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Assistive Technology for Entertainment

It is important to keep in mind that people with visual loss will need to learn to play games with a sense other than sight. Many games and toys help to develop cognitive skills such as recognizing shapes, numbers, textures etc. It also promotes the development of social skills such as interacting with peers, participating in group activities.

The following are some of the games that can be played by most people or children with visual loss with no special adaptation

  • Simon memory game

  • Cootie game to develop fine motor

  • Hot potato game for social interaction

There are numerous adaptation games that will allow blind and visually impaired people or children can play. Few examples of adaptive games are:

  • Peg boards, Tactile dice

  • Audible balls

  • Large print with Braille cards, Braille chess, Large print paly cards

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About this page

We take a look at some of these games grouped as:

  • Board and Card Games:

  • 3D and Tile Games:

  • Mobile Games:

  • Video / Computer Games:

We also take a round of DOTS RPG Project that innovates to create visual impairment support to several common games.

  • International Braille Chess Association (IBCA)

  • All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB)

Board and Card Games

Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games. In this section, we’ll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Braille Tic Tac Toe

Braille edition of the classic Tic Tac Toe game.

  • Board has 3X3 holes

  • Each X and O piece is differently shaped

  • Each piece has a peg to go into the hole

Available in India

Braille Ludo

Ludo is a classic board game that traces its history back to the time of the Pandavas (remember Shakuni & his Shadyantras!). The board game was then known as Chaupar, infamous for the tussle between the Pandavas & Kauravas in the Mahabharata.

Made of solid wood, this Ludo board game comes with

  • metallic Braille dots

  • metallic Braille dice spinner

Available in India

Braille Snake & Ladder

Made of solid wood, this board game comes with

  • metallic Braille dots

  • metallic Braille dice spinner

Available in India

Braille Checker

This draught board game is specially designed for the blind.

English draughts or checkers, is a form of the strategy board game. It is played on an 8×8 checkerboard with 12 pieces per side. The pieces move and capture diagonally forward, until they reach the opposite end of the board, when they are crowned and can thereafter move and capture both backward and forward.

Draughts is played by two opponents, alternating turns on opposite sides of the board. The pieces are traditionally black, red, or white. Enemy pieces are captured by jumping over them.

Available in India

Braille Brainvita

This brainvita board game is specially designed for the blind.

Peg solitaire, Solo Noble or Solitaire is a board game for one player involving movement of pegs on a board with holes. Some sets use marbles in a board with indentations. It is also called Brainvita in India.

Available in India

Braille Puzzle

Puzzles have always been an part of the Brain development process but the visually impaired folks have not been able to experience the beauty of the game for long. This classic puzzle game is specially designed for the blind people. With proper markings on the puzzle pieces, this braille wooden puzzle game is guaranteed to make the experience great.

Available in India

Braille Chess Board

Chess or Shatranj or Chaturanga is a classic board game that traces its history back to 6th century India .

Braille chess includes

  • pieces shaped differently and having tactile dots on top, for easy identification

  • board with raised and lowered squares, allowing the player to easily move the pieces across

  • each piece has a peg design that allows it to snugly fit across the board.

Available in India

Braille Sudoku Puzzle

Sudoku (Number Place) is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9 × 9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3 × 3 subgrids that compose the grid contain all of the digits from 1 to 9. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid, which for a well-posed puzzle has a single solution

Available in India

Braille Playing Cards

  • The playing cards deck is brailled on two sides - top left corner and bottom right corner.

  • The braille system of indication helps identify each playing card, that is, the number of the card and the suit that it belongs to.

Available in India

Braille UNO Card Game

  • The playing cards deck is brailled on two sides - top left corner and bottom right corner.

  • The braille system of indication helps identify each playing card, that is, the number of the card and the suit that it belongs to.

Available in India

Braille Crossword Scrabble

Scrabble is a classic wordplay game. The objective of the board game is to score the maximum points by creating various words, using the available letters on the scrabble board.

This scrabble board game is perfectly equipped with the power of braille touch. The use of braille system in this board game assures that people having low eyesight or visual challenges are able to enjoy the game too. The game board, therefore, is embedded with tactile and braille markings and an overlay grid to keep the pieces from shifting.

Available in India

Large Print Crossword Puzzle Book

What is an antonym for the word gentle? What do you call ice cream on a stick? Answer these thought-provoking questions and more in the Large Print Crossword Puzzle series. Each book offers page after page of exciting crossword puzzles that will stimulate your mind and have you begging for more. You will boost your vocabulary skills while having fun at the same time!

Available in India

Take Two Texture Game

This is a set of 25 shape and texture tiles having 25 unique combinations of 5 shapes and 5 textures.

Take Two Rules:

  • Place all tiles face down on table.

  • On your turn, choose 2 tiles.

  • If either the shape or the texture on the tiles match, you keep the tiles. If neither the shape nor the texture on the tiles match, you put the tiles back in the pile, face down.

  • It is the next person's turn.

  • When all tiles are gone (or only 1 remaining), the game is over.

  • The person with the most tiles wins the game!

