Handspring Visor Prism
PC with a CDrom (for Zap! 2016 game which is
Most people love games and many people play them on their PDAs. The GameFace
for Visor Prism makes playing games easier and more fun. What is the GameFace?
It is a nifty snap on joystick for the Visor Prism.
This accessory is a silver colored plastic cover that turns the application
buttons and up/down scroll buttons on the Prism into a joystick with 2 action
The GameFace uses the same method of attachment as the regular Visor
screen cover: It uses the two holes on either side of the sync connector and the
notch near the Springboard slot as a grip. The fit is perfect and it can be
attached and removed very easily.
How does it work? When you press a button on the GameFace, it in turn pressses
the corresponding button underneath it. So if you press the joystick up, it is
actually pressing the up scroll button…
Your next question might be, “Why doesn’t this GameFace work with the
regular Visor?” Well, since Handspring – in their infinite wisdom – decided to
move the power button to the right side of the PDA with the Prism; it won’t fit
the regular Visor correctly. Yes, it will sort of fit…but, the joystick and
buttons don’t quite match up. So regular Visor owners must purchase a different
version of the GameFace for their PDA.
At first, I was somewhat concerned with the fragility of the plastic screen-frame part of the GameFace. The frame looks thin but it actually feels pretty
The buttons are nice, large, and quite easy to press. The top of the joystick
is concave so that the pad of your thumb can rest there comfortably. If you
don’t like the joystick, you can remove it by unscrewing it and use the
remaining button as a joypad instead. Either way, playing games with the
GameFace feels very natural and Gameboy-like.
I actually like this method of adding a joystick to the Visor better than the GamePad
method for the Palm devices. The GameFace is nicer because it doesn’t really
increase the overall size of the PDA and doesn’t require a driver to be
I let my friend try the GameFace and was amused because I couldn’t get it
away from her. She normally has no interest in games at all. But when I showed
her Tetris, she was all over it. I think the GameFace just makes it easier to
That said, not every game is going to work with the GameFace. Games that
allow you to change the mapping of the buttons will almost assuredly work; but
games that have the buttons hardcoded may or may not work, depending on the
function of each button.
One nice thing is that the GameFace comes with the full version of Zap! 2016
on CD. So, you’ll at least have one game that you can play with it right off the
bat! I successfully tested the GameFace with several Gameboy games using the Liberty
Gameboy Emulator, and quite a few other games that were installed on my Prism
and they worked great!
Of course, there were a couple games that didn’t work
that I wished did: BrickBreak,
for one, didn’t work and doesn’t have an option to map keys. Another game that
didn’t lend itself well to the GameFace was Race
Fever. It also doesn’t allow you to map keys.
Do I recommend the Game Face? Well, in the immortal words of my best friend,
“Damn Skippy!”; which, when translated for those of you that have never
heard the phrase, means “Yes!”
Comes with the full version of Zap! 2016
Makes game playing feel more natural
Only works with the Visor Prism
Must remove to Hotsync
Will not work with some games that do not have the ability to re-map buttons