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Bad Mojo

aka: Bad Mojo: The Roach Game, Booger Project

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Critic Reviews 78% add missing review

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks ( ) (100%)

Bad Mojo's original publicity spin asked players to imagine Myst, directed by David Lynch and scripted by Franz Kafka. While arresting, the blurb is more than a bit misleading. Players expecting a creepy/weird point-and-click, first-person experience a la Myst found instead a creepy/weird third-person (or should that be third-roach?) adventure driven by nothing but the cursor keys. Spin aside, for those with a taste for the creepy/weird and a willingness to see through the grime of the world into the heart of the spirit, Bad Mojo is an extraordinary adventure.

Dec 2003 · Windows 3.x · read review

Pelit (92 out of 100) (92%)

Bad Mojo ilmestyi jo viime kevään korvilla, mutta ei näin nautittavaa pakettia voi unohtaa, vaikka se onkin pysynyt pillossa kuin torakka ruokakaapissa. Virkistävän erilainen peli-idea ja toteutus saavat pelaajan viihtymään. Turha kuoleminenkaan ei häiritse, vaikka torakan elämä saattaakin joskus loppua äkillisesti. Mukavaa vaihtelua tavallisten seikkailujen väliin.

Aug 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

Entertainment Weekly (A-) (91%)

Because I played Bad Mojo with a reviewer's cheat sheet in hand, I was able to get through it in one day, lending it the creepy pull of a well-wrought horror movie. For most players, though, running around in circles on a lovingly detailed basement floor for weeks may eventually pall. Fact is, Bad Mojo is almost too good to be a game — but as games go, it's one of the pest.

Mar 22nd, 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

Online Gaming Review (OGR) (9 out of 10) (90%)

Bad Mojo doesn't make roaches the good guys. It doesn't make them the bad guys. It makes them roaches and for that it succeeds where almost everything else I've seen (usually trying to make stiff little icons into living, breathing people) fails. For what it tries to do, Bad Mojo wins big.

Mar 5th, 1996 · Windows 3.x

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

Without a doubt, Bad Mojo is not for the faint-hearted. If filth, creepy spiders, and gasping fish out of water make your skin crawl, you'll want to avoid this game. But those who can stomach these treats will find a rewarding world of fun in Bad Mojo.

May 1st, 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

GotNext ( ) (90%)

Despite its re-release for a new generation, Bad Mojo seems cursed to remain in obscurity in the world of adventure games. This is unfortunate as it holds its own against the more mainstream LucasArts and Sierra classics, and deserves to be remembered alongside them. Its world can be a little overwhelming to navigate at first but, beyond that, it excels with its anomalous premise, gritty style, and some of the most clever design in the genre.

May 9th, 2007 · Windows 3.x · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20) (90%)

Bad Mojo est un jeu exceptionnel, dans la mesure où il surprend son joueur à chaque seconde. Impossible de s’ennuyer alors que l’on erre parmi ces objets du quotidien transformés en pièges infernaux, notre cuticule comme seule protection. En ressort un plaisir inégalé amalgamé à une tension de tous les instants, ne rendant le jeu que plus délicieux encore. Bref, si vous attendiez cette phrase, sachez qu’elle a ici tout son sens : contrairement aux attentes, Bad Mojo est tout sauf un titre qui vous donnera le cafard…

Mar 7th, 2014 · Windows 3.x · read review

PC Games (Germany) (85 out of 100) (85%)

Solche Spiele braucht die Welt. Bad Mojo hat das Zeug dazu, neue Zeichen im PC-Sektor zu setzen. Innovatives Gameplay, phantastische Grafiken und eine absolut faszinierende Story machen Bad Mojo zu einem echten Hit für all diejenigen, die gerne auf Erkundungsreise durch fremde Welten gehen - und selbst ein stinknormales Hotel kann aus der Sicht einer Kakerlake eine fremde Welt darstellen.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x

PC Action (Germany) (84 out of 100) (84%)

