REGULAR READERS of Hardware World may remember the mechanical joystick reviewed in the February issue. New from EEC Ltd is another joystick which clips over the Spectrum case and presses the 5, 6, 7 and 8 cursor keys mechanically in response to the movement of the stick.
The casing is a one-piece moulding which fits very snugly to the Spectrum case. Inside that the stick is joined securely to a shaped plate which then presses down on one or more levers to depress the key. The design appears to be well-thought-out, with attention paid to its strength.
A previous criticism of this type of joystick was that it would work only with games configured to use the cursor keys and that is still so but EEC includes details of more than 60 games which can be played with the joystick.
Retailing at £9.95, or from EEC with an extra 55 pence, postage, the joystick is competitively priced. EEC is at 1 Whitehouse Close, Chalfont S Peter, Bucks SL9 0DA.