An Arcade Experience On Your iPad

Alison Stewart
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December 14, 2011
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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 miniarcade 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 screen-viewing 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 ThinkGeek.com or Amazon.com for $69.99 (original price $99.99).

 

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Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Free Shipping Day

A few years ago, the terms Black Friday and Cyber Monday were relatively new and weren’t widely known and used until recently. Now the new, new term to know is Free Shipping Day, which falls on Dec. 16 this year. I’ve been asking around, and not many people are aware of Free Shipping Day. It was started in 2008 by Luke and Maisie Knowles in an effort to extend the online shopping season.

Here in Hawaii, we often face high shipping costs, which frequently deters me from ordering items online. But when shipping is free, I have no hesitation to buy from the Web. Free Shipping Day is similar to Cyber Monday but designed to let you order something on the last probable day to have it shipped to you or your recipient (within the U.S.) on or before Christmas Eve for free.

As I write, 1,500 merchants were signed up as participants. Visit freeshipping.org to see who will be offering free shipping this year. The event will begin right at midnight EST Friday (7 p.m. Thursday HST) and end at midnight (7 p.m. Friday HST). No guarantees if all the retailers will offer the free shipping to Hawaii expect it to be a hit or miss.

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