BombSquad Remote

Want play some BombSquad, but short on controllers? Not a problem. Use your phones and tablets as controllers with the free BombSquad Remote app.

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Want to improve BombSquad Remote or just see how it works?  Now you can.

BombSquad Remote for iOS

BombSquad Remote for Android


For questions, comments, and bug reports, email or check out the BombSquad facebook page.

62 thoughts on “BombSquad Remote”

          1. Bluetooth would be great for phones because my college buddies and I want to play at school but our firewalls won’t allow for LAN play. :'(

          2. I’ve got that on my to-do list; hopefully I can get to it soon. In the meantime you might want to try WiFi Direct.. it takes a little bit of setup (and a newer android device) but it might work for ya in the same way..

  1. I think a networked controller would be good so people can use their keyboard controls instead of sharing input on one device. But I ain’t complaining. Good job Eric.

  2. how to use the iphone remote?
    My mac opens the game and both are in the same wifi network,
    but the iphone still says “searching for game” all the time….

        1. Hmm that may mean you have a firewall or some other security software preventing data from getting through. You could try disabling stuff like that on your router and see if that helps. Another thing worth trying is creating a network directly on your mac (“Create Network…” under the airport menu) and connecting your iOS device directly to that. It’s kind of tedious, but one upside is that data will be going straight to your Mac so your latency should be really low.

  3. I am not able to get the remote to display the controls. I have an iphone 5 and am running v. 1.3.1 of bombsquad. It says searching for games and then I start the app and it finds my computer and displays the name, but does not show any controls. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, rebooting each device and creating a network and connecting directly to that. None of that shows the controls on the remote app. What am I missing?

  4. ANDROID controller app needed!
    Pls do it!

    And by the way – awesome game.
    But we can’t play it in multiplayer…because there is no android controller 😉

  5. You guys recently updated the app so that it only works on iOS5 now, so can you send me a download link to the version of the app that works with iOS4.2.1 because my iPod is a second gen and cannot update to iOS5. Other than that great game!

    1. Sorry for the slow response, but I just submitted an update to the iOS remote which *should* run on iOS4 again.. it should be out in the next week or so. I don’t actually own any iOS4 devices to test on but hopefully it works for you…

  6. I wish the Android version of your remote functioned the same as the iphone version. At least it should have a fixed joystick. The floating one is extremely annoying and makes playing the game impossible.

    1. I’ll throw that on my list of things to add.. I wanted to streamline the remote and wasn’t sure if anyone actually used the tilt or fixed-joystick options.. I’ll take this as a yes.

  7. hello again! i tried the Android remote last night, and it works quite well. in some cases, it’s a bit superior to the hardware remote in that button combos and sequences are a little easier on the touch screen.

    but… running. i sorta figured it out, but unless i’m doing something terribly wrong it’s not really a feasible control scheme for me. as far as i can tell, you just tap somewhere off the button rose to run, but you also tap one of the buttons. i’d much prefer if the directional pad had a second ring (optionally?) out the outside that you pushed the “joystick” in to to run in that direction. it might cause inadvertent running until you get used to it, but i’d take that over the awkward running now.

  8. Cannot for the life of me get the wifi to work across multiple devices. 2 android devices and 1 iOS to use them as additional controllers for the ouya bombsquad game. I have disabled all firewall settings and filter blocks and the apps cannot detect any active bombsquad games and/or during the waiting for local players phase.

    They are all connected to the same wifi router network.

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  10. Dear Eric,
    i really enjoy your game and instantly bought it for my OUYA, as well as an additional Character. 🙂 It is a great Game, but i switched through the settings and there is one thing that confuses me: I found the graphics section in the settings, but there is no possibility to switch to high or even very high settings. I guess thats because the OUYA hasn’t got such a great graphic power(slow tegra :(…)? So i continued trying to push the Game to my Android Phone. It didn’t went well…. In fact it didn’t even start. Are you going to release the game for android phones as well? Because i really would like it to play this game on my phone. Because the OUYA gamepad can be connected to the Phone as well, i think it would be great fun 🙂
    I would be happy if you would text me back.
    Greetings from Germany!
    Yours sincerely

    1. Glad you like the game!
      The OUYA version won’t run on standard Android hardware as it requires some OUYA-specific libraries.. but I’m working on a general android version too that I plan on releasing. Email me at if you’d like to try out a beta version.

  11. Hi Eric,

    I’m running BS on my MacBook and BSRemote on my Android tablet. The BSRemote can find the game, but keep ‘connecting’ and cannot join in the game.

    The system’s firewall is not opened, and they’re of course connected to the same WiFi. Anyway, BS is a nice game and I want to play it with all my friends!


    1. That’s odd.. This is janky, but one thing you might try it looking up your Mac’s IP address (in network preferences or whatnot) and connecting to that using the ‘Connect to Address…’ menu item on the Android remote.

  12. i cannot connect my mac from BSRemote (android 4.4 ),i even used “connect to address” only display “connecting”…….., all firewall are off.

    plzz help ………….

    1. Not sure what it would be offhand… :-/ It could be a number of things preventing packets from making it from point A to point B on your network.. usually firewalls or security software are the culprit, but if you say that’s turned off I’m not sure what to have you try next..

  13. put it on apple app store on iphones pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  14. Hi Eric,

    Your game is amazing and I wanted to congratulate u for having so much talent in this stuff!! 🙂 So my question is that I have a android tablet and I wanted to connect to it. But I couldn’t, it wouldn’t show up in the bombsquad remote app. Could u help me? It would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! 🙂


    1. Hi Ethan,
      It’s hard to say what the problem might be there.. usually it’s network security or firewall settings preventing devices on a network from discovering each other. (make sure they’re on the same network to start with). If you’re using the Android version of BombSquad Remote you can try the ‘Connect by Address’ menu item too.. (you just need to find out what the IP address of your tablet is)

    1. If your remote device is on the same network as the game but you’re not seeing it, that usually means there’s router settings or a firewall or something preventing them from talking to each other… If you’re using the Android remote there’s a ‘Connect by Address’ entry in the menu you can try (if you can find the IP address of the device running the game). Hope that helps..

  15. I am on my wifi, do i have to have the game on Mac and connect it to my device? I just got it off the AppStore thinking it would be a fun game, but it just loads forever.

    1. Generally this is a network security or firewall setting preventing your iPhone/etc from talking to your Mac. You can try twiddling security settings on your router, or if you’ve got an iPhone you can make a network on your mac in the airport menu and connect the phone to that and it should work.

    1. Not trying to be rude; my inbox has been a disaster zone this last week after the Google Play feature; I physically can’t respond to everything right now; doing what I can..

      1. Ok, my apologies. Is it possible to make it like android? My friend has it on android where you can play the game without a Mac so would it be possible to do that with ios? Maybe make it paid?

        1. Yeah it’ll be pretty similar to the Android one, with a few minor differences here and there.. (and network play will be cross platform so you can do iOS vs Android vs Mac vs Windows, etc.)

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