With thousands of great games in the App Store, there’s no doubt that the iPhone is a pretty nifty handheld gaming device in its own right. But that’s not to say the fun levels can’t be upped with some ace accessories.
Whether you want the feel of a real wheel for driving games, improved grip for fierce fragging action, or fun with some novelty docks, there are peripherals out there that can improve your experience.
See below for our selection of five fun add-ons for the iPhone and iPod touch that will enhance your iGaming. Don’t forget to shout out any gaming accessories you enjoy withyour iDevice in the comments.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a pinball wizard, then this novelty dock will be right up your alley. With a working ball-launching plunger and flipper buttons, the free companion Pinball Magic app offers several board layouts and game modes. As an added bonus, you can actually charge and sync your iPhone via USB when it’s connected.
Whether it’s Need for Speed Hot Pursuit or Cro-Mag Rally you’re racing on, you may find you perform better with a real wheel. The iSound GameWheel boasts an easy-to-use snap-in design and its rubberized grip will help you corner like you’re on rails.
Created for the “serious gaming enthusiast,” the SportGrip Gamer case is tailor-made for the iPod touch 4G. The case features two loops on the back that can be pulled outward so that your fingers can hook through them, giving you a better grip and freeing up your thumbs for some hardcore handheld gaming action.
These are aimed at anyone who feels like they’re not really gaming unless their thumbs are hitting buttons. The Thumbies suction onto your iPhone’s screen where the virtual buttons in games are located and give you a more tactile experience.
In addition to charging your iPhone, this fun docking station will turn an iPhone into a working one-armed bandit that plays one of five different games thanks to the free companion Jackpot Slots app. As with the real deal, you pull the handle down to play. Just don’t expect any nickels to come pouring out — there’s no app for that just yet.
Just announced at CES 2011, iPod touch owners should look out for the Mophie Pulse, as it promises to give your portable gaming real kick. Besides boosting the audio, the Pulse will add some haptic feedback (vibration buzz generated from sound) to your gameplay, making gaming on the touch even more immersive.
Cost: TBD (reports suggest approx $100)