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.
User reviews: Positive (38 reviews) - 86% of the 38 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 29, 1996

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"One gloriously screwed up little up game. Get turned into a cockroach and crawl around some of the grossest environments ever."
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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
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16

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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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 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 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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