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.
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.
There's gonna be three types of iDevice gamers when it comes to this ingenious offering from Recluse Industries and Vector Lovers: those who absolutely adore it, those who just don't get the excitement surrounding something that looks so dated, and those who toss it down in frustration after a few minutes wrestling with its interface. Most who stick with it will fall into the first category, as it's a true work of art that defies genre preferences with its addictive premise and sheer novelty factor.
Dead Rising should ring a bell with anyone even remotely interested in gaming. An over-the-top actioner set amid a zombie apocalypse, the game was a huge hit on Xbox and has a legion of fans. Unfortunately the iPhone version of Dead Rising is likely to be greeted with an altogether less enthusiastic response.
iFanzine's Jay Circo is as we speak frantically dashing around a shopping mall and bustin' zombie skulls with a baseball bat in preparation for his full review of Capcom Mobile's iOS iteration of Dead Rising. While we wait for him to get back, how do you guys fancy getting your hands on a free copy of the game?.
This year has already seen the releases of quirky platformer Roll Out, the critically lauded Pix 'n' Love Rush, and, in some parts of the world, smash-hit MMORPG Yslandia bearing the BulkyPix label. And this trend of teaming up with talented indie developers to create groundbreaking iPhone games looks set to continue with a newly announced batch of upcoming titles.
BeCush have just unveiled an intriguing little teaser for their upcoming game Vampires Until Dawn. While the trailer gives precious little away about what we can expect gameplay wise from the title, it does give a taste of the cutesy art style and introduce us to the main protagonist, a vampire hunter out for revenge...
Survival horror is dead. Bludgeoned into non-existence by next-gen consoles capable of delivering more eye-ball scorchingly true to life explosions and in your face carnage than ever before, developers forsaking creepy camera angles and unseen terrors in favour of infinite ammo and photo-realistic monsters, and action cinema's increasing influence on video games in general.
I've locked my bedroom door, turned out the lights, and am skulking my way through the dank, gore-stained corridors of the phenomenally frightening Prisoner 84 in preparation for a full review of the game. Can't wait for the official iFanzine verdict? Well, never fear because courtesy of the (surprisingly) lucid and friendly folks at Hidden Games we've got two copies of iPhone's hottest new fright-fest to give away!