Enter a world of perilous puzzles and bizarre perspectives--as a cockroach. What you discover may shock you. What you don't may kill you. Either way, you won't come out the same person. You may not even come out a person at all.
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Positive (48 reviews) - 89% of the 48 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 29, 1996

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“...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.”
100 – Four Fat Chicks

“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.”
90 – GotNext

“Without a doubt, Bad Mojo is not for the faint-hearted.”
90 – GameSpot

About This Game

Inside a seedy, dilapidated bar in San Francisco, your dreams of escape are about to be realized. But remembering one last keepsake, you are suddenly seized by its magic, and your transformation begins. From within the damp walls of Eddie's Bar, you emerge a cockroach.

Enter a world of perilous puzzles and bizarre perspectives. What you discover may shock you. What you don't may kill you. Either way, you won't come out the same person. You may not even come out a person at all...

More than 800 navigable screens are rendered in stunning hi-resolution detail. Live-action video and spine-tingling music will drag you into the dark, disturbing atmosphere of Bad Mojo.

Prepare yourself...It will take all of your skill to crawl out.

Game Features:

  • Play as a scientist turned cockroach in this cult-classic adventure
  • Maneuver through a dark and dilapidated San Francisco building
  • Totally original premise; great graphics and design; updated FMV
  • Terrific exploration and discovery with organic obstacles

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
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88 of 99 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2015

I had a great time doing sound design and writing the music/score for this game and while it's been available on my website at xorcist.com for a while, it's now INCLUDED WITH THE DOWNLOAD OF THIS GAME! Some of you in the scene may even remember dancing to "Bad Mojo" on the dance floor throughout the gothic and industrial scene.

The soundtrack is a double disc set and comes in FLAC as well as MP3 formats along with ALL ARTWORK for the disc, tray cards, etc. - It's hidden away in your game directory at <drive>:/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/BadMojo/Bonus Content/Soundtrack (FLAC) and Soundtrack(MP3)

I hope you enjoy this little bonus and while I don't see anything from any sales of this game, the hopes is you check out my site and maybe check out my other music and soundtrack work.

Comments welcomed!

Bat / Xorcist
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49 of 59 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
I bought this Kafkaesque game back in 1996 and played and enjoyed it quite a bit it quite a bit even after finishing it the first time: In this a game, you play as the protaganist after having turned into an American cockroach (after an attempt at black magic based on greed gone bad) roaming around the seedy apartment building presumably trying to figure out how to turn back, though the game doesn't explicitly make clear quite what is going on. The extent of your abilities as the roach are to move up, down, left, and right, and interact with things by pushing them or using your weight or presence. The short term goals the roach needs to achieve (puzzles) are cryptically given in the form of poetic (rhyming) riddles that are often subtlely humorous; the puzzles themselves are quite challenging, possibly to the point of being frustrating for some players depending on their tolerence for or enjoyment of adventure game puzzles.

The developers and creaters of the game did a very good job in realizing a very dark and ominous game in tone, atmosphere, and mood. The music is also very good and fits perfectly. The Steam release also includes some extra content: the soundtrack (two compact discs worth) in mp3 and FLAC format, some videos with developer commentary, concept art, storyboards and more.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
This game is as great as it seems, with flaws as evident as it seems.
You'll have a great experience, exploring a world through the eyes of a cockroach. The scenary is detailed and very realistic on the objects and interactions you'll find, even though graphics are clearly limited. It's old technology, but it is so well done it feels right. The history is a good and interesting complement to the theme.

On the negative side, controls and game feedback are bad. Sometimes you know you have to interact with something, but can't seem to get it done, and sometimes you'll find yourself with no clues to resolve a puzzle.

I recommend playing this game with a walkthrough, for times you get stuck. To me, it did not ruin an excelent game experience, and made me focus on the many good points in this game.

