• Moga Ace Power looks nicer in the press pics than it does in reality
  • Joysticks? Check. D-pad? Check? iPhone? iPHONE?
  • Can't find our iPhone anywhere, this is embarrassing
  • Touchscreen controls for FPS games will still appear
  • Little known titles like GTA San Andreas work well with the Moga
  • That iPhone scrubs up nicely ... until you encase it in a cheap-looking Moga Ace
  • A good choice for heavy iOS gamers. Touchscreen controls begone.

A touchscreen smartphone is great for a lot of things but fine control of a football game or a first-person shooter is not one of them. That's why Apple's announcement of game controller compatibility in iOS 7 had a lot of mobile gamers salivating.

Fast-forward six months and player one is ready: the Moga Ace Power controller is a good start, if a little toy-like. Is it the answer to the iPhone gamer's prayers?

Feels cheap. Isn't cheap

That iPhone scrubs up nicely ... until you encase it in a cheap-looking Moga Ace

Spending £80 to turn your iPhone into something more like a PS Vita seems like a good deal but there's no denying that the Ace is expensive, especially considering that it feels so cheap.

It's all plastic and toy-like, and the iPhone 5s or 5 surely deserve a more premium partner for on-the-go gaming. Perhaps an iPod touch or iPhone 5c would better suit the candy-coloured buttons and orange mid-section but the flagships feel underserved.

Verdict

A good choice for heavy iOS gamers. Touchscreen controls begone.

Where the Moga falls down is in its design, which is a bit cluttered and low-grade. But the most important thing about a game controller is how it functions and the Ace itself leaves little room for complaint in that regard.

Sure, there's no huge implementation push from iOS game developers that we can see, but this is still a good choice for heavy iOS gamers or anyone who would play more but is put off by touchscreen controls. As for 2014, each new quality game that gets on board with controller compatibility will just make accessories like the Ace Power more appealing.

Stuff says... 

Moga Ace Power - the first official iPhone games controller review

It's not perfect but the Moga Ace Power Controller will make your iPhone gaming more fun
Moga Ace Power looks nicer in the press pics than it does in reality
£80
Good Stuff 
Console gamers will feel right at home
Responsive physical controls
Battery boosting power for your iPhone
Bad Stuff 
Feels cheap and plasticky
Not very many compatible games
Cheaper than a Vita but still an investment at £80
design
0
features
0
smarts
0
battery
0