Reviews Policy

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.