Modojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,751 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Ridge Racer
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sigma Star Saga won't be a winner with everyone because of its flaws and the lackluster RPG/shooting elements. However, if you stick with it you'll find a moving adventure with more spark than you might expect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had XMG made the first level a bit easier, Inspector Gadget's MAD Dash could've been one of the iPhone's best games, but it's much too difficult. Then again, we downloaded it free of charge, so if you grew up watching the carton, there's still a lot to love at that price.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hot Pixel does what it set out to do, clone Wario Ware without actually becoming Wario Ware, and it surprisingly succeeds, even if it's just a modest victory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A casual App with a lot of depth, depending on how serious you get into it. It's also the type of game that could entertain you for several weeks. Both user friendly and cool, we strongly recommend that you download it, especially because it's free.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you have fond memories of it or you are an RPG fanatic, definitely check out this game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For Call of Mini: Zombies 2, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There's some good action here for those who enjoyed the original, but hardly enough changes to signify forward progress.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's definitely a good amount of variety here, from time trials to drift runs, but we've seen it all before. EA took the previous Shift, copied most of the content and produced a cookie cutter sequel. Solid overall, but you'd be wise to look elsewhere for your racing fix.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of either genre will certainly enjoy their time with this new hybrid title, but neither camp is likely to be entirely satisfied.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you loved the first Monster Hunter Freedom game or its PS2 counterpart, you're going to love this.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had Striker Soccer 2 charged a flat fee instead of going down the freemium route - and done away with a handful of problems at the same time - it would've been an unbeatable champion. As it stands, it's still worth a look, but don't be surprised if you return to FIFA pretty quickly afterwards.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    After all of the hype about the story, the Death Jr. comic book, and the upcoming film, one would think that the actual game would include a kick @$$ story, but that's just not the case.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the only system you own is the Sony PSP and you need an X-Men fix, you could do a lot worse than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Rent it first, bub.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although Monster Mouth DDS could use more content, it's still a well-designed title and a fun way to pass the time, especially for kids.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Marvel Run Jump Smash! is a pretty good running action game, and has plenty to offer to comic book fans. Unfortunately, it can't overcome the villainy of a rather unfair freemium model. It's worth a try, at the very least.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The real kicker, though, is the lack of wireless multiplayer. You Don't Know Jack, at least for now, is a solo affair, while the recently released console versions support up to four players simultaneously.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sega really stumbled into a brick wall with this game and it'll always be one of those titles that, when I look back on it, will be remembered as a missed opportunity to create something truly special.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It certainly has its faults, but if you crave some monkey action on the go, it more than satisfies your primal hunger.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I cannot fault this collection for having some games I could find boring. But I don't mind giving an average score to a collection which aimed only for the bare-bones of success.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Silent Ops is a good, though unremarkable third person shooter that lacks the extra level of polish to put it over the top.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the graphics and sound are mostly pleasing and the numerous modes and events will keep you busy, I think the difficulty should've been adjusted, and online play should have been made a factor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Pokemon Rumble Blast offers hardcore fanatics another opportunity to "catch 'em all", there's little meat on this game's bones for the casual crowd looking for the next great 3DS title. Not bad by any means, just too shallow to stand out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    WireWay is a decent spin-off from its DS counterpart. The pull-string gameplay works adequately, and the Quest and Challenge modes will keep you busy. That said, additional levels (for free) and improved camera options would've made it a better value.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Super Bobby's unlikely to win any honors, it won't cost you a cent to try it out, and you could certainly do a lot worse in the platforming genre. Give it a try.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those looking for some fresh blood without putting too much of a dent in their wallet will want to give it a look though.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Three games that deliver a pretty good value. Sadly, that's about it for this package. There's no extra music galleries, no mini-games, not even the ability to play with upgraded visuals. It is kind of bare-bones in that regard, and that may turn off those who look for everything in a collection.