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Get More Precision and Protection with the Bladepad Controller

Posted by Jordan Minor on August 8th, 2012

iPhone gaming and mobile phone gaming in general are poised to take over the entire handheld gaming market but there is still one big thing holding them back. Touch controls can be great but they are no replacement for responsive, dedicated, physical buttons. Plenty of hardware manufacturers have tried to fix this problem with varying degrees of a success and now a new challenger, Bladepad, is trying to enter the fight.

Bladepad is a slim, protective case that adds a directional pad, two analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, and four face buttons to an iPhone all with full back-lighting. Like a PSPgo or Xperia Play, players can slide the buttons back underneath phone when they are not needed or just easily remove the case entirely. The case and phone can be simultaneously charged over USB and “the battery life is competitive with both the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita.” Bladepad, LLC says that the product will work with any iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0 including the iPhone 4S, the new iPad, and presumably whatever new iPhone comes out this fall.

However, the project is still in need of funding. Those interested should check out the Bladepad Kickstarter page where one can pre-order at reduced prices along with shirts and other prizes. Bladepad is currently slated for release this holiday season for $99.

Button Brigade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUSH BUTTON
Don't just press the buttons, *be* the buttons in the Button Brigade.
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Bit-1 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on January 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PIXELICIOUS
Classic platforming, and responsive controls make this title a great one.
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Clever Buttons Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A PERFECT STITCH
Match buttons and sew them together to complete challenging puzzles in this crafty game.
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