Ruan Shiels

Captain Puzzle Review

Tired of an apparently never ending barrage of bland puzzle games that seem content to rehash the ol' Match-3 formula without ever really contributing much in the way of innovation or originality to the genre? Well, never fear folks, because Spearhead Entertainment's Captain Puzzle is here to save the day with a colorful comic book aesthetic, tongue-in-cheek titular character who, hilariously, looks like a cross between Superman and Johnny Bravo, and over 50 levels of fun-packed action puzzling....

Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden In-Depth Review

Yes, if you're a longtime veteran of 3D Action RPGs you'll slip up and call Ayden's horse "Epona" a few times, but once you start taking in the excellently crafted vistas of Hy-err, Lasgalen, you won't find much to complain about. Sadly the free trial is a poor representation of the overall product; it shows off the battle system and story well enough, but the major draw here are the intricate dungeon puzzles that lie behind the full purchase price....

Cardboard Castle Review

You really only have to glance at one of its sumptuous screenshots or give the trailer a quick viewing to get a sense of the care, love and attention that went into crafting Cardboard Castle. It's a shame then that while the game is a stylistic triumph and makes inventive use of its cardboard cut-out world setting, a string of samey puzzles fail to capture the imagination....

Hot Damn: Win Devil May Cry 4 refrain!

So how the heck do we top last week's Dead Space promo code contest that received a record-smashing number of retweets? Simple. We mark the iOS debut of an arguably even bigger game franchise with yet another great giveaway. Yup, you've guessed it, iFanzine are offering one lucky reader the chance to score a copy of Capcom Mobile's Devil May Cry 4 refrain!...

Hysteria Project 2 Review

As a heavily interactive, Avant-garde horror flick, Hysteria Project 2 succeeds wonderfully at furnishing an impressive psychological experience you might not want to play in the dark. Strictly judged as a videogame, however, Bulkypix's highly experimental offering trips a bit in defying one convention key to the player's experience: the player needs to know the ground rules *before* his or her character dies....

Burning Bubbles LAB Review

Although things are picking up now with a flurry of great games, let's be honest, to begin with, January was a pretty slow month for the App Store in terms of notable new releases. The upshot of this lull? It gave me an opportunity to catch up on a few indie titles that somehow slipped under my radar during 2010. One such game I found myself playing quite a bit was Burning Bubbles LAB, a Bust a Move-esque mash-up of Match-3 puzzle game and shooter....

Martin Wheeler Interview and Contest: Win a Copy of Surveillant!

Meet the game designer behind Recluse Industries' "Surveillant," the deadliest game of Hide-and-Seek you'll find on the iOS. While electro fans will know him best as the man behind the music of Vector Lovers, Martin Wheeler's been designing hit videogames since the 8-bit era. And if that weren't impressive enough, he's tied into the interview a giveaway for "Surveillant" -- but this contest will force you to put on your thinking cap! Get your Tweets ready!...

Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden will launch for free?!

Gameloft have just been in touch to let us know their latest title, action RPG Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden, will be galloping into the US App Store tomorrow, February the 3rd. It's being hyped as iOS' answer to Zelda and billed as "an amazing adventure set in a majestic world that will fascinate you for countless hours." Sounds good!...

Scary Good Giveaway: Win Dead Space Promo Codes!

You honestly didn't think iFanzine would let something as epic as Dead Space landing on iOS pass without celebrating somehow, did you? Of course you didn't. Courtesy of the kind folks at EA Games, we've got not one, not two, but three codes for the iPhone/iPod Touch version of this 5 star masterpiece to give away. I know, out of this world, right?...

Dead Space Review

EA's Dead Space, not only one of the best looking and best made games yet to grace iOS but also the outright scariest, is likely to have you squirming anxiously, jumping like a jack rabbit and shrieking in terror, as developers IronMonkey Studios expertly meld psychological horror with grisly, high-octane action to absolutely nerve-shredding effect....

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.