ION Audio iCade Mobile – Review & Giveaway

ION Audio iCade Mobile – Review & Giveaway



Reviewed by Alison 

What we love…

Gamepad adds physical buttons and directional pad (d-pad) allowing for hours of fun play!

What we’d love to see…

future version equipped with a joystick

Summary

This product requires you to provide an iPod Touch or iPhone which inserts into the cradle of the iCade and then you are ready for some “old” school gaming style!

 

Want to play video games, old school style using your iPod Touch or iPhone?  Be sure to check out ION Audio’s iCade Mobile.  This product allows you to insert your iPod Touch or iPhone 4/4s or earlier versions into a cradle which adds physical buttons and a directional pad allowing you to have fun gaming without using the touch screen.  The rotating cradle allows for both landscape and portrait views of the action and it connects using wireless Bluetooth technology in your phone.

The iCade mobile works with hundreds of games including my favorite Frogger and is ergonomically designed to allow for easy game play anywhere!  This product reminded me of my old video game controllers with a similar weight and feel with my iPhone inserted.  For a full list of compatible games, you can check out this list provided by ION.

I really liked the feeling of the iCade Mobile in my hands and it was enjoyable in terms of gameplay.  It really made my iPhone feel more like a portable video game rather than just playing using the touchscreen.  A joystick version of the iCade Mobile would be a great addition!

Games costs are in addition to the cost of the iCade and there are lots of new games being released which are compatible.  Another one of my favorites’ was Atari’s Greatest Hits!

 

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All products in the iCade line share compatibility characteristics. As of April 2012, iCade products are compatible with the following devices: ・ 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch ・ iPhone 3, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S ・

Giveaway

If you would like to win a iCade Mobile from iON  please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, with a valid US or Canada mailing address, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize.  iPhone or iPod Touch is not included in the giveaway.   Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Duo Pinball by Duo Games- Review and Giveaway

Duo Pinball by Duo Games- Review and Giveaway



What we love…

The feel of pressing the buttons for the flippers and pulling back the spring loaded plunger. Evokes memories of playing on real pinball machines. 5 tables included and six more available to buy for a small fee.

What we’d love to see…

Compatibility with more pinball apps

Summary

The Duo pinball machine is fun for all the family – from 4 or 5 year olds up through adults. If you enjoy playing pinball on a real machine this is a fun way to relive that on your iPad. Pressing the buttons to fire the flippers and pulling back the plunger to send the ball flying feels remarkably like the real thing. Lots of fun!

Duo Pinball from Duo Games is a device to turn your iPad into a pinball machine. It is a plastic mount that holds the iPad and pairs with the it via Bluetooth. When you press the buttons or pull the spring loaded plunger on the Duo Pinball the flippers or plunger in the pinball game on your iPad operate.

The Duo Pinball machine takes 3 AA batteries, and is very easy to set up. It works with the Pinball Collection HD app (works with the iPhone version too, but not with other apps). Before you start you need to download the free Pinball HD app, this comes with one free pinball table (the Wild West), and once it recognizes your Duo Pinball 4 more tables are unlocked. The you slide your iPad into the mount (without a case on), and slide two buttons across to hold it firmly in place. You go into Bluetooth on your iPad setting and choose Duo Pinball, it will pair and you are ready to play. The five tables that are included are Wild West, The Deep, DaVinci, Snow and Jungle style. There are also six more tables available as IAPS (cost 99c-$2.99 per table). You can play the Pinball HD app without the Duo Pinball machine, but I think the Duo Pinball makes it a whole lot more fun.

When I was a kid I never had any real interest in video games, but I loved Pinball machines. Playing with the Duo Pinball machine really evokes memories of playing on a real pinball machine. The buttons and plunger really feel like the real thing so the iPad Pinball game no longer feels like a video game. I love that mechanical feeling of pulling back the plunger against the spring to send the ball off at just the right speed or flipping the ball with he perfect amount of pressure.You can also “tilt the table” by touching the screen. Although it is only compatible with one app it is a very good one with a wide choice of pinball table of different styles. It is also customizable- you can change the order of the tables, see the tables from different perspectives and also enable restrictions from within the app that lock access to tables that you choose (this also prevents accidental IAPS).

The Duo pinball machine is fun for all the family – all my family enjoy using it from my 5 year olds up through my husband and myself. If you enjoy playing pinball on a real machine this is a fun way to relive that on your iPad. Pressing the buttons to fire the flippers and pulling back the plunger to send the ball flying feels remarkably like the real thing. This is the iPad accessory I’ve had most fun playing with !  Definitely brings back memories of my mis-spent youth !

Available from Target, apple.com and Amazon.com. RRP $59.99

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Pinball HD Collection
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Category: Games, Simulation, Arcade, Sports
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 242.71 MB

$FREE

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If you would like to win a DUO Pinball Machine

(iPad NOT included) Please enter via the rafflecopter below. OPEN TO USA ONLY. Must have a valid US mailing address. Must contact The iMums within 48 hrs of winners being announced to claim prize.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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