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 Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pivvot is an interesting homage to Super Hexagon that proves simultaneously easier and more challenging.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even Up’s un-sexy, straightforward approach may not enthrall everyone, but its logic isn’t without merit.