After my previous experience with the game jam recently, I think i will try to please as many people as possible to get highest scores possible. Especially it feel bad when people didnt understand how to play your game and rate poorly.
So in order not to make same mistake i would like to ask on how you guys would rate game generally. I know some people are very kind with their scoring by giving tons of full rating, while some will be very harsh.
Without further ado, here how I would rate the score for game i play:
1. Game Design :
I generally rate based on pacing of the game, how easy to play, how complex it become after few level. If you make a game that I having hard time to figure out, i probably have to give lower score.
Keyword : Game pacing, Barrier of entry.
2. Fun :
Kinda close to game design, for this rating, I usually will depend on the "hook". Do i want to keep playing until the end? Do the game make me want to keep playing and keep improving? Was I entertained throughout the game?
Keyword : Entertaining, engaging, addicting
3. Innovation :
Usually innovation is very hard to do in video game, but in gamejam it prime way for you to try out new weird / wacky ideas that cant work on commercial level because it might not have good sales. I generally check how the game changed in specific genre.
Keyword : unique gameplay, genre-breaking
For this game jam, I will look specifically on how the game will deceive my expectation as well as fully utilize the whole theme concept as game design. Meaning, the more & bigger the lies, the better. I know this is difficult theme, so probably i will be generous on this scoring.
Keyword : Deceive, Mind-bending.
This will be hardest part for me because game jam is short and not everyone capable to find a team with good artist. Thus i will look specifically on game with something that doesnt hurt my eyes. If you can polish with some sort game feedback to player, i will love more.
Keyword : Polished, Artstyle
6. Audio :
Again, very hard to tackle especially when you have to make your own asset and doesnt have access to a person with talented skill. Generally I will based on mood from BGM, sound effect for every thing happen in the game and extra score for voice works.
Keyword : Ambient, mood
Btw, the reason I made this post here earlier so that others will have share how they rate other's game and those insight might help some developers to fine tune their game before end date. Hopefully this thread will help at least 1 person.