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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Third Eye Crime: Act 1
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Getting around has its frustrating moments, but Type:Rider remains a fascinating interactive exploration of typography that's unlike anything else on the App Store.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monster Adventures mashes up different genres to give you a compelling and seemingly fresh experience each time you play.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great visuals and a tactile control scheme combine with the Formula One license to produce a stellar top-down iOS racer. F1 Challenge comes with bells and whistles, but its fundamentals prove top-notch.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Papa Sangre II’s audio-only horror adventure offers an intense and unsettling improvement on its stellar predecessor, but its uncompromising latter stages may prove too much to bear.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO The Lord of the Rings may not match its much pricier Mac counterpart on features or gameplay depth, but it's still the best LEGO game on iOS by a wide margin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiny Death Star's slow but satisfying consumer-centric twist on battlestation management lacks the excitement of the films it draws from, but makes up for it raw cuteness and loads of thoughtful fan service.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies isn’t a drastic re-invention of the original, but adding more content and refined gameplay to an already impressive strategy game is hard to argue with.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, funny, and challenging as all get out, Stealth Inc. is one of the most interesting puzzle-platformers to hit iOS this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though not perfect, Oceanhorn delivers an impressive Zelda-like adventure that anyone can enjoy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Players looking for the chance to devise a plan and execute it perfectly may bristle at Skulls of the Shogun’s reliance on slow-moving chaos, but open-minded tacticians will find a sense of levity, flexibility, and improvisation not found in most turn-based strategy games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strange, surreal, and spectacularly designed, Icycle: On Thin Ice is a one-of-a-kind platformer that only stumbles when it proves overwhelmingly punishing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't quite have The Walking Dead's emotional weight or instantly relatable characters, but Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us is a fun, intriguing opener for what promises to be a macabre supernatural noir thriller.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All That Remains lays it on a bit thick with the brutality and (increasingly predictable) scares, but it's nonetheless a riveting, promising start to The Walking Dead: Season Two.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Streamlined stealth and an intriguing premise blend well to get République off to a promising start in Exordium.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be nearly a decade old, but in spite of technical hiccups, difficult controls, and a slow start, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is still one of the best open-world games of all time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cool setting aside, Joe Danger Infinity is largely more of the same stunt biking action seen in the first iOS game. Luckily, sweet rides and vibrant characters help keep it interesting, and the underlying action is as entertaining as ever.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeon Keeper’s pared-down reboot is fun on its own right, even if it's not quite the same creature as the excellent classic games it’s based on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dawn of the Plow’s no-frills retro style gels perfectly with its simple snow-plowing mechanic, which provides a light-hearted distraction that can easily become a chaotic battle to stave off the inevitable.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its combat system may be simple, but Fright Fight offers plenty of ways to have fun with its Smash Bros-like online matches. Just expect to spend money if you crave variety or quick progress.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smash Hit turns the simple pleasure of shattering glass into an enjoyable arcade-style cruise through abstract terrain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.