To create an awesome Playboard channel, you have to be able to dig up high-quality apps and games people don't know about, preferably about a specific subject. But the very best curators take their channels to the next level by adding short reviews about the apps in their channels. This doesn't sound like much, but it makes a big difference when browsing the channel.
Today I'd like to show you three of Playboard's best reviewers. These are curators who not only know how to pick interesting apps and games, but also have a knack for writing short, informative, and clear reviews. For me, this often means the difference between trying out an app or skipping it.
A relative newcomer to Playboard, T. Fergason already has four topic-specific channels to his name: Weird Apps and Games, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy, Super Heroes and Comic Books, and finally, Modern and Sci-Fi Horror.
A God of War-like action beat'em up game with RPG elements. It's set in a dark fantasy world that uses an isometric overhead viewpoint rather than a 3rd-person viewpoint. Impressive visuals and gameplay.
So goes T. Fergason's review for Dark Avenger. Fergason reviews just about every game on his channels, which really helps when you're trying to figure out what to install. And as for his username, well, let's just say it's a Saturday Night Live reference.
App Junkie is a mysterious guy (or girl): No real name, no user image. A true mystery! But if they were trying to keep a low profile, it's not really working. With unique channels like Zen Apps that has over 1,400 followers, App Junkie leaves a noticeable footprint in the community. And with reviews like these, the reason becomes clear:
Fantastic zen puzzler set around a gorgeous Japanese maple tree. Align the falling objects with their matching colored stone at the base of the tree. 3D action with imaginative mini-challenges.
If this doesn't make you want to install Zen Training, I'm not sure what will.
Pepper (absolutely no relation to T. Fergason above) is the talented blogger behind The Android Family, a family-oriented Android blog. She uses Playboard to showcase apps that are great for both kids and parents, with channels like Top Apps for Dads (and there's one for moms, too), and Top Toddler Games Ages 1-4.
Parents are usually busy people, so Pepper's reviews and short and to the point:
This great little puzzle game will teach your child how to drag and drop things on your tablet or phone.
That's how Pepper describes Animal Games for Kids: Puzzles. Straight and to the point, no crazy adjectives.
Playboard's community has many other talented reviewers -- this is just a small sampling. I will be publishing lots of roundups showcasing our best curators and channels. If I've missed your favorite curator, or you would like to be featured on a future roundup, shoot me an email and let's talk!