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 Asphalt 8: Airborne
Lowest review score: 20 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pac-Man Dash! is a surprisingly tight platformer, but it gets bogged down by an unfortunate pace-killing stamina meter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Vendetta Online's MMO space exploration and combat is deep, complex, and satisfying – once you get past the learning curve and get a feel for its quirks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Samurai Shodown II could have been a fantastic arcade port, but it's held back by crummy controls and performance problems. It's still entertaining, but iOS 7's gamepad support can't come soon enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    War of Nations brings a few small improvements to the free-to-play strategy boilerplate, but high prices and glitches diminish the experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For what it’s worth, Liberation Maiden is the far better value and experience than its 3DS counterpart. Play this version of the uncommon shooter if you haven’t already, but don’t expect it to last you long.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite solid controls, cool and playful presentation, and decent depth, Flick Kick Football Legends shoots itself in the foot with invasive advertisements and a too-short stamina meter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A minimal, fairly effective, and initially compelling arcade experience that lacks the depth and pulling power to keep it around for the long haul. Still, it’s worth a look for a buck or two.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Danger Boat enters an overcrowded genre with a few novel ideas, but some speed bumps prevent it from racing past the competition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Go Dance is a simple and enjoyable iOS dance game, though its lack of robust features and very thin soundtrack limit its fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lode Runner Classic is just as hectic and demanding as the beloved original, but control problems hamstring the experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Deer Hunter 2014 serves up some robust shooting and free-to-play progression, but it lacks challenge, walks an ethical tightrope, and provides only a tiny portion of the complete hunting experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Order & Chaos Duels can quickly become very pricey the more you play, which is a shame since it offers a rich combat system and lots of charm.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dropchord dazzles with its presentation, but doesn't make a lasting impact with its interactivity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Lost Reels is a pale shadow of the original, but it does a decent job with what little it's been given.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Band Stars brings charm and fun in a polished package, but it fails to build on good first impressions and ends up feeling blandly generic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Angry Birds Friends brings the Facebook favorite to iOS, but while the new angle is interesting, the competitive balance seems muddled.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sky Tourist is delightfully unique and blast to play when it works, but be prepared to muddle through some irksome moments as you push into this interesting, but shakily-executed adventure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At its best, Knock-Knock is creepy, surreal, and gripping. However, that grip is loosened by frustrating repetition and a set of muddled systems that obscure more often than they engage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Flashout 2 is fast and slick, but its combat and upgrade systems stand out more than its racing elements. There are more substantial sci-fi racers on the App Store, but Flashout 2 is a fun, lightweight diversion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fightback’s base combat is entertaining enough, but its reliance on a pay-to-win model dramatically overshadows its gameplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While there's something to be said for Cold War's new gameplay elements and decent multiplayer, the Sky Gamblers series appears to have entered a deep freeze.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While perhaps enough to satisfy the most dedicated of Marvel fans, Avengers Alliance's high points are marred by some pretty notable flaws.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The novelty of uploading your face into Bloodmasque is a lot of fun, but the enjoyment wears thin due to unreliable controls and repetitive action.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bookworm Heroes is a polished word/fighting game hybrid, but its aggressive in-app purchases ultimately mellow its charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Where’s My Water? 2 provides more physics-based puzzles without rocking the boat, but a barrage of freemium roadblocks – thanks in part to the baffling inclusion of an energy mechanic – drains fun from the latest adventure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Collectables shapes up well early on, but its straightforward-yet-fun shooting and strategy elements are well and truly hamstrung by a freemium-spoiled design with a stingy reward system.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM Pocket offers a decent trading card game rooted in the world of the long-running franchise, but its good points lose out against a weak story, a lack of variety, and a clear departure from the source material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While certainly enjoyable at times, The Drowning's free-to-play implementation hampers the game to an inexcusable degree.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    AVP: Evolution might turn into a worthwhile iOS brawler with some notable tweaks, but for now it's a rather mundane exercise in patience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless you’re a huge fan of The Muppets, you’re better off with one of the many other sim games that execute this format with a bit more subtlety.