Feeds
70%
Ion iCade

Ion Audio iCade arcade-style iPad cabinet

I game therefore iPad

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Geek Treat of the Week Let's get the negative out of the way right from the start: the iCade is a bit on the crap side.

But then that's kind of how it should be.

Ion iCade

Ion's iCade: beep, beep, beep.... schboom

As if you couldn't guess from the pics, the iCade is an iPad stand that mimics the arcade game cabinets of yesteryear. Like them, it's made out of cheap chipboard with big plastic stickers on the front and sides that are easy to peel off.

Rough it around a bit and you'll quickly get that arcade-used look that it will only take a couple of circular beerglass stains on the top, and a handful of ciggie burns around the joystick, to complete.

Chewing gum stuck to the side - perfect.

Ion iCade

Cabinet reshuffle

And you don't have to tilt it to try and get free games: the suggested app download, Atari Greatest Hits - one of only four iOS app iCade is compatible with - comes with Missile Command gratis.

Yes, that is an odd choice here: Missile Command used a trackball not a joystick.

Ion iCade

No coin-hoard access round the back

Even if it did, the iCade's own stick isn't up there with the likes of the Competition Pro - handmade in the UK and not at its best until the rubber seal was well and truly worn it. Like so many gaming peripherals, the iCade's controls are knocked up cheaply in China.

But it is eminently playable, and the whole rig - the Bluetooth link to the iPad included - runs off just two AA batteries.

Ion iCade

Et in arcadia ego

My only real gripes with this thing is the Bluetooth connection: with no dock and mains power, you'll have to remember to hook up your iPad's USB cable - there's a hole provided to tuck it through - if you don't want it running on batteries.

And your tablet's not held snugly, so over-enthusiastic joystick action will cause it to move about.

RH Recommended Medal

More to the point, £100 is, frankly, a bit much to pay. Shop around and you should find it for around 70 quid, which is more reasonable.

But then again, what price nostalgia? And what price a gadget that is, after all, just a bit of retro fun? Reliving your misspent youth? Priceless. ®

Geek Treat of the Week is published every Monday. Got a gadget in mind you want us to consider? Please let us know

More Gadget Reviews

Burg 5
watchphone
Elgato
Tivizen
H2O
water-powered
radio
Jawbone
Jambox
Sony
Ericsson
LiveView

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

70%
Ion iCade

Ion Audio iCade arcade-style iPad cabinet

2ft tall mock arcade game cabinet complete with joystick and buttons for your tablet.
Price: £100 RRP

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.