If you haven’t noticed by now, mobile gaming is exploding at a rapid rate with most people nowadays using their smartphones to kick back, relax, and kill some time playing a variety of games. However, if you so happen to adore some of the nostalgic games out there that generally operate with some sort of on-screen joystick, you might find the JOYSTICK-IT for iPhone somewhat useful.
Even though it’s made specifically to work with the iPhone, we managed to use the JOYSTICK-IT with other smartphones as well – albeit, it works on games that feature fixed virtual on-screen controls. For example, this physical arcade joystick will work with old-school titles like Pac-Man that measures control in a uniform manner. However, for other modern games like Gun Bros, it doesn’t quite work out since it measures control based on how you swipe the on-screen joystick.
Of course, we checked it out for ourselves playing Street Fighter II Champion Edition on the iPhone 4, but due the game's nature of executing complex controls, the JOYSTICK-IT isn’t the ideal thing for it. Rather, it’s better suited for less intense games – like Pac-Man or Frogger. Additionally, its suction is rather lacking seeing that it comes off if you happen to angle it towards one side all the way, which isn’t something you want to happen during the thick of battle.
Ultimately, it’s made to work with less intensive games, but considering that it sports a price point of $17.99, it’s a bit up there to actually experience physical controls with a game. Still, we’re sure some people will surely appreciate its offering.
source: Think Geek