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 (24 reviews)
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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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.

7/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
A true cult classic in PC gaming that works on current operating systems.
Short, but atmospheric and worthwhile.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Never thought being a roach was so cool !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Finally the only one game that had an amazing soundtrack and ambient atmosphere that i played when i was 4 years old!
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This is such a disappointing rip-off of a game. I remember playing the original game on release, and it was amazing. The product description states that the game is "rendered in stunning hi-resolution detail", but that quip must be a relic from the original release. And I'm not sure what "updated FMV" refers to, because everything I've seen in this version of the game is rendered in grainy 640x480 8-bit video. It's dishonest to market this as an updated version of the twenty year-old game when the only update has been to hack it together to operate on modern operating systems. It doesn't even scale the graphics to modern dimensions - it just forces your desktop resolution to 640x480 (which is guaranteed to look beyond foul on a modern high-res wide-screen LCD display). Alt-tabbing out to adjust the volume (it can't be done in-game, of course) rearranges windows and desktop icons to fit on a 640x480 display. This game is a hot mess, and I can't recommend it even to those who remember it fondly from a best-forgotten era.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Now, the game has some of these typical adventure game issues where the solutions makes you go "how the f*ck was i supposed to figure that out?!" But assuming you have a walkthrough in hand for when you get stuck, it's a really unique experience. A surreal feverdream of a game with a gritty horror atmosphere coupled with cheesy but charming FMVs. I would definitly recommend it if you are into adventure games. Especially if you like your games old, weird and obscure.
Be wary though, some people are apparently unable to run the game. But for me it worked just fine.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
BATYA GOVORIT MALAZA!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
kafkaesque.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Awesome and unique retro game. Be the cockroach, son!
Filthiest game in history: 9/10
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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
crashes too often on high end pc, too bad, played and liked the original release, though
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13 of 34 people (38%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
That FMV acting! :D
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14 of 40 people (35%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Well, my excitement was in vain. Apparently part of the puzzle is figuring out how to actually start the game.
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1 of 20 people (5%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Sorry I bouight it on sale. This game is bogus.
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