Blind-accessible audio adventure Grail to the Thief seeks crowdfunding
If you're looking for a game with jaw-dropping visuals, you won't find it in Grail to the Thief. In fact, this audio adventure is designed for the visually impaired who couldn't otherwise play a game full of eye candy, though anyone can enjoy it as a throwback to the classic text adventures of old if the game receives sufficient funding on Kickstarter.
Grail to the Thief stars a thief from the future named Hank Krang, 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." His first destination? Arthurian times, in search of the Holy Grail.
While the game follows in the footsteps of interactive fiction like Zork and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Grail to the Thief adds full voiceovers to the on-screen text, and gameplay consists of making choices through conversation trees rather than typing answers. Easily navigated even by the blind, ambient sounds and music complement the story, making this a game that anyone can enjoy.
Created by indie studio For All To Play after researching game design for the visually impaired, Grail to the Thief is being developed for Windows, Mac, and Linux, with a target completion date sometime this August. In order to do that, however, they'll need to raise $8,000 by May 4th through Kickstarter. A pledge of only $5 will earn backers a DRM-free download of the game.
In order to check out the idea for yourself, the developers have released a proof-of-concept prototype demo that can be played directly in either Chrome or Opera browsers. As a work-in-progress, the developers note that "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."