The Vada Guide to Vintage Video Games for Your Mobile

Simon Blish

New is not always the best, especially when it comes to games. If the likes of Angry Birds leave you feeling murderous then perhaps it’s a good idea to simultaneously step back and look back in your quest for the perfect mobile game. Here we remember some of our favourite classic games that have been ported over to mobile formats recently – so that you can continue to enjoy them or can discover them for the first time if you missed them when they were first released.

Of course there are plenty of great gaming apps out there to tempt the avid gamer. In fact, personalising your mobile device to your own unique and individual taste has never been easier. It’s never been easier to multitask. Indeed, now you can save the world from a zombie apocalypse, plan your next trip, browse retailers, pay for goods or services and connect with people of all ages, ethnicities and generations. What could be better than showing your teenage nephew how to cut up enemies in Games Workshop’s Chainsaw Warrior or teaching your nan how to use her mobile for gaming with Wink Bingo (where she can simultaneously catch up with friends, make new ones and find out all the latest news whilst enjoying a game or two in an environment that is safe and secure)?

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The way we communicate or entertain ourselves has dramatically changed over the last few years as technology advances, and now we can enjoy those games whether they are card games or war games, roleplay or slots, knowing that they will boast excellent graphics, audio and video clips to enhance our time spent at any particular place. Gone are the days where, to be truthful, enjoying any game using your mobile phone was – to say the very least – horrendous! We’re not playing Snake any more, kiddies!

These are just some of the reasons it’s so cool to try out a few of the vintage games now they have been ported over to iOS (some are available on Android and Windows OS too).

  • Originally released back in 1987 (really!), Final Fantasy is available with the first, second and the third instalments remade for iOS. These new instalments are stylish and sleek. The graphics and accompanying audio and video clips are excellent. (Or buy it for Android.)
  • As one of most popular Japanese RPGs for the SNES (that’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System to those of you who missed the wonder that was early console gaming), it was only last December that Chrono Trigger came to the iPhone. The great story line with its accidental time travellers on a quest to save the world will transport you back to 1995. (Or buy it for Android.)
  • Of all the 1990s fighting games, it could be said that Street Fighter was the very best. Well now you can access Street Fighter II Collection and annihilate to your heart’s content.
  • Fans of Duke Nukem 3D might remember when the PC shooter made the transition to 3D back in 1996. This firm favourite with its fan base also graced a few other platforms and still fans remain loyal to the adult themed game, even if it did cause a little controversy.
  • X-men fans are not let down and the firm favourite at arcades ported straight to your phone lets you take on some serious comic book action.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is back and he is collecting those golden rings like never before. Super-fast and tonnes of fun if you have never experienced this 1991 Sega Megadrive classic, now is the time to do so. (Or buy it for Android.)
  • Sega Megadrive back in 1989 also had Golden Axe, a medieval hack ‘n’ slash – which was always popular in the arcades. You can choose your hero (be it barbarian, Amazon or dwarf), then get yourself ready to hack to bits the hordes of evildoers who dare to cross your path. A fun way to play is in multiplayer and the iOS port lets you team up with your friends via Bluetooth. (Golden Axe II and Golden Axe III are also available on iOS.)
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Above is only a small but choice selection of what is on offer and they are well worth checking out if not for nostalgia’s sake then for simply trying out something that in its heyday had a reason for being so popular.

About Simon Blish

Writing, drawing, editing - Simon loves it all.