Modojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,748 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Worms: Open Warfare 2
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1,748 game reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Napoleon Dynamite: The Game does little to fight the stereotype of low quality licensed games.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To be fair, WALL*E is a decent game considering the source material, and kids will likely enjoy controlling the movie's stars and reliving moments from the film. However, the slow pacing, unnecessarily long levels and at times boring puzzles keep it from being as stellar as the movie it mimics.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, you don't break dance at all. Instead, you connect dots while a blocky character on the top screen spins on his head.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Once you beat the game (few hours at best), there's no reason to return, other than to torture yourself further. That said, unless you're a masochist, avoid The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a more ambitious battle system and less ripped-off Pokemon stuff, Dinosaur King would've earned its throne. Unfortunately, it's more like a Dinosaur court jester. Off with its head.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's just not worth the money and you don't miss much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    SimCity Creator might be entertaining if it were the last game on earth, but even then, we might just resort to Hangman.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Sims 2: Apartment Pets is a subpar pet game, complete with birds, guinea pigs, snakes and rabbits to interact with and enjoy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favor and go see the flick instead. It's cheaper and will give you bigger bang for your buck than this misfire.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We realize that Mystery of the Clue Bender Society is made for younger players, but most kids today are computer literate at increasingly younger ages. Don't insult them with a gift of self-solving puzzles and the overall poor reincarnation of a literature legend.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a missed opportunity, because we like the story as well as the sharp and colorful graphics, but hunting for clues had us falling asleep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    That said, a slicker presentation, better multiplayer, more question variety and the ability to download question packs for a small fee could've made this the next great game show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With over 100 levels and Wi-Fi functionality via leaderboards, Exit DS isn't totally without merit.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Tornado seemed like a good time, but nonsensical missions and time limits killed the game. Don't be fooled by its shiny exterior. This tornado spins itself out.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately for Atari, Personal Trainer blows this game out of the kitchen with a more diverse selection of meals and a stellar presentation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although Flower, Sun and Rain shows signs of innovation, it's much too confusing to enjoy. There is originality here in spades, but the experience lacks direction. Skip it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Guitar Rock Tour is a wannabe Guitar Hero. In a time when music simulation games are going all out with original songs, bonus features and other goodies, Gameloft's bottom of the barrel effort fails to thrill.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you already own Mario Kart DS, there's no reason to buy MySims Racing. This is just a sloppily constructed clone with a below-average presentation and been there/done that gameplay.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With downloadable levels, additional stages and balanced gameplay, Gravity could've really been something special. Instead, this is a puzzle game best left on the shelf.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're an eco-friendly person looking for an ideal DS experience, or you just want to see what planting flowers with a stylus is like, Gardening Mama might be for you. Be forewarned, however. It's nowhere near as fun as the cooking games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Shadow Assassins could've been a great game had some things been changed or revamped. Instead, only the truly dedicated will see it through to the end, and even they may opt for the original PSOne game instead.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you have some Nintendo points burning a hole in your wallet, this wouldn't be a complete waste of $5, but other DSi games offer a greater value. When it's all said and done, the most Art Style: Aquia has an interesting title and not much else.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Touch Mechanic might be worth a rent if you're nuts about cars or know what it takes to get an alternator ticking again. Everyone else, however, should skip it. Its punishing learning curve and lack of fun steered it in the wrong direction.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ninja Council 4 disappointed us. The sloppy controls, ancient presentation and sub par multiplayer options will leave you reaching for another Naruto game. You know, one that's actually fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With better character abilities, less (make that way less) story sequences and improved multiplayer options, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra could've been a movie tie-in to be proud of. Instead, it deserves a dishonorable discharge.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the interesting concept (it reminds us of the old-school Lost Vikings games), Overlord Minions doesn't get the job done, thanks to unimpressive visuals and broken gameplay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite its good looks, MX Vs. ATV Reflex doesn't hold up on the PSP. The controls fail to deliver, and the lack of working trick and jump systems will leave you grounded, both on the track and in spirit.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Sorry, THQ, we know you were trying to create a fun portable racer, but MX Vs. ATV Reflex for the DS doesn't measure up to the console version. The slippery controls, questionable collision and unbearable sound make this a game we'd love to forget.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's barely any new content to sift through in this third chapter, and most of it fails to impress. Nintendo needs to rejuvenate this brand or scuttle it entirely. We're sick of going through dungeons. Show us something new.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ragnarok DS is a huge disappointment, whether you're a casual RPG fan or a tried-and-true follower of the MMORPG series. The gameplay holds little to no interest, the presentation has serious flaws and the multiplayer is nothing more than gimmicky.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Again's graphics look dull and muddy, even for a game that's trying to be on the same level as CSI.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Only Tecmo could produce a game with bikini-clad hotties on a tropical island and make us loathe it. Dead Or Alive Paradise fails due to its lack of content, unpolished visuals, ear-grating audio and lack of anything beneficial to the Dead Or Alive series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Forget Split/Second for the iPhone. It's not worth the time or effort, especially at $6.99. Save up for the big boy version instead. You'll feel better.