The reviews on Pocket Tactics are written by our staff and occasionally friends of the site. Games are usually reviewed using copies provided by publishers and developers.
Everyone who writes a review is asked to adhere to these same guidelines. PT has a particular editorial mission to cover “core” gaming experiences on mobile and that bias will come through in our reviews — we don’t apologize for that, it’s what the site is all about.
We use a scale from 1 to 5 to score games. There’s a lot of problems inherent to scored reviews, so we encourage you to read the text of the review for a better understanding of what our reviewer thought of the title.
Here’s a few basic guidelines that help you interpret what we mean by that number.
- It’s not quite common practice with many games sites, but we do use the entire 1 to 5 scale. This means that a 3 out of 5 isn’t meant to be a bad score here — it can be a game that we enjoyed very much but isn’t necessarily one we’ll still be playing or talking about six months from now.
- We try to be judicious in handing out 5 out of 5 scores. If something gets top marks from us, it’s because we think it’s truly special.
- We also try to be judicious in assigning a mark of 1 out of 5, but if we feel a game deserves it, we’ll use it in the interest of maintaining the usefulness of the whole scale.