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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Slender-Man
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Final Fight One's AI is cheaper than a bottle of discount wine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An addictive, entertaining affair that takes a little bit of patience and learning to get down the basics. Once learned, however, you'll be hooked in no time flat and unwilling to turn a cold shoulder to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a lot of fun, especially as you unlock achievements and post high scores through Game Center, but you'll need a certain level of patience to deal with constant restarts that make iStunt 2 more of a stop and go experience; it definitely puts a damper on the action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a bit repetitive, and with only three environments, visually limited, but Major Mayhem delivers thrilling arcade style fun. Worth a buck? Absolutely.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlock the full game and have a blast. We certainly hope more (and free) levels are on the way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Dungeonism won't be to everyone's tastes. With its pretty but primitive graphics and sound, not to mention its roguelike flavors which give death an air of inevitability, you'll need an appetite for exploration and experimentation to get the most out of this experience. If that sounds like your cup of tea though, Dungeonism might just end up being one of your favorite games of 2013.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing working against Bleach: Dark Souls is familiarity. You've seen most of these options before in Blade of Fate. Aside from that, this is a true winner for fans of the anime, Treasure fanatics and fighting purists.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    League of Evil 2 offers more of the same, which is definitely a good thing, since the first title is so much fun. For just $0.99 (the sale price, so be sure to act quickly), it makes for a great virtual companion, whether you intend to play for a few minutes or several hours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resistance: Retribution is worth a look, thanks to its enjoyable single player campaign, sharp visuals and addictive multiplayer. PSP owners should definitely pick it up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mika Mobile has once again commanded our collective attention with a game that is both easy on the eyes and immensely satisfying. Buy it without hesitation and cross your fingers for plenty of free characters and levels in the future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All this praise aside, the game's commentary comes up way short.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sprinkle is both fun and visually stimulating, a game that should be in everyone's collection. The fact that it costs $0.99 ($1.99 on Android with 24 additional levels) means you have no excuse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's an enjoyable game that I'm glad that I own, but it didn't impress me enough that I felt the need to gush all over it. But kudos to Game Freak for coming up with something fresh in the platform genre, as simply conking bad guys on the head was getting tired.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone who's played and loved Commander Video's earlier adventures won't hesitate to download Bit.Trip.Run, and they're absolutely right to do so. Not played any of the other games? You're in for quite a treat, and that comparatively high download price shouldn't stand in your way for a moment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the most sophisticated game you can get for your mobile, but it is one of the most entertaining and original, and you can't really ask for much more than that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the outstanding water to the Career and Online play, you'll struggle to find better racers on smartphones and tablets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, if you managed to overcome any of the control scheme shortcomings in previous touchscreen LEGO games, then you have nothing to worry about in this latest release. In terms of content, characters, and all of the many charms the series has become famous for, Batman DC Superheroes delivers one of the better mobile LEGO experiences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Had there been more levels, Dark Void Zero would've been unbeatable. That said, you still shouldn't miss it, especially for three dollars.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the face of so much delightfully clever level design, it's easy enough to brush aside any niggles about the game. Icycle's colorful, clever and a great example of just how far a little imagination can go in the world of indie mobile development.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well polished and kick ass surgery game that makes excellent use of the Nintendo DS' touch screen. But what I wasn't prepared for was its engaging story, and that added bonus puts this game over the top.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying that Glu Mobile did a great job adapting Transformers into a turn-based strategy game. G1 Awakening lacks the pomp and circumstance in Activision's games, but it's both fun as well as a cool trip back to a time when Saturday morning cartoons and toys were actually good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capitalizes on humanity's inherent love for a slightly aggravating puzzle that we secretly relish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking this into account, Man in a Maze is superb regardless of which platform you play it on, and play it you most definitely should. Meanwhile, cross your fingers for even more levels, contestants, and prizes in the months ahead. Yup, it's a winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Similar to Candy Crush Saga, you only have a limited number of chances to play, but the developers were generous, and the time to regenerate these "hearts" is significantly shorter. Besides, the better you are, the longer a single game will last, making the wait time almost insignificant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's too familiar for its own good, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a fine conclusion for the series, at least for the time being. With a fresh story, solid presentation and plenty of puzzles and challenges, this is one mystery that doesn't wear out its welcome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the actual tennis is excellent and the various mini games are lots of fun, so if you absolutely love the Mario Tennis series and/or have a few friends that also own this game (because each player needs a copy), it's a decent purchase.