JOYSTICK-IT for iPhone gives you that nostalgic arcade control

JOYSTICK-IT for iPhone gives you that nostalgic arcade control

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




Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This would be great for the ipad or something. The iphone's screen is small as it is and that thing just takes up too much room.

2. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

They actually sell a larger sized one specifically for the iPad, but I believe it's price at $30 or something.

3. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Yep, there's one for the iPad, it's called fling. But it is a little more expensive than this.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Found this one on eBay the other day and it looked quite interesting, hope it's worth the share

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

games that need joysticks and have those controlers on the screen kinda suck for iphone in my opinion. I am not a huge gamer but it would be nice if the black part under the speaker and home button had a touch sensitive spot for game controles along with buttons on top. theres room if you move camara around to other side

6. bcmpray unregistered

it's for ipad, iphone is too small for that. i just got one on, $5.99

7. bcmpray

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

8. gaby1451

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Doesn't work at all. Bought it off amazon, it doesn't register movements well. Have to press down in the area you want moved, but then it just ends up coming off the screen. I wouldn't recommend this. Better off getting a "fling" controller; cost a bit more but much better.

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