January 8th 2012 8:33 pm

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A retro-inspired gaming accessory with a high price tag

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There's little question that the nostalgic charm of the first-generation iCade didn't fully translate when Ion updated the line with more portable, cheaper options. But while the Core doesn't offer up the same faux-wood-grained charm of its predecessor, it at least works as advertised, bringing a gaming experience to the iPhone and iPad that simple touchscreen controls just can't match. In spite of its $100 price tag, the Core feels a bit cheap, but if you're looking to take your mobile gaming to a slightly less casual level, this could do the trick.

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8.0
Engadget May 21, 2012

While the Mobile and Core don't offer up the same faux-wood-grained charm of their predecessor, they both at least work as advertised, bringing a gaming experience to the iPhone and iPad that simple touchscreen controls just can't match.

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8.0
148Apps May 4, 2012

I must say that while both systems are functionally identical, the iCade Core’s increased portability and practicality makes it a superior option to the classic iCade for iPad owners, unless of course the original arcade-cabinet style is being used as a decoration somewhere.

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