Games are a little more complicated to review than apps. Maybe the story and premise are intriguing and engulfing, but the controls are horrible. Or maybe the graphics are gorgeous, but the gameplay is terribly bad. What rating do you give? You might err toward an average rating, but wouldn't it be better if there was an easy way to specify which aspects were good and which were disappointing, for the benefit of the devs as well as other users?
One Play Store interface change might solve that problem. New Feature Ratings circles have started showing up for some users, letting them see separate ratings for a game's controls, gameplay, and graphics. They appear below the regular rating bars and above the Review Highlights section.
Asphalt 8: Airbore without Feature Ratings (left) and with them (right)
Users who can see these new Feature Ratings can also assign them when submitting a review. Instead of the usual 2-step review process of adding a rating then a text review, there are 3 additional steps to assign a 5-star rating to the controls, gameplay, and graphics, separately.
Given the small amount of tips we've received about this, it appears to be a limited test showing up for some users. But I wouldn't be surprised to see it stick in the long run; it just makes sense. The question is how long it'll take to be rolled out to everyone.
- +Artem Russakovskii,