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 Super Mario 3D Land
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it lacks in long-term replay value, Simian.Interface more than makes up for in inventiveness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to explore every last upgrade in this free game, you'll probably need to invest some of your real money at some point, but there's more than enough content up front to keep you busy and amused for at least a few hours this weekend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The solid controls, entertaining gunplay and zombies make it a brain splattering good time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its loveable characters, appealing music and addictive tower defense shenanigans make it an ideal pickup, especially for younger gamers that love pajama wearing warriors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We fully recommend Hammerin' Hero because it doesn't hold back on the fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken at face-value, it would be easy to dismiss the game, but what separates Amazing Runner from the rest of the endless-running pack is that on a minute-to-minute basis it's actually fun and refreshing to play. It still leans far too heavily on some established genre tropes, particularly in the upgrade store, but anyone look for a highly polished take on this most saturated area of the App Store would do very well to make this their next destination.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alien Hominid: PDA Games is a delightful effort every App Store user should own. If only The Behemoth would release Alien Hominid proper, we'd be set.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's influences are pretty clear, but it's also got a few twists that make it very much its own game. Combine this fun gameplay with some of the neatest artwork and audio we've seen in a free-to-play game for some time, and you suspect the developers at No Monkeys are about to land themselves a pretty good haul.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it isn't as fast as other titles in its genre such as "F-Zero GX," it more than makes up for its lack of quickness with dreamy visuals, a fabulous artistic style, memorable music, tight analog controls, and promised downloadable content, making it one of the few absolute must-have PSP launch titles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fully realized microscopic world full of dangerous bugs, impressive 3D effects, nice mix of ground and flying stages, bonus modes, items to unlock.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bomberman Land Touch 2 does exactly what it needs to do, lets you bomb your way through various mini-games and an insanely fun battle mode for a pretty modest price.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the sharpest games on the App Store.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a lengthy single player mode, limited but engaging multiplayer games and attractive visuals given the hardware, World at War is among the system's best shooters and worth your cash. Enlist today.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Since portable versions and spin-offs of console games usually come up short, we went into Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate with low expectations and discovered a quality experience that favors brains just as much as brawn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Skylanders Swap Force is another entertaining 3DS game, and one of the few that compliments its console counterpart. Considering it's compatible with previously released Skylanders, there's a tremendous amount of value packed into the box. The missions feel familiar, but that probably won't matter much to hardcore fans desperate for their newest fix.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the most part, though, Lock 'n' Load provides several hours of dark, twisted fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Unit 13 has one foot deeply rooted in the past, the challenging missions and online connectivity will you keep you coming back.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no denying the fact that the entire game involves sitting on a swivel and rotating around the same old scenery. There simply aren't enough stages in the game, and the lack of creativity with the weapons means you'll see everything this title has to offer within an hour, at best.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything you've enjoyed about both Harry Potter and the wonderful Lego series of games can be found here: the exploration, the intricate puzzles built into the very fabric of the world, and a chance to savour the world of Potter and friends just one more time. It may not be the best use of the brand, but there's still plenty to be had for existing fans.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with its somewhat crude presentation and hands-off gameplay experience, Every Hero has plenty of appeal and replay value. Plus, it's free of charge - and it's not every day you can get a hero to do something for nothing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The trouble is that these perfect jump objectives require a degree of precision and foresight that the game simply doesn't play fairly with.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it's far better enjoyed in sips, rather than gulps due to its short length and simple nature, Super Lemonade Factory Part 2 is just as savory as the first game. Pick it up if you're a fan of the classics.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even allowing for these ad hiccoughs, Monsta Brick Breaker is still an enjoyable addition to the ball-and-paddle genre. Let's just hope the developers can come up with a patch that doesn't make these minor problems more monstrous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this could have been the definitive Tekken. As it stands, Namco Bandai will have to settle with having a good video game, by no means a bad thing, and if all you plan to enjoy is multiplayer, raise the score another half star.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Puzzle & Dragons still entertains, thanks to hundreds of available monsters, a seemingly infinite number of dungeons and connections with friends. How much fun you get out of it, though, may heavily depend on the time and/or money you wish to spend.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mindless fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a huge JRPG fan or just enjoy playing on mobile for long bouts of time this game may scratch your itch. However, with the high price and time investment, this game isn't particularly conductive to mobile gaming.