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great amount of fun, with a fun and vibrant look throughout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Personal Trainer Cooking has plenty of tasty looking meals and a marvelous user interface.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    About the only thing wrong with this game is the repetition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bitcoin Billionaire is a very interesting game to say the least. The game can be very addicting because it is so simplistic and you really want to make as much money as you can. On the other hand though it is not really a game at all and if you are looking for something more challenging than tapping a screen over and over than look elsewhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it's a fairly short-lived experience. You can beat the game in roughly an hour, but on the positive side, multiple routes will keep you coming back for more; case in point, we didn't reach the Blue-Marine level during the first play through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A classic, lengthy, & challenging platforming experience - the type of game we don't see enough of, anymore. And make no mistake - the game gets CRAZY hard, later on. This is no pushover like "NSMB" or "Super Princess Peach." You WILL die dozens of times in the last world, and bosses WILL stump you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While by no means perfect, Castle of Illusion is a good enough platformer that pays worthy homage to the Genesis classic. That said, its high cost makes it too expensive to be an impulse buy, and we can only suggest waiting for the inevitable price drop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Patapon 2 is just as wildly addictive as the original, with its energetic gameplay and presentation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun homage to the glory days of video games, back when controllers didn't have a whole mess of buttons. Ah, memories.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only downside is the game's short length. You'll probably blow through it in a day or two, depending on your skills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When a game is supposed to be strategic, I expect strategy... and when it fails in that regard, I personally cannot believe it's a great game. That's not to say FFXII: RW is bad or that it isn't competently designed, it's just that it could have been much more and it's sort of infuriating to know it isn't.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful homage to one of the most beloved games of all time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The physics are top notch, and we love the slow motion that kicks in, just before the last block or two hits or narrowly misses that final star; if things go wrong, you can always restart the puzzle at any time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Star Marine: Infinite Ammo satisfies the need for an arcade style shooter on the iPhone, delivering all the big guns, nasty bad guys and the grizzled hero one would expect. With that, grab that Ion Torch and come out firing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the best comic-book beat-em-up from Activision to date, with a huge list of characters to choose from, many villains to defeat, and the ability to go at it solo or with friends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A combination of great things. In the casual sense, it's a 1980s puzzle party. For hardcore gamers, it's a cross between Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Lumines. Providing this news didn't cause a massive brain explosion, we strongly suggest downloading this app right away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter how much FIFA you might have played on your mobile prior to this morning, we're confident you've never played a FIFA quite like this one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay offers a few tricks up its sleeve, like with the mugging system and unscrewing the car radios out of vehicles for bonus cash. The presentation appears to be top notch, without missing any steps during its translation to the PSP. And the extras come aplenty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sleepwalker's Journey is that rare game that manages to combine a frightening challenge with a huge amount of accessibility, so that those less obsessed with gathering every last mark of success can still enjoy its delights.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If anything, Trials and Tribulations is guilty of just being the "same old thing". After all, the formula hasn't really changed whatsoever from what was present in the first two games, aside from some tweaks to the defense system.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a simple control scheme, robust assortment of parts and vehicle modifications and online multiplayer that will keep you hooked for hours, Racing Rivals is worth a test drive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Civilization Revolution makes our DS smile. The game is sweet strategic candy wrapped in replay chocolate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that we enjoyed Another World 20 years after it first debuted is a testament to its greatness. Other games have copied its cinematic storytelling and puzzles, but this is where it all began. Young or old, you'll appreciate much of what this engaging adventure has to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the prettiest and most entertaining iPhone and iPad games, and for $0.99, you'd be foolish to ignore it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you have fond memories of it or you are an RPG fanatic, definitely check out this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Phenomenal...Instead of shoehorning the Xbox 360 adventure onto the App Store with a virtual analog stick, Activision played to the iPhone and iPad's strengths, creating a game players of all ages can enjoy. Bravo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A great game, a rhythm/music game that bends the genre in new directions with its creative design, heartily original soundtrack, and unique gameplay system. Not too much of it is new, but there is a little to explore here that's worth at least a few tries, even if you have to put up with some hiccups just to get past it. [JPN Import]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ads notwithstanding, Dead Ahead ranks right up there with the best the endless running genre has to offer, including Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leaps and bounds better than the previous edition, and a worthwhile recommendation to anyone who loves golf.