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 Flick Kick Chelsea
Lowest review score: 10 Celebrity Dentist
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 86 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Still, we can't fully recommend a basketball game if the main function of the game is this broken. If you can't shoot worth a damn or defend worth a damn, then, really, what's the point if the AI is just going to run right over you?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Tactical Strike is tactically unsound and just not very fun to play overall.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    I'm not saying it's all bad, I'm saying so many games do this sorta thing so much better that it's not really worth the time or investment unless you keep posters of Gwen Tennyson on your wall.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But as a return player, it barely added anything of significance to improve gameplay and the multiplayer they added actually worsened the overall value.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Battles has unrealized potential. Whether or not TOME is able to uncover it, unfortunately, remains to be seen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The general game isn't any fun because there's no personality and the AI hunts down too many shots for its own good. The graphics deliver, but the sound needs some work, especially with the stiff commentary. And you guys need to touch up your multiplayer as well...it's shoddy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Licensed games sure aren't what they used to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A huge disappointment, where not even Bluetooth support for select games can save it.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Being a hardcore Pokemaniac, it really hurts to see yet another Pokemon game succumb to mediocrity.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Going out with a bang for them has turned into sneaking out with a whimper. Not exactly my idea of the ol' ball game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To further add insult to this game, Super Sonic Warriors 2 just doesn't look all that impressive and the touch screen implementation is mediocre at best.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The cornball story, overall slow pace and lame combat make this one game we'd like to forget.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The story really sucks, the font is ugly, and it's sometimes difficult figuring out where to go.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While the characters are funny and there is a definite old-school/hardcore edge to the design, only those in the market for a tough-as-nails dungeon crawler are likely to find enjoyment here.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself, while a bit more grounded than its lame console cousin, has too many AI issues.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Juiced: Eliminator isn't bottom of the barrel, but it comes in at a distant third when the underground racing genre has already gone well into its life span, and that's not good news.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A strategic card battler that's missing out on any fun, intuitive design, or, worst of all, a point. Stick to your "Advance Wars" and leave this battlefield empty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, however, the whole effort seems to fall flat, lacking any kind of ambition and yet acting rather stubbornly on the little inventiveness it does have.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With over 100 levels and Wi-Fi functionality via leaderboards, Exit DS isn't totally without merit.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It does accomplish the purpose it set out to, but it needs some work as a game in practice.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's very little satisfaction taken from pounding on some stupid NPCs for thirty seconds, and unless you're intent on unlocking all of the officers you'll probably tire of this game quickly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Being a hardcore Pokemaniac, it really hurts to see yet another Pokemon game succumb to mediocrity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the right hands, it could've been great. For now, though, it's much too frustrating to enjoy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The variety of missions is helpful, but stealth missions become increasingly maddening, and when you're trying to "save" someone, it ends up being more of a daunting task than you expected.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The battles are stale, the storyline is boring, and the graphics are fairly weak; what more does I have to say to make you avoid this title?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sadly, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has little to no redeeming value. Considering the cost, you should get your retro fix elsewhere.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you love to play hours of chess against an opponent who is often much better than you are, then this game could be for you. However, be aware you will have to stomach a terrible storyline in order to play the single player game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The battles are stale, the storyline is boring, and the graphics are fairly weak; what more does I have to say to make you avoid this title?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What you are getting is a grave magnitude of repeating hallways, a dull story with often dull witted opponents, mucked up controls, and a game missing many key abilities from the 360 or PS3 editions.
    • 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
    What the game has for you in presentation, it can't make up for in lackluster gameplay and big problems.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bothersome controls.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather than trying something new and innovative within the capabilities of the platform, Coded Arms gives gamers the same thing they've gotten so much of already: a straight port that simply banks on the fact that it looks impressive and has never been done on a mobile platform.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Flash Focus: Vision Training In Minutes a Day is cheap, checking in at $19.99, but even that doesn't seem to justify what you are actually getting here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    SmackDown vs. Raw's atrocious controls make it one of the worst wrestling efforts in recent memory and a textbook example of how not to utilize the DS' abilities. If you own a PSP, go with that version instead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It almost feels like a debug copy of the game, with some parts unfinished and others glitchy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Here it is, the pen and paper classic Dungeons and Dragons represented in videogame form on your PSP. The deep ruleset makes the transistion largely intact, and the campaign itself is impressive in its length. It is what it is. That might have been the best that could have been said of it. If only the results just worked with some kind of grace and style.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bee Movie Game, sadly, is just another example of a wasted license.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The battles are stale, the storyline is boring, and the graphics are fairly weak; what more does I have to say to make you avoid this title?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Skip on this game and choose another rhythm title. You'll be glad you did.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There could be, in some way, a niche market that finds the grueling experience that is Lost in Blue 2 enjoyable. Diehard survivalists or the kind-of too old Boy Scouts with a seriously concerning collection of Merit Badges could be right at home with this game. Or maybe not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The most hardcore Splinter Cell fan might want to try to overlook the game's problems for its new levels, I suppose. What's most upsetting is what could have been.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If one wanted to be truly hateful, it's not unreasonable to say that the "Metroid Prime : Hunters" demo has shown more promise with what the DS can do with first person shooters than the final product EA has given us with GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    NBA
    It's an embarrassment to the sport of basketball as portrayed by videogames, a pick-up game between ten players who have broken legs and are trying to walk on them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With nothing new in story, gameplay, or looks, Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2 eventually suffers the same fate as the previous games before it- it just gets too old, too damn quick.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shrek the Third on the GBA is a seriously disappointing title.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's just not worth the money and you don't miss much.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    High Flyer Death Defyer is one of the worst titles we've played and needs a huge update to correct its many flaws. Until that happens, avoid this one.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's a juddering, technically incompetent, nauseating, migraine-inducing example of non-fun, with level design that sucks whatever joy might otherwise have been had from the game. It costs nothing to download and will drive you up the wall in exchange for your time.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ninja Council 3 is a frustrating and bland affair that has little to recommend it besides the extensive character roster from a recognizable license. It's not technically broken in any way, but there is no reason to purchase a game like this when there are so many other options available that are more enjoyable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Super Monkey Ball Adventure isn't really that fun. Travellers Tales didn't think the whole concept through, and as a result, the game suffers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An empty experience.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    You can toss Transformers: Dark of the Moon onto the pile (it's more of a mountain, really) of terrible movie based video games. It's one thing to see this from the likes of Activision, but with EA's success on the App Store, we expected better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.