Ruan Shiels

Road to Emerald Review

If you had the chance to give "The Wizard of Oz" a makeover in videogame form, what would you do? For ImageCircus, an Osaka-based visual novel publisher, the obvious answer was to replace Dorothy's iconic anthropomorphic companions with handsome bishounen and turn the whole thing into a dating sim. Whether you find the setup strangely intriguing or just plain sacrilegious, one thing's for sure: after a trip down the "Road to Emerald" you'll never look at L. Frank Baum's classic the same way again!...

Infinity Blade Trailer

One word: WOW! Via GameTrailers.com, Epic Games and Chair Entertainment have unveiled a gorgeous new trailer for their eagerly anticipated action-RPG cum sword fighting game, Infinity Blade. Featuring graphics so sharp you could have someone's eye out with them, this title looks set to be something of a game-changer when it arrives on iDevices this Holiday season!...

Free Games Round-up 2

Cheapskates rejoice, because iFanzine have selected three new freebies that'll truly knock your socks off! In this installment of the free games round-up, we review and rate Belly & Brain, Gun Bros and the newly updated Zombie Farm!...

ChronoSgear Review

Genre Blends have quickly become the norm in iDevice gaming. We’re all used to the simple sidescrollers, match threes, and all of that fodder, but what would happen if we mix them? The answer is ChronoSgear!...

Billabong Surf Trip Review

While thanks to likes of the Tony Hawk franchise skating games have enjoyed an illustrious enough career on various consoles over the years, the sports' water based equivalent, surfing, has never quite reached the same dizzying highs. Which in turn might have something to do with the sparsity of surfing games on the App Store. Until now that is......

Zenonia Retroview

"Retroviews" are becoming all the rage on reviews sites nowadays, and while the iPhone is still a young platform, it feels like there's already a decade's worth of titles for gamers to choose from. Therefore we thought it would be neat to take a look back at Zenonia, the 2009 Gamevil release that put the Action RPG indelibly on the iOS map. Does it still have what it takes to compete in today's RPG-crowded Appstore?...

iPirate Battle: New Update!

iFanzine took a look at Enora Software's iPirate Battle a few weeks back, and while we were fairly taken with the game's core concept and well devised control scheme, overall, it failed to impress and was forced to walk the plank with a measly 2.5/5 stars. Well, shiver me timbers, its just resurfaced with a shiny new update that irons out quite a few issues!...

Dragon Fire: Una’s Quest Review

A pretty epic sounding slice of scene-setting story proceeds Debug Design's interesting spin on the retro style, top-down shooter, Dragon Fire: Una's Quest. Evil Queen Hydra is ruthlessly culling dragons and collecting their "knowledge sparks", so that she might gain control of the mythical land of Krytok! Playing as a feisty young dragon, Una, it's up to you to avenge your mother's death and put a end to Hydra's dastardly plans....

Free Games Round-up! (Mini-Reviews)

Time for another round-up of some great games that will cost you nada, nothing, absolutely zilch! We review and rate three new App Store freebies that are well worth downloading. Give your wallet a break, and check 'em out......

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.