Atari Arcade hands-on
For $69.99 and the aid of your supplied iPad (first or second-generation), the Atari Arcade provides that arcade like feel thanks to its ample sized joystick and accompanying four buttons. Not surprisingly, we're tickled by the fact that we're introduced to that arcade like experience, but it tends to become a bit unstable as we're mashing away at its buttons and joystick. Yes, the Atari Arcade locks the iPad 2 into position and hinges it on an angle, but at times, it feels as though it can come off with enough applied pressure. Moreover, as much as we'd like to play with this thing in our lap, it's best to place it on a level surface to withstand the momentum of our rigorous movements. Nevertheless, this is an essential item you'll want to pick up if you want to relive the experience – without having to fork over your life savings to pick up some of these collector's arcade systems yourself.
Everything about this all-plastic accessory pays homage to those giant-sized arcade systems from the past, but its true worth is found with the free download of the Atari Greatest Hits app for the iPad. Initially, you get Missile Commander for free by simply downloading the free app, but if you want to play some other titles, even ones for the Atari 2600, you'll need to spend some dough on them. Luckily, you can pick up 25 separate packs for a mere 99 cents, but if you're really hardcore, we'd suggest plopping down $9.99 to pick up all 100 titles that are available.