Zugegeben, der erste Eindruck deutet auf ein düsteres Spiel hin, und die Vorstellung, als Kakerlake durch die Gegend zu krabbeln, ist zunächst auch nicht sehr animierend, aber der Schein trügt gewaltig. Binnen kürzester Zeit sind etwaige Vorurteile wie weggeblasen und man hat sich völlig mit der kleinen Kakerlake identifiziert. Es ist schon faszinierend, die Welt einmal aus einer völlig anderen Perspektive zu erleben. Dazu kommt eine packende Story, die sich der Spieler portionsweise erkrabbeln muß, zahllose Rätsel, die mit den begrenzten Möglichkeiten eines Insekts gelöst werden müssen, eine nahezu perfekt realisierte Spielumgebung und die gruselige Atmosphäre. Mit anderen Worten, eine gelungene Kombination aus Adventure, Action und einem Schuß Strategie - absolut empfehlenswert.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x

PC Gamer (84 out of 100) (84%)

Absolutely unique; well-conceived and executed; intense and disturbing. May be too intense & disturbing (and possible too easy) for some players. Until they make a game out of the movie Eraserhead, this is as weird as it gets.

Feb 1996 · Windows 3.x

Power Play (83 out of 100) (83%)

So innovativ Handlung und Spielkonzept auch sein mögen, das ein oder andere Rätsel mehr hätte es schon sein dürfen. Die Phasen ziellosen Umherstreifens auf der Suche nach Details abgerechnet, ist die Chose binnen relativ kurzer Zeit durchgespielt. „Bad Mojo“ ist eine Kreuzung aus unverwechselbarem Spielgefühl und einer einzigartig grotesken Bilderflut mit künstlerischem Anspruch.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

PC Player (Denmark) (83 out of 100) (83%)

Alt i alt en lækker cocktail, som består af flot grafik, klingende rene og realitiske lydeffekter samt et dysert soundtrack, som skubber én ud over mørkelandets grænser. Sværhedsgraden er måske nok en tand for høj, og gåderne kunne godt have været noget mere varierende. Det er dog ikke desto mindre fedt at se verden "nedenfra", og man bliver mere end glad for, at man ikke er en lille udsat djævel på et par centimeter...

1996 · Windows 3.x

Przygodoskop ( ) (80%)

Bad Mojo, ze wszystkimi swoimi ekstrawagancjami, fascynuje i wciąga. Okazuje się, że poza chwytliwym, zwracającym uwagę pomysłem ma do zaoferowania całkiem sporo atrakcji. Jest starannie wykonana i niebanalnie opowiada błahą, wydawałoby się na pierwszy rzut oka, historię. Jeżeli więc tylko nadarzy się okazja, trzeba w nią zagrać. Drugiej takiej gry nigdy wcześniej ani później nie było. I pewnie już nie będzie.

Dec 14th, 2012 · Windows 3.x · read review

PC Player (Germany) ( ) (80%)

Lediglich ein paar Puzzles mehr hätten es sein dürfen; hat man mal die Denkweise des Spiels kapiert, geht es zu schnell weiter. Vor allem erwachsene Abenteurern sei diese ungewöhnliche Begegbnung der krabbelnden Art wärmstens empfohlen. Frei nach dem Motto: Alles was ich habe, ist meine Küchenschabe.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x

High Score (4 out of 5) (80%)

Bad Mojo är ett väldigt trevligt spel, och det vänder sig mer till dem som tycker om att spela med hjärnan än med snabba fingrar. Pysselspelare som tycker om kväljningar kommer att älska det här.

Jul 1996 · Windows 3.x

PC Player (Germany) ( ) (80%)

Lediglich ein paar Puzzles mehr hätten es sein dürfen; hat man mal die Denkweise des Spiels kapiert, geht es zu schnell weiter. Vor allem erwachsene Abenteurern sei diese ungewöhnliche Begegbnung der krabbelnden Art wärmstens empfohlen. Frei nach dem Motto: Alles was ich habe, ist meine Küchenschabe.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x

Adventure Gamers ( ) (80%)

Is there a more globally despised creature than the cockroach? Oh, sure, people are more frightened of snakes, sharks and [insert local geographical menace here]. But just in terms of sheer, unadulterated disgust, the roach rules! It could be because the largest can grow to half a foot long (15 cm), or because it can live over a week with its head cut off, or even because it's a scavenging omnivore that would gladly feed on human flesh if it confused our sleeping bodies for dead...

