Hey guys - rest assured I take all of your concerns seriously, but to lay out my stance on this: there won't
be a dedicated iPad review of Neo Scavenger
. I'm not interested in spending the budget on it as I don't feel it's a priority, for a couple of reasons:
* I think you're all collectively answering your own question on this point: The comments from fatsuperman, Idneir and TaltosKhan seem quite informative with regards to what it's like on iPad.
* I'm asking Nick to whip up a paragraph for free detailing iPad impressions, although since he needs to donate some time to do this I'm not sure when it will arrive. In the meantime, you can consult this paragraph from his Out Now
entry covering the game, which was tested on an iPad:
"The game is based heavily on text and makes use of only very basic graphics. There tend to be a lot of options in certain scenarios, like combat, and it takes some getting used to. Combat is realistically deadly and probably best avoided wherever possible (see the part about permadeath above). The game's user interface is far from perfect and takes some getting used to, but doesn't nullify the interesting gameplay and storyline."
I can update the body of the review as well to highlight this for future readers.
In future, if something like this arises again, I think it is probably best we at least get some other-platform impressions upfront to give you guys more of a rounded picture, especially because a lot more of you are tablet-first than not. That I can
acknowledge and try and try to do better on.
I'm not going to change my stance on what platforms reviewers need to have access to, nor will I advise that review scores be de-coupled from the platform we're reviewing it on primarily so long as the subject is handled with care.
I honestly stand by the opinion that if you release a game on a platform, then you need to accept the risk that the game will only be reviewed within the context of that platform. Our job is to give you as much information as we can within a reasonable time-frame, but as long as we're up front with what we're talking about, I'm ok with us not being able to cover every angle. It's not always possible and I'm not going to discriminate against writers just because they don't have access to ALL platforms. As I've said before, our readership isn't exclusively tablet, neither are they exclusively iOS - as long as what we're doing is useful and representative to a legitimate group of readers, then that's good enough for me.
Again, my door's always open and feel free to criticise or question either here or via email. Civil discourse is always welcome