We have lots of ways for you to get feedback on your game, ranging from community feedback, to our First Impressions services, to our Pre-Review service (accessible from the Edit Game screen on your game).
Recently the pre-review service has been getting great marks by developers, and we’re happy to hear it! Pre-reviews are videos done by our staff, showing you exactly how we play the game and talking about what could be improved. We offer this general advice as a free service to all our developers, because we want your games to be the best they can be. But sometimes, these videos create more questions than answers. Lots of developers would like us to do multiple reviews of their game, either to answer specific questions, or to playtest special things. But the free pre-review service is limited to one general-purpose video per game, so we haven’t been able to help you with that.
Now we’re testing out a very low-cost service that lets you get more videos from our staff. The cost is 10 First Impressions credits for up to 15 minutes of video. (First Impression credits, or “FIs”, are worth $1 apiece, or cheaper if you buy in bulk). You can give us very specific things to test (e.g. “Please try levels 8 through 12 and look for ways to crash the game”) or give very generic instructions (“Please play the game and look for any problems you see”). We’re happy to help however you need us.
Since this is an experimental service, the process for signing up is a little bit informal. (We’ll make it more auto-magical if there’s enough demand.)
For now, here’s how to order Reviewer Video Impressions:
- Purchase 10 or more First Impressions credits. (If you’re a long-time user of FGL, you may have already received some of these for free!)
- Go to the Give First Impressions tab (shortcut here) and enter FGL_Aaron as the recipient. Send him 10 credits (or 20, or 30, or so on, depending on how many 15-minute blocks you think you’ll need. We can send you back credits if it turns out to take shorter than expected.)
- Send FGL_Aaron a private message (shortcut here) and let him know which game this is for, as well as all the specific instructions you have.
- We’ll send you a link to the video!
We hope you like this service, and if you have feedback or suggestions, we’re all ears.