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 LittleBigPlanet
Lowest review score: 10 Celebrity Dentist
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game contains an intriguing blend of strategy, management and under-the-hood tinkering, and in contrast to the deceptive Tiny Tower there's much more genuine depth to the game beyond a superficial appeal to obsessiveness. Whether you felt burned out by that game or not, we highly recommend you try out NimbleBit's brand new addiction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    MLB 09: The Show is a solid portable baseball game, but a few changes would've made it a homerun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact little has changed, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is one of the most playable golf games you'll stumble across, and it does justice to the PSP.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the game is short, it never feels like you've wasted your money... the world is packed with little details to find, and there are also multiple endings which encourage replays.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Seeing as how it's $20, MGS:DGN is one of those "what the hell" purchases. Even if you're not a Metal Gear fan it's worth checking out, if for nothing else than to admire the slick art work and check out a confusing story that you might have missed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In all, Tomb Raider Anniversary scores points for not taking the lazy route. Sure, it seems like a straight-up conversion of the PS2 game with no bonus modes or multiplayer of any kind, but at least it wasn't a half-assed port with no brain power put behind it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is easy on the eyes, with detailed stages full of visually appealing treats. We don't know what's in that jelly, but we'd certainly like some.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Irreverent, eccentric, and with enough challenge to keep even the most accomplished Angry Bird expert on their toes, Swing King's 90-plus levels represent a dollar very well spent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a huge JRPG fan or just enjoy playing on mobile for long bouts of time this game may scratch your itch. However, with the high price and time investment, this game isn't particularly conductive to mobile gaming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The spectacular visuals, addictive combat and wealth of collectibles make it another quality addition to Chair's growing portfolio.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Killzone Mercenary didn't wow us, but we can live with that. It's a good FPS that showcases the handheld's potential, and while it does little to push the series forward, it'll make a fine portable companion for players with itchy trigger fingers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it's a bit mindless, but Forever Drive is a sweet ride that's perfect for short and satisfying play sessions whenever, wherever. Every iPhone and iPad owner should have it in his or her collection.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it lacks a plot, it's a fun title that you can pick up and start playing immediately.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Mega Man ZX Advent reinvents the wheel in a way, but it still spins just as well as it ever has.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with its questionable payment structure and lacking touch controls, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a fun space romp that kids and die-hard fans will enjoy. Better yet, it costs you nothing to try.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's just a marvelous and beautifully constructed adventure game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a shame the somewhat barebones package doesn't give gamers more of an excuse to come back to the excellent soccer engine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But there's certainly nothing wrong with that, especially when it's a quality effort like Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Great for fans, casual players and kids (in other words, everyone), it's a well made, cool and value packed kart racer that's worth the cash.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sega did a great job designing characters that appear yanked from hieroglyphics and Greek statues, then set them against old pieces of parchment paper. Then, to top it off, the developers added music that helps drive home the time period. No matter which device you play it on, Alexandria Bloodshow is one fine-looking title.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not often we get to play a game like Kumo Lumo. It's highly original, rewarding and playful. Even the occasional rough edge (such as the repetitive character voicing) can't take the shine off what is an extraordinarily fresh direction for mobile gaming. A very fine start to the week indeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only dedicated fans are going to feel immediately at home with Battle of the Beards, but those who love the show - or are just in the mood for a silly throwaway mini-game app - will find much to love regardless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a phenomenal value, with $1400 worth of Neo-Geo arcade bliss in a $40 package, along with a few extras and two-player compatibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all of Adult Swim's games, Velocirapture is unashamedly what it is: a simple and entertaining game that doesn't take itself too seriously, and knows how to inject some much-needed, knowing fun onto the App Store.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After the games drought of summer it's nice to finally have a reason to power up the ol' PSP again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most charming aspect of Rebelstar: Tactical Command is the way it makes such great use of limited resources.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, True Skate represents the very best of what can be achieved with mobile gaming. It makes a virtue out of touchscreen controls, rather than a burden, and it's hard to see how any traditional controller could provide a more tactile and intuitive feel for the skate experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Penny Time's replay value may be a little stilted but there are plenty of score-based achievements on hand should you feel the need to compete against yourself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the most complex runner we've played, and makes us excited for the future of App Store platformers. To that end, we hope this isn't the last we've seen of Belle, or Fabrication Games, for that matter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 is yet another superb platformer from Nintendo, filled with all the elements fans crave.