Deaf Game Review – Koral

Courtney Craven2 minute read

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Koral Deaf Accessibility

Score

10 out of 10
  • Lore text is resizable and against a dark background, helpful visual cues paired with game sounds
  • Not a thing!
Above score was automatically converted from 0-6 scale to a 0-10 scale.

Review copy provided courtesy of Carlos Coronado.

A fitting game to release on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Koral is a game from Carlos Coronado, developer of Infernium, who believes accessibility is of the utmost importance in his games (see how highly we ranked Infernium here).

In Koral, you play as the sea current and you make your way through a stunning and heartbreaking undersea world solving puzzles and learning about coral reefs and the destruction of them in the process.

There isn’t much in the way of deaf/hoh accessibility to speak of, as there is no voice acting and no enemies to speak of that will sneak up on you, so no need for visual cues for that. What is present that deaf/hoh (all players, really) will rely on is superb.

Accessibility menu

The sea lore text size is scalable and you’re shown what size it will be right within the menu.

Under sea scene showing lore text example.

Here is the lore text as it appears in the game. Always very clear and easy to read thanks to a good font choice and the dark text box.

Puzzles and game objects that make a sound are all paired with a visual effect, so deaf/hoh players won’t be missing out on any of the brilliant little details of the game.

Koral is a joy to play. It’s simply a good game and its deaf/hoh accessibility is outstanding.

(See our mobility review of Koral for physical accessibility info.)

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Courtney
CravenDirector of Operations and Workshop FacilitatorThey/Them

Founder of CIPT and Director of Operations and Business Development. They/Them courtney@caniplaythat.com

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