When the MFi (Made For iOS) controller standard came into being about a year ago, it had the potential to usher in a new era of iOS gaming that allowed developers to deliver true console-quality gaming on an iOS device. Unfortunately, most MFi controllers have suffered from one problem or another: too expensive, too unwieldy, too unresponsive, or a combination of the above. The GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad from Mad Catz aims to succeed where others have failed, and it does a very admirable job.
Back in January we gave Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed a "good" rating, calling it a "entertaining burst of nostalgia-drenched fun" while noting a few downsides as well. If those minuses were enough to dissuade you from its original $4.99 asking price, you'll be happy to know that Sega's spirited race is now free to play on iOS as of today.
After a decade as chief financial officer during Apple's biggest financial windfall in history, Peter Oppenheimer is riding off into the sunset of retirement later this year, no longer the voice of Cupertino's quarterly financial calls.
With the advent of officially supported iOS 7 controllers, many types of games that weren’t always a perfect fit for a touch interface — like shooters, racing games, and 3D adventures — suddenly have an opportunity to shine much brighter on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now you don’t need a dedicated gaming box to experience a wider array of really excellent experiences. Here are our current picks for the 25 best games that support iOS 7 controllers, and we’ll be updating this list from time to time as even more stellar games add support or are released.
With the release of iOS 7, Apple finally recognized the demand for physical gamepads via built-in support through its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program, which means all game developers and peripheral manufacturers alike can use the same compatibility standards. Now, any game that supports iOS 7 controllers should work with any MFi gamepad — in theory, at least. That hasn't exactly worked out thus far, with at least one game only compatible with a certain early controller, and a few titles that work better on some gamepads than others. If you're thinking about investing in an iOS 7 game controller now, here's a concise look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, complete with our review scores from the full appraisals.
It's a good time to be a fan of the gaming consoles of yesteryear. As iMore reports, Amiga Games announced today that some of its classic titles will be making their way to iOS "in time for the 2013 holiday season," which should be just about the time that the new Made for iPhone (MFi) controllers make their official debut.
Mac gamers aren't quite the mythical breed that they used to be, and it looks as though Apple itself is finally starting to catch onto that development. As AppleInsider reports, Apple held a 45-minute-long meeting at WWDC focusing on supporting licensed third-party gaming controllers for iOS 7, outlining the promise of the new APIs and even presenting some prototypes.
Whether directly aping a popular franchise or simply picking and choosing elements from top genre entries, Gameloft's usual M.O. with its App Store releases is to deliver a console-like gaming experience on your tablet or phone. With the Duo Gamer, it's now possible to take that extra step towards console gaming, as the physical Bluetooth controller and stand let you prop up your iPad or smaller iOS device and play compatible Gameloft games much like the better-known titles they resemble.
So you thought the iCade video game cabinet for the iPad was just an April Fool's Day joke? Well, as it turns out, this little fun video game controller is a reality. Inspired by the ThinkGeek prank, a prototype was built. Of course, the only thing better than going to an actual arcade (assuming you can find one) is playing it on your personal screen powered by an iPad.
The Parrot AR Drone, better known as the coolest thing at CES 2010 is now available and no longer just simply something we wanted but never could have. The drone, which is controlled by an iPhone, iPod touch, or (now) an iPad, can be "played" by two people over a Wi-Fi network connection.