Just Adventure's Scores

  • Games
For 293 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 The Longest Journey
Lowest review score: 0 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 293
293 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's hard to find any fault when you have a fantastic story, unique gameplay, and good graphics and sound to back it up. It's difficult to even categorize it in any known genre.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Top-notch writing, memorable characters, beautiful 3D animations against 2D backdrops, and a musical score that is more complementary than ornamental all unite for a once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience.
    • 65 Metascore
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    What adventure lovers will appreciate the most about this game, I think, is the fact that, with all its polish and rich production values, it's still at heart a completely traditional third-person point-and-click adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Few recent graphic adventures get as many things right as Exile does. It reminds you of why you began playing adventure games in the first place.
    • 93 Metascore
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    The game is beautifully designed to be an addictive multiplayer extravaganza, as you pit yourself against swarms of enemy ships controlled by human opponents.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Neither a pure adventure, nor a pure RPG in the sense of "Final Fantasy" or "Warcraft." It is an astonishing synthesis of the two, taking the story and puzzle elements of the adventure and the graphic flexibility of the RPG. Adding in a dash of online gaming, and Cyan might just have created a game that will appeal to gamers from all genres. This could be the first true blockbuster, cross-genre game.
    • 96 Metascore
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    It features a fully interactive environment that's a blast to play through. It's really like an interactive movie because it's so immersive. It's easily the most revolutionary shooter since "System Shock."
    • 92 Metascore
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    Irrational Games and Looking Glass have produced one of the best games I've ever played. System Shock 2 is truly scary, smart, challenging, fascinating, and disturbing. I recommend it to any adventurous adventure player.
    • 96 Metascore
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    It's solid and requires, thanks to the variety and great AI of the enemy you meet throughout, more than a modicum of strategic thinking to get through with a good selection of interesting weapons on offer.
    • 82 Metascore
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    A triumph. It’s at the same time a real 3D game and a crackerjack pure adventure. High levels of craftsmanship and designer TLC are evident throughout the game. Playing it is like falling into an exciting movie thriller. [Grade = A+]
    • 94 Metascore
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    By far the shortest RPG I've ever played. Surprisingly, this may be one of its strengths. An RPG that only takes about thirty hours (or much less if you are experienced) to play is easy to play again. And Diablo has serious replayability virtues. [Grade = A+]
    • 68 Metascore
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    The best independent adventure game since "Cracking the Conspiracy."
    • 81 Metascore
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    I waited several days after finishing the game before writing this review, so that the initial enthusiasm would subside and I could be objective. Now I can honestly say that with Fatal Frame 2 we are presented with what is probably the scariest, most haunting and most unsettling of survival horror games!
    • 94 Metascore
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    Quite possibly one of the top five adventures of all time, and certainly in the Top Ten. The style, atmosphere, wit, creativity and inventiveness are what makes Grim Fandango remarkable.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Provides a huge dose of what adventure gamers are hungry for: a rich story, complicated characters, tons of puzzles and exploration of a series of beautiful and intriguing environments.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Not many developers would take the time and energy needed to recreate these famous sites with the care and attention that they require or conduct the many hours of research that this game calls for. Not many games can claim to give you the feeling of actually being there.
    • 90 Metascore
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    ICO
    Easily the most addictive game I have played this year on either console or computer and would be a welcome addition to any adventure gamer's collection.
    • 89 Metascore
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    This is one of those rare games that oozes quality from every pore.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Despite some minor issues here and there, this is a MUST have for any adventure lovers.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Incredibly addicting... They’ve just cleaned up your standard Dungeons and Dragons style online RPG and made it super fun, extremely refined, and exceedingly accessible to gamers of all levels.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Truly the game that Nancy Drew and mystery fans have been waiting for. The puzzles are better, the concept is better, and the historical piece of the puzzle is intriguing, as well.
    • 63 Metascore
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    The game itself is a delight. It is comparable to "Myst" in that it uses a sideshow technique to further movement.
    • 80 Metascore
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    While not perfect, the virtues of the game overwhelm its minor shortcomings like a tsunami over tinkertoys.
