Ruan Shiels

Epic War TD Review

The tower defense genre is an overcrowded one and for something to stand out it must be special. Epic War, by AMT Games, is the latest installment in the tower defense genre. Is this just another clone that's nothing special?...

Monster RPG 2 Twitter Giveaway!

Courtesy of our friends at Nooskewl, iFanzine have five codes for the freshly updated Monster RPG 2 to give away via twitter. We really enjoyed the game on its original release, scoring it an impressive 3.5/5 and remarking (Monster RPG 2) "is well worth checking into thanks to solid controls, expertly varied gameplay, and a score comprised of catchy synth tunes."...

Hunting Unlimited 2011 Review

A portable spin-off of the long running PC franchise of the same name, THQ Wireless' Hunting Unlimited 2011 decks the player out in a rather fetching lumberjack shirt, arms them to the teeth with a formidable selection of fully upgradeable weaponry, and sends them out into the wilderness to go toe-to-toe with a wide array of both prey and predators....

Spark it Up Review

Spark it Up is a unique rhythm game with interactive elements; you really have to try out to truly understand it. It's a well polished title but is the odd style a deal breaker?...

First Look: LEGO Harry Potter

An owl just arrived at iFanzine's window with an intriguing press release from Warner Bros. That's right muggles, everybody's favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter, is being magicked onto iPhone by TT Games and LEGO just in time to coincide with the eagerly anticipated cinema release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!...

Shining Core Review

At first plagued by a game-crashing bug and unreviewable, Shining Core has benefited from an update that makes it run smoothly on third and fourth generation iDevices at least. Second generation iDevice users will still want to be cautious about picking this one up, and it's a shame because this Match 3/RPG genre mashup from ZLE Game, Inc., turned out to be surprisingly compelling....

WackyLands Boss Review

Cleverly subverting ye olde side-scrolling video game's traditional principles, WackyLands Boss by Chillingo and FairPlay Labs casts the player as the big, bad boss rather than yet another generic Mario or Sonic wannabe. It's a fantastic idea, and allows for some tremendously enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek action as you stomp through levels smiting the good guys, chowing down on princesses, and generally being a butt ugly menace to society....

DreamWorks Megamind Review

Trend-bucking bunch that they are, iPhone game developers seem determined to discredit the comforting truism that any title based on a film license is pretty much guaranteed to suck. Hard. I mean Chillingo's Predators actually had the gall to be bloody brilliant, while Glu made a damn fine job of How to Train Your Dragon. Thankfully Megamind, with its uninspired gameplay, horrendous controls, ugly visuals, and bland level design, is here to put the world to rights. Phew....

Shoot To Kill Review

Shoot to Kill: Addictive as Hell, a hot new collaboration by Vivid Games and Tower Studios, is an arcade-y actioner set in the fiery depths of Hades. The game has been unleashed on the App Store in various shapes and sizes - a coin-up style freemium version, a HD freemium version etc, etc - but, if you ask me, Addictive as Hell is the best and most fully featured experience of the lot, boasting, as it does, all 30 levels of shoot 'em up thrills, Game Center achievements, and 6 different modes from the off....

MMA Review

Brandishing three different gameplay options - Career, Exhibition, and Challenges, the ability to totally customize your fighter, and a unique control scheme, EA Mobile's MMA delivers a remarkably fully featured fighting game on iPhone!...

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.