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E3 2013 | Bladepad Brings Comfort & Fun For iOS Users

Posted on June 13, 2013 AT 09:18am

For awhile I’ve been trying to find a great gaming controller for my iPad and iPhone, and from my past experiences the ones I’ve used were either comfortable but non-responsive or responsive but uncomfortable. This year at E3 I finally came across one such controller that reaches a fine combination of comfort and response: the Bladepad.

The Bladepad is currently one of the only iOS controllers that has just about all the console buttons. Set up like a PlayStation controller the Bladepad easily slides behind your iPhone and props it up at an angle to view the action comfortably. While it is small in size being able to push the proper buttons is still fairly easy.

When going hands-on with the Bladepad I was given the chance to try it out with two titles. The first was Monster Truck Destruction. Using the left analog stick to maneuver Bigfoot and the R1 button to accelerate I was able to steer the massive vehicle around the track, make jumps on the platforms, and crash it into mobile homes and smaller cars. Driving around was a lot easier than one can imagine, leading me to be curious how the Bladepad would fare with some of the driving games I currently own. But that was just the beginning.

To really show off how well the controllers worked I tried my hands on the first-person shooter Critical Mission: SPACE. While I prefer an Xbox-styled controller over the PlayStation one for the FPS genre I was very surprised to see how easy it was to aim and kill my enemies using both joysticks. It felt simple, comfortable, and not at all frustrating at the least. Believe me when I say that using the Bladepad beats any touchscreen controls any day.

The Bladepad will work with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, a fifth generation iPod Touch, iPad Retina, and iPad Mini. It holds an 18-hour battery life, perfect for those who game on the go a lot. When you need to charge it the charger is set up so you can power up your iPhone or iPad and the Bladepad at the same time. What’s also nice is its durability, with alloy that’s both scratch-resistant and the same material as the iPhone.

As of right now only fifty games with the Bladepad, but that number will jump up to all games once the iOS 7 launches later in the year. You can currently order it on the official site, with in-store purchases later in the year.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at

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