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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 God of War: Chains of Olympus
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1,751 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
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    We literally have nothing bad to say about World of Goo. It's a wonderful puzzle game that every iPad owner needs to download. Prepare to spend hours, if not weeks, playing this one.
    • 94 Metascore
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    We're also huge fans of the gyroscopic controls, allowing you to aim Link's slingshot by physically tilting the system, or going into a first person view to get a better look at the beautiful world. Great stuff.
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    • 94 Metascore
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    It's a neat concept that both companies executed wonderfully, from the different units to the touch controls and spectacular graphics that are on par with and arguably better than anything we've seen on Sony's PSP, at least within the tower defense genre.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is without question one of the most entertaining and smartly designed adventures we've seen for the iPad, a game brimming with visual splendor and old school dungeon crawling.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unless you despise GTA, Chinatown Wars is an essential purchase. Rockstar did an excellent job transferring the mayhem to the DS, and we suggest you run out and buy a copy ASAP.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bottom line, Cut the Rope is one of the best games for Apple's iOS and a steal at $0.99. Play it immediately.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to see something this good for free, and with that being said, dismissing this game would be ill advised.
    • 93 Metascore
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    All told, Sonic CD was a masterpiece long before it appeared on the App Store. This wonderful mobile version only helps solidify its standing as one of the greatest video games of all time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An essential purchase for puzzle fans that wish to get the most value for their dollar. It comes up just a bit short in regards to revolutionary features, but that matters little as the minutes played turn into hours. Simply put, a must buy for each iPad owner.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bottom line, Cut the Rope HD is one of the best games for Apple's iOS and a steal at $1.99. Play it immediately.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Contre Jour HD is a crowning achievement, an app that earned every one of its five stars. Smart, attractive and fun, it's one of the best reasons to own an iPhone or iPad.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plants Vs. Zombies is another must-have game for the iPhone/iPod Touch, especially at the more-than-acceptable asking price of three bucks.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Papers, Please continues this years great line-up of PC ports to iOS. It has a great subtlety to it, and its message to players can be interpreted in so many different ways.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it remains to be seen whether western audiences will flock to it, this is Nintendo's best shot at giving the Fire Emblem franchise the widespread attention it so rightfully deserves.
    • 92 Metascore
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    With so much expectation placed at Illiger's feet, it's remarkable that this revised edition of one of mobile gaming's brightest gems not only preserves the simplistic elegance of the original, but introduces new gameplay elements that shine just as brightly.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Expect to see a delightful mix of 3-D characters and hand-drawn and beautiful 2-D backgrounds (the bosses, in particular, are the most impressive), complimented by a quality soundtrack. In all, everything reminds us of an old PSOne RPG.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simogo's come up with another unmissable game - an ingenious slice of puzzling adventure that's as imaginative as it is stylish. Whether you played Year Walk or not, you can't let this one pass you by.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Banner Saga is one of the greatest adventure games, mobile or otherwise, that's come around in quite a long time. Not only is it interesting and accessible, but it's clean, ornate, and enjoyable through and through. If you only pick out one adventure game this year on iOS, make it this one.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The game itself is timeless. It's not so old that people are turned off by the primitive graphics and it has an engaging enough battle system that those new to turn based RPGs won't get bored. It still has the same fun factor as the SNES game, but now you can take it anywhere you want, so what more can I say?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mikey Shorts manages to stand tall amongst the best the platform genre has to offer, and you should make a point to download it in the very near future.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some ridiculous car prices, loading issues and teeth-gnashing A.I. difficulty, it's a fun ride from beginning to end. Don't hesitate to catch some air with this one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's been a long and frustrating journey for Vlambeer to bring Ridiculous Fishing to the market, but for gamers it's certainly been well worth the wait. Let's hope the reward for the developers is success on the App Store, and that this particular fisherman's tale has a very happy ending.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PSP version of Chinatown Wars is still superior, due to the less clumsy controls and included soundtrack. However, if an iPhone is all you have, this definitely doesn't feel like a second rate effort.