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May 25, 2011 - Dave Hecei
You wouldn't think an April Fools joke would ever come true. Well, back when the iPad was first released, Think Geek played an April Fools joke on their customers. The problem was that the product was too good and everyone wanted it. The 'it' was an iPad arcade box called the iCade.
This week, a bit over a year later, Think Geek is now shipping the iCade. For just under a hundred dollars you get to build what looks like a mini '80s arcade console complete with traditional arcade joystick and buttons.
After the cabinet is assembled, not a difficult task, you just set any iPad inside. The controllers are Bluetooth so there is no need for a physical connection to the tabletop console.
Out of the box, the iCade is setup to work perfectly with Atari's Greatest Hits App (AGH). This iPad App is free and comes with just one game - Missile Command (originally it came with Pong). You can purchase more games either in four-packs for 99 cents, which allows you to buy just the game you want, or buy the complete collection for $14.99. Before the iCade, AGH was cool but hard to play most of the games using a touch interface. With the ICade, AGH is actually entertaining retro fun.
Apparently, the AGH is the only APP that is iCade aware. This shouldn't last too long since they have made, or will release very soon, an API to use in creating iCade compatible games.
If you are a fan of the old (did I really say old) '80s video arcade and want to relive some great Atari 2600 and arcade classics, then the iCade will help fulfill your needs.
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