Modojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,672 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 Tetris Axis
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1,672 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, the graphics were watered down, and there could've been more fighters and online play. But, as it stands, this is a commanding App that's worth its $9.99 price tag.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Half-Minute Hero will take you several hours to beat, and while some of the objectives can be a grind (especially in Evil Lord 30), boredom never becomes an issue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's a slightly different version of Where's My Water? with more than 80 new levels, and at the end of the day, no one can argue with that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this very compelling gameplay is wrapped up in some of the smartest looking - and sounding - environments we've enjoyed on our mobiles, and the story is a hoot. Throw in the trademark Gilbert humor, and you've got a mix that will prove irresistible for any fan of match-three gaming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All told, this is another good game from OrangePixel, and a solid pick-up for adventurers who prefer to kill first and ask questions later. We look forward to updates in the months ahead.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's corny dialogue, and you'll probably get stuck several times, but Waking Mars' positives far outweigh its negatives, making it a cool space exploration game to have on the go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smart, mysterious and layered beneath a very welcome dose of otherworldly eeriness, The Silent Age will delight any adventure gamer who feels that the genre's revival, welcome though it is, is just a little too light-hearted in the 21st century.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hands-down the best introduction to Picross puzzle solving you can get on the App Store right now, and even old hands should find something to entertain them. A superb puzzle game by anyone's standards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While not a direct Metroid knockoff, this challenging and physics based App bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's classic sci-fi adventures. Both gorgeous and incredibly thrilling, it's without question one of the App Store's best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've tired of physics puzzlers and fancy a platforming experience with just a little more bite, then One Tap Hero deserves to go straight to the top of your download list. It's precision platforming at its best, with enough charm and ingenuity to win over even the most jaded mobile gamer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We just wish the multiplayer stages had a bit more pizazz. There's a cool Super Smash Bros. type feel to the action, but it's slightly offset by lackluster temples and mountains.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Loco Roco is an amazing game, quite possibly the most charming game I've ever played. It's the kind of game that will automatically make you happy while you play it. As a handheld title its ideal. Its only real drawback is that for many of us it might be over a little too soon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As we mentioned, cramming the Wii title onto the portable didn't happen without consequences. The game looks noticeably muddier on the 3DS screen, and occasional slowdown often appears at the worst moments. To be fair, though, neither of these complaints ruin the experience, and Nintendo fans would be wise to pick up Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D even if they own the console edition, as it's equally fun to play on the go.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed out on the game the first time around, or simply came to gaming later on in life, this is both an excellent and depressing example of how far games could and should have evolved by 2012.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throw in evil minions, boss fights and plenty of colorful eye candy, and Bucketz is one of the more intriguing games for smartphones and tablets, a smartly designed and cool puzzle experience that packs a solid challenge while offering up hijinks along the way. An essential pickup, indeed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N.O.V.A. 3 does exactly what's required of it: more of the same, but better and bigger than ever before. The refined multiplayer offering might still have some kinks in it, but it has potential to provide some extraordinary longevity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game hit me with the authority of a mack truck. I did not expect it to be this captivating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic sequel. If it had online play and cleared up its long loading issues, it'd be a sure-fire five-star winner. As is, though, it'll have to do just being a great sequel and fun for all ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good sequel to a pretty slick original, in other words.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The FPS component of the game may not be thrilling in the early stages of the game, but the scope for experimentation in defenses make this a very compelling purchase from the very start.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Factor in addictive chiptunes music and those aforementioned graphics, and ZiGGURAT will quickly become a guilty pleasure, one that is well worth your time and dollar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Concerns about difficulty spikes aside, this is an action strategy title that packs in a depth of tactical gameplay that you wouldn't expect from the first ten or so levels. Please do persist with it though, as hardened strategy fans will find a meaty action game beneath the shallow surface.