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Friday, April 11, 2014
Grail To The Thief To Offer Adventure To Visually Impaired
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An IMG reader recently emailed us about a Kickstarter campaign to fund Grail to the Thief from For All To Play. The interactive audio adventure is designed to be accessible to blind and visually impaired players as well as non-impaired gamers and follows the exploits of Hank Krang, a thief who travels time in the hopes of stealing priceless artifacts. For All To Play is hoping to gather at least $8,000 before the campaign's May 4 conclusion.


Grail to the Thief is 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 visually impaired in mind but is also designed to be played by the non-impaired. Our goal is to deliver an exciting, 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 will 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 game stars Hank Krang, a dirty thief from the near future, who recently had a self-aware time machine called the Time Excursion Digital Interface, or TEDI, fall into his lap after a poker game. He has decided to use this technology to go throughout time, stealing priceless artifacts. On his first adventure, Grail to the Thief, Hank travels to Arthurian times in search of the Holy Grail.


The idea for the game came about when we were conducting research into game design for the visually impaired. During this time, we discovered 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 blind and visually impaired gamers as it will be for non-impaired gamers.

Click over to the page below for more information.

Grail To The Thief Kickstarter
For All To Play

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