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Handling App Reviews

If you’re an app developer, you’ve probably experienced some good and bad reviews. The good reviews can make you feel good about your app and give you a sense of satisfaction because someone enjoyed the app that you created. The good reviews will tell you how great your game is or tout one particular feature of your app. These reviews can also push you to release a sequel or make more updates to your app.

For the 1 or 2 star reviews, you need to have thick skin. Some of these reviews range from helpful criticism to what seems borderline hate. The helpful criticism reviews can help make your game better. In my latest game, Word Jumbler, I received a 2 star review because there wasn’t a mute button during game play. When I created the app, I just assumed the player would turn down the volume using the physical buttons on the phone and I was wrong. In this case, this review helped make my game even better.

However, the other reviews that say ‘This is the worst game I’ve ever played’, ‘worst game in the universe’ or even worse ‘this game didn’t download’ will require you to have thick skin. When someone leaves this type of game review, he or she is taking out their frustration via a review. At this point, you have to realize that not every game you make is going to be enjoyed by everyone.

Even Angry Birds, one of the most popular mobile games of our time, received 1 and 2 star reviews. On a recent 1 star review for Angry Birds, the player stated they regretted even paying $0.99 for the game. Will this one star review slow down Rovio? I think not.

So, the next time you receive a 1 star or 2 star review on your latest app, don’t let it bother you. You can’t make everyone happy.

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