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Got this in my email the other day - what do you think?

Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 8,966Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee
Hey everyone,

I got an email the other day (shown below) and I wanted to know what you thought, should I go through with it, or is this some sort of scam?

email reads:

Hey guys,

I'm a big fan of Penguin Pounce. I was playing with it last night and couldn't set it down. I'm actually a staff writer at ...would you mind if I wrote a review about it? We don't normally approach devs like this, but I wanted to extend the offer since I've personally enjoyed it so much!

All the best,
Michael Lane
Senior Writer |
[email protected]


  • creativeappscreativeapps Posts: 1,770Member
    Yes it fine. So far not demanding for money.
  • DimensionGamesDimensionGames Posts: 993PRO
    Im guessing he will ask for a promo and then hack it and upload it to the net. Or he could be

  • tenrdrmertenrdrmer Posts: 9,934Member, Sous Chef, Senior Sous-Chef
    I agree with RKS. Say yeah no problem, but when he asks for code for the other writers or some crap just say sorry you have already sent them all out. More than likely if they are asking for a code they are being dishonest somewhere along the Line. and if they plan to hack it. I say make em pay for at least one copy.

    It's not my fault I never learned to take responsibility for anything. ;)

  • CloudsClouds Posts: 1,599Member
    edited March 2012
    The cynic in me thinks . . . they send the same email to dozens of developers every week to grab lots of promo codes - with which they can promote their website as the place to come for free apps.

    I'd play it straight, reply saying 'that's great' . . . and then wait to see if they ask for some promo codes.

  • capitalcarnagecapitalcarnage Posts: 371Member
    I had the exact same email, have exchanged a few emails back and forth with Michael who "seems" genuine enough, we discussed what they would do for me and it was a straight fee for a listing on their free app a day style website, Price was a good but haven't taken it any further yet so can't comment on if its a genuine service
  • theCodeMonsterstheCodeMonsters Posts: 359Member
    Free publicity is always a good thing.
  • Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 8,966Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee
    @All - Got an email a couple weeks ago from the say guy - He wanted to do the review for $50.
    Not going to happen. :P
  • andrewm2211andrewm2211 Posts: 341Member
    Why would giving him a promo make a diff, if he was going to hack it, couldn't he do it with a purchased version?
  • EatingMyHatEatingMyHat Posts: 1,246Member
    If he asks for Promo it is strange since he already played the game and he states that he is the one writing the review.

    If he asks for money it is basically fishing... find a poor developer that want to promote his app, get him all excited about how great is game is and get him to buy our services...

    Even if it is just $50, you are better off selecting how to invest them rather than giving them to a random, unknown review site.

    Hacking is not a concern, if he want to hack he can pay $0.99 and you would never know.

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