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taking that into account, ATV Wild Ride 3D was clearly designed as a quick-play arcade-style game, and while the visuals do very little with the hardware, you'll probably come back to this title more than you originally thought. Just don't go into it with high expectations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Great Little War Game HD is much better than a three out of five. We just couldn't award it a higher score knowing it crashes on iPad 2. If you can deal with that, or have the iPhone/older iPad, this App comes highly recommended.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Nancy Drew: Deadly Secret of Olde World Park hits the spot surprisingly well, rather than dwelling in "girly content" that would've made this game just as insulting as Acclaim's Mary Kate and Ashley line-up.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just make sure to keep the improper touching to a minimum -- you don't want to be completely freaky like these guys. It is still a prison, after all.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no denying that Sudoku Gridmaster is a somewhat boring release, but its very clear in what it is and what it is attempting to accomplish, and I feel it accomplishes it quite well. I think it's a better Sudoku experience than what's included in "Brain Age", but that probably only really matters to those that are really into the puzzle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No, Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? won't change the way you look at tower defense games. There are better ones out there with minions that actually act the way they're supposed to. Despite that, there's a decent game hidden within the issues.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you love monsters and building things without much fuss, it satisfies on some level. We just expected more treats than tricks.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All told, this isn't the type of action game we expected, and it didn't take long for Samurai Sword Destiny to wear out its welcome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With vehicles, suits and lots of classic characters, LEGO Batman: The Videogame is a fun DS game worth your time. It's not as attractive as the PSP version and it doesn't take great advantage of the hardware, but if Nintendo's system is all you own, it's worth a trip to the Batcave.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All Guns Blazing is a fun shooter in short bursts. The gameplay gets a bit repetitive with each play through, but if played in moderation it can be a pretty fun time building up your cartel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fionna Fights certainly has its moments, although the game's a very short-lived affair when all's said and done. Having grabbed a few power-ups and run a dozen or so games, you'll have seen everything the game has to offer, but fans of the cartoon series will certainly get more mileage out of this particular adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Episode 2 disappoints overall, simply because it should have been better than it is. Sega put some good ideas on the table, but the bothersome water segments, tag team maneuvers and uninspired level design left us wanting a lot more. Hardcore Sonic fans, we imagine, will still gobble it up.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent Angry Birds clone that'll appeal to wrestling fans and, well, wrestling fans. There's little reason to choose this game over the other titles in the App Store, but if you eat, sleep and breathe WWE, it provides a decent experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For .99, Ghosts'n Zombies is a decent pick up, but the holy roller hero and been there/seen that design means you'll stop playing and ultimately forget about it days after making the purchase, but as that mustachioed dude said in RoboCop, "I'd buy that for the dollar."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mishandled is the best way to describe what EA's done with the Marvel license.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You could spend $20 on worse things, though. Labyrinth doesn't quite have the legs to live up alongside other puzzle games, but it does offer a little bit of substance for those looking for an exercise in strategy and cunning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not bad by any means, but to some of you seeking the ultimate Transformer gaming experience, it may be less than meets the eye.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game comes with a new and slightly speedier version (and when I say slightly I really mean SLIGHTLY) that has some snazzy special effects (and by snazzy I mean not really snazzy at all).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pick it up because you want to spin yourself around the living room hunting for ships, or can deal with the submarine style controls. Accept the game for what it is, and you'll enjoy what it has to offer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Monster Paradise is one of the better monster gathering games we've played on mobiles, and those with less aversion to the cynical business model will enjoy what's on offer. We're still waiting for something special though, and Paradise's business model as well as its opaque, Skinner box questing means this isn't quite the obsessive collection game we've been waiting for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game seems ideal for younger children, although they'll likely become frustrated once the easier levels are behind them. Still, if you hanker for a refreshingly different puzzler, we still think you'll get your money's worth from what's on offer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the game's shortcomings in terms of its presentation and play quirks, it still scores in one major category- multiplayer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a thinking man's game that requires a high chain count and wily thinking in order to assure survival. Some leniency for more amateur players probably should have been granted, but that's probably something that will be saved for "EEE II."