Tam Toucan Accessible Games

Super City Shoot-Out screen-shot. A cartoon city with the red cross-hair of a sniper's rifle scanning across it. People appear in a few of the windows.

Tam Toucan is a long time advocate of game accessibility. I've been slack in not praising his work enough, so I'm hoping to put this right here.

His site presently has seven free PC games, many of which can be played using one-switch, "one-key" (aka binary one-switch input where brief taps are enough to play) or pointer controls. If you can use a point and click compatible device, hovering over the web-site's blue human symbol helps to tell you a bit about what controls are supported. Very useful, and I wish more people did this.

Some of the games are not suitable for work or the easily offended ("Droopy Dick's Blow Job" perhaps being one of them). Others, such as AMAZE-O-TRON-2000 game, are suitable for any age.

The game I've been most impressed by is Tam's latest title "City Sniper Shoot-Out". This reminds me a bit of Dirty Harry and a bit of a SEGA Virtua-Cop type game but with cartoon graphics and really brilliant accessibility features.

Rob Fearon's OW:Videogames review: "For those who prefer to stare people to death, headtrackers are supported along with mice", made me wonder about a Scanners type eye-gaze or mind-control game. I might mention that to Tam.

Finally and linked to that, Tam has made an open call for ideas for accessible games that he might then go and make. Top man.

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