Aug 17th, 2004 · Windows 3.x · read review

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (80%)

All in all, BAD MOJO is just the thing for gamers who truly hunger for something unique and totally off the beaten track. If anyone does crave a comparison, oddly enough, I'd say that BAD MOJO resembles MYST. Despite the difference in sensibilities, both games involve puzzles and exploration against stunning visual backdrops. In fact, the backdrops, or more specifically, the sheer number of them represent the only gameplay snag that sometimes distracted me. Since you are a roach traveling in human-sized rooms, there are a lot of screens where there is nothing to do except cross them. Luckily, most of these backdrops are interesting enough to keep tedium from setting in too quickly. BAD MOJO also gets a nod for its excellent technical performance and top-notch presentation. I recommend it highly, especially for those of us who aren't easily spooked by a little existential nausea.

Jun 1996 · Windows 3.x

Adventure Advocate ( ) (80%)

Συνοψίζοντας , το Β.Μ. είναι ένα εκπληκτικό adventure το οποίο όμως απευθύνεται σε gamers με συγκεκριμένη νοοτροπία , οι οποίοι θέλγονται από παιχνίδια με ζοφερά περιβάλλοντα και υποβλητική ατμόσφαιρα. Δίκαια θεωρείται παιχνίδι cult και παρά το ότι έχει συμπληρώσει 12 χρόνια ζωής , αξίζει να το αναζητήσει και να το παίξει κάποιος ακόμη και σήμερα. Το ταξίδι στον εφιαλτικό του κόσμο μπορεί να μη διαρκέσει πολύ , αλλά σας εγγυώμαι ότι θα σας μείνει αξέχαστο!

Sep 27th, 2008 · Windows 3.x · read review

PC Joker (75 out of 100) (75%)

Fazit: Bad Mojo ist ein ebenso ungewöhnliches wie kafkaeskes Spielerlebnis, dem empfindsame Menschen allerdings mit der gleichen Zuneigung begegnen werden, die man auch sonst für Küchenschaben aufbringt.

Apr 1996 · Windows 3.x

Just Adventure (B) (75%)

Bad Mojo is a unique game and a nice change of pace to the "standard" adventure template. It puts you in a very strange scenario, one you won't see in many other releases. Some will find it disturbing, some will find it intriguing, and I'm guessing that almost all will find it just plain different. Because of this, I think you'll discover the initial addiction factor to be very high. Despite the fact that it is rather short, and not very difficult, I think the ride is fun, and Bad Mojo will provide some solid entertainment. This title won't necessarily be one you put in your trophy case, but it definitely will be a game you will remember.

2003 · Windows 3.x · read review

GamersHell.com (7.2 out of 10) (72%)

Unfortunaly there are things that I feel could've been done better, an example is somewhat in the beginning where there is a roach trap in which you need to push this little piece of 'something' around to this other roach which is stuck in the glue but still being alive. It can be a real bitch moving the piece downwards, and the reason, obscure as it may be is that some places you can't move it, even though there isn't an obsticle in the way. In my eyes this is a bug, but who knows, perhaps they did it just to piss me off (yes, very likely indeed).

Oct 24th, 2000 · Windows 3.x · read review

PC Zone (1993-2010) (70 out of 100) (70%)

Absorbing stuff once you get to grips with it, but you'll want to wash your hands afterwards.

May 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

Next Generation ( ) (60%)

Bad Mojo isn't for everyone. If you're squeamish or have a weak stomach, you should probably steer clear. But if you're looking for something "refreshing." well then it's worth a look.

May 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

Adventure Classic Gaming (3 out of 5) (60%)

In conclusion, Bad Mojo is an unique game with an original idea that makes for a truly memorable gaming experience. It may be fun to live life as a cockroach for a short while (assuming you have a stomach strong enough for it. In the end, however, Bad Mojo plays more like a divertissement, because it takes more than an original idea to make a good game.

