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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Peggle: Dual Shot
Lowest review score: 10 Celebrity Dentist
Score distribution:
1751 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam isn't quite a classic, due to its simplistic nature and its slightly buggy interface.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the more addictive games you'll find on the App Store, despite the fact that it stars one of the most terrifying heroes in recent memory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm confident enough to say that any RPG fan is going to love Tales of Phantasia - it's a really just a damn good game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Really, the worst thing about Metal Slug 2 is the price. At $3.99, it's more expensive than most games on the App Store, but if you have the cash to burn, we feel this title would make a fantastic edition to your iOS library. That being said, jump into the warzone and come out firing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All that's required though is a little willingness to teach yourself, along with the patience to dig deeper into the game's surprising charms. Puzzle Restorer won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you're ready for a stiff challenge this is one puzzle game you won't want to miss out on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The number of options and bonus goodies that are available are nice, and the jam-packed action of the games themselves should enthrall fans of the series and gather up a flock of new ones along the way. This is simply a must-have retro collection that should keep you plenty busy until the PS3 Gradius that's been hinted at arrives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a genuinely tense game that will leave you with a frozen grin of terror on your face as you desperately try to preserve the last remaining wisps of your hull, while fighting to deliver the final blow yourself. In short, there's nothing else quite like it on the App Store.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it would've been nice to have some form of train control or situations to resolve, Pocket Trains is a well-polished simulation that fans of this sort of game will enjoy.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus shouldn't be missed. It's an outstanding game with the type of controls, presentation and extras to make any fighting fanatic proud.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small control and connection issues aside, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the DS is the superior version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not have the longest campaign in the world, but Emergency packs in more than enough bang for your handful of bucks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pocket Climber delivers a surprisingly fun experience that's great for just a few minutes or hours per day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can be much more frustrating and unforgiving than the other titles in the series, but in the end it's very much worth your time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cases are fun and challenging, the presentation quirky and likable, and the gameplay is as sharp as a tack. If you have any objection to buying this game, consider yourself overruled. It's just too good to pass up. [JPN Import]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is still the definitive version of Max & the Magic Marker, and it's a smart purchase regardless of whether you played the game on Wii or PC.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, if you're a fan of puzzle games and want to treat your DSi (and yourself) to something fun for both quick and lengthy sessions, Dr. Mario Express is worth the prescription.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rakoo's Adventure doesn't reinvent the endless runner, but it takes its unique theme and rolls with it, offering up some very entertaining gameplay and an abundance of unlockable goodies.. If you're a fan of the genre, or looking for something for younger players to enjoy, you're likely to fall in love with it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An amazing technical achievement on the PSP, and is leaps and bounds better then last years Blazin' Trails. However you can't help but feel like you're playing a ho-hum console game that will leave you wanting more of almost everything.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a great game to be sure. Extremely playable and thankfully portable, it can have you going for hours on end. But seriously, I wouldn't mind if they tried to break out of the JRPG mold a little more.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The deep single player component, in-game shop and multiplayer will keep you putting for weeks, and with the possibility of downloadable content, perhaps even longer. Not the most casual golf title on the market, but all things considered, definitely one of the best you'll find on a handheld.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ridge Racer Slipstream is flat in a few areas, particularly with the strenuous earning system and the lack of online multiplayer. However, if you're a fan of the series or looking for an ideal racer for the holidays, this one will rev your engine.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Exploring new gameplay elements the developers have breathed life into a series that could have been lost forever. The quirks that the game suffers from are more like hiccups in the attempt to create a classic title using an entirely new gameplay mechanic, the stylus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We had a blast playing Need For Speed Hot Pursuit on consoles, and surprisingly, the Apple iOS version holds its own, with sharp graphics, high speed thrills and lots of in-game achievements. On the downside, you can only play as the police, but this is still a fun and very affordable App that we highly recommend.