Play Your Retro Games on your ION iCade Arcade Cabinet

You love surfing the web, checking email, video calling friends, watching movies, and reading books on your iPad…oh, and downloading a gazillion apps you’ll never use. But the already stimulating tablet just became stupendous. Fulfill all of your personal arcade fantasies by combining your iPad with the ION iCade Arcade Cabinet!

She ain’t cheap, but the true gamer knows a stylish retro cabinet with excellent controls is worth a little extra green. Assembly was simple and the cabinet is built solidly. It uses two AA batteries, which come with the iCade. Touching one of the buttons or moving the stick turn on the power…and a few minutes of inactivity turns it off automatically, a good battery saver.

Set up was easy too. Just sync your iPad via Bluetooth, download the Atari greatest hits application, and you’re off to the world of Asteroids, Tempest, Centipede, Adventure, Pong, and more arcade classics. You can get all 100 games – 82 Atari 2600 games, 18 arcade games – for about $15 bucks, a good deal, but as in the non-iPad world, not all of the games are stellar…but even the duds are amusing in their own way, so I recommend the complete package. The unreleased prototypes, such as Combat 2, are cool, if only for their novelty.

The joystick and buttons are really responsive…far superior to other emulators I’ve tried. For games that traditionally use paddles, such as Breakout, you may prefer the touch controls for greater command.

As is obvious by looking at the cabinet, the iCade only supports portrait mode on the iPad. For some games you will need to adjust orientation (to portrait) or control type (to arcade), but since it’s clever enough to remember your settings for each game, you only have to change it for each game once, no biggie.

Overall I think the iCade has added a lot of value to my iPad experience. It’s great fun and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to take a trip down memory lane, no quarters required. Get your very own iCade today at ION.

p1xl Games: Free this weekend!

Robin Harbron, one of the programmers of the Commodore All-in-One Joystick that was released a few years ago, announced earlier this weekend that his popular iOS game “P1XL Party – Retro Minigames!” is currently free this weekend on iTunes.

The original release of p1xl Party (1.0) contained three games: Marz, a flipped-upside-down version of Space Invaders; Wanderers, a top-down RPG; and Platform, a platform game featuring a bouncing ball. Each of the three games contains retro-Commodore 64-styled graphics and sound.

Version 1.1 of the app contains a fourth game titled Bounced, which the developer describes as a cross between “Pong and Herding”.

Normally $1.99, this weekend the app has been marked down to free. Additionally, free updates with new games have been promised. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, what’s not to like?

Link: p1xl Party on iTunes

Atari 2600 Atlantis On iPhone and iPad


This got a nice reaction in the Forums so I thought I would share it here for those who might own iPhones or iPads. Atlantis was a famous game published by Imagic in 1980s for the Atari 2600. Now that fantastic game has been faithfully recreated as a Universal release for the iPhone and iPad and is currently available in the App Store for all you “on the go” retro gaming lovers out there. See the game in action below then head over to the iTunes app store and pick up your copy today (99 cents).

How to Play SNES on Your iPad in Four Easy Steps

Lifehacker put together this simple video that walks you through the process to get some retro gaming on your iPad. You would need to Jailbreak your iPad to do it, but if your are an SNES aficionado, it might be worth the effort. I can say without a doubt that if I saw you playing with this on the train during your morning commute, I would be very jealous.

[via] Lifehacker