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's been awhile since we've had a Nintendo DS game come along and totally kick our ass, but Bangai-O Spirits does it in a very good way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put very simply, Inferno+ is everything we want from a twin-stick shooter: gorgeous visuals, a thumping soundtrack, varied gameplay and an intriguing twist on the genre. Even by Radiangames' high standards, this is a fantastic game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Certainly a real gem for puzzle fanatics, and anyone looking for something really new and really unique for their PSP has gotten themselves a real head turner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can get past the game's "buy as you go" set-up and increasing difficulty, you'll find tons of value in Cogs. The presentation is top-notch and the gameplay will grind your gears, and we mean that in a good way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Really, though, it's all about getting together with a few friends and beating the living tar out of each other. Up to four players can take part in a fight, selecting from 26 characters throughout the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The excellent fusion of music and traditional block falling play continues to impress, reinvigorating the series and leaving the door wide open for even cooler sequels down the line. Pick this up immediately, and grab a pair of headphones while you're at it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bad Hotel is, in short, the stuff of wonderful nightmares: an eerie soundtrack, a menacing palette and an all-pervading sense of inescapable doom. Yet it's also one of the most original and atmospheric tower-defense games we've played all year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clubhouse Games is an example of substance over style, and I love it. While the games won't win any awards for graphic achievement or soundtrack, they're still quite fun to play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slick graphics and action packed levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So there it is. One of the coolest features from a 1990s Super Nintendo game, wrapped within a colorful exterior starring one of the cutest video game characters we've seen since Cut the Rope's Om Nom. Download it now, thank us later.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game was built for action, and it truly shows.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from that, 6th Planet is a great example of what creative folks can do with iOS. We look forward to Monkube's next project.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The wealth of upgrades, sharp visuals and fun gameplay make it one of the iPad's premier offerings. Besides, no one should pass up the opportunity to turn a small army of robots into scrap metal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest strategy puzzle games you can find on the App Store.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The actual game design is amazing. These puppies look, sound, and act like the real thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You'll do yourself a disservice to avoid it, especially at $0.99.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Uplink is a sublime game that hasn't aged a bit, paying the same tribute to the mainstream perception of Hollywood hacking culture that persists today through those same fondly remembered films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another fine addition to the celebrated series and one of the last quality puzzle games for Nintendo's DS. Don't miss it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The actual game design is amazing. These puppies look, sound, and act like the real thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Radiant Defense may not be an overwhelmingly original title on the App Store, and there's only so much that can be done to take the tower defense concept further. That said, Hexage's high production standards and route-changing mechanics make the game compelling enough for any existing fans of the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Diehards might scoff at the games simplicity and low difficulty throughout the adventure setting, but in that case, they're missing the point. Slimes are just really happy guys, and their entire world is built around keeping you smiling, just like them. This game comes in just shy of perfect, and if the tank battles would have held their pace, Dragon Quest Heroes could have easily been the single DS game to buy this fall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Contra 4 is a wonderful throwback to the Contra days of old, a jam-packed blastathon guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Grab your gun and let's hit it, before you get stomped, tattooed, hanged and killed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Additional mini games and rewards would've made Rhythm Heaven live up to its name. As it stands, however, it's a quirky, entertaining romp that deserves at least one playthrough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Blockheads might lean just a little too heavily on the grandfather of sandbox world-building for its own mechanics, but it's also got enough charm and obsessiveness of its own to make it an essential download.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The solid controls, entertaining gunplay and zombies make it a brain splattering good time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you appreciate the sport like we do, download Pool Pro Online 3. This game is definitely a must buy, with sharp gameplay, a solid presentation and plenty of options online and off. Rack 'em!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new additions aren't anything mind-boggling, but the new jobs and the bonus dungeon certainly add some extra playtime, and the result is a lovingly ported game that can really pass the time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A sublime adventure no fan should be without.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is it addictive, but the game packs a ton of value into a very affordable price ($0.99 on iPhone, $1.99 on iPad). Give it a look.