If I had a quarter for every quarter I fed into one of those old arcade-style videogames, I’d just about break even. Actually, I’d still come out ahead. The old classics like Missile Command and Asteroid provided hours of merriment, along with humbling lessons about my poor hand-eye coordination.
These days you can play the old classics on an iPad. And while you’re at it, you might be tempted to try out his cute little gadget. Just plug in the iPad, load a compatible Atari game--you can get them for 99 cents apiece--and you can play these games as they were meant to be played, with pushbuttons and a joystick.
Trouble is, the joystick is far inferior to the ones in old-school arcade machines. Those were smooth and precise; this one is stiff and sloppy. It’s hard to play a winning game without pinpoint control, and this dock falls well short of that.
Too bad; Discovery Bay has a lovely idea here. I hope they don’t give up on it. This blaster from the past is one joystick away from greatness.
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