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Ion Audio iCade arcade-style iPad cabinet

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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. ®

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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

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