Ballyland: Computer Game for Blind Kids

Ballyland screenshots

We tend to think of video games as being very vision oriented, but there are more and more computer games and apps designed specifically for children with visual impairments or low vision.

Ballyland is a computer game for visually impaired kids from Sonokids, an Australian company.

Ballyland is very easy to use and designed for very young kids or kids who are just learning how to use a computer. The point of the game is to familiarize children with the keyboard and get them comfortable using a computer and listening to spoken feedback (by real voices) as well as other audio feedback such as stories, sound effects and songs.

 

BALLYLAND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

WINDOWS:
Windows 98 or higher
512 Mb of RAM
100 Mb Disk space

MAC:
OS X 10.4 or higher
512 Mb of RAM
100 Mb Disk space

 

The tempo and color contrast of the games can be customized to best suit your child. Everything that happens on the screen is either narrated or there are sound cues, so the game can be played entirely without vision too. There are eight games packed into Ballyland and they increase in complexity as you move down the menu. All of the games are simple, but you move from being able to hit any key to play a game… to having to hit a specific key… to having to hit a specific key at a specific time.

When playing a game that asks your child to only hit a specific key (like the spacebar), all the other keys on the computer are disabled so only the spacebar works. Ballyland is also totally accessible with a switch.

To get a better idea of how Ballyland works, check out this video:

 

 


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