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Bad Mojo

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Roger was about to do something bad. Unfortunately, he can't remember what it was because he has been transformed into a cockroach. In this Kafkaesque graphic adventure game, Roger (you) must scurry through the walls of a run down San Francisco bar trying to restore his memory and his human form while avoiding spiders, a roach eating cat, and other creatures that live in the bar.


Bad Mojo Windows Roger (you).
Bad Mojo Windows The kitchen.
Bad Mojo Windows The transformation to roach (from intro).
Bad Mojo Windows Dead "rat king", now it's safe to pass him.

Alternate Titles

  • "坏蟑螂" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Bad Mojo: Путь таракана" -- Russian spelling
  • "Bad Mojo: The Roach Game" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

The search is more important than the find. (or something like that...;) Windows Zovni (9350)
Be yourself - be a cockroach Windows Isdaron (681)

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly Windows Mar 22, 1996 A- 91
Macworld Macintosh Jan, 1997 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Gamer Windows Feb, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Windows Apr, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Jun, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Adventure Windows 3.x 2003 B 75 Windows Oct 24, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
Quandary Windows Jul, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventurearchiv Windows Aug 26, 2002 58 out of 100 58


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The three possible endings can be found as .mov files on the CD-ROM.


  • At the bottom of the newspaper page placed above the urinal, there is an ad for Iron Helix, which was developed by the same team.
  • The cat's name, Franz, is an obvious homage to Franz Kafka. Protagonist Roger Samms's name is very similar to Gregor (spelled backwards = rogerG) Samsa, Kafka's main character from The Metamorphosis.
  • The cut out eyes on the wall of Roger's research room include those of celebrities, such as Michelle Pfeiffer and David Duchovny.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Top Sleeper Of All Time
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1997 - Most Innovative Player Character in 1996
Information also contributed by Patrick Bregger, Steve Suchman, and Zovni.

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