While adding physical controls instantly improves almost any mobile game, no one wants to carry around a big, bulky control pad all day. But it’s unlikely you’ll have any complaints about taking the iMpulse with you everywhere you go, because it’s so small it fits on your keyring — and it’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
For platform games, racers, sports simulators, and even some RPGs, nothing beats a physical controller. All of these genres are playable with virtual controls on a touchscreen, but having real buttons that you can actually feel, that you don’t need to look for, can be really beneficial.
And for those on the go, the iMpulse from ThinkGeek could be the ideal solution.
It claims to be the smallest wireless controller you’ll find for your smartphone or tablet, and it connects to both Android and iOS devices over Bluetooth. It has a d-pad and seven buttons — five on the front that are backlit, and two on the back — and a rechargeable battery that’ll give you up to nine hours of game time.
You can even use it to control apps like Spotify and Pandora, or your smartphone’s camera, from up to 100 feet away. But arguably the best thing about the iMpulse is that it’s small enough to carry on your keyring, so you can slip it into your pocket with your keys and it’s there whenever you need it.
The iMpulse is a little pricey at $39.99, however. If that doesn’t put you off, you can order yours now from ThinkGeek.