Are you looking for an easy way to play your favorite retro games on your Android phone or tablet without having to tinker with complicated emulators?
In this post, we present you with a list of the top 7 classic games that have been remastered for Android devices.
If you’ve been scouring Google Play Store for old games, you may have noticed the huge number of games launched every week. While most of them are definitely not worth your time, there are a few good ones, especially those that you enjoyed playing in the 1990s and 2000s in arcades, on a console, or even on a handheld device. Fortunately, these retro games are now available on Android too.
Most of the classic games remastered for Android look pretty much the same as they did years ago. You can now relive those great moments and fond memories of arcade games straight from your Android device. And we are not talking about using complicated emulators to play the games on your phone. You can, however, use emulators to access even more retro games if you wish.
There are also many people today using ROM emulation to modify classic games for their personal use. This is done for many purposes. For instance, ROMs can be used to change a game’s difficulty level, change the graphics to fit a mobile device screen, or even change the game’s native language and translate it for users in other countries.
In most cases, ROMs are used to create free copies of paid games. The practice is, however, illegal in some countries but quite legal in other countries such as the United States.
Google recently launched their Android 11 for Pixel devices and is already sending its source code to the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP). This means that developers can now create skinned versions of Android using custom ROMs. It also means that we’ll be seeing more classic games remastered for Android in the near future.
Meanwhile here is our list of the best 7 retro games remastered for Android. All the games discussed below are official Android releases of popular games that dominated the 1990s console, PC, and Arcade gaming. The games have now been remastered and expanded for use on Android devices.
One thing you’ll also agree on is that the new versions are better and more enjoyable on your phone this time around, thanks to advanced graphics and other technical features.
Take time to test these retro games on your Android device.
Pac-Man is perhaps one of the most popular games ever made. Most adults and children can still remember the munching sound of Pac-Man and the eerie ghost sounds of the game.
Pac-Man was a favorite in every gaming arcade. The hugely popular classic game has made a comeback as an Android app to ensure that the younger generation can also enjoy it just like their parents did. You can download multiple versions of the Pac-Man app in Google Play Store.
Some of the key features of the remastered Pac-Man include the classic arcade mode complete with all the original mazes, additional mobile mazes, a tournament mode, and daily missions to earn tokens.
2. Pinball Arcade
If you were to go back, way back, in retro games, you cannot fail to mention the classic pinball machines. Pinball arcade might look very 70s but one thing most people agree on is that the game never goes out of style.
The good news is that you can now recreate the same experience of playing glass-top pinball at the arcade on your Android device. It’s just like bringing the arcade experience to your palm.
Some of the key features of the Android version of Pinball Arcade include a total of 70 pinball tables with the same classic look and style, awesome sound effects, and beautiful 3D graphics.
3. Super Mario Run
There are several Super Mario games already available for Android devices. One of them is the Super Mario Run version that you can easily play with one hand by tapping as Mario runs.
You can also time your taps to execute midair spins, wall jumps, and other stylish jumps and collect even more coins. The game allows you to try all the four Super Mario Run modes – World Tour, Remix 10, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder – before you decide to buy the full version.
Another notable improvement is the ability to play Super Mario 64 on Android, thanks to a recent development that made it possible to run a Nintendo 64 game on Android without using an emulator. Just launch the game on your device like you would launch any other game app and have fun.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic
Sonic the Hedgehog was a household name in the 1990s and 2000s. You can now relive those endless adventures of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and the crew fighting against Dr. Eggman on your Android.
The mobile version features 12 Badnik infected zones, a secret hidden palace stage, a new Boss Attack mode, Time Attack mode, and the ability to compete with other players online.
The Android version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic is definitely worth your time, especially if you played the game as a child.
5. Metal Slug 3 Shooting Game
Metal Slug 3 is a classic example of shooting games that dominated arcades the world over 15 to 20 years ago. The game has now been remastered for Android and is available at the Play Store.
It is a good option for people who want to relive the excitement of run-and-gun classic games. It is also perfect for those who love fast action shooting games from the past. The new game version allows you to play in multiple ways including single-player campaigns using either mission mode or the classic mode.
You can also coordinate with other players wirelessly via Bluetooth for more cooperative gameplay. The Android version comes with a wide range of slugs and weapons too.
6. Pole Position: Remix
There was Pole Position before Need for Speed was born. It was an 8-bit and 16-bit racing game with rather primitive gameplay compared to today’s racing games.
However, the action was great despite the lack of controls. You can now relive those fond memories of early racing games with the remastered Pole Position: Remix.
7. Prince of Persia Classic
This list of classic games remastered for Android would be incomplete without mentioning everyone’s favorite, The Prince of Persia.
The classic version is actually the original game before it was acquired by Ubisoft and transformed Prince of Persia into the Sands of Time franchise.
If you are still a fan of the 2D Prince of Persia, you can now get it on your Android device from Google Play Store.
Classic games never go out of style. They only get better after being remastered to work on current devices.
The retro games discussed above will definitely bring back those nostalgic moments of your childhood when played on Android devices.