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Duo Gamer and Duo Pinball for iOS (hands-on)The good news: the iPad has a game controller. The bad news: it only works with a few games. Meet the awkward Duo Game and Duo Pinball.
-Hi, I'm Scott Stein and I'm here to talk about when iPad accessories go horribly wrong. That's right, for all the sleekness that is in iPad there area lot of big bulky accessories that you just don't need and unfortunately Discovery Bay Games has 2 of them, the Duo Gamer and the Duo Pinball. What do you need this for? Well, one place pinball once a game controller. One of them only works with 1 app, the other one only works with 5 games. One costs $80; one costs $60. This is a lot of money to pay and frankly it's just not worth it, but let's go down with each one of them and talk about why it's not working. The Duo Gamer is first something I thought I was gonna be really excited about. It's game controller for the iPad. Now, I've really been waiting for one of these. How could possibly go wrong? Well, first all, it's $80. That's $20 more than you'd pay for an Xbox 360 controller or Playstation 3 controller. And Discovery Bay Games controller does not feel very good. This feels kind of like saying you'd find it maybe a third party knock off. Worse than that feels very hallow and stiff, but it does have dual analog pads, sounds great, right? Well, what can use this with? You can only use it with a select collection of Gameloft games. What? Well, Discovery Bay claims that his may be the way that accessories have to work with apps in the App store. Nevertheless, you want something like this to be universal. You want this thing to work with as many games as possible. It does work with the iPhone and I actually connected an iPhone 5 and played Asphalt 7 on it. That's fun but ridiculous. I mean this thing is so much larger than iPhone. It looks like an iPhone, can actually fit inside, and it runs off of 2 AA batteries that come included very simply via Bluetooth, comes with this little stand, but for 80 dollars, I mean you don't need this and that brings us to the Duo Pinball. Now, I love pinball and I love pinball apps. I love pinball apps on the iPad. Why wouldn't I like the Duo Pinball? Well, it only works with 1 app or 1 collection of apps. Pinball collection HD by Game From, it's a great of collection of pinball games. It's 11 games in there, but there are a lot of pinball apps on the app store and also pinball is already a pretty subset of gaming and have to be 1 app amongst many apps really limits that this is gonna be used for and it does work reasonably well, but there is a bit of a delay because it's a Bluetooth, so it's not quite as lightning quick as you would expect. And here's the thing, if you're gonna play pinball games on an iPad, you can tap on the screen with your fingers. It's really not that hard. Of all the games out there that are hindered by going to a touchscreen, pinball is definitely not one of them. Now, as a novelty gift, maybe as a $10, $15 item that came with a bunch of pinball games like classic game, like midway, valley games, I could see this being something that might be fun to get somebody, but for $60 and not being compatible with some of the great titles out there like pinball arcade and the fact that it feels kind of weird, strange construction, you don't want this and nobody really wants this peripheral. Oh what could have been Duo Gamer, Duo Pinball, what if these things were compatible with more games, will you consider $80 and $60 equals $140 and $60 less than the entry level price of an iPhone 5. Well, will you spending money on these things for? I'm Scott Stein and that's the look at some of the accessories I wouldn't buy.