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Revolutionary iOS app Joypad Legacy turns your iPhone into a game controller for PC and Mac

Complete with retro skins

Product: Joypad | Manufacturer: Joypad Inc
 
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When I first heard about the Joypad Legacy app, I admit that I was skeptical.

It's a (now) free app that allows a PC or Mac gamer to turn their iPhone into a fully customisable handheld controller.

It sounded too good to be true.

But after giving it a whirl, I can now see it becoming an indispensable part of my desktop gaming.

Two steps to freedom

In order to make use of Joypad’s software, you need to download Joypad Legacy to your iPhone and then Joypad Connect to your PC or Mac.

Once both are downloaded and installed, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network and launch the desktop version. When it’s up and running, launch the app on your iPhone and the desktop version should automatically detect it.

Once connected you can pick a pre-selected controller configuration for popular games like Portal 2 or Minecraft. If you’re more enterprising, you can create a custom controller configuration for almost any game you can run on your PC or Mac.

Some developers have also integrated the code into their iOS games, enabling you to control those specially-enabled iOS games such as League of Evil 2 and Super Mega Worm on an iPad or Mac, using your iPhone. 

Skins and more

The eight retro gaming skins offered by Joypad Legacy aren’t just for aesthetics- although older gamers will surely be happy with the look of the iconic NES controller on their iPhones.

Simple games like DarkRunner (which I used for my custom test) work just fine on a FamiCom/NES Retro two-button controller but more involved games call for the six button inputs of the Genesis controller (eight, if you count Start and Select).

While Joypad Legacy isn’t a game itself, it will change the way you game on your PC or Mac at home with its simple, easy to configure controllers and a seamless interface.

If you’re looking for a way to give your keyboard and mouse a rest while gaming, Joypad Legacy might be the perfect solution for you.

You can find out more from the website.


 

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Matthew Diener 21 April 2012
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Chivas77 | 09:57 - 23 April 2012
I did give this a try, and it's pretty poor, firstly I tried Rayman Origins on my laptop and there aren't enough buttons on this "virtual joypad", some of them are not recognised by the game, and this happened with loads of other games too, I haven't tried any emulators though.
It's a bit of a gimmick really, it's pointless in practice, I guess if you're a bit of a masochist and like to make games ultra hard/borderline unplayable then you might enjoy this.

For normal people, just use a joypad.
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Lebdude | 06:51 - 23 April 2012
The biggest problem iOS has is the lack of feedback on its controlls, why would i want to make pc controlls worse. what a waste of time I feel sorry for the.
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jn2002dk | 12:02 - 22 April 2012
Yea, i'm gonna have to go with singhapura on this one

Using an app on your ios device to get infinitely inferior controls than what you already have through your keyboard seems stupid to say the least

What's the point?

Get a cheap controller and enjoy far superior controls
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singhapura | 05:26 - 22 April 2012
There's an even more revolutionary solution to play games on a PC or Mac. It's called a joystick or joypad (depending on which type you like). You don't need any special programs on your PC and best of all; it feels real! You should try it some time, they are available for less than 5 bucks if you look around.
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