    • 85 Metascore
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    One of the true classics of the adventure genre.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The tightness of the game’s construction, plot and location mean that the game is pretty short. This is not a complaint. Nancy Drew books aren’t long, and it wouldn’t make sense for the games to be epics, either.
    • 80 Metascore
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    One of the hardest I've played. It's DEFINITELY not for the novice adventurer. Rather, it's a rich, multi-course feast for the adventure connoisseur.
    • 89 Metascore
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    After playing, and enjoying this game for so long, you really need an ending that gives you a sense of completion and satisfaction. Unfortunately, CMI fails to deliver it. The ending is extremely brief and anticlimatic. With the ending aside, The Curse of Monkey Island is a wonderful game that no adventure gamer should be without. Period. I can safely say that no other game has given me this degree of enjoyment.
    • 75 Metascore
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    The experience of playing Dreamfall is so pleasant and user-friendly that I think it has the potential to be a “gateway” game, a game like Myst or The Sims, which brings new players to computer and video games.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It is wonderful in all aspects. I loved it.
    • 82 Metascore
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    While not creating anything new, per se, Ubisoft has taken the venerable Adventure Game and, once again, raised it to a new height.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It's not only phenomenal gaming, but it's a work of art.
    • 77 Metascore
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    If you are even an occasional fan of the series, Justice is Served is an absolute must-play. Even if you have never watched an episode but enjoy mystery/detective adventure games (or those few legal/trial-based games that are out there) then I can pretty much assure you a good time from Legacy’s newest offering.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A great way to rediscover a Jules Verne classic. If the idea of overcoming nature’s challenges, surviving in a forgotten land, and unlocking the mysteries of an exotic island interest you, do not miss this game.
    • 85 Metascore
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    No game is perfect, but Indigo Prophecy will be the standard bearer for a future generation of adventure games and would be a great candidate for a feature film. It deserves to be played, scrutinized and devoured by all gamers – action and adventure, casual and hardcore alike.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Anyone who loves a mystery and has an investigative mind will get many hours of pleasure from Still Life.
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    This is a solid adventure game with some other elements from the RPG genre, which will be embraced by all but the most traditional adventurer.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Shadow of the Colossus, like ICO before it, is in a class unto itself.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Character reactions are exaggerated, heck, they’re waaaaay over-exaggerated, the main setting is a courtroom and it is - *gasp* - adventure. In fact, to label Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney as ‘kooky’ would be an understatement, but somehow it works.
    • 84 Metascore
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    They nailed the user interface and playability. It's addicting. They made it for PC, MAC and Linux. And they are Independent Developers. Sounds like a solid “A” to me.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The ultimate DS show-off title. It looks great, it sounds great, it has near-infinite appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. As such, it's a great reason to buy Nintendo's finest handheld to date and if it ever gets a EU or US release will no doubt be the next craze after Nintendog fever takes hold.
    • tbd Metascore
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    This is a perfect game for a Halloween scare or for taking care of your mother-in-law when your father-in-law is away on business! Despite some flaws, this independent game deserves an A.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Despite its easiness, Okami is absolute fun to play, and its length and depth, as well as its superb gameplay and high replayability value, will ensure many an afternoon of total engrossment, trying to help Ammy and Issun fight the evil of all evils. It is indeed the best non-adventure, and one of the best overall games I’ve played in 2006.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Oblivion is a blast to play, and it's a considerable achievement in the annals of electronic role-playing games.
    • 68 Metascore
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    I personally have nothing but good things to say about this game. In fact, the only problem I have is that it’s too short, and that just means I’m greedy. I think anyone who wants to be whisked away into a brightly colored land of adventure featuring the time-honored themes of good and evil, friends and foes, and a good dose of real humor will be doing themselves a serious favor by checking out this game.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Fatal Frame 3 is horror at its best, minus any cheap scares. It does an outstanding job of creeping you out while spinning a deep and distressing story that will get under your skin.
    • 67 Metascore
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    They have really pulled out all the stops with their first effort and created one classic piece of Adventure gaming. Just don’t get too used to that luxury called sleep.
    • 69 Metascore
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    But there’s a very specific pleasure also to be found in an adventure game in which the plot is simply a thin tissue that connects a series of delightfully attractive and fun puzzles.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Though the hotel is seedy Hotel Dusk Room 215 is one place you won’t want to check out of any time soon.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Brilliant story and characters, clever and challenging puzzles and a gripping pace, all presented almost perfectly.