It's a short game (I would guess most people would take around 3-5 hours to finish it) and even though is limited on playability, it makes you feel like you're really living a history. In the experience aspect, it is a far better game than many modern ones.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Bad Mojo needed a rerelease on something other than GOG, and it got it. Bad Mojo is a nasty, gritty adventure game about a man turned cockroach. It's a major displeasure to look at, and fittingly so. The game's pretty cryptic at first, being thrown into a sewer with no instructions, but if you continue exploring around, where you're supposed to be going will be guided pretty much. $5.99 isn't bad, as you get bonus material such as concept art. and the making-of documentaries along with commentary over the cutscenes, so, overall, if you're not squeemish, get Bad Mojo.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
A weird, partly nauseating, yet strangely good adventure game from the golden 90s. A small blast from the past.

After being transformed into a cockroach, it's up to the player to find out more about his mysterious past and to solve puzzles in a ridden-down tavern in San Francisco. From the bird's eye perspective you control the cockroach with your arrow keys i.e. with WASD and basically let it crawl around in bathrooms, kitchens and other rooms to find out how to transform yourself back into your human form. During your bizarre journey other insects and animals are happy to help you or to eat you - watch out for Franz, the cat.

The story is mainly being told by several live-action cutscenes, pouring the charm and the feeling of 90's FMV games. While some younger gamers nowadays may disagree with me, I find that such cutscenes with real actors should find their way to modern gaming again. It gives a story a much more deeper note, even though acting back then wasn't always top-notch. Remember the good old C&C cutscenes by the way?

Anyway, the game is quite short though (circa 4 hours) and has its flaws as well. Sometimes there are some bugs (hehe, bugs...) when the savestate is being loaded and your roach suddenly finds itself trapped in a wet spot. Just load again the same game if this happens. Furthermore the pre-rendered 2D graphics with the relatively small interactive sections aren't everybody's taste, but I found them appealing for a mid-90's adventure game.

The Good:
+ A fair amount of live-action cutscenes
+ Good and innovative story
+ Interesting interaction with small-scale environment
+ A dark, grimly atmosphere

The Bad:
- Relatively short
- Outdated (but charming) graphics
- Some minor bugs (not the ants, maggots, roaches...)

The Ugly:
-- Some nasty scenes in the game. I liked them though.

Give Bad Mojo a try if it's on sale, it keeps you entertained for a whole evening. With its numerous cutscenes it sometimes appears like a interactive movie rather than a video game. Nonetheless pretty recommended.

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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
Old puzzle game that you should play it once in your lifetime.

If you don't like Grotesque art, you should avoid this game because there are many of them in every scenes. I like how ironic about social nowadays this game present it very well.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Hidden gem for every adult gamer! Even if you are not a big fan of adventure games, I strongly recommend it. It's hardcore and very atmospheric. Feels like if Kafka made this game(not only because of the transformation part). And one more thank you to the developers for including such bibs and bobs as "making of" video and especially the soundtrack. I had first played it when I was around 13 and this was one of THE games that defined my future tastes in gaming and even movies.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Finally the only one game that had an amazing soundtrack and ambient atmosphere that i played when i was 4 years old!

Edit: This game is really worth to play with enhanced visuals.
My Favorite Track from the game soundtrack <3: Bad Mojo Theme
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Owned this along time ago, took a risk in a local charity shop.
It turned out to be one of the most influencial games ive played. Its premise is so unique plus its just so imaginative with how it handles the world around you.
Im so glad this games seems to be getting something of a second wind here and on GOG, it was sorely overlooked (although highly regarded) in its day. Your basicly a cocoroach in a couple of rooms. but these rooms are HUGE and so interesting. If you loved the premise of films such as Honey i shrunk the kids and bat ♥♥♥♥ crazy stuff such as Pye, get this and look incredibly cool playing it day after day ;)

Completely surreal !!

Graphics - sort of grainy/gritty digitized mix with some nice art. Realy well set up scenes and stylized FMV.
Sound - standout, spooky and weird synth stuff up to the usual cult b-movie quality of that era.
Gameplay, lots of exploring and solving puzzles (with minimal , easy to get to grips with controls ), some not so hard and some that have taken me months! (Just like the old days) . Some unfair trial and error but, its from the era of the quick save, pretty brutal.

