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Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertisement. Getting your game reviewed puts your game’s name out there and amounts to free publicity. Reviews are also a great form of feedback for the designer but also helps increase consumer confidence so that people are willing to buy your game.

If you’re going to run a crowdfunding campaign for your board game, be sure you have several reviews from independent reviewers so that you can feature them on your campaign page.

Even positive reviews typically contain suggestions on how to improve the product. Pay attention to what people have to say about your game and make improvements based on that feedback. Reviews also attract others to your game by pointing out why your game is fun and worth playing

We look for new reviewrs all the time

Everyone wants to write reviews of bigger games, which tends to include Polygon editorial staff. We don’t need to look for someone to review the next Uncharted or Halo — we’ve probably got that covered.

What kinds of games are we looking to freelance?

Freelance reviews are designed to supplement MGR reviews coverage. We want to fill more and more gaps in our collective interests and experience. Currently, we’re often interested in assigning slightly more obscure or less mainstream titles on platforms like PC, though we will also have some console assignments available. But if you’re pitching us or hoping to be assigned reviews by MGR editors, your chances will be higher if you’re chasing assignments that we are unlikely to have time or interest in (because we’re all human and are interested in different things).

Reviews

Freelance reviews are designed to supplement MGR reviews coverage. We want to fill more and more gaps in our collective interests and experience. Currently, we’re often interested in assigning slightly more obscure or less mainstream titles on platforms like PC, though we will also have some console assignments available. But if you’re pitching us or hoping to be assigned reviews by MGR editors, your chances will be higher if you’re chasing assignments that we are unlikely to have time or interest in (because we’re all human and are interested in different things).

What is MGR's review style?

MGR reviews tend to present and support a holistic critique of a game — that is to say, the whole game, and how effective the reviewer found it. That may seem vague, but there is a degree of latitude allowed because a review is the writer’s opinion. Some factual observations are required, as our reviews are written without an expectation that the audience will know exactly what a game is, or what you do in it. But our emphasis is on well-supported arguments leading to an overall statement about the game. A review’s main body typically moves toward that primary thesis, though we allow for asides that don’t cleanly fit in that central argument via sidebars.

What should you send?

ou should provide the following in an email addressed to sub@mobilegamereview.net. Note: Candidates in consideration will be contacted for follow-up by Polygon staff. Recurring inquiries are not necessary.

Your name and place of residence — we’ll want to be able to speak with you via Skype or by phone for at least a few minutes.

Your editorial experience, if any.

Any publisher or developer experience you’ve had, whether paid or volunteer.

At least two samples of your writing, preferably reviews.

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