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bee Leader is quite a welcome surprise, a somewhat relaxing, stylish and fun video game that hopefully offers a small glimpse of bigger things to come, AKA a slew of downloadable levels that further expand this smartly-designed concept.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's one of the more unique games we've seen for 3DS and another fine addition to the handheld's downloadable library. VVVVVV lacks some flash, but more than makes up for this with hardcore play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The actual game design is amazing. These puppies look, sound, and act like the real thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an awful lot to love about Darkside: it looks fantastic, it plays brilliantly, and there's an awful lot of content to be had for less than a dollar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokemon Platinum is probably the most elaborate entry of the series, thanks to its involving storyline with the Distortion World, its Wi-Fi-supported features and its addictive gameplay. Sure, it feels familiar, but thanks to its new additions, Nintendo earns the game's Platinum status.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The entire console game's 50 plus track list has been carried over to the PSP version and it's quite a varied mix of styles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So there it is. One of the coolest features from a 1990s Super Nintendo game, wrapped within a colorful exterior starring one of the cutest video game characters we've seen since Cut the Rope's Om Nom. Download it now, thank us later.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best games on the App Store, an iPhone and iPad experience that feels instantly familiar, but is in no way boring. A pleasurable nightmare, indeed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may be short and sweet, it's a fine collaborative effort from Atari and Zynga, and makes for some perfect lunch-time cannon fodder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a minor complaint, however, in the grand scheme of things. In design, execution, sheer quantity of content and attention to detail, Quell Memento is one of the finest puzzle games we've played in a very long time. Your favorite moments may be fleeting, but rest assured there's always a fascinating new challenge to be discovered around the next corner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the learning curve and handful of microgames, WarioWare D.I.Y. is one of Nintendo's most ingenious and satisfying DS efforts, and we strongly recommend playing it on the DSi XL, where those big screens make it easier to draw and view your creations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wipeout Pulse is undeniably cool, and the best in the series to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it's the gameplay and extras that will keep you coming back.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spellsword is beautiful, frantic, addictive, satisfying, explosive and, oh my goodness I think I've run out of superlatives. A spiritual successor to Super Crate Box it may well be, but only in its most fundamental concepts. When we all start thinking about our Game of the Year this December, I can only hope to have enjoyed some serious competition to this extraordinary title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own a PS Vita, you owe it to yourself to get this game, especially if you like action RPGs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perfect for long trips or just a couple of rounds a day, it's an irresistible and well-designed App that's affordably priced and a lot of fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game would have benefited from multiplayer of some sort, but as a single player only affair, Collision Effect is without question one of the best puzzle games on the App Store.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not you should buy Cave Story 3D boils down to A.) if you played another version before, and B.) how much you loved it. At $39.99, it's significantly more expensive than purchasing the DSiWare port ($9.99) via the 3DS eShop. Go that route, and you receive a similar, arguably better experience at a fraction of the cost.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My biggest complaint involves the difficulty, or lack thereof. Instead of introducing the game's intricacies during the first chapter, the designers spread them all throughout the game. What ensues are too many easy levels, where it takes but a few tries to score gold stars and move on; thankfully, "extreme" levels take considerably longer to figure out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all you want is a visually stimulating arcade style racer, this Need For Speed checks the right boxes. Its price is a bit steep, at $9.99 and $6.99 for iOS and Android, respectively, but those willing to spend the cash shouldn't walk away disappointed. Penny pinchers, though, should give Gameloft's Asphalt 7: Heat a serious look, since it provides a similar experience for just $0.99.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Granted, there are few portable Resident Evil games to choose from, but Revelations is by far the best, and it's perhaps even better than some of the console entries. Capcom stumbled, but still managed to offer a thoroughly enjoyable romp filled with intense monster blasting fun, along with dump trucks full of gore and some unexpected plot twists along the way. A must for all 3DS owners.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still one of the best dual stick shooters on the iPhone, and quite a bargain at $1.99 (limited time only). Now get those folks off the island.