Sonnar Interactive, a company that specialises in using sounds and music to create video games and apps, has been working with the Blind Foundation to produce accessible interactive audiobooks for children – Twisted Tales. The new app has launched with its own spin on two tales: Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel. Twisted Tales was released earlier this week to Google Play and will be on iTunes soon. It lets listeners become involved in the interactive audio stories, by allowing them to make choices to lead the story to multiple alternative endings.

Jarek Beksa, CEO of Sonnar Interactive is using the Blind Foundation studios in Awhina House to produce the audio games. Sonnar Interactive’s aim is to provide people who are blind or have low vision with “richer gameplay” than what is currently available.

The company produced the Audio Game Hub, which is a set of experimental accessible games, to allow sighted and non-sighted users to enjoy games together. An app was also created last year, which you can download from iTunes or Google Play.

The games range from archery, cricket, slot machines and memory tests. Jarek says: “So far our games have been played over 86,000 times around the world.”

We have created some amazing games which are educational and entertaining, that have been very well received around the world.”

The Audio Game Hub has been downloaded over 100,000 times, and has gathered multiple awards and excellent user reviews. The awards and recognitions include:

“App of the month award by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).” – September 2016, United Kingdom
“Winner of the Representation Award on the Play by Play International Games Festival.” – 18th-23rd April 2016, Wellington, New Zealand
“Finalist at the Lighting Lab Auckland programme.” – March – July 2016, Auckland, New Zealand
“Winner of the AUTEL Innovation Challenge.” – 26th November 2015, Auckland, New Zealand.
If anyone would like more information or to review the audio games, please contact Jarek – jarek@sonnar.nz.