Zynga draws suspicion as CastleVille Legends amasses five star reviews
A contact working in the industry who wished to remain anonymous alerted us to claims that the majority of the game's five star reviews have been posted by users who have only ever reviewed Zynga games, or have made CastleVille Legends their debut review.
Indeed, on inspection, it appears that assessment has merit.
Of the five star reviews we looked through, a large number although not all have been made by users whose history is dominated by Zynga games, or who have never reviewed a game before.
Get to the numbers
Of the more than 50 user reviews added to CastleVille Legends' for iPhone page on the US App Store today Thursday 19 September almost 90 percent give the game a five star rating.
Of those five star ratings, around 40 percent were made by users who have only ever reviewed Zynga games, or for who Zynga games make up the vast majority of their reviews.
That's in no way a conclusive share given the way Zynga cross-promotes its games, there's every chance a large portion of its fanbase will have a prevalence for its games.
However, switching to the most favourable reviews does bring up a new of five star ratings from accounts such as the one captured below.
Interestingly, in the UK, the iPhone version of CastleVille Legends has only received two users reviews to date one five star review and a one star review, neither of which by a Zynga dominated reviewer.
Equally interesting is the fact that, despite said mass of positive ratings, CastleVille Legends hasn't yet cracked the US top grossing chart on iPhone. The game is #15 on the top free chart, however.