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I've got to admit that when I was sent this Moga to try and keep, I didn't hold out much hope of it being any good -with a rrp of £29.99 I (wrongly) had it down as just another gimmicky gadget.
Having played with a fair bit I can though report that, for what it is, a compact and affordable well made item that transforms your android phone or tablet into a gaming device, the MOGA set is excellent, and well deserving of the many 5* reviews it seems to have received in the US, having been released in the UK a few weeks ago. If you've ever enjoyed a game on your phone but felt that actual buttons to bash and a joystick were a bit lacking this sleek little advice could just be the answer to your gaming prayers.
Set up is simplicity itself - a quick scan of the enclosed QR code and you are ready to install the Pivot App which has an excellent interface for the MOGA compatible games. There seems to be a fairly good range of these (around 100), both paid and free, and it comes with SonicCD and pacman at time of writing. If a game is not compatible then there is no way of making it work with the MOGA, so you have to hope that the developers release a patch. The Moga doesn't exist in i-phone compatible form as yet - though this may be a possibility in the future. They do make an alternative device if you have larger hands (pro controller) if this small pocket version seems a little too compact for you.
The pocket Moga, which is 12.5cm long and 9cm high by my measurements, takes two AAA batteries and doesn't seem to be too power-hungry, working as it does via bluetooth. If you are familiar with a PS3 or 360 controller, playing with this is akin to using that - the buttons are intuitive and also it's comfortable to hold and the build quality is excellent. I've found gameplay to be seamless and have experienced only one or two times where the controller has dropped out. My phone slides into the retractable bracket with ease; it will accommodate a phone up to 82mm or you can also use it remotely. The buttons and controllers feel robust and the whole thing is sleek and actually quite classy looking. The back is rubberized as are the dual analogue sticks. Playing dead trigger with these is how the game is meant to be played and works really well.
Overall an excellent with nice touches, such as coming with a quality looking carry case, it really opens up lots of gaming possibilities for a relatively small investment, I would defy anyone to get less enjoyment from this than a much more highly priced hand held console, I genuinely can't believe how good it is. Highly recommended.