For All To Play has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Grail to the Thief, an interactive audio adventure for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that can be played using only sound, without the need for visuals. The game has been designed with the needs of the #blind and #visuallyimpaired in mind but can be enjoyed by everyone. The game promises to deliver an immersive experience in which the player will always be fully aware of what is happening through the use of voice-overs, sound effects, ambient sound and music.
In Grail to the Thief, players make their choices through a conversation tree, eliminating the confusion and frustration that comes with traditional text adventure games, which require players to type in commands to progress. The game is a nostalgic throwback to childhood favorites such as Zork, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango, and draws inspiration from old BBC radio dramas and the movie Time Bandits.
The idea for Grail to the Thief came about when For All To Play were conducting research into game design for the visually impaired. During this time, they conducted interviews at Perkins School for the Blind and performed extensive research which led us to discover that few games are available to the blind and visually impaired, and many of the games that are available are severely dated, lack the quality and polish of games for the sighted, and rely on synthesized computer voices such as screen readers in order to play.
Grail to the Thief is designed to address these problems, and the game will be just as accessible and exciting an experience for the blind and visually impaired as it will be for the non-impaired. Your funding will help us deliver an interactive audio adventure with an engaging story, interesting characters, professional voiceovers and sound effects, and accessible controls. The game will be available as a DRM-free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in August 2014.
Help bring Grail to the Thief to Steam by voting on Steam Greenlight. Those that pledge $5 or more will receive a Steam key for the game upon it being greenlit.
Play the Prototype!
We developed a browser based prototype of Grail to the Thief requires Google Chrome or Opera. The interface and some of the audio in the prototype are placeholder assets and will be replaced in the complete game, which will be a standalone executable and will not require a web browser to play.