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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Hundreds
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 282
282 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Threes!' engaging mechanics add up to iOS puzzle perfection.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simogo’s keen eye for design and multimedia elevate what otherwise could have been a breezy mystery novella into one of the best puzzle games on the App Store.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fast, slick, and startlingly affordable, Asphalt 8: Airborne redefines iOS arcade racing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ridiculous Fishing is absurdly fun and seriously memorable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the strangeness of some of its surface-level changes, Final Fantasy VI has aged surprisingly well, and holds up beautifully on iOS.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Casual fans might balk at the huge download or $20 price tag, but for serious gamers and strategy fans, the lure of a near-perfect portable XCOM may be irresistible.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bug Heroes 2 builds on the fine foundation of its predecessor to assemble a strong and varied MOBA-style game, which only stumbles on a few minor points.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As mesmerizing on iOS as anywhere else, Limbo is a concise and fascinating puzzle platform adventure that really sticks with you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monument Valley’s dazzling aesthetics and deceptive terrain combine wonderfully to form a rich, memorable experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever spell system, great cartoon visuals, and loads of humor make Magicka's side-scrolling spell brawling a real treat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Joe Danger Touch is a bright, addictive platform game that should serve as required playing for any developer interested in moving a console favorite to the App Store.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Boasting a minimalistic design style and simple controls, Darklings is a delightful affair that pulls you in further each time you play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    FTL's seat-of-your-pants strategizing hits the sweet spot between careful planning and unpredictable action. This survival sim can be a heartbreaker at times, but it's one of the most thrilling downloads you'll find on iPad.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mikey Hooks is a worthwhile successor to Mikey Shorts that's short, but a rush while it lasts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Room Two builds on the original game in smart ways without losing the thrill or depth of its finely tuned puzzle play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castle Doombad is an impressive tower defense game that charms and challenges in equal doses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best games of the 2000s, and the iPad version is an uncompromisingly faithful port.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Room is a gorgeous, unique, and mentally stimulating exercise in mechanical puzzle-solving that's steeped in atmosphere. It's a gauntlet of challenges worth running through.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stickets looks deceptively simple, but, well, there’s the rub. Brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Icebreakers: A Viking Voyage is a puzzling treat that packs a surprising amount of depth into a few simple mechanics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like unspooling a good sci-fi detective story, Gemini Rue is well worth the investment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We’ve been dreaming of an Eliss update for years, and Eliss Infinity proves dreams can sometimes come true. More importantly, what was innovative in 2009 remains fresh, tactile, and truly terrific today.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Fiesta Run may not dramatically deviate from the formula, but it maximizes the excellence held within and delivers a richly entertaining mobile platformer that’s tough, funny, and ultimately pretty wonderful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More isn't necessarily better, though Plants vs. Zombies 2 still shines as a slick and fun free offering.