For some reason, colorblind mode is not standard practice in games.
In match-3 games like Dr. Mario World, Nintendo’s latest foray into the mobile market, that’s a big problem.
It’s not just Dr. Mario. Before the introduction of the colorblind switch in The Witcher 3, I couldn’t even complete the scent tracking objective in the quest, and that didn’t even help me try to get the Mega Drive series platinum trophy by brute force by defeat Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.
In terms of visual accessibility, first-person shooters are the most favored genre. For as long as I can remember, Call of Duty has had protanopia, deuteranopia, and protanopia options. But until developers start including the option as a matter of course, people with mild color vision deficiencies will only be able to squint.
Here, your hero’s house is surrounded by colorful viruses that are infecting the once-happy inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom. As the medical version of Mario, Peach, Bowser, and his friends, it’s your job to eliminate these bugs and restore everyone’s health in a series of increasing levels.
For the first 20 puzzles, this isn’t a big deal (at least for me), but once challenge levels 1A, 1B, and 1C hit town, and the pink and green viruses, juicy purple backgrounds start to seem a little confused.
Up to 3 million people in the UK alone have some form of color blindness, so if you can’t see well, it’s not just you. There is no in-game color blindness in Dr. Mario, so here’s how to change your device settings to make it easier to play.
How to enable colorblind mode in mobile games
Before we start, I recommend that you only use these filters when playing games, as they can make things like YouTube videos look a little strange, and they’re easy to turn on and off.
- First, go to the Settings app on your iOS device.
- Now scroll down a bit and go to “General”.
- At the bottom of the next screen, you will see “Accessibility.”
- Now press “Display settings” and select the second option “Color filters”.
- From this menu, you can change how colors appear on the screen. Try these five options to see which works best for you. To turn it on and off, use the toggle switch on top.
- Now, back in the game, you should be able to distinguish colors more easily!
For Android users, the solution is more of a hack.
- First, go to Settings and tap Accessibility
- From there, press Visual, then Color Settings.
- Then you should see a photo of the family and the hot air balloon. To start the color test, press ON, then press START.
- You will be asked to rate colors based on their similarity to test your vision. However, if you’re just sorting them randomly, you’ll have access to a color slider that you can change to your liking.
- Once this is done, you can return to the game!
For more information on Dr. Mario World, check out our Top Doctors page, as well as Hearts, Coins, and Diamonds.
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