Accessibility for educational games is a work in progress across the industry. We continually seek solutions to make our products fully accessible, and we strive to adhere to established standards for accessibility and usability on each new project. Some of our older products may not be accessible in all areas and have not been optimized for current accessibility recommendations. Here, we offer the content and approach of this game, so that learners are better able to find alternative content and ways of learning.
Content of the game
Ratio Rumble presents a fun and unique way of learning ratios through color matching gameplay mechanics. After selecting one of eighteen characters, the player learns how to use the red, blue, and green potions in battle. To be victorious, the player must draw upon their understanding of ratios to concoct the desired magic potion.
Gameplay, on the computer version, is controlled by mouse or trackpad while, on mobile devices and tablets, it is controlled by tapping and dragging the screen. Ratio Rumble is extremely reliant upon precision and may not be suitable for players with fine motor issues or eye hand coordination difficulties. Unfortunately, Ratio Ramble does not possess a practice mode to allow players to familiarize themselves with the game’s controls, nor does it feature an option allowing players to remap keys.
- Input Devices
- Requires mouse or trackpad, may be accessible for some special equipment replacing trackpad. It does not include an option to map buttons to the keyboard, which may create difficulty for those who need longer to perform tasks with the mouse.
- On desktops and laptops, this game is only playable on platforms that support Adobe Flash, which may no longer be supported by browsers beginning in 2020. However, Ratio Rumble is available at the Apple App Store for iOS tablets and mobile devices, making Ratio Rumble accessible even without Adobe Flash Player. The mobile version costs $1.99.
- Color Blindness
- This game has no colorblind features, which may pose a problem for students who are red/green colorblind.
- Visual Aspects
- This game is reliant on visual graphics and may not be accessible to visually impaired players.
- Ambient noise is used; however, the game can be completed without sound.
- Ratio Rumble is accessible in both English and Spanish.
- Letterboxed subtitles are present and easy to read. The font color, type, and size cannot be adjusted on this interactive game. The game menu is easy to see, read, and use. Subtitles identify the speaker, and audio cues are accompanied by visual cues.
- Fine Motor Skills
- Ratio Rumble is extremely reliant upon clicking and timing precision and may not be suitable for players with fine motor issues and/or hand eye coordination difficulties. Unfortunately, Ratio Ramble does not possess a practice mode to allow players to familiarize themselves with the game’s controls, nor does it feature an option allowing players to remap keys.