We need more games like this !
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
It's probably a great game. It certainly looks like it. Unfortunately, it doesn't run. Have a look at the discussion forums for this game and you'll see several threads of people trying to find a way to stop the game from crashing on load, and not succeeding. Nightdive and Steam have both refused to offer any support or assistance with this problem. It crashes intantly on loading: the only way I was able to get the 5 minutes of gameplay required to post a review was to leave the crash error window open for a while. If you're prepared to gamble with the possibility of the game not working, go ahead and give it a try. You may get lucky. But until some kind of patch is released to fix this common issue (and that doesn't seem likely to happen), I have to recommend saving your money for something that works.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
It's a great game that brings a whole new twist to an adventure game. I remember playing this as a kid and being stuck without any internet "Let's Play" videos to watch for help. Seen this on Steam and it was an instant sale for me for this classic.

I didn't run across any preformance proglems with the game and it ran smooth as ever. Bad Mojo Redux is a great game for anyone's collection who doesn't fear a bit of 90s gross humor.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: June 20
Very amusing little puzzle game. Plays as a bit of a Myst clone, only instead of point and click you have to control the character as if it were an adventure game. So shades of King's Quest and the like. All in all, most of the puzzles are easy enough to solve, there was one that required a number, but the location of said number was fairly obscure. The theme is very unique, you play as a person turned into a cockroach. The art style is grimy and dirty and fits perfectly with the game. There's some gloriously cheesy mid-90's FMV acting, but even there the production values are pretty high with good sets etc. Yea, I totally recommend trying this one out!

There's also a substancial amount of bonus material that the store page doesn't seem to mention. If you browse to the game's directory, and explore the "Bonus Content" directory, it includes things like the soundtrack, making of videos, commentaries, hints, pictures (concept art, wallpaper, avatar pictures), even some source code (looks like just stuff to make it run on newer systems, not the entire game's code).
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 2
Fantastic Game...
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2.7 hrs
Posted: May 19
surprisingly romantic!
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4.7 hrs
Posted: April 29
What a blast from the past....

Makes me want to listen to some old Skinny Puppy and drop some LSD.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: March 12
Stone cold classic.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 18, 2015
I haven't played this since the late 90s, and it was enjoyable to play it again. I wish more 90s games were ported to Steam.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 20, 2015
In short: It is a simple, almost casual puzzle/story based video game from the 90s, with real grandiloquent acting captioned, extremely easy gameplay (four arrow keys), and loosely inspired by Kafka, that is a gloomy, raw and modern take on human psychology... and cockroaches.

In very short: This game is a masterpiece. Buy it. Now.

Alright so to make it a bit longer, I would say that except for three reasons (too young - not incline to try oldies - not very open minded in general), there is NO reason whatsoever you could not enjoy this work of art. There is everything in it: visuals, sounds, musics, drawings, acting, lightning, writing, poetry, catharsis... The game is very short, although it took me months when I was a teenager at the time, but don't expect to spend more than ten hours to figure it out. You can finish the game in thirty minutes, probably, but finding all there is to read, watch and learn, all left from the honest and hard working developers to the audience, would take you these ten hours.

The story is fantastic, the acting is brilliant, the world conception is marvelous, the psychology behind all the story is genius. Plus it works without any tweak on modern computers, AND you get a nice making of bonus with cool devs talking.

In other words, and for real gamers: remember Sanitarium? This game is not a point and click, but it will give you the same impact. That's right, the impact of the word: masterpiece.

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Mr. Lambert
3.8 hrs
Posted: April 13, 2015
Unique game, but it just isn't very fun to play. Most of the time you wander around screen after screen trying to find something you can interact with. Crawl across screen after screen with the PITA to navigate roach, and eventually you find clue hot spots that give you a sort of hint of what you are trying to accomplish. Otherwise you never really even know what you're supposed to be trying to do most of the time. Then there's a timed, completely confusing ending sequence that was a terrible design decision, where you also have little idea what you're supposed to be trying to do, but this time you're on the clock.
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