Hori Horipad Overview
The Hori Horipad controller is an Extended layout iPhone and iPad game controller produced by Hori.
As per the Extended MFi controller layout specifications, the Horipad features 4 face buttons, a d-pad, 2 left and 2 right shoulder buttons, 2 analog sticks, and a pause button. The face buttons, shoulder buttons, analog sticks, and d-pad are all pressure sensitive.
The Hori Horipad connects to the iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth, and is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 4, iPad Mini (1,2, & 3), iPad Air (1 & 2), and iPod Touch (5th Gen). Due to Apple’s policies, the Horipad is not compatible with any iPhone or iPads that do not have a Lightning port.
Hori may not be a common name in the United States and Europe, but they're a prolific and well regarded Japanese controller maker.
Hori has a history of making products that are every bit as good as first party products. In some cases, Hori’s designs are superior to first-party offerings, both in layout and in build quality.
The Horipad is based on a design Hori has been refining since the PlayStation 2 era, but with a few modern touches. The shoulder buttons feel like a PS2 controller, but the analog sticks are reminiscent of an Xbox 360 controllers. The circular d-pad is unique to this version of the controller, but is exceptionally good for a circular pad.
A complete list of all games compatible with MFi game controllers, including the Hori Horipad, is available here on AfterPad: MFi Controller Compatible Game List
The Horipad was the subject of an extensive review here on AfterPad, based on months of regular use.
Hori Horipad - The AfterPad Review
For questions and comments about the review, a discussion post is available on the Forums.