After playing “Hands on ASL” by Play Nice, I got a bit angry. Not angry with myself, because I regularly struggle in learning games if they’re not for kids. I’m not angry with the developers either, but with the general (German) education system for not teaching me sign language during my school years.
I mean, you can talk a lot about the inclusion of people with disabilities, but actions speak louder than words. And putting sign language on the class schedule would be a beacon for participation and integration.
Anyway, I’ve learned more about history in Age of Empires than in my history lessons, so why not broaden my mind with another game? Chop-chop!
Like I said in the first paragraph, “Hands on ASL” is a useful expansion of your stock of knowledge and it’s actually even more: It’s gaming for a good cause, where we, as members of the mainstream society, can learn from a small majority and bridge the gap between us and them.
Even the customization options are politically correct, as you can choose between a white, tanned or black hand demonstrating the sign language. Chapeau!
Speaking of presentation: I think that the developers have done a great job with designing the interface and animating the hand. I repeatedly criticize indie developers for being too sloppy with the gift wrap of their presents, but that’s definitely not the case here.
Plus, it’s actually a lot of fun. It’s no secret, that I am into word games, but being able to play one and incidentally learn something is twice as good.
As I haven’t found any bugs, no-gos or other issues, I simply go with a wish list for the next (big) update.
All pictures are in-game screenshots.