Earlier this month we got our hands on a pair of Fling iPad joysticks. The device is a clever design with two suction cups on one side which stick to the iPad screen and a concave conductive joystick suspended in the center of a plastic ring with a spiral spring. Because of the spring arrangement, the Fling joystick always returns to the center, and as you get closer to the edge of the ring it becomes more and more difficult to push until it stops. It works surprisingly well in dual stick shooters, and many other types of games with virtual joysticks.

I highlighted some games that seemed to work especially great with the Fling in our preview:

The good news is, for many games, the Fling is absolutely outstanding. Playing dual stick shooters using the Fling is, in a word, glorious. I easily decimated my Geometry Wars [99¢] high scores. With real joysticks, Max Adventure [99¢] is a joy to play. Age of Zombies [$2.99] feels like it was made to be played with the Fling, with the secondary weapon buttons positioned perfectly outside its plastic ring.

First person shooters work great as well. In fact, I almost felt like I was cheating in N.O.V.A. 2 HD [$6.99] my overall accuracy improved so much. It's really incredible just how much of a difference it makes, almost making N.O.V.A. 2 feel like an XBOX game with a real controller. Similarly, the Fling works really well in every Gameloft game I tried, as the ability to move the various on-screen controls around allows you to perfectly position the Fling wherever you're comfortable, while also placing the buttons within reach. ...Read More

The down side of the Fling at the time was that while the preorder price was in line with other iPad accessories, it still seemed a tad expensive. However, the economy of scale works in wondrous ways though, and apparently, demand for the Fling has been quite high. This has allowed Ten One Design to drop the price of Fling units from $25 each and $38 for a pair down to $20 each and $30 for a pair. If you've already preordered, expect a refund for the difference to show up sometime soon if it hasn't already.

If you were holding out for a price drop, now is your chance to head over to the Fling site and preorder now. Also, while we haven't been able to get our hands on one yet, ThinkGeek has a joystick that is similar but with a more retro feel that might be worth considering as well.

  • Vidkid72

    The 25.00 shipping to us Canadians kind of kills it. It's too bad because I really want a two pack but they need to offer some other shipping choice.

  • andrzej raczynski

    the thinkgeek one looks brilliant, although not sure about aluminum and glass...even with the little foamy protection...

  • Heffdog116

    ten one sells some stuff on amazon. if they sell it through amazon, ill buy it immediately (prime member so free shipping)

  • Moistproduction

    $20 for the pair and I'm sold...

  • Adams Immersive

    I’d like them to sell (or include) sets of 2 or 4 buttons also: each would have two suction cups on one side, same as the joystick, but instead of the stick there would be one button, mostly see-through except for a small contact spot. Position them as needed for a game you plan to spend a while with!

  • Anonymous

    Well shit, I already wanted one, now I'm just gonna order. Budget be damned!

    • Svvikki

      I found a small bargain here itrendystuff.com/fling.html

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That 'joystick-it' one is impressive!

    And let's be honest; it shows the Ten One version up in the value for money stakes; being the same price for a machined aluminium bit of complex construction.
    I've actually been using a ring of static cling material as a more basic version (merely tactile locationing of the middle), so I'm certainly interested in upgrading!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is awesome news.
    Also ThinkGeek's one got me excited, but instead of just pivoting the stick like a real joystick you have to tilt the entire base too - looks kind of ridiculous and difficult to use. Nevertheless I'm glad Fling got so much interest, it's a useful and creative idea.

  • marsha

    ...you people bitch about $9.99 games that cost a quarter million dollars to make, but will drop $40 on 3-cents of plastic???

  • The Bat Outta Hell

    That's like... a $29.50 profit each pair.

  • Daft Eng

    Definitely interested, hope it makes its way to the UK at a reasonable price, as far as i could tell, the site For the UK has them at £20 each...not too good considering the official site has two for £18...

  • http://twitter.com/ForyourPeteDodd famousmortimer

    Still far too expensive. Im interested, but not at that price.

  • Hutch

    Um... 30.00 for 2 pieces of plastic? Get real. I'm sure when you realize your lack of sales then maybe you will give your product "attractive I'll admit" a descent price. Until then I am having plenty of fun with the touch screen. I realize that this is my opinion so anyone looking to start a flame war can look else ware.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Lack of sales? The -whole reason- they're dropping the price of these is because demand has been high enough that they've been able to do a larger manufacturing run, resulting in a quantity discount they're passing down to their customers. Read the article again.

      • Marsha

        Thats not why people drop prices - they do it because things dont sell..... if it was selling, they'd keep the price high. get real man

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

    Glad I pre-ordered now. It's a pleasant surprise to be getting the pair at a cheaper price. My fingers end up sore quickly in any game that requires virtual joystick control for extended periods of time, so I'm looking forward to playing through Space Miner again and finishing Harry Potter Years 1-4 with the physical controller.

  • Heffnere

    Just ordered a set of the ninja ones. Cant wait to try them out. I really think one is fine since ill use it for FPS, but extra $10 for another, i couldnt pass it up. I have exchanged a few emails with Ten One and they have been extremely helpful. These are also up on Amazon (just the singles) so check them out. Also, the price on Amazon is $25. I was told they wont change the prices until they actually have the product in hand, but that is not definite