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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 FTL: Faster than Light
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Star Wars: Assault Team is an engaging, strategy-minded card battler quest that's a blast for series fans. However, its steep challenge might push you to spend more than you originally intended to once you get sucked in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the same Cut the Rope that we know so well, albeit with a little more to love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t stray far from genre conventions, GT Racing 2 is competently executed and fun to play. There may be higher-profile racers on iOS, but few that nail the controls and upgrades quite as squarely as this does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take Redonkulous lightly at your peril – the gameplay here is hardcore with a vengeance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some freemium hassles, Monster Legacy is as charming as many of the monsters you’ll meet. Its various aspects all work together to create an inviting adventure you’ll want to keep playing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wave Trip may feel derivative in spots to multiplatform players, but it's nevertheless an exciting and engaging musical odyssey.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This amazingly deep and addictive puzzle-RPG hybrid gets a mostly solid port that's still a blast to play, despite some rough edges from the transition to the App Store.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bit Dungeon treads charted ground, but it absolutely owns its retro roots, and making stat numbers larger is a joy as old as gaming itself. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then consider golden-era gaming red in the face.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Familiar framework aside, Temple Run 2's notable upgrades and thrilling pursuits make it one of the most entertaining free-to-play options around.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ridge Racer Slipstream delivers the unique and thrilling flavor of the well-known arcade racing series without messing up the controls, but it relies too heavily on its console predecessors for inspiration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First Strike is a fairly simple strategy game, but its fast-paced games and demands for smart thinking yield challenges on all difficulties.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Journey Down's unique setup and well-implemented adventure gameplay gets the series off to a promising start.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it doesn't reinvent the wheel like its predecessor, Anomaly Korea is an almost wholly different strategic experience than anything else found on the App Store.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best (and most cheaply) experienced in small bursts, Solitaire Blitz offers an engaging high-score chase disguised as a classic game of cards.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Petting Zoo is one of those rare apps that brings out the kid in all of us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a very solid mobile MOBA, Solstice Arena is compact but robust enough for quick bursts of fun on the go.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Streamlined without being dumbed-down, Frontline Commando: D-Day is a fun, accessible romp that shooter fans will find easy to like.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If comical medical insanity and gutsy operations don't gross you out, this silly surgeon simulation will tickle your funny bone for hours on end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Second Chance Heroes calls on some big-name historical figures to kick ass in the zombie apocalypse, with just enough style, variety, and depth to keep you engaged.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Backyard Monsters: Unleashed offers a solid blend of base building and tower offense in a free-to-play package, although its cycle of monster and building upgrades drags it down as you reach higher levels.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An innovative indie experience that melds the bizarre with the sublime, Incredipede tests your problem-solving skills and patience in intriguing ways.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Football Heroes is a fun pigskin game that offers a continual stream of great moments, though it’s held back by unintelligent computer opponents.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Final Hours of Tomb Raider's biggest success is the way it paints the human side of game development and does so in clever, absorbing ways. The in-depth reporting and attention to detail pairs perfectly with the broad range of interactive media content, making for a gripping journey into the heart of this venerable game series and its comeback from the abyss.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like unspooling a good sci-fi detective story, Gemini Rue is well worth the investment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiny Thief is a cute, challenging, and inventive offering that sucks you in from the get-go with it's ample charm. It has its tough moments, but they're worth muscling through.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it has its irritating moments, the addictive pursuit of constantly upping your rolling arsenal makes Lionel Battle Train an amusing freebie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Progression can be a pain and the controls need refinement, but Super Paper Pool still makes an intriguing puzzler out of pool and putt-putt.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Baldur's Gate II is a great slice of RPG gaming history, though it’s geared towards serious fans of old-school role-playing — and the tricky touch interface, punishing difficulty, and unintuitive design elements tend to get in the way of fun at times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kind of Soccer’s quirky and ridiculous hit-the-referee hook is backed by fun-yet-challenging gameplay and a cool lo-fi aesthetic, though its ultimately shallow nature shows through sooner or later.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sine Mora is still worth exploring on iOS if you can’t play it elsewhere, but know that it’s the difference between eating filet mignon and ground chuck.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Boom Beach continues Supercell’s fight for your wallet in a solid, yet unspectacular freemium combat strategy game that rewards the patient and meticulous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With fun exploration and beautiful visuals, Assassin's Creed Pirates skirts close to greatness, but settles for being an enjoyable diversion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don’t already own a Zumba game or simply want the experience with you at all times, Zumba Dance will definitely make you sweat — and that’s a good thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quadropus Rampage would benefit from more exact directional controls, but the action pacing and amusing tone carry themselves well on iOS devices.