IOS game con­trollers

Mac Format - - IOS-CONTROLLED TOYS -

While the iOS App Store is burst­ing with great touch­screen games, it has also has some ex­cel­lent games that just work bet­ter with a con­troller. In­tro­duced along­side iOS 7, iOS game con­trollers con­nect to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and let you con­trol games as if you were play­ing on a PlaySta­tion or Xbox. There are loads of com­pat­i­ble games, in­clud­ing some ex­cel­lent con­sole ports such as BioShock, Bas­tion and the Sonic games. The best we’ve used so far is the Mad Catz C.T.R.L. (re­viewed on page 91), a full-size wire­less con­troller with an op­tional clip for at­tach­ing an iPhone to the con­troller when you’re on the go (though mostly like to use it with an iPad). It’s re­ally com­fort­able to use, and well-made. It uses AA bat­ter­ies, in­stead of a recharge­able unit, so make sure you have spares. Mad Catz also makes a smaller ver­sion of the C.T.R.L. for fre­quent trav­ellers, but that’s not the only ex­tra-por­ta­ble op­tion – there’s also the SteelSeries Stra­tus, a minia­ture wire­less con­troller. It’s nicely made, and works fine, but might make your hands un­com­fort­able after lengthy use. There are also some snap-on con­trollers that fit an iPhone like a case, and be­cause of their recharge­able bat­ter­ies, they have the ad­van­tage that they give your phone ex­tra bat­tery power through its Light­ning port too, but since th­ese only fit the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s, we don’t gen­er­ally rec­om­mend them any more.

iOS con­trollers let you play great games with­out cov­er­ing the screen with your fin­gers.

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