The Android game market is expanding to attract serious gamers. But as games become more graphic-heavy and complex, the touch screen on your tablet or phone can be limiting. To solve this problem and attract a new generation of gamers, MOGA is bringing game controls to smart phones just in time for the holidays.
The MOGA gamepad is designed to slip over your phone and hold it in landscape mode with a spring-loaded holder. It’s large enough to hold Android phones up to 3.2 inches thick (it doesn’t work with Apple products) and holds even the Samsung Galaxy S3 securely without being too top-heavy.
The bottom of the MOGA gamepad houses a fully functional controller. And while it will make games more fun than ever before, it will give you away at work. It’s going to be hard to pretend that your checking your e-mail when you have one half of a controller in each hand.
On the right side, you have A, B, X and Y face buttons and an analog stick. On the left, there’s a second analog stick as well as the start and select button. In front of the gamepad are a right and left trigger button.
And while MOGA’s gamepad doesn’t offer office stealth mode, it does give console-quality playability. First person shooters, racing, sports and platform games are much more fun with the added control. And with your fingers out of the way, gameplay is immersive.
The one drawback to the MOGA game controller is that it only works with MOGA games. So if you’re thinking of buying this as a Christmas present for someone, you may want to include a gift card to Google Play.
And there are over 45 fun games to play from old school Atari game packs to 3D Hunting: Zombies or Dark Knight Rises HD from big-name publishers that include Atari, Gameloft, SEGA and Namco Bandai. Just download the MOGA Pivot App from Google Play and choose the games you’d like to play. And each one is designed to deliver console or PC quality gaming that takes advantage of your display’s high resolution screen and limited real estate.
If you don’t enjoy the restrictions of your phone’s dimensions, you can sync the MOGA game controller to your tablet via Bluetooth as long as its running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher.
The MOGA gamepad — and other models like it that are sure to follow — is going to take phone gaming in a new and exciting direction. And right now, you can find it at over 7,000 US retailers including Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Toys R Us for just $50 plus the price of a few AAA batteries which don’t come included. At that price, you can invest in a MOGA and a cheap unlocked Android with the screen specs to give you a dynamic gaming experience.