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gangstar Vegas may not be "Grand," but it’s sure to satisfy your hunger for a good open-world game on your iPhone or iPad.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oquonie is a puzzle-based adventure full of contradictions, notably in being both simple and complex. Soothing to noodle around with but also hard work to understand, it’s tricky to say how much actual fun’s on offer, but Oquonie’s an easy game to be quietly impressed by.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By air, land, or sea, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed delivers an entertaining burst of nostalgia-drenched fun, though the slow-to-unlock content and awkward in-game currency implementation are unappealing new mobile-exclusive features.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Riptide GP2 doesn’t reinvent the iOS racing game, but with loads of well-executed content to offer, it's still a largely great option.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mines of Mars puts a cool building and crafting spin on the side-scrolling action genre, though its fun is whittled down a bit by control issues and minor bugs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Equal parts Mirror’s Edge, League of Evil, and NinJump, Shadow Blade is solid, slicey fun for its duration — but that isn’t terribly lengthy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Breach & Clear is a short-lived but smartly designed tactics game with impressive military authenticity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Star Horizon is a tightly responsive, beautiful action shooter throwback with only a few issues—namely the bland story and short playtime—holding it back from being a mobile classic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Touch screen controls force Machine at War 3 to sacrifice some depth, but it largely makes up for it with a robust selection of gameplay modes and units.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Funny, fast, and free, Lie Swatter makes facts and fibs alike seem totally amusing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s no in-app purchasing your way out of Touchgrind Skate 2's challenging learning curve, but players willing to put in some practice time will find a satisfying skating game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with its odd mix of casual fighting and (eventual) hardcore-only challenge, Injustice’s solid action will please the crime-fighting crowd.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Packed with charm but lacking challenge, Where's My Mickey? remains an enjoyable and endearing riff on the Disney series' puzzle formula.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Echo Prime offers plenty of energetic stages full of foes to blast and slice up, but its repetitive nature weighs down some of the more interesting elements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strong atmosphere and artsy, minimalistic presentation make Kairo's puzzle-adventure gameplay a fascinating experience, though it lacks the structure and direction that many players come to expect from the genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultima Forever’s stripped-down approach to dungeon-delving might alienate more hardcore fans, but the satisfyingly simple battles and the amount of content on offer make it worth a trip to Britannia.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Word Puttz is a solid free-to-play puzzler, though it won’t scratch the itch of advanced word nerds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another Case Solved is enjoyable enough to warrant the free download, but it lacks a strong enough hook to carry you through the eventual tedium and repetition.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While lacking the depth and visual diversity of its desktop counterparts, Archangel is a fun touch screen take on the action RPG.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ms. Splosion Man is a mostly excellent puzzle-platformer, but a couple of unfortunate design decisions hold the iOS version back from greatness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A great spooky aesthetic plus ample atmosphere enhance the unsettling storytelling in this indie adventure, though it's just a bit too compact and open-ended.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mittens is a cute and cuddly time-killer that hearkens back to classic cartoon sensibilities, but its puzzles are a bit more linear than in Disney’s finest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With atmosphere and story driving the slow-burning adventure, Out There is decidedly light on action and excitement. That said, it's the game's personality and surprises that will keep you pushing deeper into the stars.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's nothing revolutionary here, but Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign does a good job of spicing up the match-three genre for comic fans with its hero-centric nerdiness, tense combat encounters, and strong collecting elements.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Breezy and pleasantly presented, Go Home Dinosaurs may not be a hardcore tower defense option, but it's still an enjoyable tweak on the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    First of Awesome suffers due to a lack of variety, but it remains an enjoyable experience in small chunks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sorcery 2 continues the adventure with very little iteration, but it’s built on a strong foundation that remains charming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pirate Legends HD can't quite match the quality of the game it aims to duplicate, but it comes close enough to consider.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Eets Munchies will nourish your inner level designer, but the experience as a whole is a bit inconsistent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the 1993 original, but dodging traps and cutting down monsters as the re-imagined Prince is still a fun way to dive back into its universe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cut the Rope 2 works in some new puzzle mechanics, but we hoped the series’ first numbered sequel would feel just a bit more distinctive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Toast Time perfectly captures the chaos of a rushed breakfast; similarly, it doesn’t always sit well and it’s tough to fully digest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may be a brief thrill, but high speed and explosions make After Burner Climax a lot of fun while it lasts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may not be as involved as other simulation genre offerings, but Pixel People's adorable take on city building and gene splicing makes for good times with a casual focus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is a fun, competent endless runner with nice visuals, although we're not fans of its steep in-app purchases.