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Disney Dreamlight Valley (A Gamer Without Sight Review)


Posted on September 13, 2022 by Shay

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Disney Dreamlight Valley is a dream that’s not meant to be. Accessibility was missing in this cute title. Not much progress was made throughout my dreamlight journey. Here’s what happened.

First, I met the infamous wizard Merlin. I was able to read his dialog with OCR, (optical character recognition), and make choices. After exploring a bit, I managed to clear some vines and discovered, presumably, Merlin’s house, and found Mickey Mouse in another house. This is at least a few minutes into the game if a sighted person were to play, depending on what way they went on exploring the world. Unfortunately, this is where my journey ended.

There are some accessibility pros. For example, the footsteps are audible. I was able to tell when I was on the grass and in another area due to different terrain sound types. Unfortunately, it’s unknown whether or not we’ve run into walls or other objects, as the footsteps didn’t stop. Items s made noise on pick up, though I had no idea what they were. There is also a sound when you take your camera out, and a photo click was heard when I took a picture. For now, though, these are all the positives.

Now for the cons. First, there is no pathfinder. I was lost and had to mash A as I moved to keep from missing an opportunity to interact. Inventory space is limited, and mine was quickly full of items I didn’t even know I had picked up. Not only that, but Merlin was in the way all the time, so I found myself interacting with him almost constantly. There was no menu narration or narration in general aside from some light voice acting, hence the need for OCR. These things resulted in much frustration as it became clear this game would not be playable by the blind.

While this dream wasn’t for us to have, I look forward to watching others play. And hey, who knows? Disney Dreamlight Valley is in early access until 2023, so maybe things will change by then. For now, we will have to be content to dream from afar.

If you want to try this title out for yourself, you can find it on Xbox Gamepass. It is also available on PlayStation 4, 5, Nintendo Switch, PC through Steam, Epic Games Store and The Microsoft Store. 

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Shay was born a gamer without sight. She started playing games at a young age. They ranged from Pokemon to Mario to games played only with sound. Shay is also a streamer on Twitch. When not gaming, she likes to read, talk to friends, and sing.

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Shay

Shay was born a gamer without sight. She started playing games at a young age. They ranged from Pokemon to Mario to games played only with sound. Shay is also a streamer on Twitch. When not gaming, she likes to read, talk to friends, and sing.