Throttling Up: Duke Nukem, The Bard’s Tale, and More

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Android, Frisky Misc, Mobile

Green Throttle is a thing that’s happening now for Android users, and it’s a thing that’s getting better all the time as more games start getting Green Throttle-enabled. Let me clarify: the “thing” I’m referring to is the Green Throttle Atlas Controller, a full-sized console-style gamepad that pairs to existing Android devices — smartphones, tablets, whathaveyou — and lets you play games without going all touch-screeny. For a lot of old-school arcade titles that were designed around a joystick and buttons — and for a lot of Android versions of newer console games — it’s kind of a no-brainer. You can use it with most Android games out there, but the folks at Green Throttle Games (a TriplePoint client) are also working with a growing number of mobile developers to update games so they’ll directly support Green Throttle. Better still, Green Throttle is working on titles of its own designed specifically around the controller.

A handful of new games now support Green Throttle, as reported by Touch Arcade — including classic over-the-top FPS Duke Nukem 3D (the one that didn’t take forever), and semi-classic-update-of-a-classic RPG The Bard’s Tale (the 21st century one, not the 1980s one). It’s time to chew bubblegum and play lutes.

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