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, you'd be a damn idiot if you didn't pick up God of War: Chains of Olympus.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this mobile edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an almost flawless port of one of last year's finest games. If it's a truism that you get what you pay for in life, then the depth, satisfying gameplay, replay value, and challenge on offer here more than adequately answer any questions about that price.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Even put up against the likes of Animal Crossing and Pokémon X & Y , The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is easily the best 3DS game of 2013. It's quite simply a work of art that deserves to be part of your private collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loaded with goodies and irresistible to resist, Mario Kart DS is fun in its purest form.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a $6.99 priced app, FIFA 13 delivers a stunning amount of soccer content that'll keep you busy for hours. It doesn't quite fit on the same level as its console brethren, but for a "footy" mobile experience, it definitely shows that EA Sports has still got it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can't go wrong with Trap Team on console, but the iPad and Android port is just as good, if not better because of the portability.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But Zelda: Phantom Hourglass goes the opposite extreme, and turns sailing into a boring and utterly joyless exercise in line drawing. Basically, instead of controlling the ship directly, you'll merely draw your route on the touchscreen and watch your ship travel to that destination.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The in-game timer says that I have poured 33 hours into the cart so far, and I estimate that I've completed half of what the game has to offer. DS owners who opt to skip Dual Strike are missing out on the most full-featured and addictive title released for the system yet.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Tilt to Live is without question one of the most polished and fun iPhone games we've played in months. For two bucks, there's no reason why you shouldn't download it ASAP.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Throw in bonus levels, secret items and the promise of free levels in the future, and Where's My Water? is an irresistible title no iPhone/iPad owner should be without.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale knocked it out of the park with this one
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One heck of a fun time, the type of experience that begs multiple plays. Before long, you'll invest multiple hours and die numerous times.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has problems, but we're still giving it a hefty thumbs up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is it more imaginative than Super Mario Galaxy? No. Will it revolutionize gaming like Super Mario 64. Hardly. Do either of these questions matter? Absolutely not, and don't let anyone prove otherwise. Super Mario 3D Land is the epitome of fun. Most importantly, it's a shining example of everything that's good and wholesome about video games.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A guilty pleasure, as well as one of the strangest yet satisfying titles on the App Store. To those who ask why this game exists, we only have one response: why not?
    • 90 Metascore
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    Pushmo is without question one of the best 3DS games we've played. It's great to see Nintendo step outside its comfort zone of critically acclaimed franchises and do something original that's both immensely entertaining and a neat showpiece for the hardware. Don't resist the urge. Download this gem immediately.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no denying that tablets offer a unique opportunity to both breathe new life into the genre, as well as open it up to a new audience. Certainly Magic 2013 is the best game of its kind that we've played on the iPad.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The core gameplay may never evolve beyond steering directionally, flying through hoops, gathering stars and proceeding along a series of on-rails levels. But it's done so competently, and with some much care and attention to detail, that you won't fail to fall in love with Kiloo's new creation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is this touchscreen Limbo a perfect port of the original masterpiece? Not quite, and there are certainly moments where you'll cry out for the precision that only a physical controller can provide. Still, these moments are rare enough to ensure that this mobile version remains nothing less than outstanding overall.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you couldn't play Kingdom Rush the first time around, you owe it to yourself to play it now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A delightful trip through a macabre fun house full of blood and assorted horrors that should not be missed by anyone who enjoys playing games, that is, unless you're just sick of 2D Castlevania.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an outstanding experience regardless of which control scheme (tilt, virtual slider) you use. Kudos to Sega for releasing such an excellent port that instantly became the best kart racer on the App Store.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They did such an excellent job imbuing the heroes with personality while creating a gorgeous world for them to explore, pulling art from the Old West and merging it with cool undersea scenery; everything has a nice summery feel. Even the title screen that features parallax scrolling is cool. A nice touch, indeed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the sharpest games on the App Store.