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol tries its hardest to find its niche, but while it has a subject appropriate to the Chibi universe and a concept fittingly original, it is held back in too many places to claim to live up to the standards set by Skip in the earlier title.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Three things make Off The Leash so enjoyable. The first involves running as far as possible to beat your overall distance traveled. The second, collecting coins, lets you spend this loot at the in-game shop. Finally, the game is full of secondary objectives to complete, from picking up 20 dogs to reaching 500 meters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos to Capcom for refusing to settle on the typical formula with Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. The gameplay is engaging through all five cases, and the humorous presentation and characters will make you happy to join the legal team once again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderful homage to one of the most beloved games of all time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While light on narrative, This Could Hurt comes with an abundance of 3D platforming goodness that'll challenge players of all skill levels. And with just four worlds to explore, it should evolve over time as the developers figure out new ways to drive us nuts. Worth checking out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bloons TD Battles likely isn't what purist fans of the series would have asked for, but at this stage in the franchise's life it's probably time for something other than more of the same - however enjoyable the existing single-player games have been up until now. It's the classic gameplay remodeled for a different sort of audience, then, and even IAP quibbles can't take too much of the shine off the predictably outstanding gameplay to be found here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead Pinball is one of the best additions to Zen Pinball 2's stable of specialized tables, and if you haven't tried out any of the rest of them, this would be a great place to start -- especially if you're looking to play something a little different when it comes to the shambling undead.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a quick and fun Spider-Man adventure, Web of Shadows will entertain you. If you want something a little deeper with more bang for its buck, however, you might want to seek out something else.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now add colorful retro-inspired visuals and music that would have fit right in with the best games from the 90s, and Nimble Quest is another quality addition to NimbleBit's growing smartphone and tablet library.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're not in the mood for a full Brain Age release, Arts and Letters is worth messing around with. The main games are fun and the addition of Themes mode prolongs the replay value better than we expected. We're all for new downloadable Brain Age releases, as long as they work as well as this one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Spacetime Studios' previous mobile games won't need any convincing to pick up this latest epic cooperative RPG, and they can rest assured that Arcane Legends packs in all of the features they've come to expect. For everyone else, this represents the most accessible game from the studio to date, and you may find themselves drawn in far deeper than you'd have expected.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The real kicker, though, is the lack of wireless multiplayer. You Don't Know Jack, at least for now, is a solo affair, while the recently released console versions support up to four players simultaneously.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Made one hell of a debut, and the promise of free content will transform this already impressive shooter into one of the iPhone and iPad's premier Apps. Lock and load, hit the track and come out firing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderfully addictive and gorgeous shooter that serves as a powerful showpiece for iPhone and iPad graphics. We just want more, which at the end of the day is a true testament to this game's greatness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Think of it as paying homage to the turn-based strategy games that came before. Considering the great storyline, the superb voice acting, the graphics, mission creation, and mission downloading, you will never grow old of Field Commander.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A game like this requires user-friendly controls, and Mos Speedrun's default scheme fails to make the grade.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's nothing revolutionary about the core gameplay of Men's Room Mayhem, and it's all very reminiscent of games like Airport Mania and Flight Control. But it is an exceptionally well polished game with an original twist, and the execution of the art, gameplay and music won't fail to win you over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Football Heroes is hardly the next NFL Blitz, it is a fun little football romp to play when taking a break from Madden. It's worth a trip to the end zone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Factor in those vibrant old school visuals and catchy tunes, and Kami Retro is a wonderful App that belongs on your iPhone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you finally succeed in surmounting the insane difficulty level, the sense of accomplishment you get ultimately makes the game an enjoyable experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an ever rarer day when you finish playing one of these games and feel compelled to rush out and tell everyone you know to download it immediately. Sprinkle Islands, we're delighted to say, is one such title - and if a finer physics puzzler comes along in 2013, we'll all be very lucky indeed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For three dollars, Canabalt is a steal. While its push-button gameplay may not please everyone, its fast pacing, astounding presentation and undeniable replay value will give you a proverbial run for your money.