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Buttons Breakdown

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What follows is a breakdown of our scores, which Buttons our not so friendly mascot has volunteered to give you. He would like us to mention that this is Buttons Breakdown and what he says goes, so take it away Buttons.



This score is reserved for the best of the best. The game might still have a few flaws but stands as a shining beacon for all to follow. Simply put, you are not a gamer if you do not buy this immediately, lock yourself in a dark room and don’t emerge until it is finished. I would call this “The Buttons Bollocks Buy”.

90 – 99%


A score of this type is definitely something you want to have in your collection. Games that are rated between these numbers are inspiring and have genuinely moved us to the point of sheer bliss. Whether they are a total amazing new idea or a revamp of an old one that works so well it amazed us. I would have to call this “Tote Amaze Balls”.

80 – 89%


Games hitting the final score in this range are not to be overlooked. They have impressed us in many ways, they may have flaws but they will generally be flaws that can be overlooked to a degree. This is because the title offers us an experience that is truly memorable on some front. This is my “Mutts Nuts” buy.

70 – 79%


These games are still games that should not be overlooked. They are Good because we enjoyed playing them or they made us happy. They will generally be games that have a repetitive nature or have flaws that are not so easily overlooked, but still delivered an enjoyable experience. A bit like the one night stand that was still there two days later, so I am calling this the “Stand Up” buy.

60 – 69%


Okay says it all really without expanding too much. These games will generally be worth a look but you may want to wait for the bargain bin to open up first. With these title they will generally have many flaws that simply can’t be overlooked, but still have some light at the end of the tunnel, it’s waking up beside someone and you can’t quite remember how you got there, the “Beer Goggles” buy.

50 – 59%


The mediocre games generally are the ones we forget about the day after, offering nothing new or spectacular, they are simply bland. Sometimes they may have a good premise, but are usually badly executed and forgettable. If you manage to buy one of these anyway they will pass the time to a degree. I have to call this my “Missing A Stroke” buy.

40 – 49%


These games were best off left in the box and really should have never seen the light of day. Even if the developer manages to get a good idea in there somewhere they are usually so smothered in bad ones that you can barely see it. This is my “Blind” buy.

30 – 39%


Awful says it all really, if you value your time on this planet it would be better spent elsewhere other than on these.These games will generally have little or no good point about them. They will be the thorn in your side as you wish you had never met them, they are “The Ex” buy.

0 – 29%


If you could get lower than awful, then really and truly the game should never have even been developed. These are total and utter crap, not to put too fine a pint on it and insult the very fabric of the industry. By no means should you ever invite one into your house, “The Mother-In-Law” buy.


So there you have it all of our scores broken down by Buttons, in a somewhat questionable way. If you have any questions about our scores or anything in general you can always hit the Contact Us button in the bottom right corner of your screen.