Ruan Shiels

Elemental: A Musical Instrument & Alpine Crawler Wild Mini-Reviews

These $.99 offerings, from Nooskewl and Dimension Technics respectively, might get lost in the sea of increasingly sophisticated titles occupying the App Store's higher price ranges. That's a shame because they're both worth a look for their clever concepts and well-executed interfaces. And if you just happen to play them back-to-back, you might get the crazy feeling you've walked into an old school double feature matinée....

App-y Christmas From iFanzine!

Just a quick post to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at iFanzine.com. Oh, and here are some promo codes to keep you busy over the festive season... Enjoy!....

Yslandia content expansion revealed; Yuletide sale

As promised, MovingPlayer is hard at work rolling out updates to its MMORPG Yslandia, a collaboration with Bulkypix that saw worldwide release back in October. Here's the lowdown on the latest content expansions and details on a friend referral promotion MovingPlayer is running until 12/31/10!...

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Review

The seemingly never-ending deluge of big name games onto iOS continues with Battlefield Bad Company 2 from EA Mobile. This is a surprisingly faithful mobile adaptation of the acclaimed PS3 and Xbox 360 First-person shooter, replete with the intense action, off-kilter humor, vehicular carnage and multiplayer deathmatches that title is known for....

Secret of Mana In-Depth Review

Time to party like it's 1993! This golden oldie has suffered a bit from the porting process in terms of user interface, but that's nothing iOS Action RPG fans haven't taken in stride already. Otherwise it's well worth checking into for its much-beloved party system and all-around excellent game design....

Cause of Death Review

There's no real mystery as to why iGamers everywhere aren't shouting about this expertly crafted interactive novel from the rooftops. The long and short of it is Cause of Death simply had the poor luck of being released on one of the App Store's busiest ever weeks alongside a staggering array of established franchises and much-hyped games. It's a shame though, because this is easily one of most interesting and original titles I've played/read all month....

Shadow Guardian Review

Gameloft are best known for putting their own spin on big name console games and bringing them to iOS. The results are usually either hit or miss. Lately, though they've been on a roll, with one spectacular title after another. While Shadow Guardian caught everyone unawares given the fact it was released so soon after it was announced, the core concept of the game came as no surprise - it's basically Naughty Dog's Uncharted for iPhone......

My Brute Review

Many an iOS developer has struggled with implementing a user interface that remains reliable in the thick of in-game action. My Brute shows that there's one surefire way around this dilemma -- though it's probably not quite what players were envisioning. The game sure looks gorgeous though!...

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Review

With its roster of outlandish psychopaths, gallons of blood and gore and OTT, incredibly graphic "fatalities", Mortal Kombat was, in part, responsible for the creation of the ERSB and remains the undisputed king of 90s video game nasties. But how does this rebooted and graphically enhanced iPhone iteration square up to impressive showing of fighting games already available for the format?....

Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD In-depth Review

Aralon: Sword and Shadow most likely needs no introduction to any serious iOS gamer given the staggering level of pre-release hype and anticipation. If you know nothing of this title; welcome back from your stay in that deep dark cave, here's what you missed......

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.