Every game site reviews differently. This guide is intended to give you a clear picture of how we review games here at Indie Ranger. This way, if you decide to send us strongly worded emails about how we score our games, we can kindly send you a link to this page.

Our guidelines are a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, taking inspiration from other major gaming sites. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

Any review made before Sept. 20, 2017, the day this guide was made official, most likely does not follow these guidelines. Regardless, you should always read reviews in full to get a better idea about the contents of the game. This guide was last updated on January 25, 2019.

Reviews are meant to be a combination of objective critical thought as well as the opinion of the writer. We try to give writers games that fit their genre preferences. The goal is that, if a writer is reviewing a genre that they like, they will be more balanced towards it instead of loathing the game based on genre alone.

Average is 50

We rate games based on a 100 percent scale in increments of ten. A ton of sites make 5/10 their “average” marking. Here, our average is five, or 50 percent. This means that if a game receives a 50 percent mark, it still has merit. This applies to subcategories and the overall score.

We score games based on a variety of categories. Since every game is different, it is up to the reviewer to choose which category best fits the game they are reviewing and they can choose up to five categories. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Gameplay
  • Art Style
  • Soundtrack
  • Challenge
  • Combat
  • Fun Factor
  • Developer’s Dedication
  • Replay Value
  • Any other specific gameplay aspect
  • Technical aspects (performances, bugs/glitches, etc.)


We will always put the necessary disclaimers at the bottom of the reviews so you, the reader, are aware of the important information surrounding the review. There will be disclaimers if the game was given to us for free or if the game is in early access.

Early Access

We believe it to be ethical to review early access games. You usually pay for early access games so you might as well know how good the product is. That being said, early access games are constantly being updated with new features. As the games update, our reviews will follow suit as closely as possible.

Free Titles

Sometimes we will pay for games out of pocket. Other times we will receive review codes from game developers and publishers. If this happens, we want to make it abundantly clear that we did receive the title for free. This doesn’t affect the overall quality or opinion of the game. We find it ethically responsible to inform the reader if we received a free review copy of a game.

Review Scale

As mentioned before, games are reviewed on a 100 percent scale in increments of 10. Here is how the rating works:


100: Masterpiece

Even masterpieces aren’t perfect, but these come close.


90: Fantastic

They were close, but a few extremely minuscule flaws keep it from being a masterpiece.


80: Great

These games have a lot to offer and make for a fun experience with a few hiccups here and there.


70: Good

A few glaring flaws, but enjoyable.


60: Decent

Most likely a fun time, but with a ton of flaws, glitches or general errors.


50: Average

Not good or bad. The pros balance out the cons.


40: Below Average

There are some redeemable factors, but the bad outweighs the good.


30: Meh.

Great idea, extremely poor execution. These games can’t be recommended in good conscience.


20: Poor

Who knows where these went wrong. There is definitely at least one thing good in here, but it will be extremely hard to find.


10: Bad

There might be one good thing deep down, but it’s all overshadowed by flaws and bad quality in general.


0: Trash

Irredeemably bad. No hope for improvement.

Steam Curator

Our Steam Curator page, which can be found here, includes abridged versions of our web reviews as well as reviews that didn’t make it to the website. Referring to the rating scale, our Curator score is as follows:

0 – 39: Not Recommended

40 – 69: Informational

70 – 100: Recommended