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ThinkGeek Joystick-It Review

Stick on joystick for mobile gaming

Feb 17 2011, 1:57pm CST | by

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Today I am checking out the ThinkGeek Joystick-It iPad Arcade Stick. This is a controller that will work with any capacitive touch device when you want a retro stick to play rather than having to use touch d-pads. If you like to play games on your mobile device and don't want to use on-screen controls the ThinkGeek Joystick-It might be perfect for you.


The ThinkGeek Joystick-It uses a suction cup to stick to your iPad screen or other device screen. The controller needs no batteries, is made from milled aluminum, and has crosshairs on the top. You can order one now for $24.99.

In Use

I grew up playing the arcade classics like Pac-Man when I was little and I have a bunch of old school games on my iPad and my iPhone. The problem for me is that I am not a fan of swipe controls on these games and the virtual control sticks are not good either. The ThinkGeek Joystick-It is a cool accessory that pops onto the font of your device using a little suction cup and adds a real joystick to the action.

Installing the ThinkGeek Joystick-It is dead simple, you just align the thing over the onscreen joystick or d-pad and stick it down. The joystick has a soft foam ring to prevent scratches to your screen when playing. I have always been heavy handed when it comes to controllers for my games. I get INTO the play and have been known to move steering wheels all around my desk driving and pop the suction cups holding full size joysticks to my desk off.

I noticed right away that the ThinkGeek Joystick-It simply wouldn't stay in place for me on the iPad or the iPhone. I don't know if it's just that I press too hard or what but the ThinkGeek Joystick-It moved all around the screen and that means that one of the directions end up not working or the character goes a different direction than what I intended.

I know that the suction cup can’t be super powerful or you would break your device trying to remove it, but I would like to see more suction for sure so the thing will stay in place. I tried the ThinkGeek Joystick-It on my iPad and my iPhone as well as a Galaxy Tab I have here and it moved around on all of them for me.

If you have a soft touch perhaps, the ThinkGeek Joystick-It will stay in place and work well for you, if you are the sort that really gets into moving the controller you will find as I did that the Joystick-it moves way too much on the screen. When it is in place the thing works perfectly and is so much better than using the on screen controls. I so wanted this thing to work perfectly!



  • Offers much better feel and feedback
  • Easy to install


  • Simply won't stay in place in use for me


I really like the ThinkGeek Joystick-It and it works well. For me the fact that it will not stay in place is a deal killer. If you have a soft touch with the controls, it may be perfect for you.


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