iPad Reivew Delays Hurt Release Date Sales

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPad Games' started by BOWB4ZOD, Dec 17, 2008.

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Do you want reviews a week before a game comes out?

  1. I would love to to have that

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  2. Who cares just wait

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  3. Reviews? who needs them I just buy whatever looks cool!

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  1. BOWB4ZOD

    BOWB4ZOD Well-Known Member

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    #1 BOWB4ZOD, Dec 17, 2008
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    Hey Guys,

    I was just thinking how it sucks to have to wait a week or so for a game to be reviewed. It would be awesome if reviews would come out like a week before the game came out. Then when it releases people would buy it right away.

    Developers need to find a way to get early release copies to review sites.

    Much like the console world. The day a games comes out I know if I am going to the store to buy it because there are usually 4-5 reviews of the console game.

    What do you guys think.

    Steve
     
  2. CloneWars

    CloneWars Well-Known Member

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    Thats why devs. give forums (like TA) the beta version to test and play and then review for them,
     
  3. dannys95

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    send review sites ad hoc builds of the submitted app. however, reviews usually don't take that long. it's the devs who take long sending the promo code. but also, arn needs to PLAY with the app to give a valid review. dont rush and give us a crappy review.
     
  4. BOWB4ZOD

    BOWB4ZOD Well-Known Member

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    betas are not usually different from the final game. so a review site might base a review on something that will be fixed in the final version
     
  5. BOWB4ZOD

    BOWB4ZOD Well-Known Member

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    we like full, well written reviews
     
  6. arn

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    Well, the trick is getting the apps that people want reviewed ahead of time.

    Developers will offer us ad-hoc copies but with all the games coming out, it's hard to keep up with them all.

    The "problem" that you speak of is the most highly anticipated games are coming from the larger studios and they aren't handing out early review copies. Gameloft, EA, Ngmoco, for example.

    The other reality that is different is that I'm sure they would only want final version games to be reviewed. Unlike distributing to stores in boxes, the lead time between game being "done" and game submitted approved by Apple can be a matter of days -- which doesn't give much time to distribute early copies and get them reviewed.

    arn
     
  7. BOWB4ZOD

    BOWB4ZOD Well-Known Member

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    man i can't type today spelling errors everywhere
     
  8. BOWB4ZOD

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    i never thought about that, well said
     
  9. IUGOME

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    Couple things from the dev side here:

    *Ideally we want the review to come out the DAY OF release. If it comes out before people forget about it. If the game is just out, people can go grab it at that moment.

    *We can get builds to reviewers before release, to hopefully time reviews with the release of the game. BUT the App Store review process is very unpredictable and erratic. Sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes it takes a week and I've even heard of some developers waiting WEEKS to get their app approved. Very hard to plan around.

    *In the end we have no control over when review sites chose to release the review. It can be frustrating. But in their defense it must be so hard to keep up with all of the new apps.
     
  10. jmelrose

    jmelrose Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm not sure I understand why the review has to be day-and-date with the release of the game. I'm sure the initial sales boost of a good review is helpful, but I would think that regardless of when the review comes out, if it's positive it will still give that boost, and if it's not, well... at least you got the sales of the people who just couldn't wait for the review. Suckas!! :)

    I prefer a few days late and a well written review of the release-quality game. Keep up the great work, Arn!
     
  11. BOWB4ZOD

    BOWB4ZOD Well-Known Member

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    Trust me if the game your making is popular we will not forget about it.
     
  12. Knight

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    For 7 Cities, I didn't want public reviews because I honestly didn't know when Apple would release the game. No point in a review 2 or 3 weeks early. I feared it could take weeks due to some horror stories out there. I also couldn't order the promo codes until the app was approved.

    Right now though, I am getting emails from various sites asking for promo codes to do reviews. Hopefully these guys will actually do comprehensive reviews for the game. I almost always buy games based on reviews or word of mouth reaction, almost never on impulse.
     
  13. Chiller ONE

    Chiller ONE Well-Known Member

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    2 or 3 weeks is a bit early but 1 week would be great!
    It's annoying when games come out and you have to wait ages for someone to review them.
     
  14. manolis

    manolis Well-Known Member

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    that would be so much better than wasting like ten bucks on an app on the first day and the next day, the review says the game sucks. thats happened to me at least ten times.
     

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