Apr 1st, 2007 · Windows 3.x · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( ) (60%)

My only real criticisms of Bad Mojo are that, firstly, the play areas are so vast it takes a long to get from A to B (I suppose that's what it's like for a bug), and secondly, the experience is a short one. But with production values this high, that's only to be expected.

Jun 1996 · Windows 3.x

Quandary ( ) (60%)

Overall, I quite enjoyed the puzzle/maze aspect of this game though it is not one that I would want to return to, and it is definitely not for the squeamish. All the way through I couldn't help thinking that a simpler, cut down version without the sordid storyline and with some of the more repellant screens removed would surely be an instant success with younger players as it has many elements that might appeal to a youthful audience. And, despite my aversion to cockroaches, Roger the roach is infinitely more appealing than Roger the man.

Jul 1996 · Windows 3.x · read review

Adventurearchiv (58 out of 100) (58%)

Of course decomposing rats and rotting meal wastes are not everyones cup of tea. It is also difficult to identify yourself on the one hand with strange scientist Rodger Samms and on the other hand with his embodiment as cockroach. But one cannot deny "Bad Mojo" a large originality factor.

Aug 26th, 2002 · Windows 3.x · read review

Privat Computer PC (50 out of 100) (50%)

Der er ikke rigtig nogen egentlige fejl ved Bad Mojo, udover at man efter min mening bliver nedtrykt af at spille det, for underholdningsværdien er ret lav.

1996 · Windows 3.x

QUICK-SAVE.de N/A

Skurril, nichts für schwache Nerven, ein atmosphärischer Soundtrack zu einer bedrückenden Story rund um eine verzauberte Kakerlake – Bad Mojo gehört definitiv nicht zur Kategorie „08/15-Abenteuer“. Ganz im Gegenteil, die Herausforderungen eines kleinen Insekts in einer realen Welt eröffnen ganz neue Aufgabengebiete, die die abgedrehte Hintergrundgeschichte abrundet. Für Profis ist die Spielzeit zu kurz und die Rätsel nicht komplex genug, für Gelegenheitsspieler findet sich hier ein ansehnliches Abenteuer – sofern die eigenen Nerven nicht zu schwach dafür sind.

May 11th, 2021 · Windows 3.x · read review

Player Reviews

The search is more important than the find. (or something like that...;)

The Good
Bad Mojo is one of those "odd" games that came with the cd/fmv revolution. While some stuck to the tried and true when it came to game design, some others used this medium to try and make the weirdest things imaginable (no doubt to cater for those that wanted something different).

Bad mojo, has a great concept. You are transformed into a roach and you get to explore the most disgusting (or beautiful, depending on your taste) scenery ever to be placed in a hotel. There's a weird plot putting everything together, but that's not why you play this game, the main point of Bad Mojo is to get yourself lost in one of the most hellish gameworlds ever made, and in that aspect it succedes.

The video usage in the game is actually great, since it doesn't take over the game as in other multimedia products of the time, and instead does what it does right. The video moves the story along, and creates a great atmosphere also. Not to be missed are the excellent graphics, which are truly remarkable. Every place you explore as a roach is rendered with gruesome detail, using radical lighting and very gothic and dark imagery, the guys at pulse have come with some of the most striking background art ever to be found in a game which are, in turn, backed by a great (and weird too) musical score.

The Bad
Well first of all, there are only three major characters in the game, and the one that plays you is the only one that can't act! He is the absolute pits, and it makes you wish you would remain a roach forever, plus the picture you paint yourself of Roger as you explore his domains and find out his story differs a lot from the way he portrays his character (not sure if this is his fault or someone else's). Then we have the plot, which promises yes, but in the end becomes somewhat corny and stupid, dissociating itself from the entire insanity premise that seems to be so abundant in the game.

Regardless neither of these elements are enough to detract a lot from the game, the only aspect which I have a major gripe with is the lack of interaction and exploration. It's a shame that all you get to do is walk around and push stuff, would it have killed them to put a "look" option, or some other interaction options?? Yes, you have pseudo "conversations" with other insects, but that's all.

