Steam Shovelers’ Review Scale

Our review scale is different than many sites, as we believe that a 50 should be considered an average game. We are fully aware should we ever appear on aggregators, we would tip the scales, but that is more of an inherent issue with the way other sites and the public perceive review scores, not our system.

90s-100 – Near Perfection – These games are ones that we consider high-water marks or genre-defining masterpieces. We may have some criticisms, but they are minor enough to not impact the score.

70s-80s – Great – These games are stellar. They have some flaws we recognize, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them for something they do particularly well in comparison to games that score lower.

60s – Okay –  These are the iced coffee of games. Some people will like them, others will hate them. All of them will probably a tad overpriced anyway.

50s – Average – These are plain old average games. They don’t do anything all that original but are sound products without many design or narrative flaws. You’re safe in knowing you could play these to completion and not feel cheated, but you may not feel much at all.

40s – Below Average – There may be a few shining moments of brilliance, but there are more elements that may hold back the game; be it bugs, length, or lack of originality.

10s-30s – Could be better – There is at least one likable quality in these games, maybe something original or novel that is worth taking a look at, but otherwise we feel like they are mostly wasted potential. They don’t do enough, and what they do, they don’t do right.


1s – Awful. These are games which are so poorly designed, they make us marvel at the work it took to make something so terrible. These are games that we wouldn’t touch again for all the money in the world.