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De Steno Games

By Chaoji Li

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This app has six classic text games with sounds and music, and it is fully accessible with Voice Over. The six games were originally developed by Richard L. De Steno, and were very popular with people who were blind or had low vision back in the 90's. A blind person would use a screen reader, which is a piece of software that allowed a person who was blind or had low vision to play these games just like a sighted person. Here is a description of the six games.

1. Atlantic City Blackjack: This game of blackjack is played by the rules set by the NJ Casino Commission.

2: Casino: This game has a selection of four games which are blackjack, slot machine, flash poker, and minibaccart.

3. Dodge City Desperados: You are the sheriff of the wild west town of Dodge City. Your mission, take out the Desperado Brothers before they take you out.

4. Destination Mars: In this game you will be taking a 35 million mile trip from the Earth to Mars, but it won't be easy. You will encounter different obstacles on this journey. Good luck space pilot

5. Run for President: Ever wanted to be president? Well, in this game you are a candidate running around the United States on a Monopoly style board in a bid to beat the computer and become president of the United States of America.

6. Sounds Like: In this word game, you must try to figure out the hidden word from the clues that are given.


- Turn on Voice Over before playing the games. It will read the screen changes automatically.

- This app was put together by the following people: Michael Barnes, Chaoji Li, Richard L. De Steno, Jeffrey Dawson.


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Customer Reviews


The app is great. There's a lot of game choices, and it works awesomely with voiceover!! The only thing I have noticed, is that every time you lose a game, or supposedly, a game ends, the app closes on you before voiceover gets chance to read everything, or before you find out what happens. Also, it seems like either you always lose, or in the case of blackjack, the dealer always cheats and/or always wins. LOL. I think that's just me though. :-) One more thing, in some of the games, like "sounds like ", some of the instructions are hard to understand… As well as the actual game. All in all though, lots and lots of fun! And accessible!!

Hate it!

I have never played such a frustrating game in my life!!! 1. Computer always wins no matter what you do. 2. Desperation Mars: You try to do the best thing possible and still you can't avoid the obsticles. You get a splackin warning from Mission Controll even when you can't control your circumstances. How unfair!!! 3. The sounds are so outdated and annoying and need to be modernized. For example, more realistic! 4. Dodge City Desperatos: You don't even go anywhere! You can try all you want but it is boring cause nothing happens! 5. Voiceover skips details! Please update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds are great! These games are totally classic, and give hours of fun at no cost.

For anyone who wants to turn your phone into a 286 computer from 25 years ago, these games are for you. Automatic reading with VoiceOver is a blast and works flawlessly!

De Steno Games
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 3.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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