Playing a game on the iPad without using your fingers on the screen is great but this device has some shortcomings.
I was really excited to finally see a game controller for iOS when Gameloft announced this device. The controller is touted as the first and only Apple approved gamer controller for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch but at a price. The device came out of the gate priced at $79.99 which I thought was priced quite steep due to the limited games it supports but it has had a recent price drop to $39.99 which I think is a much better price point if you are a big fan of Gameloft games. Duo Gamer is a bluetooth connected game controller that has dual analog thumbsticks, 6 buttons and a d-pad. The device is black with blue buttons and off white thumb sticks along with an on off indicator button in the center of the device.
One of the shortcomings of this device is the way you hold it in your hand. I don’t think there was much thought put into the ergonomics of this device. When playing Asphalt 7 my hands would slip quite a bit and when using the left thumbstick to steer my thumb would slip at times. I’d like to see more texture or ridges on the top of the thumbsticks making them more touch only friendly. When my thumbs were not slipping off of them I found that their responsiveness was good but they tend to be a bit stiff.
Like I said before I was really looking forward to using this controller to play some of my favorite games: Asphalt 7: Heat, Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, N.O.V.A. 3, Order & Chaos Online, Nfl Pro 2013 and Wild Blood. Since the device went down in price I’d imagine they are wanting to sell more of these games. On a few websites we read are saying that more games are coming out for the Duo Gamer. I’m not sure if this is wishful thinking or if they are trying lobby Gameloft to do so. The weird part about this is that Modern Combat 4 came out and doesn’t have support for the Gameloft Duo which makes me think that controller support if an afterthought in their game build process.
The Duo Gamer is compatible with all generations of iPad, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (4th generation).
What I liked
It was interesting to be able to play a game on my iPad 2 and be able to see the full screen instead of 60% of the screen where my hands were not in the way. The stand that comes in the box works great and puts your idevice on the stand and it puts it at the perfect angle. I enjoyed being able to play a game using a controller on my living room tv from my idevice using the apple tv as depicted in the videos
What I didn’t like
I really wish the controls on this device were better. I’d like to see a company like MadCatz come out with something like this that worked well AND worked with more games. That brings me to the the game support, there are far too many games out there that this would work well for and it’s sad that you can’t use this thing with those games. I’m not a real fan of a “unitasker” that this device is just that.
What is in the box?
- Dual analog thumb-sticks
- Six buttons plus d-pad
- Bluetooth connectivity
- A handy stand for holding your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Buy or don’t buy?
Now that the price has dropped significantly it may be a good time to purchase if you are a Gameloft games fan. The controller can be found at the following retailers AMAZON, APPLE, BEST BUY, SHARPER IMAGE, TARGET