Super Mega Worm [$.99/Lite] is one of several games on the App Store that I think would be even better with peripheral support. And, hey, conveniently enough, it now supports two of the biggest, new-fangled controllers/apps on the market: the Joypad [Free] and iCade. This support comes packaged in a new update which rolls in a much-needed bug fix for the side-scrolling action game’s IAP, which was prone to crashing according to user reviews.

Also, if you’re still in the seasonal mood, Super Mega Worm vs. Santa [Free] also now supports both of these controllers since it's been included in Super Mega Worm proper as of this update, too. Neat!

For those of you not on the controller beat, the iCade is a peripheral that looks like a mini screen-less arcade machine. Just plop your iPad in, pick one of the few games that supports the device, and enjoy using joystick and buttons. We reviewed it earlier this year, so you can check out our write-up if you want something a lot more specific than this. We also gave the Joypad, a multiple-controller extension that uses the iPhone, a good look, too.

Overall, we’d love to see more games adopt these alternate methods of control. Both devices flesh out the experience in non-standard, virtual stick iOS titles in satisfying ways. It’s always a win when a game supports either of them, but sadly, it doesn't happen often enough.

  • Johnny Ice

    Sweet. I love this game. Not sure if you guys are aware, but the iControlpad you guys reviewed also has an iCade mode after a recent firmware update. There are now 6 games in the app store for non-jailbroken phones to use the icontrolpad and icade.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noamjamski Seth Diamond

      what are the games with icade support in the app store besides atari and super mega worm?

      • Johnny Ice

        Super Mega Worm
        Sideways Racing (iPad only)
        Hungry Master
        Interstellar Defense Force
        Mos Speedrun
        Ironstar Arena
        Atari's Greatest Hits
        Coming soon: Velocispider

      • Anonymous

        Warblade HD (Galaga style game with tones of level, bonuses, secrets, featrues) is now available in the App Store!

  • Anonymous

    No chance that the analogue is directly supported? Not too sure about the benefits otherwise!

    • Johnny Ice

      The analogue nub on the icontrolpad isn't supported. It works with the directional control pad. It plays just fine like that. The nubs require a constant stream of data to the app to tell it the nubs position. The controlpad acts like a keyboard. If you open up the notes app and press buttons it will actually type. That's how it's supported. It's awesome though.