Eye-controlled Snakes and Ladders is a hit with Ava

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

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Our new Snakes and Ladders game at eyegazegames.com already has a big fan in Ava, a Canadian girl with Rett Syndrome who uses eye control technology. It’s one of her favourite games but up to now she hasn’t been able to roll the dice herself. Now she can join in the fun.

Snakes and Ladders is the latest free-to-play online game from our Eye Gaze Games website. It’s optimised to help gamers using eye gaze technology climb the board to victory but can also be played in a number of other ways.

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Ava concentrating on rolling the dice in the game

“It’s a HUGE hit!” said Ava’s mother, Jennifer. “Ava is so excited to be playing with us as a family! It’s so great that she can see the board easily while playing and the animations are adorable and engaging. I love everything about this!”

You can climb the ladders (which have been made into wheelchair-friendly ramps) and avoid the snakes just by eye movement alone using an eye gaze camera, or you can use other inputs like a switch, a mouse or an assistive mouse. Compete with up to three other players locally, or against your computer in a race to the finish.

Bill Donegan, our Projects Manager, said “Snakes and Ladders is one of ten different games on the site which enable players using eye gaze technology to play a range of games with friends and family, in person and online. While our work often focuses on access to existing mainstream titles, creating our own games with a focus on accessibility for eye gaze players allows us to make sure that there are games available for players using this technology.”

The growing selection of eye game games are browser-based and free-to-play, with the aim of removing as many barriers to play as possible, whether technical or otherwise, to players all around the world.

We’re indebted Riot Games for generously supporting the funding of the game through their Dawnbringer Karma campaign. We’d also like to thank the amazing team at Sun and Moon Studios, the game’s developers.