MOGA POCKET CONTROLLER
( reviewed on Android phone)
THERE’S no denying casual gaming on touchscreen devices such as mobile phones and tablets is popular, thanks in no small part to the vast smorgasbord of cheap and cheerful games you can download and play wherever and whenever you have a few spare minutes. Call me old- fashioned, but one sticking point of these devices has always been the lack of tactile controls and buttons offered by traditional video games.
Not only do they feel better, but they are often more accurate while gaming.
When the MOGA Pocket Controller fi nally became available locally last month, I was curious to see what impact it had on my touchscreen gaming.
As the name suggests, the MOGA Pocket Controller is a compact gaming controller, featuring most of the key features found on traditional home console controllers.
It offers dual analogue sticks, left and right shoulder triggers, and four action buttons.
This controller is designed to connect to any Android phone or tablet wirelessly using Bluetooth, so there are no ugly cables.
Unique to the MOGA controller is an adjustable arm, that is designed to securely hold mobile phones horizontally in the ideal position for gaming.
The third and crucial piece of this system is the free MOGA Pivotal app, which must be installed on the Android device to access the collection of compatible games.
These are essentially touchscreen Android games that have been modifi ed to utilise the MOGA’s physical controls.
While the list of free and premium games is small in comparison to the long list of games for Android, the 125- plus games available include some big hitters such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Sonic and Pac Man plus many other converted titles across all gaming genres.
While it is light and compact, the MOGA Pocket Controller is yet something else that requires recharging.
Admittedly though, gaming on my phone has never been more enjoyable.