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's tough to find serious fault with Paper Monsters. It's a well-crafted and enjoyable platformer that's worth $0.99. If we had to put a finger on one thing that bugs us, it's that Crescent Moon Games didn't go above and beyond what we've seen before, but that's a small issue in comparison to the much bigger picture. Quality title and well worth your time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws, Mutant Storm is still an easy enough recommendation for twin-stick junkies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For its attention to detail, nostalgia and unashamedly daft story, Metal Gun delivers. It's a shame that it's let down in the final analysis by a rather frustrating joystick, but we still had fun with it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Speed and control niggles aside, it's an incredibly imaginative title that might lean on an old staple of gaming for its core gameplay, but also freshens the experience up enough to make a corner of that genre its own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game has longevity to burn, especially for Mega Man veterans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fairly basic but still entertaining adventure that provides a wonderful glimpse at the future of smartphone and tablet games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shooting and sports action should be more than suitable to your needs, and with the label Konami Classics Series established before Arcade Hits, that can only mean that the company's just getting started.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is it packed with just enough content to warrant a look, but for beginners it's a great starting point...well...as great a starting point as any of the Pokemon games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wipeout isn't perfect, but it still delivers enjoyable platforming that'll only get better with the inclusion of future updates. For now, it's still worth $1.99.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Outside of the movie tie-in, it's essentially Hotel Dash with a different skin. Of course, if you're excited for the film and/or thoroughly enjoy time-management games, Hotel Transylvania Dash makes for a smart download, whether you go with the free trial or $2.99 Deluxe version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gizmonauts doesn't reinvent this particular genre wheel of gaming. It unashamedly offers up something you're likely already familiar with, but it does so in a package that's surprisingly refreshing, charming and loveable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While we would have liked to hear (and feel) more from the audio, the combination of soothing yet tense gameplay and the gorgeous landscapes that gently ebb and breathe, makes On the Wind a very easy recommendation to make.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you boil it right down, Reloaded is just a great compilation, plain and simple.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a chippy monkey lobbing projectiles down upon you, the idea is to exact heated revenge by commanding your 'mobot' to place these blocks in a fire to heat up the pipes that he's standing below. Once you've thrown enough in there, a blast of steam shoots down at the snarling simian and, if he's standing in range, he'll recoil in pain and you'll gain a points bonus. Hells yeah.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the strict multiplayer set-up and smaller issues, Puzzle Quest Galactrix is a top-notch sequel. If you need a solid portable puzzler or just want a little something different, head to Galactrix's final frontier.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SquareEnix did its hardest to push the Nintendo DS on a technical level, and this crude approximation of Level 5's graphical work with Dragon Quest VIII can at least be admired on that level.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We're stilling waiting for someone to deliver the next true Battleheart, and do so without a freemium structure underpinning everything, but until that time comes Heroes of Destiny makes for a great stop-gap.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the introductory price of $2.99, Guerrilla Bob can't be beat. It's a fun traditional action game along the lines of Smash TV and Minigore, and what it lacks in a strong Campaign Mode, it makes up for with the awesome Survival Mode and Crystal connectivity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Our only complaint involves a noticeable lack of imagination when it comes to stage design, where each level begins to look the same, with similar enemies and hazards. If anything, cybertime played things too safe instead of letting its creative juices flow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the same Shantae: Risky's Revenge we know and love, but on much better screens. If you beat this game months ago, there's little reason to download it again. If, on the other hand, this is your first time playing, then by all means. It's $2.99 well spent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All things considered, Amateur Surgeon 3 is a very worthy addition to the series, and will delight fans of the earlier games. If you're new to this maverick surgical action, you may find the humor just a little too dark, and the action a little on the squeamish side, but if you like your gaming to have an off-beat flavor then you owe it to yourself to get stuck into this frantically meaty gameplay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the wealth of stickers to the challenging levels and creatures, it's one of the 3DS' more enjoyable RPGs, with adorable characters, catchy music and subtle yet effective 3D graphics. Our advice? "Stick" with it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, some things work better than others, but you'll learn to deal with the game's quirks in exchange for that old Disney magic, though if you're a big Kingdom Hearts fanatic, Square Enix already had your support.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Legendary Starfy is a terrific debut, despite the overly cute presentation. You'd do well to wish upon this star.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So is Unstoppable Fist worth a purchase? Yes, especially if you're a fan of those brawlers from back in the day. The game's enemies are a bit cheap (we would nix two-hit baddies altogether), but you'll make serious headway on Easy and Medium. On top of that, the outstanding presentation (the soundtrack is free, by the way) makes spending that $0.99 a smart decision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, though, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a welcome throwback.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    both challenging and casual friendly. Hardcore gamers will obsess over high scores, while the average Joe can play at his or her own pace, effortlessly merging droplets by sliding a thumb around the screen. Fun stuff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Online play via infrastructure also feels a little broken, with some frustrating lags and glitches also coming into play during a game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, TrackMania DS is a suitable and fun racing game. We would like to see more with a sequel, including longer tracks, a friendlier track editor and online options, but for now, it's still worth a few laps.