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Customize your iCade for an even better retro gaming experience

Our readers try to get the most out of their iOS-based technology, so it's no surprise they have responded to our coverage of the iCade Bluetooth based arcade cabinet. One enterprising reader, Rob Mitchell went so far as to tweak his iCade to accommodate traditional joysticks and a breakout box, suitable for different game apps.


Check out his photos and description below and stay tuned for my upcoming hands-on review of the iCade Mobile! ---Todd

Find below pics of my mod of the iCade .. Inside are twelve high quality micro switches which I wired to three controller ports for Atari controllers. One shows me playing Asteroids with the 5 button Starplex controller. another shows two quickshot joysticks for Battlezone.


When I plug the Atari Driving controller (spinner) into the port, it sends quadrature signals via joystick up and down. So you can see there are plenty of buttons for Forward/Rev shifting and Gas. Add a joystick for shifting and an Atari compatible foot pedal controller and the full Death Race arcade experience could be reproduced on the iPad with iCade.


The iCade allows for either upright or horizontal placement of the iPad .. And the original DR arcade game was horizontal tube oriented as was Battlezone ..


FYI in the Atari games when using the iCade .. All the touchscreen controls disappear and some games use the full screen for the game.


I hope this helps and gives you inspiration for the possibilities of a game that has never been reproduced on any console before! (I did play DR in the arcades back in the late 70's.) Rob

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.