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA and Criterion were wise to include the well-received Autolog from games past, giving players the opportunity to keep track of other people's scores and challenge them outright to ascend the leaderboard. It worked remarkably well in the Need for Speed series, and it's a welcome addition here as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with Telepods and needing to pay to unlock content, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 is another top-notch game from Rovio.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best part of the game are the job classes. Final Fantasy III was the first of the series to feature job changing, which helps the replayability aspect of the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We've always praised this game for its catchy music, bubblegum graphics and likeable hero. Nothing here has changed our collective opinion. If anything, this is the definitive Kirby's Adventure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken for what it is, Ski Safari provides several hours of snow-carving fun, and this is made even cooler with the inclusion of in-game achievements and, most importantly, leaderboards via Game Center, where the desire to rise up a few levels will definitely fuel your virtual skiing addiction.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tap Tap Revenge Tour does a great job of living up to the legacy of one of the most popular music gaming series on the App Store. There's a huge amount of variety in the music selections, a pretty generous chunk of free tracks, and the Jam mode lets you carry on rocking even while you wait for the cooldown on your career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bombcats isn't just another physics puzzler, then, but there's no getting away from the fact that it is just one more addition to a very large pile of like-minded games. With that said, and taken on its own merits, this is a perfectly polished title that offers up some much-needed variety for fans of the genre. It's not a revolution, and it's certainly not the game long-term fans of the studio would have been hoping for, but Bomb Cats certainly knows how to scratch any time-killing itch you have.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end this Donkey Kong probably won't strike anybody as a instant classic, but it doesn't need to be in order to be very fun to play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fair addition to the Sonic universe, the kids will love it, and you may find that you yourself play it for far longer than you might expect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wave Trip carries on Lucky Frame's tradition of producing experimental music games that still manage to deliver a satisfying traditional gaming experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We grew tired of "runners" months ago, but Don't Run With A Plasma Sword renewed our faith in these types of games, thanks to the addition of combat. Whip out that sword and come out swinging.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MotoHeroz provides the type of experience hardcore fans crave, while offering a mostly accessible racer casual players can also enjoy. It just needs more stuff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jack Lumber packs enough content and line drawing mayhem to warrant a look, especially from players that enjoy over the top characters. After weeks of hearing about this game, however, we expected something more exciting. Instead, it made us yawn.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Trigger fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as this is a very worthy sequel. Even prettier than before, but with the same meaty destruction of the undead, Dead Trigger is a very welcome addition to the App Store.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bottom line, a lot of attention (perhaps too much) went into making the cats look impressive, and thankfully, they are. You can see a personality in their eyes that most virtual pet games lack, and before long, you may even begin to think about the animal throughout the day as if it were real.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We think Avengers Initiative is one of the best fighting adventure games on the App Store, as well as the best Incredible Hulk title we've played in years. Marvel fans will love every second, and with the promise of at least three other characters, we have a feeling we'll play this one for quite some time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like the genre the game is a no-brainer. If you're merely puzzle-curious, Exit would be an excellent game to test out your taste for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's little about Virtua Tennis 4 that'll surprise longtime fans, making this entry feel like more of the same. Yes, it comes with Vita exclusive bonuses, but you'll quickly grow tired of them and fall back on intense volleys and furious cross court smashes. To that end, World Tour Edition falls short of an ace, but still manages to hold serve.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its play mechanics are still rather amusing and its additional challenges and world will keep you busy, even if you nailed the game at 100 percent years ago.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So yes, Blot is a clone, but it's a damn good one. Jetpack Joyride gets the nod, in large part because it's free, but if you have $0.99, this runner (perhaps floater is more appropriate) comes recommended.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pulse left us wanting more, and it remains to be seen whether Ciper Prime will deliver. While enjoyable, the game feels a bit unfinished, and there seems to be a ton of potential that the designers may or may not fulfill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An enjoyable RPG thanks to it's excellent, intense battles and the ability to actually create and take responsibility for your weapons, instead of just buying them from a shopkeeper.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We think quite highly of Reckless Getaway and strongly recommend downloading it, especially if you enjoy sticking it to the man or need a break from standard issue racing games.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N.Y.Zombies should be on your radar. While not perfect by any means, this cool and cheap shooter has enough action to keep zombie fanatics busy until the real undead apocalypse arrives.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As cool as the game is, the App lacks the addictive quality of those match-three and falling block puzzle games. At the end of the day, we can put it down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the price is RayStorm's biggest issue. We can debate the game's overall quality, we think it's quite good, but at the end of the day, it's a tough shooter to recommend with such a high barrier to entry. A satisfying interstellar trek, but one that comes with sticker shock.