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    lthough Terraria requires a big investment of time, it'll open up your creative side. The control scheme works great on mobile devices, and the presentation is slick enough to make the game stand out over the competition. If you need a break from Minecraft: Pocket Edition, this should be your next stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throw in a year of downloadable puzzles, one per day starting October 28, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will definitely satisfy your demand for quality puzzle gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is it a great way to show off Vita without breaking the bank, but it also retains the series' intense action while highlighting the portable's second analog. That said, jump on the sticks and save the universe...again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You may already have more than enough mobile racers to keep you busy, but make sure you add GT Racing 2 to your library before settling on a favorite. It's fast, it's free-to-play - with a pretty fair cash system too - and it looks amazing. Go pedal to the metal on this one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that you'll need to pick up a DSi to play it (there's no plan for a cartridge version), Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! is an outstanding game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Crush! is an outstanding example of a game that's easy to learn and very hard to master. Delivered with the trademark, crisply polished presentation of every other Radiangames title, what you're left with is an essential purchase for any mobile puzzle game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It certainly has its faults, but if you crave some monkey action on the go, it more than satisfies your primal hunger.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All this praise aside, the game's commentary comes up way short.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Crossfire HD will thrill players of all ages, giving them a chance to cut through extraterrestrial hordes on the go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Castlevania than Metal Gear, but who could fault Konami for bringing their two best franchises into a beautiful marriage?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strikefleet Omega invokes some very happy memories of one of PC gaming's greatest triumphs, Homeworld. While this is a far more arcade-like, simplistic and brisk version of that classic RPS, we've given up hope on a third installment of the game ever seeing the light of day, and so this is just what we need to keep us occupied on the way to work in the mornings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the action in Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise comes unexpectedly and some boredom sets in, this is still a great DS game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What appeared to be a gimmick, a game that works in tandem with a series of plastic action figures, is one of the system's finest titles, a colorful, addictive and well designed platform adventure featuring lots of enemies to pummel, items to collect and characters to play as.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is, in every way, simply a better version of Draw Something. For many that will be more than enough, but if you've had your fill of the game already then there's not much here to entice you back.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game packs hours of fun into a very affordable package ($0.99), making it a great impulse buy, as well as an excuse for screaming "in the face! In...The...Face!"
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a solo affair, Heroes and Castles works surprisingly well. Having to constantly launch units and keep an eye on the castle becomes overwhelming, but it doesn't take long to get a handle on the game's intricacies, and with new modes coming in the near future, there's room for aggressive expansion. Might as well get in on the ground floor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just so well polished and lightning quick that it just begs to be played by anyone who loves Sonic, Sega, excellent platform games, or just pretty colors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well thought out and fun game that'll keep you busy for hours.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Namco has done great things with Tekken 6 on the PSP. It's enjoyable both alone and with friends, it looks and sounds terrific and has the one thing most portable fighting games lack, and that's enjoyable gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its nods to gaming classics of yesteryear, Special Ops really is a blast. It's not a full-blooded action title, and it certainly doesn't have the depth of a traditional RTS, but it does lie somewhere happily between the two, occupying its own little niche. Put simply, it's an awful lot of fun, and that's as much as anyone can ask for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Our only complaint involves pausing and then restarting the game, with zero time in between to regain one's bearings; fixable in an update perhaps. Aside from that relatively small issue, Bobbing is one of the most challenging games we've played. It would have felt right at home on classic consoles. That being said, it's a great fit for iOS and Android devices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    There's simply no excuse to not buy N+.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just as much a kick-ass military shooter as its console brethren.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We have nothing but positive things to say about the spectacle. Having such a graphically-rich title on iPhone and iPad screens is remarkable. At the same time, and if we expect video games to grow up, publishers need to invest the same effort into the other components, especially when dealing with the fourth entry of a popular franchise.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Factor in some catchy music, and Time Surfer is one heck of a satisfying package. These are the types of simple and addictive games we play for hours on end throughout any given year, and that being the case, we hope it finds a hungry audience that can't resist one more slice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eternity Warriors 3 isn't just the best game in Glu Mobile's action series, it's also one of the better free-to-play games on the market.