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ION Audio: iCade Mobile Review

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ION Audio: iCade Mobile Review

Do you like playing video games old school style? The iCade Mobile will let you play close to 100 of them that way. With the iCade Mobile, you insert your iPhone or iPod Touch 4/4s or earlier, into the rubber holder located in the center. My nine year old just received an iPod Touch 5 for Christmas and was upset that it was too long and did not fit. This then gives you buttons on the top (like a Nintendo), a directional pad to the left and buttons on the right. The iDevice holder does rotate for both landscape and portrait playing modes too.

ION Audio: iCade Mobile Review

Next, your device needs to be paired with the iCade. I had a tough time setting it up, even my 13-year-old had a hard time getting it connected, so I knew that I was going to have to call for customer support! During the setup process, you do need to go into your Bluetooth settings and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on. You then need to pair the device so that Bluetooth can pick it up. This is where I ran into problems, the phone is supposed to show a passcode that needs to be entered into the iCade Mobile device. I never received one. Even after calling in for help, I never had to enter a code. But once it finally got connected, the iCade Mobile said “paired” on my iPhone and I was ready to go.

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ION Audio does offer a list of compatible games. This was the second problem I encountered. I downloaded several of the games only to turn out they actually weren’t compatible. Come to find out the developer had “listed” them wrong on the site but now they have been updated. There is a good mix of free and paid apps that can be used with the iCade. A few free titles we played were: Don’t Run With a Plasma Sword, Fix It Felix Jr., Zombie Meatballs. The kid’s favorites seem to be Temple Run and Nyan Cat both of which we had before we received the iCade. But don’t expect to see any of the latest and greatest apps, most are titles we had never heard of.

Bottom line: While the iCade is a neat idea, I would only recommend if you are a BIG fan of the classic style arcade games. At a price point of $50, the limited game availability was a downside. Plus my kids didn’t really enjoy having to go through the setup process just to be able to play a game.

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  1. Avatar
    Peggy Greco
    March 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I like brick attack.

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    Carrie Phelps
    March 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Pac Man!

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Spy Hunter

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    jeanette sheets
    March 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    pac man

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    Ron Miller
    March 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Pac Man!

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link!

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    steve weber
    March 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm


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    March 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm


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    sandra davis
    March 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

    pac man

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    Desiree Dunbar
    March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Pac Man and Sonic the Hedgehog…I love!!

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    loyri halliburton
    March 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    My all time favorite video game is Mario Brothers.

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    March 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Mario for the original Nintendo

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    March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Mario Bros.

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    Colleen Boudreau
    March 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm


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    March 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Mario Bros.

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    Tabathia B
    March 16, 2013 at 1:58 am


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    Susan Johnson
    March 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Good old Super Mario Brothers was my favorite, aside from Space Invaders.

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    Lisa Burk
    March 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I have always liked any Mario games!

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    Austin Baroudi
    March 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, and of course Pacman are among the list of my favorites!

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    meagan paullin
    March 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Pac Man!

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    Michele P.
    March 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    toss up between Ms Pac Man and Centipede

  22. Avatar
    March 20, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Super Mario and Street Fighter has to be my faves.

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    Daniel M
    March 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm


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    Rob Blatt
    March 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Bubble Bobble

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    clark roberts
    March 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Pac Man!

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    Lisa R
    March 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Spy Hunter

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    Patty S.
    March 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm


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    Edna Williams
    March 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I love Mario Brothers.

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    Sylvia Zajis
    March 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Super Mario Brothers here too

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    Darlene Jones-Nelson
    March 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm


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    Lesley M.
    March 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Pac Man!

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    Caroline B
    March 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Mario Brothers

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    Megan Parsons
    March 25, 2013 at 12:14 am


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    March 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

    mario brothers

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    julie murphy
    March 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm


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    March 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Favorite Classic video game hands down is FROGGER!

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    Carrie Conley
    March 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm


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    amber carroll
    March 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm


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    March 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Sonic The Hedgehog

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    Ashley S
    March 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Mario for sure!

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    Tina Demarco
    March 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    mario is my all time fave!

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    March 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Pac Man.

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    March 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm


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    Angela Yeremenko
    March 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm


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    Pauline M
    March 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    For me it’s anything with mario bros!

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    Julie Lynn Bickham
    March 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Tetris was my fav!!

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    Lorayne Gothard
    March 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    space invaders was the best!!

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