Braille Monopoly

Monopoly Business Game for Visually Impaired

Monopoly is a multi-player economics-themed board game. In the game, players roll two dice to move around the game board, buying and trading properties, and developing them with houses and hotels. Players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. Money can also be gained or lost through Chance and Community Chest cards, and tax squares. Players receive a stipend every time they pass "Go", and can end up in jail, from which they cannot move until they have met one of three conditions. The game has numerous house rules, and hundreds of different editions exist, as well as many spin-offs and related media.

Chess Set for the Blind

This set is designed specially for players who are blind or have very limited vision. The set has a number of features to make playing chess enjoyable.

  • The 12" square wood chess board offers alternating depth squares to help with tactile identification of the square.

  • In the center of the squares are holes for pegs beneath each piece.

  • The Staunton design plastic pieces with 3" every piece has peg on its base to fit into the 64 holes of the chessboard, keeping them steady in place.

  • The black players pieces have rounded pegs on top for easy identification

  • The white queen and bishop have their ball removed to prevent accidental mis-identification.

Backgammon Set - Tactile

Color contrasted game for those with low vision

  • Game includes 2 cups, 2 regular dice, 2 tactile dice and more...

  • Protective carrying case

  • Felt game board

Backgammon is a two-player game where each player has fifteen pieces (checkers (US) or men) that move between twenty-four triangles (points) according to the roll of two dice. The objective of the game is to be first to bear off, i.e. move all fifteen pieces off the board.

Braille Plastic Bingo Board

Get back in the game with these easy to use braille Bingo cards! Now you can enjoy a fun-filled evening of Bingo with your friends and family without the hassle of vision impairment. These braille bingo boards measure 8 1/4 X 8 1/4 inches. Feature braille and black, raised numbers. Markers included. 1 Single Board


Bingo Call Number Playing Cards with Braille

Bingo is a game of probability in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all their numbers. It is also known as "Housey-Housey".

  • Terrific to play Bingo anywhere

  • Contents: 75 coated cards

  • Numbered B-1 through O-75

  • Size: 3.5 in. x 2.5 in.

Brailed Dice

Large black dice with white dots are easier to see than standard sized dice.

Know the value rolled by touching the raised / tactile dots. Great for the blind and those with low vision as well as those with arthritis and limited manual dexterity.

1-1/4" square with rounded corners for a smoother roll. Includes one pair (2 dice).

Bananagrams - Word Game with Braille Tiles

Race to form crossword grids with letter tiles

  • Have fun forming words with your letter tiles

  • Braille tiles with bold black print

  • For 2 to 8 players, ages 10 and up

  • Includes 144 tiles and carry case

3D and Tile Games

Tactile Rubiks Cube For Visually Impaired

The Rubik's Cube (Magic Cube) is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.

On the Rubik's Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colours: white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow - white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white, and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement. An internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to have only one colour.

How to solve the Rubik’s Cube Blindfolded

Braille Polyhedral Gaming Dice Set

DOTS RPG Project's regular polyhedral dice set containing 8 dice (the number marks the number of faces) - contains D20, D12, D10, D10 blunt-tipped, D8, D6 with curved corners, D6, and rectangular D4.

Find more variety here.

Easy-to-see tactile dominoes with raised dots

Set of 28 double six easy-to-see and tactile dominoes – ideal for any keen player and great for playing by sight or by touch.

These white plastic dominoes have raised black dots and a tactile ridge dividing the two halves.

May be used to play blocking as well scoring games.

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set

It is a hands-on, cross-curricular STEM solution that engages students by providing the resources to design, build and program their creations while helping them develop essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

The system includes the EV3 Intelligent Brick, a compact and powerful programmable computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback using the intuitive icon-based programming and data logging software that is delivered with the set.

The set is delivered in a sturdy storage bin with a sorting tray, three Servo Motors, five Sensors (Gyro, Ultrasonic, Color and 2x Touch), a EV3 Rechargeable DC Battery (with charging cable) and connecting cables.

DOTS RPG Project

The DOTS program is designed to bring gaming materials such as books and character sheets and dice and everything else that you need to the visually impaired.

History

The DOTS RPG Project was created when Jack wanted to find a way to make tabletop role playing games (TTRPGs) easier for his blind friend, D. Jack realized the need not only for rulebooks, but various gaming aids like HP trackers, markers, and of course dice. Jack spent months learning braille so he would be able to produce these items himself. Working closely with D every step of the way, they got started on how to best design braille and tactile dice for blind and visually impaired players. Thanks to many different individuals who have volunteered countless hours of their free time to this project, it finally became a reality.

Unfortunately D passed away in January of 2018, before DOTS made it out to the public. The DOTS RPG Project is his legacy and we continue on in his memory, working towards improving accessibility in gaming for all individuals.

Present

In August 2018, Jack stepped down from the daily workings and handed the DOTS reins over to Jess Dempsey. Following in Jack's footsteps, Jess was inspired by the work he did with D and vowed to continue their mission. DOTS has changed course slightly, opening the focus to include all types of gamers with disabilities, not just the blind and visually impaired. The efforts of DOTS spreads around the world with different publishers, developers, and of course members of the DOTS Family.

DOTS is learning, growing, and improving every day. Working closely with experts in TTRPGs, disability, and accessibility, we are able to collaborate and work through challenges disabled gamers face. Much of what we do is being addressed for the first time, and there are learning curves to just about everything. Thanks to the support of the wonderful community around us, we are helping improve the tabletop gameplay experience one disability at a time.

Mobile Games