Solo: Islands of the Heart Deaf Accessibility
- Visual Representation of Dialogue - 10
- Visual Representation of Sound - 10
- Visual Cues - 10
- Controller Vibration - 10
Reviewed on PS4, review copy provided courtesy of Merge Games.
I was not ready for this game, folks. Not ready at all. I started it up and aww, cute! I can be a round little cartoon person who struts around with their little backpack! AND just look at these gender options!
They tell you from the start to make choices based on your real life experiences for the best experience. They ask you the name of your one true love. So I ended up with a boat named Susan and folks, I did not have my best experience. What I had was an experience of crying, and then more crying, and then more after that. I did enjoy petting the little dog that looked like a little bumble bee in his sweater though.
Don’t get me wrong, this game is phenomenal and I couldn’t put it down, but I would advise that you sort your shit out and make sure you’re not still dealing with the death of your one true love, before you, too, find yourself in a boat named Susan, just sitting on the swing in the game for an hour, doing nothing, just because Susan’s ghost is sitting there beside you while you sit and sob. I was not ready.
But I have gathered myself and I have here for you a Deaf/hoh accessibility review!
I will admit, after the title screen and the gender selection screens, I did not have high hopes about the subtitles being legible. The text on those first screens is impossible to read!
But I was wrong! The Deaf/hoh accessibility is fantastic in Solo. There’s no spoken dialogue and every presentation of dialogue in the game is nice and big and easy to read:
You also play music with your little guitar that you carry in your backpack and it’s presented visually as well! (And your dog friend digs it too.)
That’s about all there is to the game in terms of Deaf/hoh accessibility. Everything is presented visually and it’s super clear and easy to read (except for the starting screens).
This is a simple and lovely (albeit very sad for me, but that’s my problem) game that is wonderfully accessible to Deaf and hoh players.
See menu screenshots below: