Scoring Policy

How does D-pad Joy decide what score to give a game, we hear you ask? Our scoring policy should help explain that.

The key point to remember is that all reviews, across all mediums, are based on the subjective viewpoint of the reviewer. That’s not something we, or anyone else, can ever truly change.

Of course, we will do our absolute best to make sure we justify the scores we give out. Although, it’s worth remembering that a scoring system is – of course – not absolute.

The overall score is useful for contextual purposes, but should not be extracted without its original context.

Our scores are as follows:


Perfection, or as close as you can get to the concept.


An excellent game in many, many ways. It just falls short of the highest honours.


A great game, this is worth your time and energy. It might lack innovation or something else, however.


A solid experience. It might be missing a few things, but it’s definitely worth a go.


Pretty good – worth a look if you like the style of game. Doesn’t do anything particularly special.


Average. Not terrible. The game had potential. Some may still enjoy it.


We can’t personally recommend this in any way, but it may have a few fans.


Not good, but someone out there may like it…


It’s really not worth your time or energy.


A very poor game with serious problems. Don’t waste your money.

Review Policy

At D-pad Joy we reserve the right to score a game or product how we choose. All games or products received are sent to us for review consideration; we reserve the right not to review a game too. We, of course, adhere to any and all embargoes set forth.