iCade 8-Bitty – Retro Wireless Game Controller for iPhone/iPad/Android
February 14, 2012 1 Comment
Pocketable D-Pad Style Gaming Comes to your iPad, iPhone, and Android Devices
In 2011 ThinkGeek revolutionized iPad gaming by inventing the iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet. As you probably already know, the iCADE allows you to turn your iPad into an upright arcade style game cabinet perfect for playing retro style arcade games.
Now ThinkGeek brings the magic of the iCade to your pocket with the iCade 8-Bitty. This wireless game controller sports classic a D-Pad and button layout reminiscent of retro 8-bit game consoles from the 80′s and 90′s. The 8-Bitty works with your iPad and iPhone to play apps using a game controller with real tactile input. It also works with Android devices as well! 8-Bitty supports iCADE’s growing list of hundreds of retro game apps, including Atari Classics collection, Pac-Man, Super Mega Worm, etc. The 8-Bitty uses a completely open interface system, so that any app developer can easily add game support.
Slap the 8-bitty in your pocket and pull it out wherever retro gaming is required.
Classic retro-styled game controller fits in your pocket and works with iPhone & iPad 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons… plus the D-Pad for movement Wireless connection with auto power save mode Mini version of larger size iCade cabinet invented and designed by ThinkGeek Fully compatible with all iCade games Completely open development platform. App developers can add support for iCade with no permission needed from Apple or ThinkGeek. (See links for code examples below). “Atari Greatest Hits” iPad App ready to go with the iCADE, including support for over 100 classic Atari games. Atari App comes with Missile Command for free, other games available for in-app purchase. 3-game packs are $1. All 100 games are $14.99 CompatiblewithiPad, iPhone,and iPod Touch. Android supportfor mosttabletsand smartphones. NOTE: Atari Greatest Hitsonly runsoniPad, not oniPhone or iPod touch. Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
In addition to the 100 classic Atari favorites, numerous iOS developers have built in iCADE support. The games listed below have either released or announced support for the iCADE:
PAC-MAN for iPad – Namco Networks America Inc. Games Muffin Knight – Angry Mob Games Minotron: 2112 – Llamasoft Velocispider – Retro Dreamer No Gravity – Realtech VR Super Mega Worm – Deceased Pixel LLC Space Inversion – Silverline Arts Sideways Racing – Bjango Emerald Mine – Les Bird Freeesh – Realtech VR Commodore 64 – Manomio LLC The Exterminator – SUMO Productions IronStar Arena – Appracatappra, LLC. Compression HD – Little White Bear Studios, LLC Mos Speedrun – Physmo Warblade HD – Edgar Vigdal Plum Crazy – Claymore Games HungryMaster – xionchannel Cyborg Livestock – PopArcade Space Inversion 2. – Silverline Arts Stardash – OrangePixel Super Drill Panic – OrangePixel GoatUp – Llamasoft Minotaur Rescue – Llamasoft Bob’s Action Racing – VariaMedia GmbH Silverfish MAX – Chaotic Box Match Panic – Chaotic Box Retroid – Flat Black Films Box Cat – Rusty Moyher Fruity The Snake HD – 22Moo AirAttack HD – Art In Games Temple Run – Imangi Studios, LLC Haunted Hallway – UNCADE HyperBowl – Technicat, LLC Battlestation – CrushCrumble Jungool – Headsoft Influx – Half Fast Games
MAME and Android Support
iOS: If you’ve taken the step of Jailbreaking your iPad, the iMAME4all app adds MAME awesomeness to your iCADE gaming stack. While we can’t recommend jailbreaking or unlicensed ROMs, we can certainly confirm that it does indeed work and it works quite well.
Android: By popular demand, Seleuco added iCADE support to MAME4droid
Are you an iOS or Android developer? – If you’re supporting the iCADE, let us know about it! Just email email@example.com.
Stuart Carnie of manomio software has released an Open Source SDK for adding iCADE support to iOS apps. The open source iCADE SDK can be downloaded here.
The iCADE uses the U.S. Hardware Keyboard Layout. International Users can switch their iPad to this layout by following these steps:
1. Launch Settings app on your iPad 2. Select ‘General’ 3. Select ‘Keyboard’ 4. Select ‘International Keyboards’ 5. Select (your keyboard language) 6. Select ‘English’ 7. Close Settings app 8. The Hardware Keyboard can be switched back to your language of choice by following these directions and choosing your language in Step 6
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