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everyday Spelunker isn't for everyone, and some people will simply give up before even attempting the game's later levels. That said, old-school platforming fans - and nostalgic NES lovers - can very happily buy with confidence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While light on narrative, This Could Hurt comes with an abundance of 3D platforming goodness that'll challenge players of all skill levels. And with just four worlds to explore, it should evolve over time as the developers figure out new ways to drive us nuts. Worth checking out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, what I took away from Pokemon White Version 2 was this: that the series, much like the monsters that call it home, desperately needs to evolve.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Turret Commander may not quite possess the gripping grimness of, say, Zombie Gunship but it is a enjoyably throwaway arcade experience that should satisfy any shooter fan looking for a slightly different mobile blaster.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, SummitX suffers from choppy play, despite a recent update to improve overall performance. Things don't flow smoothly enough, which puts a slight damper on hitting intended spots with ease.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd like to have seen more than 20 individual levels, and a little more variety in each of those for that matter, but otherwise it's another win for mobile cartoon gaming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's absolutely worth your time, even under the frustrating veneer of free-to-play madness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Diehard, mobile-owning Cavanagh fans won't think twice about downloading Don't Look Back, and they're quite right to do so. While we can't help but shudder at the thought of playing the teased VVVVV on mobiles, we'd far rather Cavanagh had a chance to acclimatize to touchscreen controls before embarking on what will likely be his most high-profile mobile endeavor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cheeseman's one of the App Store's coolest new characters, while the addictive play (just one more time) should keep you hooked. Serve with a fine Swiss and enjoy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kingdom Rush Origins is still a very fun tower defense title, even if it's no different from the last game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd loved to have seen an alternative to tilt controls on offer in the game, as the precision required to pull off a strategy with any kind of satisfaction is held back by the current controls.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's mindless to a fault, where eventually, you just want the mission over with. At the same time, this is exactly the type of experience hardcore DW fans want, and for these people, NEXT delivers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beyond the crisp and bright graphics and hit-and-miss humor, One Epic Knight may be just another endless-runner with an upgrade store bolted on, but if you have an endless appetite for the genre then the opportunity to smash up enemies and blast through scenery should be more than enough to motivate you into just one more run.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering you don't have too many basketball games to enjoy on mobile - save for the always-enjoyable NBA Jam - NBA 2K14 is a good choice, especially if you're a fan of LeBron and want him back in Cleveland. Fans can dream.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, some things work better than others, but you'll learn to deal with the game's quirks in exchange for that old Disney magic, though if you're a big Kingdom Hearts fanatic, Square Enix already had your support.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We don't mean to be too hard on Ion Racer, because it certainly delivers a pleasurable experience, but it's also a proverbial one-trick pony, a game you'll probably check out for a few days and then discard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering the sheer wealth of content and attention paid to the DC lore, Scribblenauts Unmasked manages to rise above its shortcomings, making this game a smart pickup for comic book fans and players interested in using words, not just weapons, to save the world.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A Little War isn't a particularly deep or challenging game in its own right, but there is a lot of fun to be had from this free title - and it's one that doesn't push you too hard to hit up the coin store either. If you're looking for something to kill a few commutes to work or school, this micro-strategy title should be just the ticket.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's tough to dislike Blood Roofs, simply because its creators a.) set off to release something more ambitious than the competition, and b.) it's still an enjoyable video game. With this mind, don't be afraid to give it a taste.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So it's challenging (and perhaps a little too much so), but if you want something different that also highlights the extraordinary potential for placing game development in the hands of players, then we can't recommend the game enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By and large, Amazing Ants is a solid puzzler. At the same time, we can't help but feel déjà vu each time we fire it up, largely because we've seen and played titles like this before on touchscreen devices.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Space Wolf is a gorgeous and full-featured card battler with layers upon layers of strategic finesse that fans of the universe and genre will no doubt eat up. However, it relies on a hefty amount of "buy Y to do X" sensibilities, so if you can't get behind that, you might be better off with another strategy game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the game does play well, the lack of innovation or replay value really killed the rating for me. Big Fish Games is a great studio and it would be nice to see them pool their talent to do something really special with this series instead of rehashing the same old formula. If you're just crazy about hidden-object games though, you can't do better than this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're happy to treat the game as something you'll play through once then likely move on, then there's bags of entertainment to be had from Tin Can Man.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't mind a rather steep learning curve, and are prepared to experiment with the default controls, you'll get plenty of mileage out of this tricky title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a good game, but with some tweaking, Empty Flask could transform it into a great one. That said, it'll be interesting to see how it evolves over time, but for now, it provides a few sword-slashing thrills.