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ION iCade Arcade Bluetooth Cabinet for iPad

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews) 65 answered questions

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  • Connects via Bluetooth
  • Arcade Cabinet With Joystick & Buttons For iPad
  • Gaming Device
  • Authentic, Full-Sized Controls For A Genuine Arcade
  • FREE Atari Greatest Hits app with one free game (downloads via App Store)
  • Play Atari classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Battlezone (sold separately)
  • Authentic, full-sized controls for a genuine arcade experience
  • Classic wooden cabinet perfectly sized for iPad
  • High-quality iPad-cradle specifically designed for a safe, secure fit

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  • ASIN: B004YC4NH6
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 13.1 x 9.6 inches ; 9.9 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 20, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,549 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Arcade Cabinet With Joystick & Buttons For iPad; Gaming; Authentic, Full-Sized Controls For A Genuine Arcade; Experience; High-Quality iPad-Cradle Specifically Designed For A; Safe, Secure Fit; Retro Cabinet Design That Is Fun, Nostalgic &;Great-Looking

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156 of 159 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Update: I got one of the very first iCades when it was released and back then, the Atari app was the only compatible one. There are a lot more now. Also, since the third generation iPad isn't shaped all that differently from the iPad 2, it's most likely compatible.

First I should mention that the iCade cabinet design may look like the picture on this page, or one with a more rainbow look to it. Don't worry though, it looks great. Very 80s.

The hardware itself is excellent. The joystick and buttons are super-responsive, just like a real arcade machine. Assembly was a little annoying; the screws and holes didn't always line up too well. Once you get it together, though, the construction is solid.

It uses two AA batteries for power, and comes with them, which is nice. There's a port for an AC adapter, too, but it doesn't come with that and the manual doesn't give its specifications. It says you can buy one on ION Audio's website, but even now (March 2012) it doesn't appear that you can. I asked ION about this and they said that batteries provide 70 hours of use, so the lack of an official AC adapter isn't a big deal. They also told me the AC adapter you need is 5V DC, 110V AC, 500 mA pin negative, so if you want one you may be able to find one on the internet somewhere.

There's no power switch, you turn the iCade on by pressing one of the buttons or moving the stick. There's a lighted coin slot on the front that acts as a power light. When you don't use the iCade for a few minutes, it turns off automatically, which is nice for conserving battery life.

The iCade connects to the iPad over Bluetooth.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best $99 I've ever spent. December 27, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After waiting for someone to buy it for my Birthday or Xmas I finally broke down and bought it for myself. I've had my eye on this since before I even owned an iPad. I can now say with confidence that this is the greatest thing I've bought myself this year, second only to my iPad 2.

The cabinet is very well constructed and solid with little rubber feet to prevent sliding. The buttons and joystick are good quality and make that clicking sound when used. The Bluetooth syncing took several seconds the first time I paired them, but now it connects really quickly.

The Atari app is OK since you can download all the games for $9.99 (not a bad investment.) I've mainly been playing games through the iMAME4all app (available in the Cydia store for jailbroken devises). The iMAME4all app supports around 2000 classic arcade ROMS like Metal Slug, 1941, Gauntlet, Mortal Kombat, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Galaga, etc. That alone makes it well worth the price.

I've also used it with a Super Nintendo emulator and played games like Super Mario World, Super Castlevania 4, Mega Man 7, etc. I'm sure it will work with other emulators too, but these are the only two I've used thus far.

There are also several standard App Store apps that are now compatible:

Compression HD [Free]
Emerald Mine [Free]
Deflex [$1.99]
Freeesh [Free]
GoatUp [$1.99]
HungryMaster [$2.99]
IronStar Arena [$.99 / Lite]
Meganoid [$1.99]
Minotaur Rescue [$.99]
Minotron: 2112 [$1.99]
Mos Speedrun [$1.99 / Lite]
No Gravity [$4.99]
Plum Crazy [$.99]
Sideways Racing [$.99]
Silverfish MAX [$2.99]
Space Inversion [Free]
Space Inversion Puzzle [Free]
Super Mega Worm [$.99]
Super Mega Worm Vs. Santa [Free]
Super Drill Panic [Free]
Velocispider [$.99 / Lite]
Warblade HD [$2.99]

I can only see this list getting bigger with time.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product after modification... September 7, 2012
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Been using this iCade for a week now. Everything about it is great except for the buttons. Low quality, noisy and hard to press. I've been playing arcade games since the late 70's. I own an X-Arcade Tankstick, which I use a few times a week. As soon as I pressed the iCade buttons the first time, I went straight to google searching for any button mods. Right away I found other people complaining about the buttons. Changing the buttons to Sanwa OBSF 30mm Pushbuttons is what really makes this thing shine. Do a google search for "myglasseye icade". Read up on how to do the mod. I might upgrade the joystick too. The iCade joystick isn't as bad as the buttons, but it's still a bit noisy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, and works on Android too! June 10, 2012
By Hexydes
I picked this up on a whim, even though I didn't have an iPad; I figured it'd be a good gift for one of my iFamily/Friends. However, a bit of reading discovered that the controller in the device simply uses Bluetooth for communication, and of course the wonderful Android community has worked out a solution to that. A few minutes pairing the device to my Android tablet and downloading an app from the Play store and I was off to the races.

This thing is definitely a lot of fun. It's surprisingly well-designed (both in terms of aesthetics and technologically), and just works great. I think the only thing that would make it cooler would be integrated speakers that can also work off of Bluetooth...but maybe that's asking too much. Like I said, lots of fun, and if you were into arcade games in the 80s and early 90s, you'll definitely get your nostalgia's worth on this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Great nostalgia. Too bad not all the supported games are available in my locale App Store (Denmark, EU)
Published 7 days ago by Morten M. Weinreich
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It does'nt work properly. On my ipad 4
Published 10 days ago by rencci
1.0 out of 5 stars Arcade
Should never have purchased this. Doesn't work well at all. Just sitting in the garage.
Published 28 days ago by Cherfan00
1.0 out of 5 stars but good for those that like the retro
Heavy and Bulky, but good for those that like the retro look
Published 1 month ago by Gidgett R Stone
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
It did not connect with my iPad .. Very disappointed
Published 1 month ago by Lucia Mayorga
5.0 out of 5 stars makes ipad gaming more fun
works great and is fun to use. the app is like $10 for it though just make sure you know that before you buy this because if you dont want to spend money on the app store you will... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jdickson93
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Person loved it! It was a gift.
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless and deceiving.
Do not buy. Had this for about a year. Tried to set up on my new iPad. Atari Greatest hits doesn't even exist in the App Store, yet directions still say to download. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Kline
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I doesn't work properly
Published 3 months ago by Maha AlJalawi
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well and is easy to set up
Purchased this for my husband as a Christmas gift. Works well and is easy to set up.
Published 3 months ago by Celeste
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