While the Apple App Store has a collection of fantastic racing games, the small screen of the iPhone fails to match the thrill and adrenaline of playing the game on a large TV screen. On the other hand, if you play these gaming consoles, they fail to match the iPhone goodness – accelerometer and a gorgeous touchscreen display. Ever wondered if you could get the best of both worlds – play your favorite racing game on a large screen monitor using your iPhone as the game controller. That’s what the Flypad app is all about!
Originated as a YCombinator startup, Flypad turns your iPhone into a motion sensing steering wheel for your favorite PC racing games including Need for Speed, Ignite, Vector Stunt, Nitronic Rush and DiRT 3. There’s a companion Windows app that you need to install on your computer first. Once you do that, install the free Flypad app on your iPhone and you’re good to play your favorite racing games with your iPhone.
The Flypad app offers fully functional steering wheel controls on your iPhone including switch gears (swipe), accelerate (slider), adjust tilt or transmission, apply hand break, change camera and checkpoint reset.
Flypad’s founder Ayo Omojola believes the app creates a differentiated, steering wheel-esque, more immersive experience than the keyboard and his team is looking forward to creating awesome games with everything from tilt control, Wii style control, in-app payments, touch, and gestures. Here’s a picture of DiRT 3 in action using Flypad.
In fact, Flypad scores higher than gaming steering wheels on several fronts. It’s easier to navigate game menus and in some cases, the games themselves seem to be a lot more responsive on the iPhone. The Flypad team has recently released its Flash API to encourage developers to build compliant games and in turn, help expand the range of Flypad compatible games.
Here’s a cool video of Flypad in action.
If you’re an avid racing gamer, you’ve got to check out the Flypad app. It’s too good to resist!