    • 89 Metascore
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    That ChAIR was able to create such a wonderful sequel in a year is a true testament to the talented people working at the studio. With this in mind, Infinity Blade 2 is one of the year's most thrilling video games, a gorgeous and feature packed adventure that demands your attention. In terms if iOS killer apps, it stands alone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like waves crashing onto a white sandy beach, it's a spectacular elemental fusion that lulls you into a zen-like state, a type of serenity that relaxes your body as well as your mind as you peacefully walk its shores. An artistic achievement and a must buy, Lumines is therapy for the soul.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far too many of the NSMB levels are simply too short. Even in the final world, it feels as though you're hitting the midway restart point in seconds, and then crossing the finish line when the level was just hitting its stride.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
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    A wonderful video game that'll hopefully blossom into a more fully featured effort in the months ahead.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Joe Danger Touch represents everything about mobile gaming at its best. It's faithful to an established franchise, yet it strikes out on its own to provide a game that's as slick as its console counterpart, remains challenging but fair, and is always entertaining thanks to a deep system of replayability.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The characters are gross. The actual game play, on the other hand, is golden. You only receive so much ammunition per character, and once it runs out, you must restart that stage from the beginning. What ensues is slow paced fun, as you strategize the best ways to annihilate the Blots.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Humorous, original and challenging (perhaps a little too challenging at times), Girls Like Robots should go to the top of the download list for any puzzle gamer who thinks they've seen everything the genre has to offer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not being able to select the correct Meteos in a pinch made me very frustrated, and frantically rubbing the touch screen to get myself out of jams cheapens the game's strategic element.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    80 Days is a colorful and stylized look at a classic tome that places a new twist on an otherwise familiar game type. It's well worth your time, especially if you're looking for something a little more "out of the box" when it comes to mobile gaming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a chance you'll dislike DrawRace 2, since sketching routes takes a backseat to hitting the gas and steering the car. It also doesn't help that your finger obscures the racing line, forcing you to rely on instinct; you eventually get a feel for it. Racing strategists, on the other hand, will happily dive into DrawRace 2 and play this sucker for months.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mikey Shorts did a lot for the platforming market last year, and for just under two bucks, Mikey Hooks does even better with a new mode, a great new gameplay tactic and that same wonderful presentation from the original. One play and you'll be, ahem, hooked.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is one hot box of rocks. Arguably, it is PlayStation Vita's best launch game, a content and graphically rich experience that serves as a loyal handheld companion, perfectly suited for long or short play sessions. In other words, worth every penny of its $39.99 asking price.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    OK, so War Pinball looks and sounds outstanding, but how does it play? Perfect. In-game missions, smooth play and tight controls put it in a whole other league. The fact that it runs without a hitch with the ball zipping all over the place is impressive, no question.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crossy Road is how free gaming should be done. It's fun fast-paced gameplay is a blast to pass the time while waiting in lines or just if you want to zone out for a while. However, if you're someone that needs some depth to be entertained you won't find it here.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The innovative controls (did I mention the rumble?), the huge amount of microgames, and the overall quality of WarioWare Twisted! ranks it right up there with the original, far surpassing even the Nintendo DS version as the most impressive WarioWare title yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That aside, X and Y are great editions to the Pokemon franchise, ideal for gamers who walked away from the series and hardcore fans who have been there the whole way. On that note, generation six is a mega evolution of its own. With this in mind, we highly recommend X and Y for any Pokemon fan or 3DS owner looking to complete their game collections.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We had an absolute blast playing Fieldrunners 2, and recommend the title to any tower-defense fan. Even those who typically shy away from the genre will find a very different, and very enjoyable strategy title here.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm actually conflicted with this game, because the more and more the controls piss me off the less I want to play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Dojo Mode, Ghost Mode, and Tekken Bowling are worth the price on their own, and the fighting looks and feels just like it always has.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Attractive hand drawn graphics feature twisted scrap heaps, cool looking contraptions and droids of all shapes and sizes. The soothing mood music, meanwhile, helps put you at ease.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll enjoy every minute of Rayman Jungle Run, thanks to its tricky gameplay and high production values. It does a fine job complimenting the other games in the series, and should find a welcome home among the mobile and tablet crowd.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suffers from the same problems that plague many 3D mobile games, but its drool worthy graphics, enjoyable firefights and wealth of multiplayer options make it an obvious favorite, as well as a welcome addition to any virtual warrior's digital library. Oorah.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if it isn't entirely original - and could really benefit from dropping the freemium elements - Castle Doombad is a terrific way to kick off 2014's mobile gaming season. Tower defense fans won't want to miss it, and casual fans will find a lot to like as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those aforementioned problems melt away the second you slaughter several Necromorphs and travel deeper into the brand new story that bridges the gap between the original game and the recently released sequel. We didn't jump out of our chairs, but the wow factor is more than enough to make it worth a look.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a classic slice of gaming that bodes very well for the future of Team17's back-catalog on iOS devices. The controls are solid, and the content has been ported with affection and respect for the original game.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's focused, detailed, highly tweaked on gameplay, and loaded with options galore. It's got the old-school greatness of the series and a shiny new gloss rolled into one, with nothing ruined or tarnished in the process.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Room is the cave of mysteries from everyone's childhood; a perfect encapsulation of the fear and pleasure of discovery. If the words "secret compartment" make your fingers tingle, beat your way to the App Store and put them to use.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's enough to satisfy both longtime fans and newcomers to Nintendo's charming franchise. New Leaf doesn't necessarily play like other games, but that's why we appreciate it. Whereas other titles assault the senses with over-the-top action sequences, this one provides a welcome escape. Cherish it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shenanigans aside, this is a well-designed and tricky puzzle game that rewards creativity. It also helps that the designers let you restart puzzles from any point with zero load times, and user friendly controls allow you to view a structure from multiple angles.