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It clearly makes sense for Zynga to stick to a tried formula in both the style of gameplay and a recognizable interface that every member of the gaming audience has grown comfortable with, but there's no denying that the set-up is starting to feel just a little tired. Still, this is a very addictive little game that breathes new life into one of our favorite genres.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's an awful lot to like about Vampire Season: it's a beautifully drawn game, there's great variety in the cast of characters, and this is a game that knows better than to take itself too seriously. We did occasionally get annoyed with the rather out-of-control camera which can zoom into the action when you really don't want it too, but apart from that this is a very refreshing take on an increasingly stale genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fish Hooks isn't the most challenging physics puzzler we've ever played, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, given how often these games come to lean on mere frustration in lieu of satisfying gameplay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If your definition of a good game demands that it offer huge depth and longevity beyond mere high-score replayability, then you may feel disappointed with Wonderputt. If, on the other hand, you value precision design, without an ounce of fat left on the final product, then this is one game that's worth far more than the asking price of a dollar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inclusion of both a fighting game and a brawler is the best of both worlds, as players can switch off between the two and have hours of fun knocking people out. The Wi-Fi option is superb, allowing a friend to jump in the fun at anytime (provided they own a PSP and a copy of the game).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where others have merely replicated, Pixelbite has managed to innovate with its polarity boost mechanics, and it's a game that deserves a place on any racing fan's phone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It all comes down to whether you intend to put up with Yesterday's quirks. There's a good game in there, buried beneath the confusion, but do you have the patience to uncover it? That's the question separating you from this $4.99 (limited time sale) iPhone and iPad title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brain Age is a decently amusing distraction, but without the fun and variation of the minigames found in "Big Brain Academy" and with many questions about the actual impact the training has on your brain, its tough to recommend the software too highly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We understand The Game Bakers' vision with Combo Crew, but the initial game requires some tweaks to become special. For now, it lags behind those old school beat-em-ups it tries so hard to emulate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its faults, Pocket RPG is still a fun way to pass the time, especially for gamers who prefer to ditch cookie cutter stories in favor of mindless hacking. Just don't expect to play it weeks from now, barring downloadable content.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Grading Game is a welcome change of pace and a solid fit for touchscreen devices. After suffering through numerous classes years ago, it's refreshing to play a game that makes learning fun. That said, grab your virtual pen and let the red ink flow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Excellent though the gameplay and presentation of Talisman Prologue is, the most remarkable thing about the game is how accessible it is to players of all levels of experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, if you like the Indiana Jones flicks or have a flavor for something Lego (and can't wait for Lego Batman), this trilogy will hit the spot. It's fun for all ages, even if it doesn't do anything incredibly different over the Star Wars games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may feel somewhat familiar if you've played past incarnations of the series, but the multiplayer gaming and the innovative touch screen controls make it much more than a simple port.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While certain elements of Kingdom Conquest 2 may be stronger than others, combined they result in one of the most intriguing strategy games to be released on the App Store. It's packed full of content, offers plenty of variety in its gameplay, and the real story of the game - the impact of player interactions - is something we'll only discover in time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In other words, there's much to be enjoyed in Don't Shoot Yourself - just don't expect a welcome mat when you first arrive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is without a doubt the best version of Tetris for the iPad, largely because it's the only version of Tetris for the iPad.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mr. Crab is not just a very competent game for the most part, it's also a refreshingly different take on the platforming genre - one that's long overdue. It's a colorful and often clever game - qualities that overshadow the game's handful of frustrations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A little more development time to polish some control quirks and hide away 20 or so super-difficult levels for the intrepid, and March of the Minis would have been a much more memorable DS release.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game's short on variety but entertaining in short bursts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As a single player game, there is a great deal to like about Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile, and even the negative elements such as the low framerate can't detract from the varied moves, decent selection of characters and sparkling environments. Sadly it's only half an offering at present.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a wonderfully fresh take on what's become a pretty stale area of mobile gaming over the last 12 months or so, and is simply an essential download for any fan of the genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of course, outstanding graphics don't make a great game. Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard is without question one of the App Store's premier first person shooters.