whether this is permanent or temporary), hopefully temporary, this is one of my favourites.
$1 or free trial of first 7 levels
A text adventure with dragons and warriors, wizards and badgers.
Colossal Cave Adventure
A classic text adventure game where you move around, using objects you find and seek your fortune.
Detectives Choice volume 1 (and others by author)
$3 or free sample.
Detectives Choice is one of a group of text adventure games created by Delight Games. Different games have different settings and themes from detective to the moon to zombies.
Lighthouse Battery (and others by author)
$0.99 or free demo
One of a number of text adventure games created by Better.Apps
an audio narrative story game about a man in an authoritarian society who wants to escape his life by ending it.
An audio adventure game about eavesdropping and meddling with the future.
First few levels free then in app purchase Interactive Audiobook / Audio game. Sometimes doesn’t read screen immediately (swiping left or right prompts it).
Fly your starship on the assigned route at the highest possible speed!
Orbits of steel… Maximum power to the jet engines… Anti-gravity systems functioning at 100%… The crushing pressure of the hyperspeed!
Let the audio sensors guide you and follow the indications from your robo-navigator. Go full throttle!
Avoid collisions and be the first to cross the line!
VGZ Smart Tennis:
Virtual tennis game.
VGZ Sea Battle accessible game
Battleship game, try and sink your opponents ships by coordinates.
VGZ Mortal Maze
It is a maze game with shooter and adventure features. You are walking in the maze. Monsters and vampires will try to catch you. If you let them catch you, they will kill you. Works best with a physical keyboard.
Link currently down – if anyone has contact details for the author, please let me know so I can try and find out whether this is permanent!
Hold your phone like a key and try to pick the lock.
Eyes Free Golf:
An audio golf simulation game
Become the biggest predator in the ocean. Designed to be playable without sight however requires talkback to be disabled while playing.
Grow your own virtual orange tree and harvest virtual oranges
Brain testing hidden object puzzle game.
A ‘running’ game with audio prompts (which it seems, I’m a bit bad at).
Similar to Bop It, the game gives audio cues and you have to perform the correct action (rotate the phone, tap the screen etc) as quickly as possible.
The gameplay is simple. Listen for the instructions, and follow them as quickly as you can, without a single mistake. If you’re too slow or get one wrong, it’s game over!
▪Completely audio based, no visuals involved!
▪Gameplay with unlimited levels which speeds up as you go.
▪High quality voice acting, featuring rather cute voices (at least, that’s what the testers think)…
▪CD quality sound effects
▪Custom made music that speeds up as you complete more and more levels
▪It’s absolutely free! And not ad supported. We don’t like them either. Yay!
You take the role of a bat, and your job is to fly through obsticles without hitting them. Sounds easy? It’s not!
– CD Quality music and sound effects
– progressively speeding gameplay
– Lots of fun and addiction
Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, try to get the best highscore of them all!
(( UPCOMING ONLINE SCORE BOARDS! ))
Keep on Rolling
Link down – if anyone has contact details for the developer, please let me know so I can find out whether this is permanent.
Talking dice game, similar to Farkle / 10,000 / Yahtzee.
$2.85 or Free demo
Are you our Hero?
Help save Earth from the Evil Queen DarkSock in this exhilarating Space shooter!
JumpinSauceRS is a space shooter game aims to allow blind and visually impaired individuals to play a mainstream game with their sighted friends.
We have two versions available to download, this one is the paid version. If you like what we’re doing and wish to support us then please purchase this version, your contribution goes into helping us develop the games accessibility and the evolution of a game world/universe called “The Mists of Audazzle”. If you pay for the game your unique Mists of Audazzle character will receive a medal of honour showing you have supported our mission.
World in Shadow
First AudioGame 3D in Google Play!
World In Shadow is based solely on 3D game sounds.
It is a story where you have to kill wild animals and keep aggressive sound objectives.
Gone is all the light of the world and it has become dark. Scientists do not know the cause but rather know what happened. Your mission is to find out what had happened.
You will have to survive in a world completely dark where animals are aggressive and closer to targets , using only your ears .
You have to have headphones and make sure you are well placed ( left atrial to left ear and the right on the right ear ) .
Orienta mobile in the direction you want to “see.” You have to hold the phone like when you take a picture.
You walk by holding two fingers on the screen.
To attack your enemies you tap on the screen.
The game is in Beta version, if you find an error please explain it in the comments.
There were several games which I wanted to mention but which I had issues with when I tried them:
B Blind: A clever maze game which vibrates as you get close to the walls. It has buttons to get into the game and select a level which are completely invisible to Talkback so you need sight to get into it.
Seenesthesis: drag your finger around the screen and with feedback, guess the shapes. The menu works with Talkback, but once you are in it, the levels only work with Talkback off.
Rockets and Pumpkins: input velocity and angle to shoot the pumpkin. With Talkback on the instructions aren’t read out. Also can’t double tap (triple tap) with both talkback and magnifier on:
Audio Archery removed as the dev has removed it from the play store.
Know any more games which work with Talkback? Please let everyone know in the comments below!