Atari Arcade Duo-powered joystick for iPad

The Good The Atari Arcade, a small, compact docking joystick, detaches easily from the iPad and can fit in a backpack; no batteries are required, either.

The Bad Buttons and joystick feel stiff and less comfortable than true arcade equivalents like the iCade. The dock forces the iPad into portrait orientation, and it's only compatible with the Atari Greatest Hits app.

The Bottom Line The compact Atari Arcade joystick dock ably converts the iPad into an old-school video game machine that doesn't require batteries, as long as all you're planning to do is play Atari games.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.0 Overall

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Atari Arcade Duo-powered joystick for iPad

When it comes to gaming on the iPad, it's generally a touch-based affair. Retro gamers have an alternative: external joystick docks have started to emerge, but they have limitations to go with their geek appeal. The Atari Arcade is a joystick and four-button dock for the iPad that turns your Apple tablet into a mini gaming shrine. At $60, it's nearly half the price of the larger, bulkier Ion iCade, an arcade cabinet for the iPad we reviewed earlier this year. It's also more than half the size, and can slide into a backpack--something the tabletop iCade could never do. But, there are limitations: the battery-free device might be compact, but it only works with Atari's retro-gaming app, making it a one-trick pony. Still, this could be a novelty stocking-stuffer worth considering for the iPad gamer who already has everything.

The Atari Arcade has a decidedly hollow-plastic feel, like a budget fighting arcade stick at GameStop. The curved white design with emblazoned red-stripe Atari logo has its heart in the right place, but it looks too racing-futuristic, lacking some old-school charm that the iCade provides.

The Atari Arcade has distinct design advantages over the iCade. It's significantly smaller, and it could be carried in a bag. The iCade, by comparison, is a tabletop device. The Atari Arcade also doesn't use batteries: a 30-pin connector docks an iPad or iPad 2 in vertical portrait mode, while two side tabs lock rubberized feet into place to keep the iPad from shifting. The Ion iCade's Bluetooth connection removes a need for docking, but chews up battery life in the iCade and on the iPad.

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