Gaming on the Android platform has been improving by leaps and bounds with games improving to the point where many people are now using their Android device as their main gaming platform. Many of these new games require precision control and that is lacking when using the touch screen of today’s devices. Enter MOGA with their Mobile Gaming Controller, which aims to fix this whole in the gaming experience.
The MOGA’s design is reminiscent of the ubiquitous console gaming control. There are two sticks, two finger triggers, four buttons on the right side, and the Start, Select, and a third MOGA button on the left.
The controller itself is very light and easy to handle but does take on the additional weight of the device that sits in its arm. The addition of the 2 (AAA) batteries also will add to the weight of the controller but nothing that will cause fatigue while playing.
The MOGA is smaller than the Nintendo DS XL that my son uses to play games and is also much, much lighter even with a Droid Bionic attached to the device.
The MOGA unit performs exactly as one would expect, there was never a problem with key mapping using the device when playing either N.O.V.A or Pacman (the two games I tested). The MOGA pairs using Bluetooth and paired seamlessly and flawlessly each time. To use the MOGA you must install the Pivot software, the software is used to find MOGA compatible games and to sync the Bluetooth between the handset and the MOGA controller. If you have previously used a console controller the usage of the MOGA is second nature. Navigation using the MOGA in the application and in games is straight forward using the joysticks and the start button.
During game play I found the controller to be sticky and difficult to get precise control of the action. I had trouble so I asked my eight year old gaming prodigy to give the controller a run. My sons complaint mirrored mine, that the controls seemed stiff and made game play difficult. In the end my son returned to playing Pacman using the touch screen. With enough time I think that the stiffness would wear off and the controller will be much easier to use.
Another point of consternation was the MOGA app notification that is displayed in the notifications pulldown as well as the top notification area. This constant reminder that the MOGA device was not connected was an annoyance and hopefully be removed in a future update.
- Excellent integration between games and MOGA device.
- Size and portability
- Use of AAA batteries
- Does not show apps previously purchased as purchased by Pivot app
- App notification sticks
- Controls are not fluid and stick.
- Limited titles.
The MOGA gaming device is a aimed at serious gamers who play FPS games. If you are a gamer who uses the titles available you may want to consider it. Casual gamers may want to pass this offering by due to the price ($49.99) and need to carry a second device.