Ensuring your indie game gets the attention that it deserves can be a catch-22. On one hand, you want people to review your indie game so other players notice your indie game, but if nobody knows about it to review it? Then it won’t get reviewed or noticed as widely as you prefer.
Certainly, you can contact members of the press to entice them to review your indie game, but if you’re an unknown developer, chances are they may pass on your indie game. Even then, getting a big name publication to review your indie game may not result in a ton of people purchasing your game anyway. Because news only stays hot for a moment, your indie game is likely to get lost in the shuffle.
Thus, you need to depend on players to play your indie game and review it. One of the best ways to jumpstart this is by hiring reviewers to review your indie game. Below are a few reasons why you need to consider this option.
Quick note: Stress to those that you hire that you are looking for ‘honest reviews,’ not a positive review in exchange for a payment. Paid reviews need to be as genuine as a review from a regular player, so again, stress this to the reviewer.
Find power reviewers on Amazon
If your indie game is being sold on Amazon (and many are nowadays), then you need to contact Amazon’s top video game reviewers. Luckily, Amazon has taken the hard work out of finding these professionals via their top reviewer rankings page. Simply find the reviewers that have a history of reviewing video games, ask them if they will review yours, and they will let you know if it’s a project they want to tackle.
The best part about this? If you get positive reviews for your indie game, you can include blurbs in your game’s store pages to entice normal players to purchase the game. What a win-win!
You can also hire writers to write a review of your indie game as well. Search outsourcing websites such as Elance, oDesk, and Freelancer.com to find writers you have a history of writing reviews and ask them if they want to review your indie game. From there, you can pay them for their honest review and hire other writers as many times as you wish. It’s as simple as that!
If you’re on a tight budget, consider Fiverr. While Fiverr’s appeal is to hire professionals to do tasks for $5, you probably won’t be able to hire someone to write a review of your indie game for just $5. You may have to pay a little more depending on whom you hire, but the price will likely be much less than on other outsourcing websites. Be aware that the quality may not be what you need it to be, but if you check out some of the best reviewers on Fiverr, that shouldn’t be a problem.
There you have it: a few ways to hire reviewers to review your indie games. Do you have any questions or comments? Let us know in the comments below!