Category Archives: Controller Support

Information is slowly leaking out of WWDC as developers start installing the recently released beta version of iOS 7. Specifically, in regards to the mysterious reference to game controllers during today's keynote. We were just tipped off that a vague guide has been posted on Apple's developer site that mentions some basic guidelines on how game controllers should be used. No real specifics yet, although these two images give some idea of what Apple is thinking with this functionality:..

As expected, the upcoming version of iOS, iOS 7, will bring in a ton of changes to the core design of the OS. It's an end-to-end overhaul that sees the addition of new icons and new animations and new multi-tasking functionality to iPhone and iPad. The release date is this fall. A beta build for devs releases today...

If you're a fan of Another World [$3.99] and just so happen to own an iCade, iCade Jr., iCade 8-Bitty, or the numerous other peripherals that work off the iCade-style Bluetooth keyboard emulation, you're in luck. Aside from adding a whole bunch of new language options and some better iOS 6 support, Another World now fully supports the iCade...

MAME Is Back in the App Store (For Now...) with 'Gridlee'

Yesterday, a game that was developed in 1982 for arcade hardware, but never officially released, quietly landed in the App Store. Gridlee [Free] is a simple game where you maneuver a little green fellow about a grid that stretches off into the distance, blasting upwards at bouncy red figures that try and squash you. That's Gridlee, but that's not the crux of the matter with this app...

Have you been asking Santa for an arcade cabinet for the past 30 years and every Christmas you wake to look under the tree just to be disappointed yet again? Maybe that's just me, but if you have a similar longing for some button mashing action then I have something that just might ease the pain a bit. ..

Late last month, Rantmedia Games leveled up the state of retro in the App Store with the release of Vectrex Regeneration [Free], their effort to bring the authentic Vectrex experience to iOS gamers. We took a close look at this vectorscopic one-stop-shop, and found that they had largely succeeded, but with a few rough edges just out the gate...

Interest in the retro gaming scene has really expanded in the last few years, thanks in no small part to the proliferation of capable mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad and the App Store behind them. As such, retro-minded iOS gamers have a wide range of games to choose from, such as retro-inspired new releases, retro remakes, as well as the actual games of olde brough forth through faithful emulation. It is in the last arena that, early this year, Rantmedia Games decided to toss its hat, sharing word of their upcoming Vectrex Regeneration, a one-stop-shop for fans of the much vaunted, early '80s Vectrex console...

Early last year, Thinkgeek and ION combined forces to turn what was originally a clever April Fool's joke into a real-life thing called the iCade. The fully-functioning mock arcade cabinet that housed your iPad released the following May, and we thought it was a pretty interesting piece of kit when we reviewed it. Since then, iCade has really been the only 3rd-party Bluetooth control option that's gained any sort of traction at all on iOS, despite it still being pretty niche...

'Alien Breed' Review - Mostly They Come at Night...Mostly

Way back in 1991, a little UK shareware studio called Team 17 released a top-down, space-themed shooter for the Amiga platform. Dark and highly atmospheric -- downright scary, actually -- Alien Breed and the enhanced Special Edition '92 version that followed, were soon hailed as bringing some of the best shooter action that Amiga gamers had ever seen. So popular were they that, to date, eight sequels have followed, half of those for modern consoles. And now, Alien Breed [$0.99] has come to the iOS platform...

An Early Look at Amiga Classic 'Alien Breed' from Team 17

As we mentioned earlier this month, Team 17 will soon be releasing an iOS conversion of their highly acclaimed, Alien-inspired top-down shooter Alien Breed into the App Store. Originally released in 1991 on the Amiga, the game places you in a multi-levels space station overrun with hideous xenomorphs, on a solo mission to wipe out the alien intruders and, ultimately, survive...

I’ve got to say, as intriguing as the thought of controller peripherals for the iPhone was a few years ago, I’ve really grown to dislike all of these new controller solutions that seem to pop up every month or so. I think the iCade offers a neat experience and has amassed a respectable library of supported games so far, so it’s somewhat exempt from these feelings...

Since he started making games for iOS, indie developer Jeff Minter of Llamasoft has really been cranking them out. The guy has been making games -- and, rather unique games, I might add -- for over 30 years, but I don't believe he's ever dished out one after another faster than he's doing for Apple's platform. And that's really good news for iOS gamers because all of his iOS titles are rather well done and worth playing. His latest title, Five A Day [link], which just landed in the App Store, comes close on the heels of Gridrunner for iOS, his excellent remake of his original 1982 VIC-20 game and one of the best shooters on the platform...

GDC 2012: A Look at BinarySquare's Upcoming 'Puzzle Bebop'

Today at GDC I spent some time with retro strongman Dan Bliss of BinarySquare, who showed us his latest creation, Puzzle Bebop...

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