Ruan Shiels

Interview With Ryan Mitchell, Creator of Mission Europa

There's one question on the mind of everyone eagerly awaiting the release of Mission Europa right now: "Arrrgh, how long is this approval process going to take!?" Never fear, because Ryan Mitchell - the one-man army responsible for BansheeSoft's breakout title - has stopped by to regale us with stories about the game's development. Programmer, scripter, 3D modeler...is there anything this guy can't do!? Find out inside!...

The Flood: Salvation Review

The key elements of well-liked physics puzzle games such as Ramps and Angry Birds really aren't all that difficult to decipher. Let's see, both boast an intuitive concept, just the right balance of trickiness and 'one more go' playability, a pleasing art style and/or chirpy characters. Sadly, The Flood: Salvation possesses none of the above. And in their place we get needlessly convoluted game mechanics, clunky drag-and-drop controls and a rag doll with all the charisma of a bloated corpse....

Puckerz! Review

I wouldn't normally begin a review by immediately gushing over the game's sound design, but, honestly, it was the pounding techno score that made me sit up and start paying closer attention to Puckerz! - a title that, before playing, I'd hastily written off as a generic Peggle clone. Needless to say, these electrifying beats being fused to some of the fastest and most furiously thrilling arcade action yet seen on iOS shattered my expectations of this title entirely....

Falling Fred Hands-On Preview

Dedalord Games debuted on the App Store with a stylish and eerily atmospheric sokoban puzzler that cast players as the deranged inmate of a dingy, blood-stained loony bin. And it doesn't look this indie outfit is lightening up any for their imminent sophomore effort. Described as a "gory game sprinkled with black humor", Falling Fred wastes no time in hurling the titular character down an elevator shaft......

Legendary Wars Giveaway: 15 Codes Up For Grabs!

Liv Games' Legendary Wars earned a close to perfect score from iFanzine's discerning lead reviewer, Sean Koch, when he gave this "Real-Time Strategy/Castle Defense/RPG combo" an in-depth appraisal recently. And now thanks to the latest update - which, amongst other improvements, adds a host of control tweaks and a brand spanking new casual mode - this already awesome game just got a whole lot better!...

Grim Joggers Review

It's likely that at the brainstorming session for this game, some clever clogs piped up with the undeniably inspired suggestion, "Hey, guys, why don't we fuse Canabalt with Lemmings? That could be kind of cool" Well, 10tons Ltd did. And the result, Grim Joggers, is not only very cool, but also represents a novel new twist on the endless running schtick that's guaranteed keep you glued to your iDevice for many a merry hour, repeatedly trying to beat your best score and grinning from ear to ear at the game's warped brand of sardonic ultra-violence....

Mission Europa Hands-On Preview

BansheeSoft just swooped in with a preview build of Mission Europa, the studio's breakout First Person Shooter/Action RPG mashup. Combining the depth of an RPG with quick-on-your-feet strafing action to great effect, this is one well constructed indie title fans of either genre should follow closely as it nears release....

Chop Chop Caveman Review

Man, I am so not down with the kids. Case in point? I somehow managed to almost completely miss out on the Chop Chop craze that's been sweeping the App Store ever since Gamerizon released Chop Chop Ninja back in '09. So time to make amends and regain some street cred by getting to grips with the latest title in the immensely popular series, Chop Chop Caveman, a timely throwback to the classic sidescrolling platform games of yesteryear, methinks!...

Devil May Cry 4 refrain In-Depth Review

Dante joins Nero as a playable character thanks to the latest update, but here's a sad irony: those who are in a position to care most will enjoy Devil May Cry 4 refrain the least. This is the kind of port every series fan fears – stripped down to basic essentials, a truly fragmented experience compared to the console version. Be that as it may, it's clear that Capcom put a laser focus on implementing excellent controls and retaining as much gameplay depth as possible, making this a solid purchase for any Action game fan who can put aside the mere fact of its status as a port....

Ruan Shiels

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Ruan Shiels is a writer, artist and entrepreneur. He founded iFanzine.com in 2009 after buying his first iPod Touch and being blown away by the potential of iOS as a gaming platform.