Asmodee launches inclusive board game studio Access+ – ToyNews
Asmodee announces Access+, a one-of-a-kind board game studio adapting Asmodee’s bestselling titles for gamers with cognitive impairments.
Created using clinical data from Asmodee Research (Asmodee’s research and development department), Access+ games open up the fun world of board games to everyone by making the company’s best games more accessible and creating a style welcoming play area for patients, families and caregivers.
To launch the new studio, Access+ will create Identify it! Access+, Cortex+ access and Access to the timeline+; adapted from three of Asmodee’s greatest hits, the games will be available in France, Belgium and Canada at the end of 2022 and worldwide in 2023.
Asmodee has also enlisted an external scientific committee of expert healthcare professionals to join forces and create games for gamers with cognitive impairments affecting speech, social relationships, attention, emotional control, planning and Memory. The Access+ team and its partners will adapt and test the material, rules and difficulty of its titles to ensure that they stimulate cognitive functions, promote positive emotions and social relations and provide the joy of discovery ( or rediscover) the pleasure of playing together.
“For several years, Asmodee has been investing in scientific research to demonstrate the societal impact that board games can have,” explains Mikaël Le Bourhis, head of Asmodee Research. “We are now ready to put this research into practice with Access+, creating games that are not only fun to play, but offer real, tested benefits to those with special needs, starting with cognitive impairment.”
“Access+ is launched because, at Asmodee, we believe that board games are universal,” said Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee. “By starting to adapt some of our most popular titles to meet everyone’s needs, we can strive to make board games as inclusive and accessible as possible.
“As an industry leader, we want to create products that can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Board gaming is social in nature, and Access+ titles allow families and friends to reintroduce the fun of board gaming to loved ones with special needs, creating moments of happiness that can only come from shared experiences.
Access+ titles are ideal games for doctors, schools and caregivers caring for people with special needs, including cognitive impairment. The accessibility features of Access+ games include larger, thicker and easier to hold cards, adapted rules, different difficulty options and a “solo” version to promote patient autonomy. Each game comes with a booklet outlining the benefits of playing it, according to scientific experts.
For more information on Access+ and its games, visit http://www.accessplus-asmodee.com