Gametart was absorbed by Gamesfrenzy in 2009, and has ceased to exisit as an independent company; we've kept this review as it was for posterity.
Gametart has been a consistent winner since starting up in May 2004, and is our top recommendation for PS2 owners among others. They claim to be the UK's top games rental company, and we agree for PS2 and PSP, though not for other platforms.
Gametart's distinctive red and black website includes a basic search engine and allows browsing by their thousands of video game titles through 13 genres. One of our favourite features is the 'on hold' system which allows customers to reserve a game that they really want while they are returning a current rental.
Instructions for rental games are emailed to the customer and turnaround times between games are reputedly excellent. They claim that 98% of the time your game will arrive the next day, though as ever this largely depends on the Royal Mail's efficiency. We particularly like that you can suspend your account, say if you're going on holiday or have a busy stretch at work or exams; not all companies have this facility, and their indefinite suspension policy can certainly save money in these cases.
We have heard minor complaints about Gametart limiting the rental queue to ten titles. This has now been remedied and you may now have up to 20 titles in your queue.
Gametart have expanded beyond their PS2 specialization of a couple years back and boast over unique titles, supporting all major consoles except the Xbox, Gamecube, and Gameboy Advance. They stock 1,620+ total game titles, including 720+ for PS2, 320+ for XBox 360, 170+ for the Wii, 170+ for PSP, 90+ for the DS, and 190+ so far for the PS3.
Like most of the online games rental companies they don't offer a customer service phone number. So beware of slow response to customer emails, which may cause problems if you want to cancel a subscription.
Prices: Game Tart offer two simple price plan options, and are one of the only major game rental companies to charge by the week instead of the month. Price are £2.99 a week for 1 game at-a-time (unlimited, roughly £11.96 per month) and £3.99 a week for 2 games at-a-time (unlimited, roughly £15.96 per month) which will be charged every 28 days. New subscribers will automatically be assigned to the 1-at-a-time tariff.
They continue to offer an industry standard ten day free trial.