Modojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,718 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 War Pinball
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1,718 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've historically been put off by the complexity of Sid Meier's other titles, this is a lovely action-simulation that will lead you gently into the genre. For strategy stalwarts, there's nothing to fear from this very different Meier game, because it really is a huge amount of fun regardless of your typical gaming preferences.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the iPhone's greatest and most impressive sports games we've played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is a nice throwback to a more simple time in gaming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a bizarre but immensely satisfying experience, thanks in part to the addictive premise, excessively colorful graphics, NES style music and online leaderboards.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A vast improvement over its predecessor and a must have for anyone that loves to work magic in the kitchen. Both easy and fun, it's a perfect replacement for those dusty old books.
    • 87 Metascore
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    If you have a PSP (or PSP go, as the game will be available for download on the PlayStation Network), LittleBigPlanet should be your next purchase.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Swordigo lacks in revolutionary ideas, it more than makes up for that with hours of nostalgic fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gasketball is an entertaining sports title that'll leave you scratching your head, figuring out the best ways to make a seemingly impossible shot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fun if not twisted game. We just wish the designers included more than nine in-game achievements. Other than that small and borderline silly issue, Karoshi is a unique puzzle game that also serves as a reminder to never miss vacation time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The kinetic energy that the series is known for is perfectly intact, and the game looks and plays just as wonderfully as it ever has. The fact that it has classic goodies and exclusive cars significantly boosts its value.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gemini Rue certainly won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you long for the good old days where grim dystopias met a graphical style that never really went out of fashion, then you're in for no small treat here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the App Store's most intriguing, enjoyable and kooky titles, a game that manages to stick with the player long after he or she leaves the retro inspired world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Hexagon punishes more than it rewards, but the adrenaline rush you get from playing far exceeds any mental anguish. Well, at least until you check out the best times on the Game Center leaderboards. Sobering, to say the least.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're one of those boring old-fashioned gamers who values crazy things like fun, compulsion, and competitiveness, you really owe it to yourself to grab this stellar action-puzzler.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's more like an interactive comic book, with believable characters, solid voice acting, attractive cell-shaded graphics and buckets of blood. In all, a thoroughly entertaining undead romp.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a toy to play with, Splice is a wonderful thing. As a game however, it just lacks that essential moment where you feel that you've made progress entirely through ingenuity rather than random experimentation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    League of Evil isn't the most original game, but it's a lot of fun and worth your time. Now go out there and kill some scientists before they ruin everything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos to the developers for merging different puzzle types into one new and exciting concept. Puzzlejuice lacks flash and playing on the iPhone is a challenge (small letters), but it more than makes up for that with engaging play. Definitely one of the best brainteasers out there, and well worth a measly $0.99.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hank Hazard is one of Chillingo's coolest games, and you'll have a blast experimenting with different objects, grabbing all the stars and climbing the online leaderboards. To infinity, and beyond.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An immensely enjoyable action RPG.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a handful of technical hiccups, Anomaly 2 is everything fans of the previous games in the series would have asked for, and is a very easy sale for existing Anomaly nuts. Those who are put off by the typically static, reactive gameplay of the tower-defense genre, could do a lot worse than Anomaly 2 if they wish to discover what this gaming scene is really capable of.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's more difficult than its predecessor, there's plenty to love about Crashmo, from its wealth of puzzles to its cheery graphics and near limitless editing potential. A satisfying follow-up, this game belongs on every 3DS owner's system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a guarantee that it's a game for everyone, but rather a big fat A+ for Alphadream when it comes to Advanced Game Design. This game is the cream of the portable gaming crop, and you'll be really hard-ressed not to be taken in by at least one of it's plentiful charms.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We love Pro Zombie Soccer. The sharp visuals and satisfying gameplay make it our newest guilty pleasure, as well as one of the most imaginative zombie titles in the App Store.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, there's no getting away from the fact that Where's My Mickey? represents everything that players of the previous games have come to expect - bags of levels, lots of challenge, and enough replay value to ensure that you won't even smart at the cost of the additional level packs. That will be enough for most.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Don't miss out on Planet Puzzle League for the DS. Its presentation may not suit everyone but it's really going to be hard arguing against buying a game because it's just not fashionable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It never feels limited, or that you've "done everything"; the game is designed in a such a dynamic and charming manner that while playing you're not only investing your efforts, but also being rewarded for coming back.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Jungle Run can certainly look forward to another generous dollop of creatively crafted levels in Fiesta Run, and we're left largely impressed by this bright and breezy sequel. Not even a handful of minor niggles can stop this from being very easy to recommend to gamers of all tastes and ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a sequel that not only outshines the original, but also does the free-to-play game system justice - a rare feat for apps these days.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is another fantastic release from Square Enix that works just as well as a mobile RPG as it does as a DS release.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the App Store's best puzzle games. It's a familiar concept (Enigmo, another iPhone hit, springs to mind) that feels fresh, thanks to sharp visuals and most importantly, engaging play. The best part? No messy cleanup later.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vice City Stories could have used some story clean-up and some tweaking to make the lock-on system work better for the user. As is, however, it's a good piece of 80's fun wrapped around an already solid engine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a triumph for those who favor experiential gaming over the challenge of eking out ever-smaller, incremental degrees of satisfaction from more skill-based titles.
