10 Games You Have to Play With Your Moga Pro
I’ll admit, I wasn’t exactly kind to this gaming peripheral when I received it on day one. Since then, however, I’ve actually found a couple of games that I think this device takes full advantage of. That’s not to say you couldn’t also use any other Bluetooth controller, but the Moga Pro is specifically optimized for certain games, making the calibration for those IPs seamless. Sometimes when plugging in another controller, like a PS3 controller, they might not be totally primed to work with your device or that game, causing players to waste time calibrating the controller or searching for 3rd party applications. Most novice mobile users won’t have the experience or even the desire to mess around like that, hence why the Moga Pro is so perfect for newbies and experienced Android users alike.
Players who are looking for those games that emulate the console experience need look no further than this list of games either, as while they’re all pretty awesome in their own right, are given a boost of amazing sauce by being played with the Moga Pro. While there is a ton of Android consoles coming onto the market, some people, like myself, are content using their phones or tablets to game. After all, not being mobile, in my opinion, defeats much of the benefits and joys of Android gaming. With the Moga Pro controller, you can get the console feel on the bus, at break at work, in between classes or during your shift as a night watchmen. Wherever the situation, the Moga Pro is a great, comfortable controller that works for a wide variety of games, with the list ever growing. I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of my personal best of the best to give you the gamers, a look at my favorites to use with this controller.
1. SHADOWGUN: DEADZONE
In my opinion, first person shooters or third person shooters are terrible to play on touch screens. The X Y axis controls do not emulate smoothly on a touch surface and most of your accuracy is lost in trying to use touch rather than buttons. Shadowgun: Deadzone is no different, feeling almost unplayable without the support of a controller. However, playing this game on a Tegra enabled device along with the Moga Pro, and you have a multiplayer shooter that plays a lot like Gears of War meets Call of Duty in terms of playing style. Abilities such as strafing, moving while shooting, aiming and dodging all become things you can easily do with the controller, where the touch screen almost hinders your playing ability. This solely multiplayer experience is so enhanced by using the Moga Pro, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
2. GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 / GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY
Whether you enjoy playing any of the many iterations of Rockstar Games’ infamous open world crime series on tablet or phone, or think it’s a terrible way to play these games is besides the point. I personally loved GTA 3 on my Nexus 7, even with the on screen buttons taking some time getting used to. My colleague Levi did not. However, even within his review, he admitted that playing this game with a Moga Pro is the preferred way to go. Why wouldn’t you if its an option? You are emulating the console experience right on your phone or tablet. Heck, popping your phone into the holster right on the controller itself and you’ve got portable car thieving and pedestrian slaying right there, without having to buy a Nvidia Shield.
3. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
My fellow Gamewoof writer, Patrick, got a shot to review this title. He couldn’t stop gushing about it. It’s easy to see why too, as it’s still one of the most popular IPs to come out of the Sega Genesis. But how do you make this already super fun game damn near perfect? You add controller support to it! This way, your giant paws aren’t interfering with the surprisingly awesome graphics from that time period. Now you can see Dr. Robotnick’s demise full unhindered in all your 4″ high def glory.
Speaking of old nostalgic hits, R-Type has also found a home in the Android universe. It’s on screen controls aren’t bad, but like many games with the touch joystick, you’re still putting your hands in the way of what’s going on. In some instances, this may prevent you from seeing a baddie approaching, especially if you have Neanderthal hands like I do. This classic arcade game is totally playable with the touch screen, but feels perfectly natural with the Moga Pro controller. The controller allows for smoother control of the ship, which is especially fun when you turn the auto fire feature on and can just let it rip.
The funny thing about this specific title, is that it’s only available through the purchase of the Moga Pro. Sure, there is Namco Bandai’s version, but the one that comes with the Moga Pro is just plain old Pac Man without the bells and whistles. Nor is this version anything like the tournament version. All that being said, this game is playable without a controller like the other two ports I’ve already mentioned, but is really enhanced by using the controller. This way, ill timed swipes are removed, instead being replaced by your smooth as butter thumbsticks.
NOTE: This version of Pac Man is only available from Moga.
Our man from the East, Patrick, got a chance to try this game out, even making it as a site takeover for Gamewoof. The controls for this game are pretty straightforward and are totally usable, but as Patrick points out, can be a nuisance. Enter the Moga Pro, which I was delighted to find this game supported, which turns this game into a respectable 8 Bit nod to your classic arcade games. Having the controller, in my opinion, helps curve the high difficulty of this title as well, making it a tad more manageable.
7. FARMING SIMULATOR
You’re probably wondering why the heck this game made this list. For starters, this game is damn near impossible to play with the touch screen. Second, I loved Sim Farm, and this is the closest I’m ever going to get to bringing that game back. Plugged in with the Moga Pro, Farming Simulator becomes you simulating the life of a farmer and all of its glory including harvesting crops and late night tractor runs due to a little too much sauce. You’re laughing, but this title is a dollar and a lot of fun to play if you’ve got a Moga controller lying about.
8. DEAD TRIGGER
Unlike a lot of other shooters out there, Dead Trigger is actually manageable without the support of a controller. However, if you want to get the full experience of this Left 4 Dead meets Doom style First Person Shooter, you’d be silly to not strap your phone into a Moga Pro, rest your fingers on the trigger fingers, and prepare to slaughter the undead. This is House of the Dead, without the on rails and absolutely terrible dialogue, but an even better game when utilizing the Moga peripheral.
9. RAVENSWORD: SHADOWLANDS
Who doesn’t like Skyrim? Sure, this and Aralon may not be the best RPG games out there, but those titles are light years ahead of other mobile RPGs in terms of complexity and depth. Ravensword, not only enriched with superior graphics to Aralon and substantially better game play, but also has Moga Pro support. This title may come with a high price tag, but once you see how beautiful it is, and how excellent the gameplay becomes with a controller plugged in, you’ll see where that money went. The Moga Pro definately gives you that console feel when playing this game.
10. CRAZY SNOWBOARD
Another one of those “so dumb, it’s good” titles (You know the type!), this pretty simplistic appearing game comes with full Moga Pro support. The game recognizes when you have the device plugged in and even instructs you on how to utilize your newfound power. With that Moga Pro activated, this game goes from an annoying little swipe title to an amazingly fun snowboard arcade style ala Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 style. Now, if only it contained the same super stellar 90s punk and ska soundtrack of the classic Activision title…
Players can check the full list of games that support the Moga Pro here, with more titles coming all the time. Obviously, my list isn’t all of the games that can utilize this controller. For those advanced Android users looking to utilize their controller for more games, there is also a 3rd party Moga Pro Driver Application. I’ve personally not played with it yet, so I cannot vouch for its effectiveness, but it currently enjoys a 4.0 star rating on Google Play.
As I stated before, I may have been too harsh on the Moga Pro initially, but now that I’ve spent some more time with it, it a decent little device. If you want to keep the mobile in mobile gaming and avoid all the new consoles, such as the OUYA, Gamestick or Nvidia Shield, the Moga Pro is the way to go. Now you know some of the great games you can play paring this controller with your phone or tablet.