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the allure of setting fires cools off before long, the engaging style, story, and puzzle elements make for an enticing experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sporos is a pure puzzle game in the classical sense, with a simple rule set that quickly iterates and expands. It may not dazzle, and it’s easy to fall into a trial-and-error grind – but if you want a cerebral challenge, it’s as difficult as the limitations you place on yourself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In true Adult Swim fashion, Giant Boulder of Death's oddball tone and gameplay are equally entertaining – in small doses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surgeon Simulator is full of gags and funny moments that are bound to make you laugh out loud, and the intentional wonky controls ramp up the crazy shenanigans. Bizarreness burns brightly in this silly sim, but its humor doesn't always translate into lasting fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pudding Monsters might try a few too many things within a short span of levels, but its breezy puzzle action entertains while hinting at better challenges down the line.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Glorkian Warrior is a sweet-natured, old-school shooter with a sting in its tail in the shape of a harsh difficulty level. It’s fun but also frustrating, even on the so-called easy setting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Disney Infinity: Toy Box really does bring the core creation concept to iPad, though it takes some getting used to after such a wonderful experience on the consoles. Thankfully, the fun isn't lost in the occasionally awkward transition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With the look of a classic RPG and the heart of an arcade favorite, Nimble Quest is an engaging free-to-play curio that's a hair less gripping than either influence might suggest.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Skateboard Slam tears up the course with charm and skills aplenty, but then hits the wall hard when it comes time to level up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Colossatron’s couple hours of campaign chaos are plenty amusing, but it’s short on the depth and diversity needed to ensure real staying power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pivvot is an interesting homage to Super Hexagon that proves simultaneously easier and more challenging.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This mellow auto-runner offers some interesting gameplay, although it may leave speed freaks craving something more energetic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Scurvy Scallywags erects a grand scaffolding of curious creativity on a well-worn puzzle formula, resulting in a familiar experience with lots of fun new twists.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Madagascar Math Ops takes the gameplay of Angry Birds and throws in educational content. It might not make your kid a math whiz, but it’s better than flash cards.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Minor technical issues aside, Kahuna is a flavorful reintroduction to a 16-year-old game of Hawaiian-themed stratagem.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heroes of Dragon Age is a generally entertaining romp through Thedan lore, but a lack of battle interaction and an overly limiting stamina bar blight the whole.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even Up’s un-sexy, straightforward approach may not enthrall everyone, but its logic isn’t without merit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Autumn Dynasty Warlords does a great job of translating 4X strategy for mobile play, although its simplicity threatens the appeal of its combat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    World War Z is an entertaining film-inspired game, even if its combat system could use some polish.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The astonishing illustrations, excellent soundtrack, and delightful world of Morphopolis may be worth the price of admission alone in what is an otherwise middling hidden-object game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With an excellent mix of costumes, tons of collectibles, some truly clever dialogue, and a pleasant sense of humor, Costume Quest is a very likable adventure. Over time, exploration and battles can grow repetitive, but that shouldn't stop you from digging into this sweet Halloween affair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite control quirks, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes delivers console-quality visuals and tons of variety to bolster its familiar-but-fun smash, build, and puzzle gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Junk Jack X certainly has some of the absorbing potential of the games it nods to, but the fun is harder to come by thanks to tricky controls that get in the way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Gaijin Games can sort out some nagging bugs, Bit.Trip Run could be among the best iOS platforming games of 2013.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Temple Run: Oz puts a slick Disney spin on the top 3D endless runner, but isn't quite as captivating or fully-featured as the free and still very recent Temple Run 2.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Block Fortress: War’s unique blend of real-time strategy with tower defense and base building gains ground early, but gets bogged down in the trenches before long.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Battle Supremacy’s slow, purposeful shooting isn’t thrill-a-minute stuff, but sustained online firefights are satisfyingly tense.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    CSR Classics holds all the appeal of its predecessor with a nice hot rod restoration element, but progression proves extremely slow and repetitive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rigid in spots and light on impact, Tengami still feels like the ideal kind of App Store curio: it’s short, sweet, intimate, and handcrafted, with dreamy environs and meditative, low-key puzzles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Origins features almost none of the complexity Batman games are now known for on other platforms, but it's moderately fun for a while — at least until the game starts trying to milk your wallet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Angry Birds Star Wars II has a glossy and charismatic exterior, but compared to past entries, its appeal feels largely skin deep.