DEVICE 6

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Description of App: 

A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator. DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience. Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll. Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through? Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve the bizarre mysteries of DEVICE 6. "DEVICE 6 is designed to linger in the mind long after the last code has been cracked and the last sentence read. Spy stories - even traditional ones - often haunt their readers' dreams once they've been completed. It's only appropriate, really. Is that a final full-stop or a microdot? Is this the end of the affair or an invitation to go deeper?" Eurogamer - 9/10 "In using its text both as narrative and as geography – and through its impressively restrained use of illustration and sound – it generates an almost unrivalled sense of place. It isn’t embarrassed to allow Device 6 to be a game when it needs to be, and yet it knows precisely when to let the story take over. The result is a sharp, striking mystery that is at once provocative, extraordinarily stylish and altogether essential" EDGE - 9/10 "In turning a text adventure into a world map, Simogo has resurrected a long-dead genre with style and confidence. Great presentation and brilliant puzzles complete a stellar package" Pocketgamer – 9/10 "Ever exceeding expectations, the developer has followed up one of 2013′s highlights with another title that can be classed as such. With a compelling story that keeps you guessing, and a pin-point utilisation of the platform, Device 6 is an accomplishment in games design, mobile or otherwise" God is a Geek - 9/10 "DEVICE 6 not only explores the boundaries of narrative storytelling, it also demonstrates the creative potential of touchscreen gaming" Appspy – 5/5 "Simogo’s doing something few others are doing, and it’s wonderful that someone is both providing great experiences and testing the limits of interactive media" 148apps - 5/5 "An ingenious slice of puzzling adventure that's as imaginative as it is stylish" Modojo - 4.5/5

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

totally inaccessible, even though this is described as a text adventure

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Other Comments: 

I saw this app recommended by the app store on twitter, and I was interested when I saw it described as a text adventure, plus the actual description was intriguing. But when you start the game all you hear is some sound, but no controls are visible to VoiceOver, also when you flick on the screen and get the usual VoiceOver souns, the actual sound from the game lowers in volume slightly whenever a VoiceOver sound plays. I will contact the developers about accessibility and report back if I get any response. I just checked out there site, there email is displayed on the page as a picture. I tweeted them asking for it and got a reply if other people want to contact them it is info@simogo.com I heard back from the developers and regarding accessibility there response is "We would love to do this if it was possible but I'm sorry to say that DEVICE 6 does include several puzzles and interactions that require more investigation than just reading through the text. We have these small windows that we call visions and the content of those are a huge part of the gameplay. Not the answer you were looking for but we simply can't meet your request :("

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@simogo