The Bottom Line
In the end Bad Mojo is not a great game, and it certainly doesn't have a great story. What Bad Mojo really is though, is a descent into hell which you'll never forget. Bad Mojo is like this beautiful lens through which every mundane and uninteresting thing in a house is rendered into a hellish, putrefact, and dark place. In that sense it's truly a sight to behold, and it encourages you to look and explore everything the game has to offer (which in the end, isn't that much). Unless you are turned off by anything that is remotely out of the ordinary, you should check Bad Mojo out, but not in the "wanting to get a reward out of it" way, this game will leave you dry if you try that aproach. If you play it to get entertained, or to attain a specific goal, you are missing out. You should play Bad Mojo merely to experience it, because that's were it really shines, not as a game, not as a story, but as an experience. It's a game were truly the search you make, the journey, is more important that what you find at the end.

by Zovni (10513) on Feb 4th, 2023 · Windows 3.x

Be yourself - be a cockroach

The Good
We all knew what adventures had to be like in 1996. You had a point&click interface, steering around a human guy lugging tons around in his invisible inventory. Then "Bad Mojo" crossed our way and everything changed.

Not only that you aren't human (you're a cockroach), you also do not have an inventory (you're a cockroach). Now what? You don't know why you became a nasty insect, nor how to change back to your human body. But when you start to figure it out, things get freaky. The designers managed to let you see the whole small world of your apartment with the eyes of a cockroach. And suddenly crossing the bathroom becomes dangerous, a cat turns into an invincible monster and everything you plan may become obsolete with a brick in your way.

The Bad
You will be steering your little insect using the keypads, which makes it sometimes difficult to get exactly where you wanted to go. This is a pity, because some puzzles need precise steering. (E.g. you will be required to sneak past a sleeping rat - a dangerous animal, once it's awake) Another thing is the use of 16 Bit Quicktime videos within the game. This might cause serious problems on newer systems, since Apple's not really always downward compatible.

The Bottom Line
"Bad Mojo" is very different from other adventures because it requires you to think along lines you wouldn't have normally. You don't ask yourself usually whether this would be a cockroach's approach to a problem, do you?

by Isdaron (715) on Feb 4th, 2023 · Windows 3.x

Can you stomach it?

The Good
The photographic backgrounds and scenes are so realistic. Up close they are pretty grimy which captures the perspective of a cockroach perfectly. Encounters with other creatures including mice, ants and other minibeasts serve to bring poetic but helpful hints. Scary rats add to the dark and dingy atmosphere of the rundown bar. All six rooms are equally heart-beating to navigate as you try to survive to your next destination. The deserted bar is the most depressing room in a good sort of way. Every object you see makes both Roger and Eddie three dimensional and not flat cardboard characters, which more than compensates for the cheesy acting. And lastly the music really reflects the situations and atmosphere you find yourself in. Absolutely spot on.

Difficulty is fair and exactly what you'd expect from a good adventure game. Some puzzles and paths run by trial and error such as the paint puddle labyrinth in the basement. It's good that after running out of lives, everything is the way you left it, so you're not stuck restarting from the beginning. Then of course you do have stray cockroaches that hint where to go. And the approximate ten minute countdown at the near end of the game is plenty of time to attempt the best ending.

The Bad
Some rooms like the bathroom and deserted bar feel a little bit short with not much in the way of puzzles, but otherwise leaves you plenty of room to explore. Those rooms could have had more things to do in order to bypass them. To be fair though, it did take quite a budget and time to make the game, so I can't really fault the shortness of a couple of rooms.

The Bottom Line
Even being a Katsaridaphobic, I can assure adventure game lovers that this is the next level up if you've mastered scary games like Dark Seed and Phantasmagoria. If you can stomach it, no doubt you can get through the whole game without throwing up. This is a kind of game that we don't see created anymore, so you won't want to miss out on this classic. Next to Franz Kafka's bibliography, it's legendary.

by Kayburt (22613) on Feb 4th, 2023 · Windows 3.x

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Contributors to this Entry

Critic reviews added by Jeanne, Daedolon, Scaryfun, jean-louis, Wizo, Alsy, Patrick Bregger, Apogee IV, Karsa Orlong, Parf, deepcut, Kayburt, Trevor Harding, Tim Janssen, Kevin Puschak.