A Swedish research team has developed an adventure title that can be played by both sighted and visually impaired players. The game is called Frekvens Saknad (“Frequency Missing”) and is free to download for iOS and Android devices (currently only in Swedish).
Created by the Inclusive Game Design research project at the University of Skövde, the development team includes both staff and students who over the past year have done extensive testing to develop a game for both sighted people and people with varying degrees of vision loss, so that gaming experiences can be shared in a natural way.
“What we have seen in our tests is that (Frekvens Saknad) players, no matter if they are sighted or have a visual impairment, have appreciated the game,” says Inclusive Game Design research project lead Henrik Engström at the University of Skövde. “One of the goals of the project was to identify key aspects of inclusive game design with a hope to get more games on the market that include more people.”
Check out the trailer:
In 2014, the University of Skövde was also one of the winners in the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency’s (PTS) innovation contest “Leka, lära, leva” (“Play, Learn, Live”), which aimed to give children and young people with disabilities better opportunities for an enriching education and active leisure. The Inclusive Game Design research project at University of Skövde is partly financed by PTS.
Learn more about the game and the project at www.his.se/frekvenssaknad.