Blindfold Wildcard with Friends

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Blindfold Wildcard with Friends is a fully accessible card game that is a variant of the game "UNO" for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

Blindfold Wildcard includes several modes of play, such as discard or draw, and discard or draw until you can discard. Since there are many rules choices for the game, you can customize it for many of those rules. You play against other people via Game Center, or other people in the same room as you.

The cards are not visible; instead, you play by listening. You can flick up or down to hear the cards, and tap to play a card or draw from the deck. A complete guide to the gestures is included in the help.

Blindfold Wildcard tells you if a card can be played. You can customize the game to your liking: how much extra information is spoken and how quickly it is spoken.

Blindfold Wildcard was suggested by several blind gamers who enjoyed Blindfold Racer and Blindfold Crazy Eights.

There is a STARTER PACK in-app upgrade gives you unlimited play.

Version

2.4.5

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

9.3.1

Accessibility Comments

very accessible

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Like all of the other games from this developer, the app is completely accessible.

If you want a non-Game Center Uno-style game, don't forget the standard Wildcard game that this developer has also made. It is a separate app from the App Store.

Developer's Twitter Username

@BlindfoldGames

Recommendations

1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by TJT 2001 4 years 6 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by Nolly on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tried this out today and I couldn't get it to work properly. When I try playing a random game center opponent I was unable to do anything. Anytime I tried to do an action I got the honking noise you get when you aren't able to do an action. After about five minutes of waiting in case it was my opponents turn I closed the app. The second time I played, I was able to make a move, but after that it again just sat there not letting me do anything. I assume my opponent was having issues, but this is a pure guess.

Thinking I had done something wrong, I called a friend to play with me, but we were unable to find the invitation sent no matter who had done the inviting. We kept getting notifications that we were invited to play, but there was nothing in the game to select.

There also seems to be a bug that happens when I enter a game from the main menu. The game will become unresponsive and the only way to get it fixed is to close the app.

Anyone else having better luck or can tell me where the accept invitation button is located?

Submitted by Chris on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

While I haven't tried this just yet, I've had the same issues with Crazy Eights with Friends. Is this an issue with Game Center or the apps? It was so unreliable that I eventually gave up completely. If it's Game Center, it's ridiculous. Why is Apple's gaming platform so buggy?

Submitted by kool_turk on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I've had the same issue with crazy eights which is why I didn't bother with this.

I read somewhere quite a while back that apple were going to do away with game centre.

If it's this unreliable, I wish they would.

If it's like this for all games, then just get rid of it, but if it's only the blindfold games, I dunno.

Diceworld works fine, but do they use game centre or their own servers.

I tried finding a random aponent with crazy eights, but it just sat there doing nothing.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Unlike Dice World, both users must be online when playing a game. If no other user is in the "waiting for random opponent" queue, no other person will be found. That is why it is better to schedule a game with a friend at a predetermined time.

Submitted by Nolly on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The only problem with a predetermined time is it also doesn't work very well. In fact it doesn't work at all for us. I was on the phone with a friend and we tried all angles and it wouldn't connect us together. We tried for about 10 minutes and after it continued to say matching, we gave up.

I'm pretty certain it is Game Center, because I had this issue with BattleShip as well. I could connect locally if the person was sitting right next to me, but couldn't find a random opponent through Game Center.

All in all it seems like a good idea to play against friends, but if they have to come to your house, it becomes a little more trouble than it's worth.

Submitted by Seva on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

if you want to play wildcard with me my gamecenter username is sevapopov. I never found players with random players. Did someone find them?

Submitted by JeffB on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

For some reason this game does not show up in the game menu. I hope it gets added soon!

Submitted by Chris on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I think Game Center is the issue. The reason the local option works is because the two devices communicate through Bluetooth which does not require a server. Dice WOrld uses its own servers. This is why you are able to transfer your game information from one iOS device to another or even from iOS to Android. The issue would be solved if these games used a central server or allowed users to host manually and port forward. However, I don't think Marty has the funds to keep a server up constantly and I don't even know if iOS app networking APIs support port forwarding and direct IP address connections. This is very disappointing. I have to agree. If Game Center is this unreliable, it should simply be torn down.

Submitted by Nolly on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Regardless of what is causing the issue, I'm curious how this app made it through the ITunes app review board in it's current state.

Submitted by JeffB on Thursday, April 21, 2016

So I've noticed that different things can be set, such as number of players, points that the game ends at, and time to play a drawed card. Could having these set differently when compared to other playrs be causing the issue?

Submitted by KidFriendlySoftware on Thursday, April 21, 2016

For everyone that is frustrated with this app, please contact me. I had this version in testing for about 2 months, but even then, there were only a handful of testers. There may be one or two flaws left, but I haven't received any reports of problems, so contact me if you have a problem.

I found game center to be unreliable to maintain a game, so I use game center to match people up. After that, it uses independent servers to maintain the game.

f there's no one around to match up, there's not much that can be done. My suggestion is to invite a friend to play, and that's described in the user guide.

Once the game is established, you don't need to keep the connection alive. You should be able to leave the game, and tap RESUME to continue the game you started. Right now, I only allow one game at a time to be active on your phone; that may change in the future.

By the way, Apple's review process on apps, for the most part, is that there are no obvious flaws, and you don't violate Apple's rules. As to testing in a multi-player scenario; they just don't do that. It would be nice if they did, but they don't. All of the testing comes from the blindness community who want to help out.

I've done 3 games so far (Crazy 8, Wildcard and Road Trip) using this technology, and for the most part, it seems reliable, but again, I can only resolve problems if someone reports them.

Submitted by Nolly on Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's not your fault, I blame Game Center for the issues but was just curious why Apple lets something go live when "their" side of it isn't working properly with an app. Do they think it will simply go away or that people will blame the developer for the issues? I'm thankful that apple has technology to let people play together, but having it and making sure it works properly are two entirely different things.

Submitted by charles on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Is there a step by step tutorial or a podcast on how to use Game Center? I've been looking on Applevis, but might not have looked in the right place. Or, if someone has gotten it to work on a game that is Voice-Over friendly, step by step instructions would sure be appreciated. Thanks.

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