Into Film are delighted to announce the first ever Big Games Review! We're encouraging children and young people across Northern Ireland to tell us about the games they are playing to be in with a chance of winning a PlayStation® 5.
From Fortnite to Fall Guys, Minecraft to Mario Kart, we want to hear about the games you enjoy. The Big Games Review is Into Film's first games review competition and is open to pupils aged 5-18 who are in attendance at a school in Northern Ireland.
Do your classes love to build their own worlds for themselves and others to enjoy on a smartphone or tablet? Are they using a PC or PlayStation® to roam and explore? Maybe they adore classic retro graphics, or perhaps they are challenging friends and family to a races and E Sports? Whatever the chosen platform or console, we can't wait to hear from young people across Northern Ireland about the games they're playing.
How to Enter
To enter, download the entry form below, fill it in, and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Big Games Review 2021' in the subject line. All entries must include the entrant's name, their age, the PEGI age rating of the game reviewed and the school's name and postcode.
To be eligible to win a prize, the entrant must be aged 5-18 and in attendance at a school in Northern Ireland.
Please note: Reviews can be as long or as short as you like, but the game reviewed must be age-appropriate to the person reviewing it. Be sure to check the age rating of the game in question first. If you're not sure what age rating a game is, you can check here: videostandards.org.uk.
We also welcome review submissions in Gaelic, picture exchange symbols, spoken audio files and drawings.
The closing date for entries is Friday 10 December 2021.
Tips for your Game Reviews
Entries should tell us about the game in question, and what it is you like about it. Consider the points below to help with your reviews.
- Think about the story of the game. Is this what hooked you?
- Which characters did you chose, and why?
- What were you trying to achieve in the game?
- Where did the game take place. What was the setting, and did this element stand-out?
- What style of graphics were used? Was it 2D or 3D? Realistic or cartoon-style?
- How did playing the game make you feel? Excited? Scared? Or even bored? Remember - a review doesn't have to be positive.
More Review Writing Tips
The review writing guides below are filled with advice for how to structure an effective film review, but that guidance can easily applied to reviews of games, books, or anything else! Log in and download these resources to help support young people in their review writing.
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