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wipeout isn't perfect, but it still delivers enjoyable platforming that'll only get better with the inclusion of future updates. For now, it's still worth $1.99.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To play as the other demons, and enjoy their music and rhythm patterns in the corridor sections, you'll have to shell out an astonishing $2.99 per demon, or simply put up with repetitive corridor runs to get to the better stuff. If you think CSR Racing was greedy, you ain't seen nothing yet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Dingles themselves have bags of charm and personality, and while the gameplay is a little repetitive, there's plenty of challenge to be had for those who simply must get every star.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bitcoin Billionaire is a very interesting game to say the least. The game can be very addicting because it is so simplistic and you really want to make as much money as you can. On the other hand though it is not really a game at all and if you are looking for something more challenging than tapping a screen over and over than look elsewhere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The visuals look first generation iPhone, circa 2008. We understand there's only so much a developer can do with a mostly white background, but character faces, outfits and the countryside are mostly devoid of detail.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a good time, for a couple minutes a day or an hour, but the game's simple nature works for and against it. There is no full-screen iPad support (you'll have to magnify the image), and the lack of Game Center integration dampens the appeal, since leaderboards would have been clutch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    / ESCAPE comes up short, however, with its lack of online leaderboards, which is quite baffling, given the fact that most games these days (at least on iOS) come with Game Center support. That ultimately knocks / ESCAPE down a peg. Otherwise, it's a fun and action packed romp with plenty of thrills. Leaderboard or no, it's still worth a buck.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Our only complaint involves a noticeable lack of imagination when it comes to stage design, where each level begins to look the same, with similar enemies and hazards. If anything, cybertime played things too safe instead of letting its creative juices flow.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though its gameplay and presentation could use a little tweaking, Dead On Arrival 2 really isn't half bad at all. If you're a fan of zombie killing mayhem, you've no excuse for not giving it a go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Zday's a cool game worth checking out, and at $1.99, you have little to lose. Moving forward, though, we'd like to see free updates that flesh out the story. Much like a zombie, this title could use more meat on its bones.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My Railway HD is likely to divide gamers. On the one hand, it's one of the most enjoyable freemium titles that we've played for a very long time: it looks beautiful, its mechanics are more engaging than most, and the game does an excellent job of guiding you through your career progress.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's clear to see where Humble Gaming drew its inspiration, but considering the quality game it created (free, by the way), we had no qualms putting Escape Bear into our rotation. Neither should you, for that matter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not as in-depth as the duo's platforming adventures, Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus is an enjoyable endless runner with fun visuals and plenty of stuff to collect. It only makes you wonder if Sony might consider doing the same for other franchises - Sly Cooper, perhaps?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Angry Birds Stella is a good title with solid gameplay and quality cartoon visuals. The problem is that the game is one in a long line of similar entries, and people have come to expect a lot out from the franchise. On its own, Stella is definitely a great pick up, but if you are getting sick of Angry Birds it won't do much to get you back into the series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dumb Ways to Die was clearly designed with casual players in mind, as it only takes a minute or so to croak (maybe less), depending how good you are. It's addictive, no question, but there's a considerable lack of games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a technically solid, enjoyable title and includes enough new features (just) to make it a worthy addition to your device. With that said, if you possess even a smudge of cynicism, then the immediate influence of Tiny Wings on Sugar High can only take a little of the shine off Biscuit's adventures.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Niggles about the reactiveness of the controls sit awkwardly with a game that's presumably built around fast-paced combat, but Blood Ninja is still a very enjoyable game indeed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Expansion missions are ubiquitous to the genre and so it's no surprise to see them make an appearance here: grow so many berries, buy another farm, clear out some swampland for further territorial growth etc etc. As I say, these sorts of tasks aren't exactly unique to Monster Story, but it certainly enforces the sense of deja vu.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ridge Racer Slipstream is flat in a few areas, particularly with the strenuous earning system and the lack of online multiplayer. However, if you're a fan of the series or looking for an ideal racer for the holidays, this one will rev your engine.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the game runs decently enough most of the time, and that being the case, Sushi Mushi is one of the surprise gems of the App Store, an attention-grabbing match-three puzzler that'll provide hours of enjoyment, while making users the slightest bit hungry in the process. Recommended.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So is Unstoppable Fist worth a purchase? Yes, especially if you're a fan of those brawlers from back in the day. The game's enemies are a bit cheap (we would nix two-hit baddies altogether), but you'll make serious headway on Easy and Medium. On top of that, the outstanding presentation (the soundtrack is free, by the way) makes spending that $0.99 a smart decision.