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The Blocks Cometh Is Now Universal With New Characters and iCade Support

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 2nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRUSTRATION COMETH :: Read Review »

Halfbot's The Blocks Cometh has been given one big final update making it universal, adding iCade support, and 5 new characters from all across the world of iOS gaming.

Yes, iPad support has finally come to this game. The game also supports the Retina Display, so while there may not be added definition to those pixels, they will look crisp without the scaling interpolation that iOS usually adds to non-Retina games. The iCade support even makes the game feel exactly like the old-school arcade game it was destined to be. Don't worry, iCade Mobile users, as there's support for that too.

Velocispider's eponymous araknasaur is a playable character, climbing blocks with the ability to shoot ones directly above it, though blocks to the side can't be shot! 1-bit Ninja's ninja makes an appearance, though it can thankfully move both left and right. Even the editors of Touch Arcade make appearances in the game, because when the sky is falling, there's no one you want on your side more than a bunch of app bloggers!

Cascadia Game's GameDock Will Make Playing iOS Games on TV Much More Comfy

Posted by Rob Rich on July 13th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: UNEXPECTED :: Read Review »

As someone who’s played lots of iOS games and by extension sampled lots of virtual control schemes, external control attachments such as the iCade intrigue me. Tapping the screen is fine and all, but sometimes having physical buttons to press can make a world of difference. Lots of other people seem to think so, too, which aeis why these kinds of peripherals have a place in the market. It’s all well and good for portable play, but what about when I’m at home? Sure AirPlay allows users to game on their TV, but the iOS device is still the primary control. Which is exactly why we have brilliant entrepreneurs like the folks at Cascadia Games (the creators of Cavorite) creating stuff like the GameDock.

The GameDock will essentially be an iOS console, with all the awesomeness that implies. Users simply have to plug their iPhone or iPad into the dock, which is in-turn connected to the TV via an HDMI cable, and start playing any iCade supported titles on the big small screen. The handy dashboard app allows users to select their desired game via the connected controller, so they don’t even have to get off the couch. And just in case anyone wants to use the GameDock but doesn’t have a TV (or at least one with HDMI inputs), everything can be played right on the connected iOS device.

Cascadia Games’ Kickstarter for this most glorious of add-ons is just past the halfway mark for its $50,000 goal. With 35 days to go, there’s plenty of room for more backers. Come on, you know this is an awesome idea.

Chrono & Cash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on June 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STRAIGHT CASH
Chrono & Cash is an arcade game that has players trying to collect treasure and avoid hazards.
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Mystery of the Japanese Werewolf Review

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By Carter Dotson on May 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HOWL AT THE MOON
Mystery of the Japanese Werewolf is a Metroidvania-style platformer with retro graphics and goofy humor.
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iCade Core Hardware Review

By Carter Dotson on May 4th, 2012
The iCade Core is a redesigned version of the original iCade, eliminating the original arcade cabinet motif in exchange for a more portable design.
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iCade Mobile Hardware Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 4th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HOWL AT THE MOON
The iCade Mobile is a handheld version of the classic iCade hardware, repurposed to fit the iPhone and iPod touch.
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iCade and Midway Arcade Unite

Posted by Lisa Caplan on April 26th, 2012

I can’t count the number of times I have had the iCade – the retrofied arcade control cabinet with a real eight-point joystick and eight real buttons – in a physical or virtual shopping cart and put it back because the compatible games list just didn’t warrant the hundred dollar investment. Well, I’m still holding out for Ms. Pac Man, but thanks to Warner Bros Interactive, the next time I’m squandering money and tempted by the flashback accessory, I just may keep it. Why? Because Midway Arcade, with it’s catalog of killer classic games like JoustSpy HunterDefender and a true favortie of mine, RootBeer Tapper, is now iCade compatible too.

The app was already treat for anyone who spent hours and rolls of quarters in arcades as a kid. Players wander through a virtual showroom with classic cabinet games - all played in portrait mode which is ideal for the original iCade with the groovy casing. There are also four table top games including air hockey and pool and even a juke box to complete the late 70’s -early 80’s vibe. In fact, Midway is my favorite of all the classic collections on iOS because of its immersive design. But like Atari’s Greatest Hits, the first iCade compatible classics collection, these iconic titles just beg for physical controls. Now they have them.

On top of the generous content that comes with the $.99 download, Midway Arcade offers two $.99 in-app purchases to unlock fantasy and action three-game packs. Midway Arcade’s realistic setting is ideally suited to the iCade’s original design, but of course the app also works with the newer iCade models like the iCade Core as well.