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Online play via infrastructure also feels a little broken, with some frustrating lags and glitches also coming into play during a game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Harvey Birdman's big problem, however, is length. The five cases will take you a few hours to get through, at best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For a free-to-play game, Ultima Forever isn't bad at all, and adventurers with a good online connection won't want to miss out on the chance to play alongside friends. Between technical bugs, the complete lack of an off-line mode, and the need to pay for premium items though, it might just take you forever to really get into the game's many charms.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's a hazy quality to Valhalla Knights that ensures nothing ever become too vibrant or exciting; I guess that's what some people call style. I tend to call it boring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the actual tennis is excellent and the various mini games are lots of fun, so if you absolutely love the Mario Tennis series and/or have a few friends that also own this game (because each player needs a copy), it's a decent purchase.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Papa Pear Saga is a very different kind of game for the Saga brand. Without having to wrack one's brain over puzzles, it might appeal to those looking for a more relaxing experience. The control freaks out there might just find that lack of direction a frustration though.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They story is good enough to be in a book and if it weren't for the long-winded dialog, I would rate this game higher. I think if people treat Hotel Dusk more as an interactive novel than an actual game, they'll be less likely to be disappointed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To be fair, Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno isn't a bad game per se. The artwork sets it apart from the competition, and scoring three stars for each level will take a while. At the same time, there's little to distinguish the game from the numerous runners readily available, and we can't help but wish Sega would have just ported Wrath of the Dead Rabbit to iOS instead of publishing a companion title that for the most part is a mere shadow of its console counterpart. Worth $0.99, but let's face it, you've probably experienced a game like this before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I wish MX Vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge wasn't such a punishment in terms of its loading time and its lapse in autosaving. Otherwise, what we'd have here is racing gold struck yet again for the PSP, with its manic style and its tight controls wrapped around a decent (in the "we've seen it before" sense) presentation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from new music and the wireless feature, it's pretty much the same experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More games should take a look at Tales of the World to see how pleasant a streamlined experience can be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pocket Avenger isn't the worst zombie-killing game we've ever seen by a long shot, but the plain presentation and lack of tangible controls don't exactly make it the best of its kind either. As a free-to-play title though, it's worth having at least a quick blast with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is an extremely fast-paced fighting game that features no slowdown, highly-detailed characters and environments, and enough gameplay features to hold me over for quite some time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam isn't quite a classic, due to its simplistic nature and its slightly buggy interface.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We certainly had fun playing Rivals At War, and you really should see the battleground action for yourself to understand how short-changed mobile deck-building gamers have been over the last year or so. Whether it has enough meat to sustain itself in the long-term, is something that only time will tell.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pulse left us wanting more, and it remains to be seen whether Ciper Prime will deliver. While enjoyable, the game feels a bit unfinished, and there seems to be a ton of potential that the designers may or may not fulfill.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Tower SP is a good concept for a sim title, and the game is fun enough, for sim fans. It's moderate fun-factor shows that a sequel brought up to 2006's standards for depth and challenge would be excellent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rival Stars Basketball has plenty going for it, but it's wrought with frustrating mechanics that make it a pain to soldier on through.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of endless runners, Miner Problem is undoubtedly worth a shot. It's free-to-play and has enough content to take a few runs with. Just don't expect to stick with the game for too long before the whole thing crumbles apart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You may think of it as a castrated form of Tetris Attack, like I did initially, but the infectious qualities of the game will prove something: even though it's not nearly as timeless as some of your favorite puzzlers, this little animal-themed gem still has merit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lara fans will love it, and those looking for some platforming fun on the go should invest, but everyone else is probably best off with just a rental or sticking to a superior console edition.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If all you want to do is rush in and bash some monsters' skulls, the game satisfies on some level, but considering the problems, it's tough to recommend.