This is my favorite of all my mobile gaming accessories...but
I'll admit, when this first came out, I mocked it. I thought: “it’s a mini arcade machine that sells for $100
and requires a $500 tablet, who would buy that!?!?” Well, lots of things have changed since the day it was
First, you can get an iCade very cheap if you look in the right
place (check the links to the right -->). Second, tablets...even iPad’s (used ones, at least) have come
way down in price. The thought of spending less than $200 for an iPad 1 or 2 and an iCade actually
sounds like a great idea. It's a lot cheaper and easier than buying a full Mame machine.
Second, I love this thing for the exact reason I first mocked
it: It’s a friggin mini arcade machine! I've enjoyed playing many of the classic arcade games via
iMame and my iCade!
As result of the way the iCade mappings work (which I explain
in detail in the main iCade section), there is an occasional button lag or glitch. I'll say this though: I
played through many Arcade, NES and other games with my iCade, and the lag never ruined the experience. If I
had spent $1000 on a full-sized mame-machine, I might be upset, but for a cheap device, it's
One thing I'll note is the buttons and stick feel like actual
arcade controls, not cheap plastic reproductions! Pretty cool for a cheap device like this!
I would definitely recommend it both as a novelty toy and as
a fun little gaming device...especially for people who don't have room for a full-sized arcade cabinet! They
also have a second version out called the "iCade Core". It's not nearly as much of a novelty device, but it might fit yoru needs