Android has a lot of classic video game ports, as well as versions of old games and arcades that have been adapted for mobile devices. If you are a puret and want to remember some of your childhood classics, here you have a good handful of retro games from the 80s and 90s, as well as the occasional legendary title from the 70s and a couple of more recent games that are almost out. they could be classified as “retro games”.
Some of these games, such as those incorporated into the Sega Forever initiative are compatible with gamepads, so if you have an Android controller here you can put it to good use.
The 10 best retro games for Android
Almost all the titles we mentioned are official versions published by the original developers, although there are also more or less clone games that are clearly based on well-known names, such as Bricks DEMOLITION (an Arkanoid of all life), Crossy Road (the mythical Frogger) or Sky Force Reloaded (an old school vertical ship shooter).
The classic Pong of 1972, one of the star games of the first generation of video consoles , has several “clones” in the Play Store. Although it is not published by the original developer, in this case Atari, the truth is that it maintains the essence of the original game in all its aspects and even allows local multiplayer games.
Developer: CODA Masters
We fast forward 10 years in time to 1982, in this case with an arcade game that we could also see on the Atari 2600 console . Moon Patrol was a quite original killer for the time, since you controlled a space car with which you had to shoot both the UFOs that were attacking from above and the obstacles and enemies that came in front of you. Halfway between a shooter, an infinite runner and a platform game, but with cars.
Developer: WB Studios
Another classic of the arcades of the 80s and a true retro arcade gem that still maintains its charm today. The NAMCO game has been reinventing itself over the years, including new game modes and variants to make a game a little more interesting that does not need to change a single comma in its source code.
On Android we find several games published by BANDAI NAMCO, from the original PAC-MAN, through Ms. PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN 256 (a new twist that turns closed mazes into lateral advance screens).
Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
Tetris is a game that never goes out of style. The truth is that it is difficult to say that it is a retro game when today we still see new versions of this classic of the logic and puzzle genre (to show the Tetris 99 of Nintendo Switch , with which you compete online with 100 other players).
This official version of Tetris for Android also offers several game modes, such as private games and 100-player massive games. Of course it also has a classic single-player mode (it would be missing more!).
Developer: N3TWORK Inc.
Double Dragon Trilogy
One of the first cake sets to really make it into the arcades back in 1987, long before the Final Fights, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs and Commando Captains that flooded arcades in the 90s.
This Android game includes the original arcade trilogy: Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. All this with controls adapted for mobile devices, compatible with Android controllers, includes local cooperative via Bluetooth, 3 levels of difficulty and two game modes: arcade and story.
Double Dragon Trilogy
Price: € 2.99
As incredible as it may seem, the first Final Fantasy (NES) was also released in 1987, which undoubtedly gives it the title of a retro saga of almost epic levels . During the last few years Square Enix has made a large number of ports of the first games in this series, as well as other classic titles from the 80s and 90s such as the Dragon Quest series .
The games have a price that for many may seem a bit exorbitant, hovering between 10 and 20 euros, although they offer a clean experience free of ads, with remastered graphics, a renewed soundtrack and some other extra content.
Developer: SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
Price: € 11.99
Originally developed for the Commodore Amiga , Lemmings is a game that was released 30 years ago, in the cold winter of 1991. Since then it has gone through a multitude of consoles and systems such as the Super Nintendo or the most recent PlayStation 3, and now we also have it on Android.
The mechanics of the game are quite simple: direct your group of small Lemmings towards the exit, avoiding the dangers and traps that we find along the way by making use of the different abilities that we have.
Lemmings – Puzzle Adventure
Sonic the hedgehog
If now the console war is focused on PlayStation and Xbox, in the 90s the battle was fought between fans of Super Nintendo and Mega Drive. Many of the Sega games for that console are now available for free and officially for mobile phones, so if you want to take a good dip in retro games on your Android, don’t forget to take a look at the Sega catalog in the Play Store .
Here you will find the first Sonic games, as well as other gems the size of Golden Ax, The Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage or Kid Chameleon, among many others.
Sonic the Hedgehog ™ Classic
To celebrate DOOM’s 25th anniversary in 2018 Bethesda decided to relaunch the first DOOM on Android devices alongside the Thy Flesh Consumed expansion. We can certainly consider him the father of first-person shooters, and although this mobile version is paid, you will surely be happy to know that there is also a version available that uses the game’s open source engine called Freedoom, which is completely free and works. marvelous (although it obviously doesn’t bear the Bethesda stamp).
Developer: Bethesda Softworks LLC
Price: € 5.49
Symphony of the Night is another one of those iconic retro games that KONAMI decided to bring to Android in search of greener pastures. In the absence of a return of the saga through the big door in format for video consoles, if you are a fan of the metroidvania and want to experience one of the titles that generated the most impact within the genre, take a look at this title in the Play Store: it has a super affordable price, compatible with gamepad, includes save function and is available in 6 languages, including Spanish.