I game quite a bit on my iPhone 7, mainly puzzle games and Marvel Future Fight. I really don’t own any other mobile gaming devices. My biggest issue with many of the newer games though is the crummy touch based controls. While the graphics look fantastic with current generation devices, many are just ports of controller based games and honestly, just feel weird and unresponsive. Enter the Gamevice controller, a device that turns your phone or tablet into a portable gaming god.
Gamevice has been out for a couple years now, but I was recently lucky enough to get one and was surprised at how much I had been missing. This controller snugly fits around your device, does not require a separate power source, and essentially makes your mobile into what could arguably be a better option than the Switch or PSVita, though smaller, and I love that. I don’t own those devices specifically because I have an iPhone, and I hate carrying all those extra things. I tried, I’ve owned a Vita, DS, and a Switch but sold them after they didn’t get much use. Now I am always playing Marvel’s Contest of Champions, Assassins Creed: Identity, and other mobile games and have actual buttons!
Gamevice uses a specific app to assist in finding compatible games. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of games it supported! The only one that I didn’t see that I play regularly as I mentioned before, was Marvel Future Fight, but when I loaded it up, it played great on Gamevice, so don’t be discouraged if your favorite game isn’t on the app, give it a shot anyway. I now use my Gamevice to destroy world bosses, moving much more smoothly around the arena with the joystick. Most games just play better with it. I no longer feel hampered by the touch pad controls on fighters like Street Fighter V. Special moves came with ease and the Gamevice felt comfortable doing it.
Gamevice also includes all sorts of interesting features like drone controls and is collapsible when you are not using it. I had no issues connecting it or pulling it from my iPhone when not in use. It grips very well as you lock it down, I just have to slide my case off. My biggest complaint was there no case included or some way to keep my Gamevice more protected. The Gamevice isn’t as sturdy as I feel it should be as well. At an MSRP of $79.99, the plastic felt a little cheap. That said, it’s the best button scheme on a MFi controller I have seen. So much so that there is currently legal actions being taken with a large console maker concerning its similarities with their flagship’s controllers.
Gamevice is not perfect, but its the best way I have seen to turn your mobile device into a more classic mobile gaming console. It’s tight and responsive controls, standard audio jack, and amazing button layout will open a whole world of free to play and low priced games to your mobile experience. Just be sure to store it safely and if you can find a good way to protect it let me know, I am still looking. I don’t want to be forced to go back to games like Fruit Ninja if my Gamevice broke. I’m just so used to it now and for long gaming sessions on the go, I need my Gamevice!
Gamevice is available now at various online outlets or their official website. This review is based on a GV157 model provided by Gamevice for that purpose. I tested it on iOS with my personal iPhone 7.