An Arcade Experience On Your iPad

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If you own an iPad and enjoyed the old glory days of Atari gaming, the iCADE Arcade Cabinet for iPad is a must-have for you and also makes a great Christmas present for the iPad person in your life. The iCADE was originally one of those “fake products” that was adored by the masses on the Internet and was made into a real toy. It puts your iPad into an authentic mini-arcade cabinet complete with a full-sized joystick, arcade-style buttons and a slot for a quarter.

Using the iCADE is a different experience, and one that really expands the iPad’s capacity for gaming. It communicates with your iPad via Bluetooth, and offers a fairly authentic arcade experience with its clicky buttons and solid joystick the buttons feel and sound just like real buttons. It’s nice just to be able to play games on your iPad without cradling it in your lap or laying it flat on the table, making it better for your posture, too. iCADE’s specially designed cradle ensures safe loading and unloading of your iPad, while also providing a solid, secure fit even during the most intense game-play sessions. Furthermore, the cradle offers an ideal screenviewing angle and quickly allows iCADE’s top-quality arcade controls to interact with your iPad via Bluetooth. Once your iPad is in place, simply launch an iCADE compatible app, “insert coin” and it’s game on!

To get started, the best deal is to download the Atari app from the iTunes Store for $14.99. This includes 100 Atari games, including Missile Command and most of your classic Atari favorites. Additionally, you can download a multitude of other compatible games including Commodore 64, Space Inversion, Space Inversion 2, Emerald Mine, Sideways Racing and more.

Find the iCADE on sale at or for $69.99 (original price $99.99).