Boggle

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Description of App: 

My description:
This is the iOS version of the classic Hasbro game called Boggle. This iOS App, like many other classic Hasbro board games, is developed by EA, Electronic Arts. As with most EA titles developed for iOS, this App is one hundred percent inaccessible to VO.

App Store Description:
TICK-TOCK. BEAT THE CLOCK. Once you start you just can’t stop! Test your way with words by playing the popular wordsearch game that's addictive fun.

3 WAYS TO PLAY
Race to win in Challenge Mode, choose a speed in Advanced Mode, and play by your own rules in
Self-Score Mode.

FEELING COMPETITIVE?
Email friends & challenge them to a word duel and find out who can think on their feet the quickest.

SMART CONTROLS
Shake your iPhone to shuffle 3D letter cubes. Tap and drag to spell the word that wins!

CUE THE MUSIC
Listen & control music from iTunes® while you play.

TAKE A BOW
Collect rewards for forming the longest word, the best word, and using the most letters in the shortest amount of time!

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Version: 

1.3.13

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPad 1

Accessibility Comments: 

This App is not accessible using VO. At first launch the screen is switched to landscape and you are presented with three popup dialogs: One asking to allow push notifications, one asking you to sign into game center, and one advertisement. I was able to dismiss each of these popups. Beyond that, all screen elements are hidden from VO.

I have contacted both Hasbro Consumer Affairs and Electronic Arts several times over the past year to point out the lack of access to this App, to ask that they consider adding accessibility, and to inform them of the resources available to help guide them in designing equal access into their line of simple board / grid-style games.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Other Comments: 

This is another Hasnro board / grid style game I grew up with and was disappointed to find lacking access. Fortunately, there are a number of other good accessible IOS word games available that are reviewed on Applevis.