Date:20 May 2017
We all know the feeling of driving on a busy highway, but have you ever wondered how it feels to drive blindfolded? Blind Drive is putting your ears to the test in this immersive driving game.
After generating a lot of attention in Tel Aviv as a museum installation, Blind Drive became an arcade-style audio game for smartphones.
The plot follows you driving on a busy highway, while a threatening voice gives you directions. Oh yes, and the voice belongs to your kidnapper.
Sounds stressful? Well it is, but as awful as it all sounds, the aim of the game is quite innocent. Lo-Fi People, the game’s developers, want players to understand how direction is interpreted using sound queues, as opposed to the visual queues we’re used to.
The game has a minimalist aesthetic, with a mostly black screen and yellow text to mimic a car’s dashboard. While playing, the ambient sound of passing cars, music from the radio and even changing weather (we’re assuming rain and wind) can be heard. But the ambient sounds also play a role in the game’s difficulty.
Here’s a look at Blind Drive:
Game controls are as simple. Players just have to tap either side of their smartphone to change direction and avoid oncoming vehicles. And remember, it’s audio only, so that means you’re going to need a pair of headphones to play.
Previous players report the game is as exhilarating as it is stressful, telling us Blind Drive is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you’re up for the challenge to play this game, it will be released on iOS, Android and PC soon.
Perhaps Blind Drive will make better listeners out of us and become the movement towards a whole new level of audio-based gameplay.