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Grimoire of the Rift is an excellent example of quality DS gaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, there's more to it than eye candy, and this substance outshines the negatives. Worth five bucks? Absolutely.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not it's Vita's best title is up for debate, but it's without question a damn good one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all we wouldn't hesitate to recommend that any strategy fan gets stuck into at least the free content that's on offer here, and it's a wise distribution model given that there's not a great deal of hand-holding or explanation of the game's core mechanics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is yet another outstanding addition to the 3DS eShop, and the old school presentation and enjoyable gameplay more than justifies the $8.99 asking price. One of the best games we've had the privilege of playing on Nintendo's handheld.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's the biggest knock against GTA 3. When things get nuts, as they often do, the controls make situations tougher than they should be. If controller snobs need another reason to complain about playing 3D games on a smart phone, Rockstar just gave those people ammunition...[But] Grand Theft Auto 3 is one of the App Store's best titles, and we strongly suggest downloading it immediately.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos to everyone involved for making one of the best games on the iPhone. Now please give us more levels ASAP.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, what I took away from Pokemon White Version 2 was this: that the series, much like the monsters that call it home, desperately needs to evolve.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joe Danger Infinity may not be the touchscreen revolution that the first game was, but it's still a marvelous one nevertheless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its loveable characters, appealing music and addictive tower defense shenanigans make it an ideal pickup, especially for younger gamers that love pajama wearing warriors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once again, id Software delivered a top-notch experience on the iPhone that comes highly recommended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameloft has done a marvelous job creating a high-quality game that you'll enjoy for months to come, even during actual fishing trips. After all, everyone needs something to pass the time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won't take long to unlock everything, but the journey is worth the modest amount of cash. Besides, blowing a zombie's brains out is quite the guilty pleasure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, the lack of full screen iPad support is a letdown, but Diggin' Dogs helped me ignore my illness, and therefore receives a hearty recommendation. Now excuse me while I take some meds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's both expertly designed and challenging. We'll literally sit upwards of five to ten minutes per puzzle trying to figure out the best possible angles for those mirrors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are definitely niggles with the controls in the game, but I was won over by the blend of genres, the lovely retro artwork and the kind of chip-tunes that nag away in your brain, long after you've stopped playing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    RAD Soldiers is a very well executed touchscreen game, and will do a good job of scratching that turn-based itch while you're away from the meatier console and PC games in the genre. That said, we did find the objectives and locations just a little bit too repetitive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Lums is a fantastic addition to the crowded physics puzzle genre, and packs in more than enough originality to put a smile on the face of even the most jaded physics action fan.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if you think you're grown hopelessly tired of endless runners - or, for that matter, zombies - Infectonator: Hot Chase will still win you over. Like the hero you control, it'll certainly grow on you - but without that pesky infection.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you enjoy South Park or even pinball in general, these are an awesome couple of tables you'll undoubtedly want to spend plenty of time with.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zombie Catchers is a fun and unique title. It's very creative in its approach to the genre, and it's a blast to play. The amount of waiting you have to do to play gets really annoying and the game constantly makes you take breaks because of the wait times.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you love first-person shooters and don't mind the core simplicity at the game's heart, Neon Shadow is well worth taking a shot at.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not without its faults, but those faults are overshadowed by the quality. No matter what your heart desires (dishing and swishing, hacking and whacking, or posting and toasting) this game has it all.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Princess Fury will try your patience, but it's worth the effort, if for nothing else than to relive the glory days of 16-bit arcade fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All we need, at this point, is for the developers to crack down on rage quitting and improve the tiny bit of lag that crops up. In its current state, though, Street Fighter IV Volt is still the best App Store brawler. Highly recommended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good but not exceptional game. Definitely worth playing because we feel it's one of the more intriguing titles on the App Store, but just a step short of being one of the year's best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The controls are excellent, the create-a-player and versus options will keep you entertained and the presentation won't let you down. Yup, the Soul still burns.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid fighter, especially if you missed it last year. There was potential to make this the definitive version, but as it stands, it's another quality title for Sony's monster machine, and a worthwhile pick-up you should play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfect fit for smartphones and tablets. The user-friendly touch controls make movement and shooting easy enough, and after getting killed, players only have to wait a few seconds to rejoin.

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