I’m not sure if I’m alone or not, but ever since Kickstarter projects became as popular as breathing, I’ve begun to grow just a wee bit bored. So, to grab my attention today with a Kickstarter project has to mean that it’s interesting, and the “GameDock for iPhone” is just that. “Oh great, another iPhone dock” – yes, but this one is a bit different, and has great potential to succeed and be a lot of fun.
Classic consoles are awesome, but it’s not always possible to have them hooked up, especially anywhere you want to go. GameDock helps alleviate that issue by allowing you to plug in your iPhone (or iPad / iPod), one or two NES-esque gamepads, to help get your game on. You could play the games on the iDevice itself (bah) or hook the dock up to a display to enjoy the game in all its deserved glory.
The most interesting thing about the GameDock is the fact that it doesn’t only allow one player to participate. Instead, your friends can finally get in on the action, and you don’t have to lug your old consoles around.
That all said, there are some obvious caveats. Not all games for iPhone so far are designed for a gamepad, and even less are designed for two. As such, software selection is going to be minimal at launch. I’d imagine that emulators designed to utilize gamepads would work fine, but there’s been no confirmation of that by the product developer. Either way, this is an iDevice product that has a non-iDevice owner intrigued.