    • 69 Metascore
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    I had a wonderful time pretending to be a medieval snoop, and I think that other gamers will too. While this is not a game I'd replay over and over again, it was a great deal of fun. More intellectual than emotional, certainly, but fun nonetheless.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Whether you're a nice guy or not and whether you tackle System Shock 2 beforehand or not (or (re)watch The Shining!), you owe it to yourself to own a copy of Bioshock.
    • 77 Metascore
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    The game looks gorgeous, tells an engaging story, has fantastic voiceovers and will have you in stitches at some of its many outrageously funny moments.
    • 61 Metascore
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    A great family game that gets everyone involved.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Professor Layton, like many of those other titles, has a level of polish and confidence that simply draws you in. It’s diverting in every way a video game should be. If you own a DS, you owe it to yourself to grab this title.
    • 66 Metascore
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    This is the saga we’ve been waiting for. Thank you Momentum.
    • 82 Metascore
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    The puzzles are harder without hints causing game players to say Duh for much longer. I loved the plot and I love Sam & Max.
    • 80 Metascore
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    The production quality is good, the sounds of music, effects and voice talent are professionally done. The animation and graphic art are up to the Sam & Max standards of three dimensional excellence.
    • 79 Metascore
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    I am very impressed that Sam & Max have kept living up to the high standards we have come to expect. The story is fresh, enjoyable and funny. Everything about the production is professional and well done.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The Lost Crown stands head and shoulders above most of the adventure game offerings that have come our way over the last few years and frankly I was saddened when it finally ended.
    • 68 Metascore
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    In summary, I found Sinking Island to be excellent and enjoyed it immensely.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The plot this time is loaded with not so surprising reversals and twists. As Sam & Max veterans we have learned by now to expect the unexpected. Perhaps we have become jaded. Like Max, we like it that way.
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    Probably the most important aspect of this game is the theme. Because there is a quite unexpected reveal at the end of the game I will not reveal the theme. All I will say is that this game will challenge you and some people might not like it for this reason.
    • 77 Metascore
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    On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 1 exists in somewhere in the hinterland between casual game and serious RPG, and it’s a very comfortable position indeed. As a palate-cleanser between playing larger games, or simply as an opportunity to experience Penny Arcade in a fresh way, it’s easy to recommend the game.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The deranged fiends at Bethesda have built a landmark game, and I think you’d be crazy not to play the damned thing.
    • 69 Metascore
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    It's clear that the people at Her Interactive love making these games - and as a result, it's hard for the player not to love them, too.
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    The line between casual and adventure game has been mightily blurred, if not almost entirely erased, and there’s no going back.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The game as improved by condensing code which reduced inventory and graphic location loading times, reduced crashes (greater stability), and made the combat more fluid and responsive.
    • 81 Metascore
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    This game was beautifully done, fun to play, and gorgeous to look at. With only a few minor quibbles such as the darkness and the movements into 3rd person, I really loved this game
    • 78 Metascore
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    Pick it up and I think you will soon be drawn into its rich plot, fun characters and puzzles, and great art and soun
    • tbd Metascore
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    Great care has been taken to provide both a back-story and depth to the character. The music is appropriately eerie and the voice-actors excellent. The animated flashbacks and present-day scenes in the game are the final link that elevate TCM above casual status.
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    MumboJumbo Games has delivered another winning Samantha Swift adventure. If you are a fan of casual games and have not tried this series, I highly recommend starting now.
    • 79 Metascore
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    I found the game as refreshing as a bucket of ice water on a sweltering evening. The animation and still art is better. The story is top notch. The music and voice work is as good as it always was (excellent).
    • 86 Metascore
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    Offering lots of replay value and an experience the family can share, Jump Start Pet Rescue will be a welcome addition to your children’s game library.
    • 77 Metascore
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    What makes this game such a pleasure to play is that it is simply a lot of fun. The puzzles are challenging, but not to a frustrating level; the suspects are funny and well-scripted; the plot moves quickly and holds interest; and the length is adequate. In some ways, I almost enjoy this series better than the original PC adventures because it is a more solid product, with no tedious chores or timed sequences to hinder enjoyment.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This is a very modest game with big ambitions. I don't think I've played a game since Portal which is such few things to complain about. It costs $20 and you should be playing it right now.