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The concept is OK, and the retro graphics have a cool 8-bit vibe. We just cannot muster enough excitement to care. Poor collision detection means enemies reach your character even though it seemed like you executed a high enough jump to vault over them. Meanwhile, the randomness of the weapons simply makes the game tougher than it should be. No one in his or her right mind should want to go from a flamethrower to landmines. Factor in just three stages, and Super Crate Box is a big letdown.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A surprising good time, designed elegantly in every category and feeling like a refreshing change of pace from the other failures in the Star Wars release line. The force is strong with this one, even if it's made of Lego blocks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We keep coming back for more, largely because the developers did an excellent job making it seem easier than it is, like doing a keg stand or tying a cherry stem with one's tongue. What? Not everyone can do that? Nonsense. Well, in this case, we spend upwards of 30 minutes failing to break 200 meters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of these components have been combined to produce a game that exudes fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bullet Time is almost useless due to awkward controls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just a good, entertaining puzzle game that manages to somewhat stand out from its predecessors, and it's worth buying if you love the franchise or need a fun videogame to keep you busy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Still, we can't fully recommend a basketball game if the main function of the game is this broken. If you can't shoot worth a damn or defend worth a damn, then, really, what's the point if the AI is just going to run right over you?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It takes quite a while to unlock the best weapons, and having to go back to the same old spot to slaughter ten more wolves gets old fast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all comes down to finding the game mode that's right for you and then immersing yourself in what is one of the App Store's weirdest but still enjoyable Apps.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The biggest issue, though, is the game's length. You'll blow through the first chapter in 45 minutes or less, and the second (accessed via in-app purchase for $0.99) is equally short...On the positive side, it's time well spent, and with more chapters presumably on the way, Emissary of War has even more potential. Worth a buck? Absolutely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally, we think it's a good management sim that's worth pouring at least $6 into. That'll give you a solid foundation with a fast track to scoring resources at a fairly consistent clip; it also helps if you're a Jurassic Park and/or dinosaur fan. However, if the mere thought of in-app purchases makes you cringe, this simply isn't the game for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Topia World Builder is as fine a toy as any videogame out there, and is just as deep as your imagination is prepared to travel. If you need at least some direction in your gaming, you may be frustrated before you uncover its wonders, but for those who are prepared to dig a little deeper the game has plentiful treasure to be unearthed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not likely to worry the likes of Final Fantasy any time soon, but Pocket Titans provides a pretty fun RPG experience that's definitely worth the one dollar asking price.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The absence of online multiplayer knocks Ridge Racer 3D down a peg, a ton of recycled content overshadows the new stuff and occasionally, the action slows down when too much happens on screen. Those nitpicky complaints aside, this is one of the best games the young 3DS has to offer.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a lengthy single player mode, limited but engaging multiplayer games and attractive visuals given the hardware, World at War is among the system's best shooters and worth your cash. Enlist today.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fully realized microscopic world full of dangerous bugs, impressive 3D effects, nice mix of ground and flying stages, bonus modes, items to unlock.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero is a fun DS game worth experiencing. Sure, it has a few problems, but the enjoyable gameplay will keep you busy for hours.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if you think the endless runner genre has nothing left to offer you, we still recommend giving Despicable Me: Minion Rush a go. It's packed full of variety and imagination, and not even the occasional frame-rate hiccup can take too much shine off this very worthy movie mobile game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although we'll take one of the higher-up versions just for the sake of looking at the unimaginable frame rate and getting some online multiplayer in, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is still a solid recommendation on the handheld front.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We just wish these levels were longer. EA broke them up to make the App more casual friendly, but hardcore players will breeze through much of the game with little effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The animation effects, while simple, are true to the nature of the game, right down to how the little gobs of mercury break up when you hit a divider or go around a wall a bit too fast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So yes, Virtual Tennis Challenge has some issues, and it would have been nice to see actual players instead of made-up dudes, but it's still an entertaining and at times intense sports game with attractive graphics and a fairly deep tournament mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sophisticated it ain't, but if you can stomach the subject matter and the gentle nudges towards the in-app purchase store, this is as fine a way to kill a ten minute wait as any other.