    • 86 Metascore
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    An enormous amount of pre-planning is required to set up that perfect chain-reaction, and the intense excitement that accompanies the successful realization of your careful strategizing is both hypnotic and thrilling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, if you're happy to pay for an experience that genuinely charms and intrigues for a short time, you could do a lot worse than sneak this onto your mobile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether you played Luigi's Mansion, this sequel stands on its own merits, and in the process, became another fine entry in the growing 3DS library of quality titles in need of enthusiastic owners. Relish the experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We cannot understate this: had Nintendo published Dream of Pixels in the 90s as some follow-up to Tetris, the publisher would have sold at least a million more Game Boys. It's that phenomenal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Charming, intuitive and highly entertaining, Scribblenauts Remix is without question one of the best games the App Store has to offer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few iPhone and iPad games are as charming as Bumpy Road.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mega Run is a lovely game that oozes charm and will delight players of all ages. Even if you think you can't possibly bear to play another screen-tapping automatic runner, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with Redford's adventure regardless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'm simply astonished at the fact that Konami has created two of my favorite DS games in only a year apart from each other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun iPad title that's a sweet cross between tower defense and billiards, making it a smart pickup for gamers interested in destroying enemies with acute angles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Air Mail could've been exceptional, but as it stands, the game will just have to settle for being great, with beautiful art work, tight controls and fun exploration/time-based play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the greatest iOS games lack drool-worthy visuals, and we're happy to say Rinth Island overcomes this graphical shortcoming with excellent head-scratching play, made even better with the addition of the editor. Just be sure to think before you press.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not this is the best mobile RTS on the App Store is up for debate, but one thing's certain, it's quite excellent all the same.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It just goes to show that sometimes, it's the simplest of concepts that make a hit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Along with the great controls and the involving adventure that will keep you playing for hours at a time, the game also benefits from beautiful visuals that really bring out the best in the PSP.
    • 85 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.
    • Modojo
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This wonderful game belongs in your collection, regardless of whether you're new to the franchise or an experienced player that needs a fighting fix on the go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that it's far from a perfect game and not much of a step forward doesn't make it any less of a must-buy. The core single-player adventure is guaranteed to occupy you for more than thirty hours, and the promise of extensive global trading and (surprisingly deep) Wi-Fi battling awaits those who complete the main storyline. Get this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vainglory is an excellent showcase of what can be done with iOS 8's Metal engine, and exemplary of MOBAs in general. It could even go toe to toe with PC releases. For that reason, it's certainly one free-to-play title that you'd do well to download.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No, LocoRoco 2 won't challenge you, but its happy presentation, fun gameplay and bountiful extras will keep you rolling for hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrap it up with a bizarre story and a cool 80s vibe, and Hotline Miami is one of PlayStation Vita's guiltiest pleasures, a blood-soaked, retro-inspired homage to the most difficult video games ever conceived. So long as you're of age, it comes highly recommended.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main reason why I like The Sacred Stones is because it looks and feels old school, meaning it's reminiscent of classic NES RPGs, but beyond its look this is a quality turn-based experience that'll last you for hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's out of control, to put it mildly.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's wonderful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A short but cool game every DS and 3DS fan should own. Just don't sleep on downloading it, since it'll be free until February 20, 2012.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just a shame that, for all this graphical and aural stimulation, the fighting mechanics are so basic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    WWE SuperCard is a fun and addicting game that is easy to pick up and play. It's so addictive that you can't play just one match, and you will want to keep playing until you find your favorite superstar(s). Hopefully, 2K Games releases a versus mode in a future update.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The deceptive simpleness of gameplay lends itself to complex and difficult tracks that make a player feel accomplished. Unlike a majority of iOS games, stabbing your finger at the screen won't win this one. It will take practice and skill and that's a good thing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Control niggles aside, have no doubt that this pocket RPG represents an impressive landmark for mobile gaming. In achieving so many triumphs,
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are more upgrades, a greater diversity in environments, and more enemy types than ever before. Fans have likely already grabbed the game at launch - for everyone else, know that this new Kingdom Rush ensures the series remains at the top of this bloated genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delightfully weird, you'll never look at a Petri dish the same way again, or lick one, for that matter. Yummy.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Whether or not Akihiro Hino and the crew at Level-5 built the world upon the foundation of the puzzles or vice versa, it melds into a cohesive miracle that's greater than the sum of its undeniably fantastic parts.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It's without question the greatest handheld Mario Kart yet, and a welcome addition to a phenomenal series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that it's far from a perfect game and not much of a step forward doesn't make it any less of a must-buy. The core single-player adventure is guaranteed to occupy you for more than thirty hours, and the promise of extensive global trading and (surprisingly deep) Wi-Fi battling awaits those who complete the main storyline. Get this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You won't play a more experimental, risky, fun and flamboyant endless-runner this year, and for that reason alone we're happy to recommend this as the best example of genre evolution we've seen in a very long time indeed. Bravo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prepare to lose countless hours playing one of the deepest games on mobile devices.