Mad Catz’s F.R.E.Q. M purports to be a gaming device — which the longtime peripheral maker is known for producing — but it’s actually a rather versatile all-purpose headset for iOS (or Mac) users. The foldable cans pump out great stereo sound with music and movies as well as they do with games, and the built-in mic means you can take calls with decently clear back-and-forth audio without having to shed the headset. But all of that functionality comes at a rather steep price — one that makes for a tougher sell than expected.
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.
Many iPad games have been designed in mind for ION Audio's iCade, the peripheral that brings a physical joystick and buttons to Apple's tablet in an arcade-like cabinet, with more and more titles being added on a regular basis. The official list includes a large mix of classic arcade games, many more designed in their mold, and numerous other interesting experiences, but if you have an iCade and just want to tear into some great games without digging around, here are our picks for some of the best iCade-compatible options available.