    • 77 Metascore
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    A solid "A" for innovation and delivering it in the highest professional manner.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Like all of the Jump Start products, Escape From Adventure Island is a quality product that would be a welcome addition to any family’s library of Wii games.
    • 83 Metascore
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    I am still ticked off at Telltale for deviously dumbing down the puzzles in all their games, but the quality, inventiveness and cleverness on display in this episode are undeniable
    • 93 Metascore
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    Yet another one of LucasArts's masterpieces. The humor, the sound, the graphics, and the puzzles blend together to make Day of the Tentacle a must-play for any adventure lover.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The game has two great general strengths. The first is a simply spectacular presentation and attention to detail. Despite the grim environments depicted, this is one of the best-looking XBox titles I've seen. The details are breathtaking.
    • 82 Metascore
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    The most exciting, immersive game you will play this year, and almost any other year for that matter. Hopefully, it will set the standards for future movie-based games much as the 1933 film set standards for future generations of film-makers.
    • 73 Metascore
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    The experience of playing Dreamfall is so pleasant and user-friendly that I think it has the potential to be a "gateway" game, a game like Myst or The Sims, which brings new players to computer and video games.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Everything in the game feels well thought-out. The interface works like a charm, and the controls are easy to master.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Anyone who loves a mystery and has an investigative mind will get many hours of pleasure from Still Life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One thing that amazed me about this game was the realistic clarity of the faces of the characters. Awesome! I sometimes thought I was playing an FMV game. Almost photo-realistic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You can’t begin to experience the complexities of this game or reap its full benefit during a review period. If I had more free time right now, I would embrace A Tale with all of my gaming heart and dive deep into Egypt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I don't know if it's a classic - only time can tell if Runaway deserves a place alongside the timeless - but this is the one of the most balanced and enjoyable adventures of these last years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    And this is probably what I liked least about The Last Express. You often don't know what to do. Nobody is giving you any clearly defined quests (recover this, deliver that, kill this). I suppose that's part of the mystery, but I prefer slightly less mysterious games.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything short of the voice acting is professional. Knut Mueller wanted to give us a puzzling experience and he nailed it to the wall. If you love puzzles, then you will want this game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As good as this game is, there is room for improvement in several areas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I liked this game. There was always something new to see, a fun puzzle to solve or another comment from the A.I. to mull over. I never felt frustration or the need to “get it over with.” I want more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You won’t find horror that creeps under your skin here, like you would in "Fatal Frame 2" or "Kuon" for example, but you will find a game with great and spooky atmosphere and a disturbing story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A tightly integrated game, well thought out and brilliantly executed. An unbelievable effort for a single individual.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The music and voice acting are superb. I really liked Qara’s and Neeka’s voices. The performance was with a ton of attitude and personality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the exception of my two gripes; this offering is, in this reviewer’s humble opinion, on a par with the big games produced by Lucas Arts, Access, the “old” Sierra, and more recently, Microids.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly one of the "must play" adventure games. There is simply no other game quite like it. The 2004 release is not a new game and not even a remake, however the significantly improved technical quality and wealth of additional material, combined with an attractive price, will make the new Bad Mojo appealing even to existing owners of the 1996 version.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It has been so long since we have had a comic adventure game that I think it is a relief to just have some fun and enjoy some ridiculous puzzles (and, might I add, puzzles that are purposely meant to be ridiculous).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, the puzzles, and the graphics, and felt right at home with much of it. In the same spirit that caused me to love Black Mirror despite its laughable flaws, I’m going to have to give Nibiru an A-.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An entry in the series that long-time fans will love. Despite its serious lack of background music, the game delivers strong in so many ways that you will look over any of the weak puzzles and enjoy another outing with Nancy, the Hardys, and the usual collection of goofy and humorous characters (even a recurring character from a previous mystery!), accompanied by dialogue that’s more crisp and witty than it has been in a while.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game reminded me of a graphic animated adventure, had arena-style, turn-based combat, and an interesting exploration system.