Kung Fu Rabbit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lisa Caplan on March 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHARMING CHALLENGE
Kung Fu Rabbit is a traditional platformer that will have players climbing walls
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 125

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 21st, 2012

A thousand leagues of evil under the sea…

On This Episode:

  • Carter speaks to Tunde Olatunji, one of the developers of The Battle of the Wordsmiths to discuss the game, its origins in Yoruba artwork, and the ambitious plans he has for the game and its overarching universe.
  • Carter speaks to Derek Doucett of Ravenous Games about League of Evil 2, discussing the new art style, supporting old devices, and the challenges faced by the new iCade models that are coming out.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Tunde Olatunji, Olatunji World
  • Guest: Derek Doucett, Ravenous Games
  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

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  • Apps Mentioned on This Episode:


    League of Evil 2 Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on February 17th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DELIGHTFULLY WICKED
    League of Evil 2 is a sequel to the iOS trial platformer with a new art style, new levels, and new features.
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    CES 2012: iCade and PAC-MAN - a Match Made in Geek Heaven

    Posted by Lisa Caplan on January 12th, 2012

    Remember April Fool’s day 2010? ThinkGeek showcased a retro-fied iPad cabinet, complete with 70’s Mork-suspender's striping as a gag. Well, the laugh was short-lived, as the product took hold and became a top seller. At CES 2012, as we reported, ION AUDIO, who make the real product, announced a new line-up of iOS gear including a line of streamlined iPad controllers with the same arcade style 8-point joystick and 8 buttons, and for the small iOS screens, a controller-case that most resembles the PSP.

    But, as 148apps writer Jenifer Allen pointed out in her coverage of the Gametel Controller: There’s “no use [for add-on controllers] without good software support.”

    Like many, I’ve been holding out for one very special arcade classic that screams joystick like no other: NAMCO BANDAI’s PAC-MAN for iPad. Actually I’m lying, I really want Ms PAC-MAN, which if the product shot from ION’s press release is any indication is coming soon, but I’ll more likely consider ponying up for just the little male yellow chomper. And now he and his ghostly nemeses are officially iCade compatible.

    In the press release Fred Galpern, Brand Manager, at ION says. “It’s thrilling to add Pac-Man to the list of iCADE compatible games … adding this beloved classic is truly exciting.” Thrilling may be overstatement, but if this signals a general alliance with NAMCO BANDAI, and other old-school gamehouses, the exuberance on ION’s part, and mine, is well founded.


    iCade Makes An Early Splash At CES 2012

    Posted by Blake Grundman on January 9th, 2012

    It is that magic time of the year where electronics manufacturers trot out their prize show ponies at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.  Aside from being the first big trade show of the year, it is also used as an opportunity for companies to debut their new products.  After the standout success of ION Audio's iCade, at last year's show, it only seemed like a matter of time before we were treated to their next innovative takes on the peripheral.

    Today they were proud to announce that they have not one, but THREE new additions to the iCade line, two of which are aimed at making better use of your more portable iOS devices.  Here is the full rundown of what you can expect to see in 2012:

    iCade Jr

    If it wasn't obvious from simply eyeballing it, this is a miniaturized version of the original iCade cabinet that started it all.  Featuring a fully articulated joystick, the device also has four front facing buttons as well as four that are around the back of the cabinet's assembly.  Why exactly are there four buttons around back?  Who knows, but you can bet that the first person to figure it out could stand to make quite a bit of money from the App Store.  Meant to nestle a iPod Touch or iPhone inside, this is perfect for the arcade junkie on the go.

    iCade Mobile

    Just in case you couldn't tell from the image above, this next re-envisioning of the iCade brand retrofits an iPhone or iPod Touch into something that more resembles the form factor of Sony's early iterations on the PlayStation Portable.  What it lacks in joystick it makes up for in a D-pad, which could be either a really good or really bad thing, depending upon the quality of the materials used to construct the device.  Based purely upon the image above there also appears to be some sort of ergonomic hand grips behind the molding of the chassis, which should hopefully ease the wrist strain that has previously been associated with gaming on the smaller iOS hardware.

    iCade Core

    Remember everything that you liked about the iCade?  Well what if we told you that you could have the same functionality, without having to haul around that gigantic cabinet everywhere?  The iCade Core will attempt to do this by removing the exterior case assembly and focus on keeping the form factor to a minimum.  Simply put, all of the core mechanical pieces of the previous monolith have been shrunk down to fit into a glorified joysick arcade pad.  In the back of the station is a grove and docking station where gamers can securely dock their iPad and get back adventuring down retro gaming memory lane.

    These all look like great additions to the already outstanding iCade family.  What could be coming next an even smaller model for your iPod Nano?  We sure hope not, but only time will tell...

    Donkey Jump Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Jordan Minor on December 28th, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GROUNDED
    Jump higher and higher to save trapped donkeys in this challenging platformer.
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 117

    Posted by Carter Dotson on December 27th, 2011

    iCADE, You Cade, We All Cade!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and indie musician Jaden Walker (composer of The Portable Podcast theme song) discuss a variety of topics in the land of iOS, from AT&T data caps, the iCADE, card games, and asynchronous multiplayer games.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Jaden Walker, The Eternal

  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

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  • Apps Mentioned on This Episode:





    INC Review

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    By Carter Dotson on November 21st, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OCCUPIED
    INC is a comic book-inspired action-platformer from retro revival enthusiasts OrangePixel.
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