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Most importantly, the game's a ton of fun and shockingly addictive. It literally came out of nowhere. Kudos to Pieces Interactive for releasing such a well-designed and cool App guaranteed to consume hours of our lives.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game doesn't quite represent perfection as we found the difficulty level a little spiky, and the shuriken elements sit awkwardly with the gentler strategy found elsewhere. Nevertheless, Hundreds is a must-have title for anyone who craves something fresh from the App Store, and represents a fine start for puzzle gaming in 2013.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Format release concerns aside, Dual Destinies is a smartly-crafted, fantastic-looking Phoenix Wright game that you'd do well to pick up, especially since the first episode is free.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of your experience with the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy IV for the Nintendo DS should not be missed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One could make the argument that Minigore 2: Zombies has little complexity and not enough weapons, but considering the $1.99 asking price, we think it's full of head-chopping, limb-blasting goodness. Play it to waste time. Play it to beat your high score, or just play it to let off some steam. Just make sure, above all else, that you play it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bike Baron may not be the most original of games, but who cares? This super tough app packs just the right amount of value into a small 37.4 MB package, and with possible updates on the way, you should definitely hop on this ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An immensely charming, clever and (despite the obvious influence of Lemmings) original game. Neat mechanics, simplistic yet pretty artwork and a fine, stirring chiptune make this a very easy recommendation for fans of puzzle and platform games alike.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magic 2014 is just about everything that made Magic 2013 such a special game, and while it's not exactly revolutionary in its gameplay, we probably wouldn't want it any other way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This really is a lovely game though, even if the journey is all too brief when you consider the $4.99 price-tag. If you're concerned that this modern re-imagining might not do the original experience justice, cast those concerns aside.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia's gameplay and presentation make it one of the best to date, alongside Symphony of the Night and other legendary entries.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Turbo Dismount is a very fun crash simulation game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Invaders Extreme should be the next game you buy for your DS.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Visually, the game is excellent - and sometimes astounding. Ratchet's fluid animation must be seen to be believed, and there are moments (Clank's aerial levels come to mind) where the range of colors and particle effects will blow you away.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Peggle: Dual Shot is the ideal game to take on a vacation or long road trip, as it'll pass the time and leave you smiling. Pick it up and go Peggle crazy.
    • 84 Metascore
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    AI. Multiplayer is what really makes this game take off, so see if you can track down three friends who own a PSP and a copy of the game. That shouldn't be too hard.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cordy 2 is hands-down one of the finest platform games you can pick up for your mobile or tablet. It looks absolutely stunning, the controls work effortlessly, and those who absolutely must achieve perfection on every level will be kept exploring its incredible depths for weeks to come. Highly recommended.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only conceivable issues are the obvious omissions. Disney Mobile failed to include a level editor (you can only customize the cars), and you can't zoom in/out to get a lay of the land.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Great Little War Game HD is much better than a three out of five. We just couldn't award it a higher score knowing it crashes on iPad 2. If you can deal with that, or have the iPhone/older iPad, this App comes highly recommended.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm extremely impressed with the amount of care and attention that went into creating such a robust single and multiplayer package. It is a must-own for gamers even remotely interested in puzzle gaming.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the finest games we've had the privilege of experiencing. It joins Tiny Wings, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope as a handful of quality titles you must absolutely have on either your iPhone or iPad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The blending of mechanics, particularly in later levels, may cater a little more towards the hardened Cut The Rope veteran, but there's much to be enjoyed by everyone in this new adventure. It represents a bold evolution for the core gameplay, the levels are as tightly designed as you'd expect, and there'll no doubt be many more of them in future updates.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameloft didn't beat Zelda, not even close, but Sacred Odyssey has the necessary ingredients for a hit, including tons of action, a plethora of missions and some likeable characters, even if they sound like dopes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the fact it's almost a decade old, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is still a gritty yet refreshing open-world experience that fans of mobile action games owe it upon themselves to check out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TwinGo!'s a breath of fresh air in the puzzle genre, a brightly colored, cute and immensely addictive game that's worth $0.99 and even more. Two big thumbs up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to download Toy Story: Smash It!, from the head-scratching puzzles to the welcome fan service. Appropriate for all ages, Disney has once again provided an iOS title that does the respective license proud, and with more levels on the way via update, we expect to keep this game on our devices throughout the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those minor complaints aside, Star Wars Pinball is a wonderful extension of Zen Studios' outstanding games, and even non-fans will enjoy everything it has to offer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A furious arcade style blast fest that serves as a welcome addition to the App Store library. It costs more than most titles ($4.99), but after slaughtering thousands of creepy crawlies, we feel it was money well spent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet another outstanding addition to the iPhone and iPad, and the old school presentation and enjoyable gameplay more than justifies the $0.99 asking price.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact that Trigger Fist lacks originality makes it somewhat generic. Then again, it provides multiplayer that works each and every time, devoid of lag and other performance hiccups.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is a hard sell at $9.99, due to its quirky controls and lack of new content. On the other hand, if you love the original or need a quick skateboarding fix, you could do worse than ollie up the cash for it.