First Impressions is a service offered by Flash Game License that basically allows you to purchase game testers. It’s a useful service, and can really help narrow down what aspects of your game need improvement. But how does it work? In this post, I’m going to explain that and more.
Who are the Reviewers?
The reviewers for the First Impressions service are anonymous, everyday people. They aren’t specifically trained to test games, but come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. They are essentially the type of person that will be viewing your game when you release it.
Are they given any guidelines for reviewing games?
Yes, they are. Eric over at Flash Game License has been kind enough to release those instructions for you:
Instructions: You will see a Flash game below. Play the game for at least five minutes. After you play, please comment on different aspects of the gameplay by filling out the form below the game.
The purpose of the review is to give the developer unbiased and helpful feedback so they can turn their game into a masterpiece. Your job is to provide concrete suggestions to help them make the game better! Your review will be given to the game’s authors. Game developers have notoriously fragile egos, so please be polite and constructive — but don’t be afraid to tell it like it is.
After five minutes have elapsed, please fill out the questions below, then submit the form. Happy gaming!
New! Bonuses! The most helpful reviews for each game will now be eligible for a small monetary bonus. Thanks again for reviewing games!
Where do they play my game?
Reviewers will play your game in an iframe, meaning that they will not recieve any outside instructions for your game. This helps demonstrate how players will view your game when they play it once it is released.
If you are interested in learning more about the First Impressions service, head over to the Flash Game License FAQ.