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 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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strike Force Heroes: Extraction almost nails its attempt to bring the classic shooter genre to iOS, but a few mechanical rough spots keep it from being on par with its inspirations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Iron Man 3 is a fun free game and a very solid diversion, but slow progress saps its long-term appeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Alien Hive is a unique puzzle game, but the originality crumbles a bit under the weight of limited resources and a pointless enemy tile.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Solidly enjoyable (albeit super streamlined) brawling action makes The Winter Solidier an intriguing comic affair, but serious repetition and underwhelming side elements wear out its welcome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beastie Bay isn't as multi-layered as the games it is based on, plus its battle system is lacking, but the great simulation features may still keep you coming back for more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Laudably unique and pleasing in short bursts, Fish Out of Water falls short of warranting long-term attachment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wayward Souls is teeth-grindingly hard, thanks to some loose controls and punishing perma-death, but high replayability and a smart progression system tease you back into the fray.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In Fear I Trust is a well-made thriller with some clever puzzles, but its tendency towards tired horror clichés makes it feel generic and aimless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bam Fu’s hectic same-device multiplayer is finger-bashing fun, but the shallow gameplay ultimately taps itself out of contention for anything other than a short bout.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a quirky kind of fun in dunking on UFOs, dribbling around explosions, and jumping into outer space for extra coins — but theme aside, NBA Rush brings little new to the saturated endless runner genre, and it’s too shallow to hold much long-term interest.