Remember the good old days when you had to glean cheat codes off from your friends or gaming magazines, and then try fervently to apply them using your Nintendo controller before your character died or your favorite Pokémon escaped? If you really miss those times, there are plenty of ways to recreate them on an iPhone, using the awesome gaming emulators available for jailbroken (and recently, even non-jailbroken) devices. If truth be told though, the gaming community has moved on, and you are not very likely to spend a lot of time playing these older video games even if they are available on iOS. This is why Control Unlocker can be perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for NES, but not super-crazy for the actual games. The Cydia tweak makes it possible for users to set a cheat code-like passcode on their iPhone’s lock screen, making sure that the device gets unlocked only when the right combination is punched in using the displayed controller.
Control Unlocker works independently of the default passcode lock available in iOS. So, even if you don’t have passcode lock set up on your iPhone, Control Unlocker locks your device with a secret combination anyway. Thankfully, the tweak comes up with an alert to let you know of the default password (which is A,B,A,B). This alert keeps showing up every time you get on the lock screen until you set a custom password, which can be done by heading to the stock Settings app and navigating to the Control Unlocker menu.
There are three options inside the tweak’s menu. As can be expected, you can toggle the tweak on and off using the first option available in the menu. Apart from this toggle, there is also the possibility of entering custom text for the top of the controller, and setting the secret sequence of your choice. The controller in Control Unlocker comprises of the directional pad, along with the A and B buttons. If you have a passcode lock set up in addition to the tweak, successfully entering the correct controller combination only takes you as far as the passcode keypad. The tweak doesn’t affect the camera grabber in any way, and you can access the limited version of the Camera app right from your password-protected lock screen in the usual manner.
Control Unlocker is a free tweak, and can be found in the BigBoss repo of Cydia store. In our experience, it works just fine with other lock screen-related tweaks, and looks pretty good as well.