    • 88 Metascore
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    A textbook example of how to seamlessly blend a game with a movie, and with additional levels on the way, it's a must play for longtime fans as well as newcomers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The developers packed a ton of value into a tiny $0.99 package. Smart, fun and addictive, this is one iPhone title you need to play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So Year Walk is much more than a single riddle, wrapped in a single, mysterious enigma. It's an intricately blended experience of puzzles and exploration, with seemingly forgotten clues returning to the surface later on. That those puzzles often unravel in a somewhat illogical order is the only real complaint we have about the game - it's more of a journey through a developer's imagination than a traditional game, and it's a relatively brief experience too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a collection of surprisingly strategic challenges though, this is one game that deserves a place on every mobile puzzle gamer's phone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That aside, X and Y are great editions to the Pokemon franchise, ideal for gamers who walked away from the series and hardcore fans who have been there the whole way. On that note, generation six is a mega evolution of its own. With this in mind, we highly recommend X and Y for any Pokemon fan or 3DS owner looking to complete their game collections.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it has to be mentioned, forever again, that what is here was a game brilliantly executed on many fronts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful fusion of stimulating graphics, music and touch based play, making it an essential download for iPhone and iPad users. Great job, Taito.
    • 87 Metascore
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    One of the most creative and thoroughly entertaining apps we've had the pleasure of experiencing. It's smartly designed, attractive and fun, as well as a showpiece for anyone on the fence about purchasing an "i" device. Bravo.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, WarGames is awesome. Head-to-head multiplayer would sweeten the deal, but as it stands, this is one of the finest match-three puzzlers on the App Store, as well as a shockingly good movie-based game; there aren't many of those available.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though most of the presentation and general gameplay hasn't changed much from previous Pokemon adventures, both HeartGold and SoulSilver have an adequate amount of content, online and off, to keep you exploring until the next sequel arrives.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Infinity Blade is beautiful, gripping and intense. Most importantly, its creators delivered a console quality experience in your hands, so while it's a wonderfully designed and thoroughly enjoyable brawler, this title also stands out as a killer app, the type of thing that solidifies Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch as legitimate contenders to the portable gaming throne.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Outwitters does a great job of offering up some seriously meaty content for absolutely nothing. There's some fine strategy to be had online, although the experience is very dependent on the commitment and availability of your particular opponent.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A textbook example of how to seamlessly blend a game with a movie, and with additional levels on the way, it's a must play for longtime fans as well as newcomers.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This is simply a winning formula, through and through. Buy it. Love it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you think highly of Rayman Origins, Legends is an essential purchase.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fotonica is definitely one game that needs to be installed on your favorite device.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Platform Panic is a very fun and addictive platformer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the previous game won't need a review - they'll already have grabbed the game at launch. For those entirely new to the series though, know that while Super Stickman Golf 2 is fiendishly addictive, and stuffed to the brim with content and challenges, there are just a few inelegant fumbles when it comes to dipping deeper into your pockets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, there's enough variety and imagination in the level design, not to mention humor in the game's storytelling, to help Icebreaker just about rise above these concerns. You can expect a stiffer challenge here than you'll get from the average physics puzzler, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in 2013.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was fun to the end, and the witty and darkly humorous story added an atmosphere that so many other puzzle games lack.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These small complaints aside, ARC Squadron satisfies with a combination of gorgeous imagery and intense, arcade-style gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is an excellent addition to Nintendo's celebrated franchise and a great way to close 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful and conscious game that deserves to be played, even if to just take in its message.