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Just forget about NFL 2011. While it looks and sounds like a true contender, its gameplay keeps it from winning in overtime.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the small handful of good moments cannot overcome the monotonous gameplay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If Skate 3 is a successful trick run, then Skate It is the ultimate bail. The gameplay doesn't click and the visuals never draw you in to a real skateboarding experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 4 refrain sometimes looks impressive, but the repetitive combat and brain dead A.I. left us wanting more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In addition, the developers made the play area much too small, to the point that you may need to bring the iPhone close to your face to view the action.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, the sloppy controls and other issues prevent Volcano Escape from being a must play, even at $1.99. Cut it loose.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's just a shame that we don't have the patience to deal with the game's sloppy tilt controls. We really want to love Ribbim Ribbon because it features stylish visuals, a cool soundtrack and a fun concept, but until Tapulous makes some necessary tweaks, it'll remain ignored.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's good for kids and fans of the movie. It's just run aground with age in terms of its gameplay, its presentation, and its length.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But it doesn't really try to capture the essence or thrill of the game too much, and it takes the easy way out in just being average.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Being a hardcore Pokemaniac, it really hurts to see yet another Pokemon game succumb to mediocrity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Kids may love it, especially if they're nuts about Kong and don't have access to a game console. But Kong: King of Atlantis was merely built with license in mind, and feels soulless and cashed out as a result.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Licensed games sure aren't what they used to be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An empty experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A huge disappointment, where not even Bluetooth support for select games can save it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While the concept of running around shooting computer-controlled monsters and other players sounds like a fun idea, in practice, it's an awkward mess, thanks to handicaps that have plagued the series for years.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the right hands, it could've been great. For now, though, it's much too frustrating to enjoy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The biggest criticism, though, is boredom. We just couldn't remain interested, regardless of who we unlocked or what weapons we grabbed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The big reason why this game received a two out of five, though, is because it crashed multiple times at random moments, forcing us to restart the system. Bottom line, we find this unacceptable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although the developers earned high marks for creating a visually appealing experience, the in-ring action plods along at such a slow pace that we quickly lost interest.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even worse, there's no multiplayer to speak of, a puzzling decision that makes the vehicular focus even more pointless. We'd love to wirelessly destroy friends while exploring a variety of different arenas, but so much for that.
    • Modojo
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The biggest problem, though, is the annoying lag that infests the entire App, even the menus. We'll attempt to visit the Armory and have to wait several moments till the game catches up, and this happens offline, which makes it even worse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a great idea that could have led to one of the more innovative mash ups we've seen. Sadly, the final result is disappointingly average.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Now factor in the overall goal: grab a set number of stars in the fastest time possible, and Dream Track Nation becomes extremely irritating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To its credit, Pebble Bug Studios did a bang up job with the stylish graphics, and as we said, the music's great. At the same time, Rogue Sky isn't much fun, and ultimately, that's what matters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bothersome controls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There could be a good game buried beneath the slop, but after a few hours of mind-numbing boredom and frustration, we just couldn't play anymore.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's little reason to fork over $29.99 for a product that feels like it belongs on the iPhone for $1.99.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Chillingo had a foundation in place for an excellent spaghetti western for iPhone and iPad, but the designers failed to create a compelling experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, we just didn't have the patience or interest to continue. Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures will likely appeal to hardcore fans, but it's clear this series has run its course.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Frogger 3D comes up short. We can see select players having a decent time with it, but the cheap deaths quickly sap whatever fun most people would have with it. Perhaps Konami will get it right another 30 years from now.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Had it debuted several years ago, Spider-Man: Edge of Time may have received praise despite its many flaws. Sadly, its shortcomings are unacceptable today, making it yet another casualty in the ongoing terrible comic book video game saga.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Battles has unrealized potential. Whether or not TOME is able to uncover it, unfortunately, remains to be seen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Superman's still mildly entertaining in short bursts. On the flip side, Chillingo could've given this game more attention to make it one of the premier superhero titles on the App Store.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A tough game to recommend. Although it shows signs of life, those bothersome mini games get in the way of what could've been the best 3DS driving game.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What really kills Jurassic Park, though, are those aforementioned hiccups. The game has a tendency to not only stutter, but briefly freeze, making it nearly impossible to obtain gold ranks per mission, as things have a nasty habit of going haywire right before you interact with a scene. The Quick Time Event pops up, the game freezes and you're unable to react, thus receiving bronze or, if you're lucky, silver.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We see what Mediocre was going for, but come on. Kids are much smarter than this, and if you still intend to create a game tailored specifically for them, come up with more than 22 measly levels.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's definitely a lot to love about Batman Arkham City Lockdown. We doubt many Batman fanatics will scoff at the visuals and free comic books (yes, the game has some comics), but the shoddy controls made us crazy like a bat with rabies. Some fun to be had, but serious room for improvement.