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Review Submissions and Industry Help

This is the FAQ section of The Game Aisle including how to get your game reviewed on my site.  If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please check out the “About the Game Reviews” page.  Thanks!

kim-illinois-jenga1. I’ve got a great idea, can you help me sell or license my game?

Sorry, no.  I may consider taking on more clients in the future, but right now I’m only acting as an agent for a VERY small handful of people. In the mean time, please check out these great resources:

  • While dated, Toy Industry Association’s website has lots of tips for breaking into the industry here: TIA Toy and Designer Guide
  • The People of Play Inventors Conference (formerly ChiTAG) is held every year and it’s one of the only places you can show your inventions to some of the top inventor relations people and buyers in the business.  Check it out: PoP New Inventors Track

2. Can you please review my game?

Maybe – please read this answer carefully.  I always have a stack of games on my desk awaiting a game review, but I’m willing to look at other products.  Because of the volume of games out there it’s best to send me a blurb on what your game is (use the comment box on the FAQ page – I won’t post it).  I’ll email you back and let you know if I’d like a sample to try.  I’ll play it within a couple different settings and if I like it I’ll review it.  If I don’t think I can review it I will respond to you via email and will donate the products to a local library, school, park district or community group so you still get some PR out of the deal.

I don’t write about hard core “gamer” games, games that take longer than ~45 minutes, games that require technology (ipad, iphone, etc.), dirty/adult (ages 18+) games, or full-on educational games.

I also require that games be sold by Amazon, B&N, or Target.  Why?  When I review a game I am encouraging people to go out and buy it and readers don’t really like when a game is impossible to find.  I’ve also learned that for some people purchasing from a small manufacturer’s site can be uncomfortable, hence the requirement.

3. My game is on Kickstarter; can you review it and help me promote it?

No.  My readers like games they can buy and play now.

4. My game is available only through Game Crafter, can you review it? 

No. Please see question 2 paragraph 3.

5. I have an app or computer game; can you review it?

NO.  I only review “tabletop” games played without added technology. This excludes board games that you download an app for.

6. I sent you a game AGES ago and you still haven’t reviewed it.

If there wasn’t so much IP sitting on my desk, I’d include a photo with this answer.  If you haven’t gotten an email from me, I’m still working on it.  Each game I see gets played a couple of times – big groups, small groups, with kids, with a bunch of semi-inebriated adults and then I have to write the review!  It’s hard to get through all of that quickly considering this isn’t my full time job.  Please be patient – you know the Heinz slogan…”Good things come to those who wait.”

7. Why only good reviews?

Just because I don’t like a game, it doesn’t mean that it stinks.  It’s just not a game I like, so there’s no point in tearing it down if it’s someone else’s jam.  Therefore, I only write about games I can give a glowing recommendations for.

8. How do I contact you?

Please use the box on the FAQ page.

9. I’ve sent you a LinkedIn request/message and you haven’t responded — what gives?!

I love social media… I just prefer to spend my time on Twitter and Facebook.