• Author arn
  • Posted On2013-01-31 16:57:18
  • News

Here at TouchArcade we've been kinda down on iOS hardware gaming accessories. They tend to add bulk and cost and also sacrifice convenience, and I don't think the BowBlade changes any of that.

For $185, the BowBlade is an iPhone Bow and Arrow type accessory that was being shown at Macworld 2013. The iPhone goes in the front, you extend the bow and use a small trigger with your back hand to fire. The company reports over 35 games have support for the device and we shot a short video showing how it works:

The games use a combination of accelerometer and positioning in combination with the triggering system (which taps the screen in a certain location) to provide the overall gaming experience.

One of the sample games was an Augmented Reality type view of the real world in which you could shoot virtual bullets with the trigger. The more fleshed out games include a sniper-type one where you must move around in real space to find your targets, and a duck hunt type game (as seen in the video).

The device will go on sale on April 1st (seriously) for $185.

  • LCDDreams

    We just saw this! Crazy. Arnold - we'd love to meet up with you at the expo and show you our new game, EMO. Email me at dave@lcddreams.com if you have time today.


    Umm...yeah. My $185 is better spent on other things than an iPhone bow accessory.

    • SmackDatButt

      I don't think I'd even purchase that for 80 bucks.
      They're outta their minds.

    • B30

      You're so right, I'd rather buy the iPlunger for $299,-

  • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

    Wow, this is super useful. I'll definitely pop this out the next time I'm at HipsterCon.

    • FlipBeef97

      Is that sarcasam? O.o lol
      Yeah... I won't be spending my money on that.

      • http://twitter.com/SamF15h Sam Pepper

        Go back to the junk jack forums flip.

  • Jerutix

    So, you don't release the string? All the action on pulling back the arrow, none of the fun of releasing the arrow? I guess I just don't get why this is a bow and not a Duck Hunt gun.

    • Benjamin Rodriguez

      Wow, exactly, A complete freaking waste of money. I don't know why I'm so pissed about this, but this in all seriousness is the biggest waste of R&D I've ever seen into action. Can they really swindle people like that and call it a business?

    • swarmster

      Exactly. It's over-the-top goofy, but in a fun way, kind of like the iCade...until you realize that they went through all that effort to make something that looks like a bow, yet it doesn't work anything like a bow, and it suddenly becomes soul-crushingly lame.

      I have about as much interest in a non-functional bow-shaped phone stand as I would a non-functional cabinet-shaped iPad stand.

      • Bytebrain

        Where on earth did you get the idea that the iCade is "non functional"?
        I use it all the time, and it's absolutely awesome. Lots of good games supports it, and after the Gridlee Mame emulator was released this week I now have almost 700 classic games which all works fine with the iPad via Mame.

        With the raving reviews of the iCade all over the place, you must have been living under a rock.

        This bow , on the other hand, is an absolute crazy idea though.

      • swarmster

        I didn't? Think Geek got it right when their April Fools joke _actually functioned_. That's why I own one.

        If it was just a phony cabinet to play pretend with (like this is a phony bow that doesn't do anything), I wouldn't have had any interest.

  • Wolfgang Loss-Wells

    almost as bad as the basketball game, where you dribble a basketball in your living room.

    • rpgmind

      Lol really?!

  • vic_viper_001

    I'd like to see an iPhone controlled baseball bat myself. Perfect for Baseball Superstars 2013! Just strap your iPhone in and start swinging!

  • MidianGTX

    Even if the hardware was good, the chances of the game being good are probably quite low.

    • Greyskull

      And to make up for your bow investment, you really should get all 35 games...which would make for a pretty tiresome ios gaming experience.

  • Wootus

    April 1st... How appropriate.

  • Karzay

    Their next big product is a spoon attachment for your iPhone that allows you to virtually eat cereal. Only $79.95.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iiiCT Travis Ogden

    Next project would be a bowling ball attachment, for $49.95. If you manage to get a strike, we will buy you a new idevice, if you get anything less, then your sh*t out of luck.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    For around 185 you could get a real bow and some lessons, and actually get to release an arrow... HMMM

  • Adams Immersive

    All this... AND gaming on a phone screen mounted a yard from your face! Amaze Your Friends!

  • http://twitter.com/EpicViking Michael Enbom

    Im confused, why a bow if im not even playing a bow game?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paj.saraf Paj Saraf

    very cool idea,

    no chance in hell to sell even 1 unit, well, maybe his grandma will buy 1, that's about it.

    I feel bad for the investors and i hope that they are keeping the number of units made to a low level, hate to see another THQ

  • terryterryd

    Err hello? April 1st! I don't believe it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kos1c Dell Goodman

    It's too big of a unit for it to be worth it's time and cost. An Ipod touch is roughly around the price of this unit, so I just don't see many people buying it. It's a gimmick, or for the people who really like bow shooting, which is a really small amount I'm assuming.

    • PureRumble

      People that like bow shooting??? did u even notice that you DONT fire by releasing the string? Yeah nice simulation there...

  • Patrick

    It's even more expensive than my iPhone 4s if you dont include the data plan. Nah, id rather save the money for an iPad.

  • http://twitter.com/strangerbeat Red R

    this... is the stupidest thing i've seen in a while

  • http://twitter.com/SamF15h Sam Pepper

    This is definitely something ill be saving my money up for!
    -no one ever.

  • PureRumble

    180 bucks n' u dont even have to release the string to fire off...

    INSTABUY 2013!!!