help & faq
ReviewTilt is all about rating and finding new games you enjoy, instead of relying on genres (which are vague) or aggregate critic scores (which aren't personal). We do this by looking at all the user reviews for a game, and combining them with your personal game preferences to find similar games you might like.
How do reviews work on ReviewTilt?
A review on ReviewTilt consists of two elements: a Game Grid that identifies where a game lies in the spectrum of gaming styles, and a brief written explanation of the game's strengths and weaknesses.
The Game Grid works like this:
The other part of every review is a written explanation, which is the rationale for why the reviewer gave the grid score they did, as well as a place to outline specifically what they did and didn't like about the game. These are kept intentionally short (no more than 400 characters), so a reader can read through a number of opinions without spending all day doing so.
How do game recommendations work on ReviewTilt?
The game recommendation system looks at all the games you've reviewed so far and attempts to find other, similar games that you might like. Each game's average grid score is used as a starting point, and several other factors are also compared when generating your list, including genre, ESRB rating, developer and more. By default, we will suggest games from every platform, but you can customize this in your profile settings.
What are points for? How do I earn them?
Points are a simple indicator of a user's level of activity on the site. You can see your own points near the top of the page next to your username, and the points of other members by looking at their profiles, or looking for the reviewpoints icon () next to usernames around the site. Points are earned every time a review is posted, and can be earned in other ways as well:+5 points for each full review posted (Game Grid and written explanation)
+4 points for each approved game edit (max 1 per game)
+2 points for each partial review posted (Game Grid only)
+1 point for each positive rating received on your reviews
–1 point for each negative rating received on your reviews
Why do some Game Grids have multiple pegs, while others have only one?
Whenever you see a Game Grid with more than one peg on it, it means it's an average grid, showing the computed average grade for that game as a solid peg, and a selection of individual reviews surrounding the average as semitransparent pegs. Grids with just one peg are an individual person's review (or a game with just one review anyway).
How do I know where to place the peg when reviewing games?
It's up to you! However, the grid works best when you imagine the grid containing every game you've ever played, and placing the peg relative to where all the others might go.
What should I write about in my reviews?
Try to write about your overall impressions, the positive and negative aspects of the game, or anything particularly noteworthy – things that other gamers would find helpful when trying to decide if a game's for them or not. The more helpful other people find your review, the more points you'll receive as well!
Why only 400 characters? I can't write a review that short!
Sure you can! We recommend being clear and concise, perhaps by sharing a short story or anecdote that describes your feelings about the game. We don't think anyone really wants to read every detail of a game's inventory system; by editing and cutting out all the unnecessary details, you'll easily be able to give a great review while staying under 400 characters.
What are the tiny colored blocks I see next to some game titles?
Those are what we call a mini-grid, and we use them whenever showing a full-size grid is impractical. The color of the block represents the grade, and it's location represents roughly where the average grade lies. You can roll your mouse over any mini-grid to see the full-size version!
What if I see something unrelated, offensive, or just plain spam?
Depending on what you can see, you can either give the review a negative rating via the minus button, or report its content by clicking on the exclamation point button. Reported content may eventually be hidden from view for moderators to review.