Moto X Controller and Game Review
I I just picked up some OTG cables and decided I wanted to push this little phone to the limit. It's been great and I thought I'd share what I learned and put all the recommendations/reviews in one place.
This is the OTG cable I bought:
First the bad news: The first thing I plugged in was a PS3 controller and it did not work no matter what I tried. I tried it on the Nexus 7 2013 and it worked instantly. It seems the Moto X does not have the drivers pre-installed so you will need root to get it to work.
I also picked up a Mogo Pro. The controller is great. It feels like a combination between a PS3 and Xbox controler. It's powered by a rechargeable battery and has two modes for a bluetooth connection. Mode A is a special mode that opens up the full functionality of the controler with the app (only works if the app is running), mode B puts the controller in a standard universal game controller mode for use with any bluetooth devices. Games will only work with mode A if the app is designed to support it. Most games should work with mode B.
The app is poorly written (literally the ONLY app on my phone that is slow and stuttery) but it gets the job done.
The Moto X fits perfectly in the little holder.
Here's a list of games I've played with a note about quality.
FPse - Playstation One emulator - Works well (I've only got one game because they are massive. 600mb a pop.). The Playstation is probably the most advanced platform capable of mobile emulation so far and it works really well. However I'm finding out that native android games blow the PS one out of the water. Only useful for the nostalgia factor. Works in A and B mode.
ARC Squadron: Redux - an iOS game recently ported to android. Plays like Starfox. No controller support. (It will kind of work in B mode but its not designed for it.)
Anomaly HD - have not tested. Strategy game.
Dead Trigger/Dead Trigger 2 - Lots of fun. Basically you shoot zombies. Graphics quality is great and it can suck you in and scare you if you get attacked from behind. Good halloween game.
Hero of Many - have not tested. Role playing game.
Hunters: Episode One - Strategy puzzle war game. Have not tested with controller.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour - Fantastic game. Better graphics than dead trigger. If I had to say, I would put the graphics between Socom 4 on the PS3 and Socom 4 on the PS2. The textures and lighting effects are similar to the PS3 but the character animations (the way people move) are like the PS2. The sound is also fantastic. Multiplayer here is just as engaging as it is in the modern warfare series. Takes up 2gb! Largest game by far.
Pacman - Classic
Pirates! Showdown - Tower defense game where the computer constantly cheats. Fun but repetitive. No controller support.
Pivvot - fun puzzle game. Have not tested with controller.
Radiant Defense - The best tower defense game out there IMO. No controller support.
Riptide GP2 - Great graphics. Boat racing game. Works with A and B mode. Your jetski feels really heavy and sluggish. I don't like it but its clear thats what the developers were going for. Fun if you're into that kind of game. This is one of the few games where I do better with the tilt controls over the controller.
rymdkapsel - VERY fun sim city like game where you build a civilization and defend against aliens. If you're doing it right its a huge time suck because every game lasts like 35-40 minutes. Very atari like graphics but don't let that keep you from trying it. No controller support.
Sector Strike - Side-scrolling space shooter. Fun but repetitive. Also the pay-to-play feature is very present and unreasonably expensive.
Shadow Gun/Shadow Gun: Deadzone - best graphics of all the games so far. Third person shooter. Supports A and B modes. Lots of fun.
Ski Safari - ski free for android. Very fun and super addictive. Can be played really quickly while waiting at the DMV or something. no controller support. Basically you just tap to jump and do backflips.
Star Command - Very fun strategy game. Plays like an old gameboy color game. You put crew in battlestations to fight an enemy ship while sending security officers to defend from aliens that beam on board. The graphics in the pictures look janky but it's actually a really sophisticated game. Music is great. No controller support.
Syder Arcade - ridiculously hard side scrolling space shooter. Controller A and B support. This is another game where I am better without the controller (I think the game actually has a higher difficulty when playing with a controller).
Tetris - Not tested
Super Hexagon - Really fun puzzle game. Controller support. Atari-like graphics. Very fast.
That's all for now!