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, there's only one mode, making Fruit Ninja a one-trick pony. But considering the price of the game and those advanced online features, we'll let it slide. Clearly, the best type of app is the one you can't resist playing and/or can easily play any time, and that being said, this game is worth every penny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly enjoyable tactical espionage adventure that forces you to think in new and exciting ways. It's also a sweet puzzle game, a card-based strategy title that takes familiar (albeit stale) gameplay mechanics and breathes life into them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We had a lot of fun with Catapult King: the graphics are gorgeous, it's an interesting take on the typical physics puzzlers on the App Store, and it has a very responsive control system that befits a precision puzzler such as this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even taking those issues into account, KingHunt represents excellent value for money. It's clearly been a huge labor of love for all those involved, and it's about as good as we've come to expect from this niche genre of mobile gaming. Perhaps a future update will bring just a little more variety in combat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the visuals are the weakest part of the game, it's by no means a deal breaker. NBA Street Showdown finally brings the game of basketball to the PSP, and does it with authority.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all you want is an easily digestible single-player experience to enjoy on the go, one with surprisingly impressive graphics, consider VS. Racing 2 $0.99 well spent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    God of Light doesn't shine bright enough to break away from other established puzzle games. The game has an interesting concept, but its imprecise controls and lack of challenging puzzles hold it back from being great.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It looks and sounds great, controls well, offers up a solid quest and good extras. It's getting the score that it is not because of its flaws, but just because it isn't better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We just wish it were a bit deeper. Although blood flows freely, you cannot perform finishing moves to lop off limbs. On top of that, there's no story to speak of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it had a lower difficulty and an easier way to acquire power-ups, Colossatron would be an instant classic alongside Halfbrick's other releases. For now, it's still a monstrously good time, and a novel way to let loose on some of that built-up holiday stress.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from some suspicious analog problems, the game suffers from a horrific plague that hurt previous EA Sports releases: LOADING.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a thinking man's game that requires a high chain count and wily thinking in order to assure survival. Some leniency for more amateur players probably should have been granted, but that's probably something that will be saved for "EEE II."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ideally, an endless mode would have topped off the game nicely, but for now, Rock Runners is a smart mix of old and new school design, wrapped in a joyful platforming experience iOS users will dig for weeks. Kudos to everyone involved.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a fun game overall. Having to restart several times on one board gets a little crazy, but there's a wonderful sense of relief and satisfaction once you complete a stage.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Now factor in the overall goal: grab a set number of stars in the fastest time possible, and Dream Track Nation becomes extremely irritating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing change of pace from all the runners and tower defense games populating the App Store, and the neat x-ray effects look cool.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The concept doesn't evolve much, outside of unlocking different types of rocks, and tedium quickly sets in once you've seen the handful of locations, Egypt and China to name a couple. Still, it's a cool distraction and a different take on one of cinema's biggest action scenes, but is it worth $2.99? No.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You may think of it as a castrated form of Tetris Attack, like I did initially, but the infectious qualities of the game will prove something: even though it's not nearly as timeless as some of your favorite puzzlers, this little animal-themed gem still has merit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, though, Outland Games is the same old runner we've played over the last few years. On the positive side, it is both polished and fun, making it a worthwhile download regardless of whether or not you played Monday Night Combat. That said, you don't need to know anything about that Xbox Live Arcade shooter to enjoy what this quality game has to offer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's cool while it lasts. Unfortunately, the lack of mission variety makes Rocket Riot a bit tedious, while the missing multiplayer mode is a real letdown. Had it come packaged with even local MP, we would've increased the score.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it's not as fast paced as other fighting games, we heartily recommend Karate Champ.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tetris: Axis is one of the sweetest 3DS games you'll find. It lacks the fun Nintendo themed stages that made Tetris DS unforgettable, but there's so much content, we doubt players will mind; and seriously, you should already own a copy of Tetris DS anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is an extremely fast-paced fighting game that features no slowdown, highly-detailed characters and environments, and enough gameplay features to hold me over for quite some time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How you approach Marvel Puzzle Quest depends on your expectations. It's not complete, and having to pay for stronger characters is a bummer. That said, the concept works, there's plenty of other stuff to unlock and the multiplayer will keep you entertained. Considering it's free, you have nothing to lose by downloading it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A very solid release for the GBA and quite the stocking stuffer if all you have is the basic Nintendo handheld, but next time we get a release such as this, let's touch it up a little bit more.

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