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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Duet Game
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Croods isn’t the kind of game you’d expect from a Rovio and DreamWorks partnership, and it fails to leverage the strengths of either while beckoning for your wallet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you love Star Wars or just crave new tables to dominate without needing rolls of quarters, it's digital pinball done right with a licensed twist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tight controls and effective ambience make NightSky one of the best physics platformers around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Marvel's back catalog is a fantastic resource, but the clunky reader interface and current offline restrictions make the mobile experience less than heroic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minor quibbles don't keep Super Stickman Golf 2 from being a brilliantly fun and addictive iOS game, whether you prefer to swing solo or outshoot the competition.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ridiculous Fishing is absurdly fun and seriously memorable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Block Fortress hides ample fun and depth behind its clone mask, yielding an arguably more entertaining experience than the iOS hit it draws its visual inspiration from.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sonic the Hedgehog seems like a perfect fit for an endless runner, but Sonic Dash fumbles the fundamentals and aggravates with heavy-handed in-app purchases.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's a short romp, there's a lot of replay value in this unusual game of chance. King Cashing 2 duct-tapes some strange ideas together to make a fun and funny offering that'll hook you right away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Toy Story: Smash It! is easy to pick up, hard to put down, and always enticing to play again. While completion may be brief and easy for experienced players, aiming to notch a perfect score provides sufficient challenge and shows just how clever the puzzles really are.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Serious adventure fans will be able to look beyond Cognition's warts to appreciate the story and puzzle challenges, but it's bound to be a love-hate relationship.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Gun Bros 2 is a serviceable twin-stick shooter hampered by a miserable free-to-play model that punishes the player for not paying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With finicky controls and frustrating stages, it's almost like Worm Run wants you to get eaten.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While the “endless shooter” mechanics are nicely executed, Die Hard's increasingly boring gameplay and irritating checkpoints aren't worth the effort. "Yippee ki-lame," sadly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of a few control issues, Metal Slug 2 is a surprisingly strong showcase for old-school action and rich 2D presentation.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Journey Down's unique setup and well-implemented adventure gameplay gets the series off to a promising start.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ingeniously conceived and expertly executed, Hundreds is one of the very best iOS games to date.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Inane and unvaried gameplay, paired with some terrible boss stage design, yields another sad Shaq action affair; a real Diesel disappointment, to say the least.

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