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We just cannot believe the nerve of these designers to overcharge (yes, a dollar too much) for something that should obviously be free. Is it fun against a friend? Sure, but don't expect to play it for more than ten minutes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The concept is OK, and the retro graphics have a cool 8-bit vibe. We just cannot muster enough excitement to care. Poor collision detection means enemies reach your character even though it seemed like you executed a high enough jump to vault over them. Meanwhile, the randomness of the weapons simply makes the game tougher than it should be. No one in his or her right mind should want to go from a flamethrower to landmines. Factor in just three stages, and Super Crate Box is a big letdown.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The action, sadly, is quite pedestrian. The developers offer touch and tilt controls, both of which work well enough, but none of the bikes move especially fast, and the computer is at times relentless, where one slight mistake costs you a race. Factor in a lack of retina display and universal support, and Streetbike: Full Blast disappoints on just about every level. A shame, considering Chillingo's impressive lineup of iOS games.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One of the most disappointing 3DS games we've played. It's just a mess of ideas with no real focus, and we're a bit surprised Nintendo even released this title at $9.99. Sorry, but we'd rather spend our money elsewhere.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    WWE WrestleFest is the best wrestling game on the App Store, but that's only because there are so few to choose from. THQ had the opportunity to do something brilliant, but poorly designed A.I. ruined what could have been a sweet revival.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The cornball story, overall slow pace and lame combat make this one game we'd like to forget.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Zombies, Run! is stuck in a kind of nether-zone between jogging-aid and game. It lacks the functionality of basic jogging apps, and is ultimately unconvincing as an interactive experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At it's worst, it's a terribly frustrating physics puzzler by anyone's standards, and I'm not sure what the presumed target audience of younger gamers is likely to make of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's too much nonsense getting in the way of what we wanted to enjoy in the first place, a fun baseball game.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In The Croods, there's very little to do except draw yourself inevitably towards the murky world of in-app purchases, and given the current climate and presumed audience for the game, that may not turn out to be the wisest move for Disney or Rovio.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Vellum Interactive deserves credit for a good idea, Telekinesis Kyle suffers from below-average execution and lack of replay value. You'll get everything you need to know out of this game in the first seven levels. If you use your mind properly, that is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a different kind of NASCAR game - one that provides a strategic take on the sport - Redline may well be worth taking for a spin. Otherwise, with its ridiculous paywall system and repetitive gameplay, it may leave you feeling rather flat.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Had Gameloft just charged a flat fee and offered a virtual joypad control set-up, Thor: The Dark World would've fared much better in the final analysis. Instead, it simply feels like a bit of a chore. Save your cash for the film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While inspired in its design, this Hot Wheels racer is fundamentally flawed in its execution, and it's really not fun to play at all. Leave this in the garage and play with the original toy cars instead.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It does accomplish the purpose it set out to, but it needs some work as a game in practice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's very clear, unfortunately, that NHL 2K is a free offering, as you get what you pay for in this situation. If you were hoping for the next installment in a franchise that doesn't appear to be coming back to consoles in quite some time, you're going to be sadly disappointed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Monument Valley is enjoyable in the same way the Mona Lisa is enjoyable, once you see it once the magic is over. Adding to this feeling is the complete lack of challenge and the short playtime of around an hour. There is no replay value what-so-ever, once the game is over it is over.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Skip on this game and choose another rhythm title. You'll be glad you did.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's got a unique art style and different sort of gimmick, but you'll be finished with it much quicker than anticipated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    When a game's so terrible it makes you yearn for the days of Moonwalker on Sega Genesis, there's a problem. Michael Jackson The Experience should have been one of the premier music titles for iPad. Instead, it's one of the worst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sure, one could make the argument that No Red T-Shirts is strictly for kids, but we'd like to think that even children beyond the age of three would expect a game with more depth.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In 2013, as publishers finally begin to tread the waters of micro-transactions a little more carefully, and with a sensitive eye on the balance between player experience and profitability, this is how Square Enix chooses to reward that devotion, commitment and support of a franchise over all of these years. Depressing is a word too.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed Memories tries to piggyback off of the success of the main Assassin's Creed franchise. Unfortunately, it's too confusing and boring to enjoy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's frustratingly difficult and mind-numbingly boring, and only the most jaded Pokemon fan will enjoy it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Then we come to the control, which is also shot up quite horrendously. The vehicular turning is pretty lofty at best, where you have to maintain an incredible sense of steering. This, combined with the so-called tactics for scoring takedowns on opponent vehicles, just leads to remarkably bad frustration.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The game literally falls apart on gameplay. A flurry of punches, kicks, and concentrated moves are lost within the game's miserable reaction time and balance.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Boring as hell and offering zero merits to its credit, Peter Jackson's King Kong is a complete letdown for the Nintendo DS. If Kong were actually around and played this game, he'd jump off the Empire State Building than tolerate another minute of this monkey poop.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Dropping $20 on the DS or Game Boy cartridge would be a complete waste on your part, as you find yourself hosed by a game promising holiday cheer and instead visiting the reindeer stalls and giving you the content.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A mother of a rush job, with no pure heart poured into the presentation, the gameplay, or even the testing process.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Super Black Bass Fishing may be budget-priced, but even at $20, it's an absolute stinker. The gameplay has no long-term value to redeem itself, and the presentation is a generic mess.