iCade Arcade Assembled Bringing Retro Gaming to Your iPad

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27 Jan, 2012 7:15 pm

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The iCade comes packaged unassembled. The box contains the main control unit, two side panels, a back panel, a handy flip-up top panel with instructions printed on the inside face, a lovely red joystick knob, screws, batteries, and a set of instructions. The instructions that come with the iCade for assembly and setup are very easy to follow, and pairing the bluetooth arcade controller was no exception.

The joystick and buttons feel sturdy and clicky, the rubber feet on the bottom keep the unit from sliding around, and the red ‘25 cent’ light on the front is the cherry on top to what is already a delicious blast from the past.

Once you have the iCade assembled, you will want to make sure you have the Atari’s Greatest Hits appinstalled on your iPad. If not, it’s a free download from the iTunes store. One game will be free, the others can be purchased in-app, either in packs of four, or the whole set of 99 games for $14.99. I’m seriously contemplating that one.  The one thing that I do have to complain about is that the is no Pac-Man! It’s a serious fail to have an old school arcade with out this classic game…but it’s a good thing that I’ve got a bunch of cool game to  distract me from this fact.

iOS devices with their multitouch displays, accelerometers, and gyroscopes have brought a wonderful array of fresh and innovative games to the world. But some games just want a joystick and proper buttons. The iCade delivers all that, and with an epic dose of retro arcade styling.

Enjoy our time-lapse video assembling of our new iCade iPad arcade cabinet and some initial impressions.

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