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Monster Quest isn't a revolution in the genre, leaning as heavily as it does on elements of other successful games. What GREE has managed to achieve however is to blend those elements together in such a way that the end result is a deeper experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, we like Tiny Plane, as it provides that all-important "just one more try" element that helps make it addictive. Unfortunately, we struggled getting online multiplayer to work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's all about traveling from one side of the stage to the other, slashing bad guys, avoiding hazards and gathering collectibles, which you then give to the blacksmith to create different swords that as far as we can tell are just for show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Give it a go if you've grown tired of other favorites such as Temple Run or Jetpack Joyride.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Madden NFL Mobile is a simple and fun game, albeit a little short and outdated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This simplicity and novel approach of Mosaique is really where it falls short a little.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All that's required though is a little willingness to teach yourself, along with the patience to dig deeper into the game's surprising charms. Puzzle Restorer won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you're ready for a stiff challenge this is one puzzle game you won't want to miss out on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is without a doubt the best version of Tetris for the iPad, largely because it's the only version of Tetris for the iPad.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally, we think it's a good management sim that's worth pouring at least $6 into. That'll give you a solid foundation with a fast track to scoring resources at a fairly consistent clip; it also helps if you're a Jurassic Park and/or dinosaur fan. However, if the mere thought of in-app purchases makes you cringe, this simply isn't the game for you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As with most newly released games, there's room for improvement, and with more content on its way, we can only hope Scopely tweaks the experience. For now, Mini Gold MatchUp is an addictive effort you don't want to miss, especially if you love the sport, to which we have to ask, who hates miniature golf?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tap Sports Baseball is a fun game for casual and hardcore fans of the sport. The game is very simple to play and has great stat tracking. Unfortunately, the lack of pitching holds the game back from being great.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MotoHeroz provides the type of experience hardcore fans crave, while offering a mostly accessible racer casual players can also enjoy. It just needs more stuff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NBA 2K13 may be a sloppy mess at times, but it's still one of the more enjoyable basketball games for smartphones and tablets, one that'll presumably get better well into the season as 2K Sports tinkers behind the scenes, as it should.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Robocop is hardly the best representation of the cybernetic officer we've seen - the classic Data East arcade game still can't be beat - but Glu Games did better than expected with the movie adaptation, providing plenty of shooting frills and good-looking graphics. When it comes to shoot-em-up goodness, we'd buy that for a dollar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact that you'll often see the worm a section or two above the character adds to the adrenaline rush you'll experience, and the constant need to stuff your pockets with Grubies adds a welcome mini-game of sorts, but despite all of that, you'll probably curse the controls at some point. Heck, we'd even take an old-school NES controller. Instead, we'll just have to settle for Worm Run being flawed, but good.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In other words, there's just enough that's good about Gold Diggers to overcome its occasional frustrations. It won't revolutionize the genre, but if you can overcome a few control niggles, there's a decent game to be enjoyed here that packs in all the gameplay staples we've come to expect from the genre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not often you see a serviceable third-person shooter for mobile, especially one suited for all ages. That said, DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot is worth diving into - even if you don't have your own custom money bin.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another solid retro homage, made even more appealing by the fact that it's free. That said, the high level of frustration makes it a bit too polarizing. You'll either relish the challenge, or delete the game out of anger.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's little about Virtua Tennis 4 that'll surprise longtime fans, making this entry feel like more of the same. Yes, it comes with Vita exclusive bonuses, but you'll quickly grow tired of them and fall back on intense volleys and furious cross court smashes. To that end, World Tour Edition falls short of an ace, but still manages to hold serve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not likely to worry the likes of Final Fantasy any time soon, but Pocket Titans provides a pretty fun RPG experience that's definitely worth the one dollar asking price.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Drift Mania Street Outlaws may not possess the same technical flair of the Real Racing series, or the polished arcade thrills of Asphalt 8, but it's a very welcome addition to the racing genre nevertheless. Just be prepared to work a little harder than you should to master the tricky controls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WWE Immortals is an intriguing concept that WWE fans will appreciate. The problem is that this free-to-play game quickly grows repetitive, and in-game currency prevents you from obtaining your favorite superstars without opening your wallet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good but not exceptional game. Definitely worth playing because we feel it's one of the more intriguing titles on the App Store, but just a step short of being one of the year's best.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Penny Time's replay value may be a little stilted but there are plenty of score-based achievements on hand should you feel the need to compete against yourself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a toy, rather than a game, there's no denying that Little Inferno's sandbox is a satisfying one that will entertain for a time. But in hammering home its message just a little too forcefully, it also lacks a certain amount of graceful bite, and as a result it doesn't quite touch the greatness it might otherwise have achieved.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Killzone Mercenary didn't wow us, but we can live with that. It's a good FPS that showcases the handheld's potential, and while it does little to push the series forward, it'll make a fine portable companion for players with itchy trigger fingers.