MacLife's Scores

  • Games
For 282 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Eliss Infinity
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Casual fans might balk at the huge download or $20 price tag, but for serious gamers and strategy fans, the lure of a near-perfect portable XCOM may be irresistible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As mesmerizing on iOS as anywhere else, Limbo is a concise and fascinating puzzle platform adventure that really sticks with you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Third Eye Crime serves up a masterful blend of stealth puzzling and noir-inspired storytelling, with misdirection cleverly applied on both counts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Duet’s elegant brilliance is starkly defined against its unforgiving difficulty, and there’s a truly entrancing puzzler lurking beneath its surface.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ridiculous Fishing is absurdly fun and seriously memorable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ingeniously conceived and expertly executed, Hundreds is one of the very best iOS games to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Threes!' engaging mechanics add up to iOS puzzle perfection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We’ve been dreaming of an Eliss update for years, and Eliss Infinity proves dreams can sometimes come true. More importantly, what was innovative in 2009 remains fresh, tactile, and truly terrific today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Year Walk is smart, thrilling, and absolutely stunningly crafted. It'll throw you for a loop, leaving you transfixed to the screen until you shake out all of its dark secrets.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    FTL's seat-of-your-pants strategizing hits the sweet spot between careful planning and unpredictable action. This survival sim can be a heartbreaker at times, but it's one of the most thrilling downloads you'll find on iPad.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fast, slick, and startlingly affordable, Asphalt 8: Airborne redefines iOS arcade racing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kingdom Rush Frontiers is another excellent – albeit now familiar – tower defense entry for strategy fans seeking a potent mix of brains and brawn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stickets looks deceptively simple, but, well, there’s the rub. Brilliant.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bug Heroes 2 builds on the fine foundation of its predecessor to assemble a strong and varied MOBA-style game, which only stumbles on a few minor points.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intricate yet fun to learn, Yomi mixes fighting and card games together into a compact package that plays just as well on iPad as it does on your tabletop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scaled down in some respects and expanded in others, Real Racing 3 might irk some old fans, but it's a remarkably giving free-to-play affair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Command's violent romp through the galaxy is equal parts challenging and clever, making it a must-play for sci-fi strategy fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hitman GO is a clever and stylish work of alchemy, bringing elegant stealth mechanics to a new platform and a fresh genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lost Yeti’s throwback aesthetic and charming puzzles are a Super Nintendo-lover’s sugarcoated dream come true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Karateka Classic is a superb port of an excellent (if ancient) fighting game, and is a great way to rekindle old memories or to simply see what all the fuss is about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This great indie port flops turn-based strategy on its head with delightful asynchronous chaos and intense multiplayer matches.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Ride Into the Mountains overcomes a few small rough spots to offer a challenging, intriguing, evocative, and memorable adventure of horseback archery with a stellar minimalist aesthetic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the strangeness of some of its surface-level changes, Final Fantasy VI has aged surprisingly well, and holds up beautifully on iOS.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simogo’s keen eye for design and multimedia elevate what otherwise could have been a breezy mystery novella into one of the best puzzle games on the App Store.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    David presents an abstract, dangerous world that’s as tough as it is beautiful and surprisingly emotive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Adventure Time: Card Wars is an impeccably designed card-battler with the show’s signature humor generously slathered over it. Don’t be turned off by the energy mechanics — this is one game that makes that minor annoyance worth tolerating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castle Doombad is an impressive tower defense game that charms and challenges in equal doses.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tight controls and effective ambience make NightSky one of the best physics platformers around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best games of the 2000s, and the iPad version is an uncompromisingly faithful port.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Icebreakers: A Viking Voyage is a puzzling treat that packs a surprising amount of depth into a few simple mechanics.

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