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's still a fun Bejeweled clone, and you'll need a few hours to clear its puzzles, but we needed something innovative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It takes quite a while to unlock the best weapons, and having to go back to the same old spot to slaughter ten more wolves gets old fast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beetle Breaker isn't necessarily a bad game, but it's one weighed down by the heavy burden of its own free-to-play model, and some bothersome ads. It's worth a go, but a small flat fee would have squashed many of these bugs flat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MLB 09: The Show is a solid portable baseball game, but a few changes would've made it a homerun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Still, if you're looking for something a little out there that will stimulate your mind for a few hours, these mushrooms will give you quite a trip. Boing! Docomodake DS avoids most of the pratfalls that normally kill commercialized efforts, and that's worth a modest recommendation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Don't get us wrong. Saturday Morning RPG is a good game, just not a great one. We dig the old school references, the music is straight out of the 80s and the pixel art looks sweet on the iPad, but the trying combat and other problems bring the app down.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    till, if you're interested in testing your true capacity for cursing, and Super Hexagon seems a little tame these days, you'll certainly get your money's worth here.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With such limited play options the enjoyment becomes dependent on depth, and this is where Honeycomb Beat's greatest shortcoming comes to light: longevity. Puzzle mode is quite extensive, but the joy wears off quickly as things get harder and you often find yourself stumped.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For some, Warriors Orochi 2 will feel like the same old song and dance. However, give Koei credit for making enough changes to make it feel like a sequel rather than a lame expansion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Level design, enemy design, and damn near every other category of this game are in short, unimpressive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Probably what affects the game the worst would be the graphics. Sony and Page 44 Studios were obviously in some sort of quick effort to put the game on the PSP, as the graphics appear to be mostly blocky and underdone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MapleStory Live isn't shy about presenting its pay-wall to you, and from the moment you start the free version the game is all about what you CAN'T enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Run Fatty Run is a fun distraction and a somewhat decent motivator for people with a few pounds to lose, but it does little to advance the running sub genre, or hang with the best players in the game, for that matter. Still, it's a huge guy running from a tiger. Make of that what you will.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Adrenaline Rush: Miami Drive gets off to a decent start, but after a while you are just spinning the tires. Quite frankly, there are better endless runner games available.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Final Fight One's AI is cheaper than a bottle of discount wine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Roads to Victory isn't quite perfect --not even close, in fact. However, considering that the last entry of the series in a handheld form couldn't even hold someone's sweaty jockstrap in a locker room, it's progress.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shooting Showdown 2 has a very solid system in place. The gyroscope controls work well, but it can be very repetitive at times. It helps if you play with friends, but the game still becomes dull after a few play throughs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Naruto: Path of the Ninja doesn't go out of its way to offend anybody. It's thoroughly playable from beginning to end without any major problems, but the little things along the way tend to stick in your craw.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To be fair, Monsters University: Catch Archie is more of a demo than full game. Considering Disney's impressive track record with iOS and Android, though, it falls a bit short.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So while we expect the Presidential race to get especially nasty in the months ahead, some lighthearted fun is just what both sides need.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a sharp looking 2D brawler with loose ties to the upcoming film, but repetitive combat and a lack of depth keep it from greatness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, this serving of Diner Dash is decent, but not nearly as good as the others. Sped-up gameplay and Happy Hour are welcome, but neither prevent the game from growing repetitive. The lack of customization and crashes don't help either. That said, the fact that it's free-to-play makes the game worth a look.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game can be fun and rewarding and does a pretty decent job at not massacring a movie franchise, but can grow tiresome rather fast if the fighting bores you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sure, Madden NFL 09 plays good (that's expected), but it feels too similar to Madden games of old and like a $39.99 roster update.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the adventure ends sooner than later, something that could've easily been remedied had this game not been rushed out the door.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Children of Mana tops out Lunar: Dragon Song, Deep Labyrinth, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, but it doesn't take too much effort to be the champion of "Just OK."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, Tecmo Bowl Kick Off doesn't have enough features to propel it to must buy status. It's a neat throwback, but its dated visuals, lack of options and ridiculous team names make it a rental at best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a shame, because aside from Pocket Gems' money grubbing, Paradise Cove: Holiday Adventure is decent enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    God of Light doesn't shine bright enough to break away from other established puzzle games. The game has an interesting concept, but its imprecise controls and lack of challenging puzzles hold it back from being great.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sadly, you can beat the game in one sitting, and Sega made no attempt to add bonus content. As we said, it's a basic port.

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