Product Provided By: Rotor Riot
Platform : Android/PC
Editor: Kira Crockett
Finding an affordable premium controller for gaming on the go has proven to be a difficult challenge. While you can find game controllers that are compatible with most Android devices, few pack what should be the standard for a superb experience. We have gone through many gaming controllers from reputable companies such as SteelSeries, Razer and Moga. Unfortunately, what is offered is less than acceptable. These controllers have their experience muddied by poor controller balance, Bluetooth pairing, and usability.
What sets the Riot apart from the rest is simply how nice it feels in your hands. When gaming on my Galaxy S9, the controller manages to strike a natural balance while holding the mobile device. This properly ensures your hands or wrists will never get cramped while playing. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is heavy for a phone, weighing in at just 163 grams or about one third of a pound. While this does not seem large at first, holding an unbalanced device attached to your controller will start to cause pain after even a 10-30 minute play session. Even Sony's Dualshock 4, which is our favorite and most preferred controller, is not designed to hold such weight, and under tests is stomped out by the Rotor Riot. Rotor went out of their way to get the proper balance, and it shows.
Unlike its counterparts, Rotor's controller is wired only. This would be an issue if not for the clever use of cable management on the back of the controller clip. While often overlooked, a high quality controller clip is essential for getting the best use out of a Android gaming controller. Simple but surprisingly sturdy, the controller clip manages to be the best one yet. Mounting on to the top of the Rotor controller, the controller clip has an additional grip pad made of nice textured rubber. There was not any time where we were worried about our phone slipping out as it was firmly locked in place.
Lastly, Riot offers an optional companion app titled Ludu Mapp. Ludu Mapp allows gamers to have a list of controller enabled games directly at their fingertips. This app is perfect for those who are unsure if your games offer official controller support. We will say, while we do not condone piracy, this controller is absolutely perfect for emulation. If you're looking for a controller for that type of gig, than the Rotor Riot should be your only choice. The only flaw we could find with the Rotor Riot controller is that the controller does seem to drain battery at a higher than average rate. This means you may find yourself charging your device after 6-8 hours of play time. In our opinion, this flaw is not major due to the fact that it eliminates Bluetooth issues such as input delay and connectivity.