You probably miss retro games! You are nostalgic for the good old days when you think about it… Those old times when developers no longer focused on the ideas conveyed rather than on the graphics. To get you back in the mood and let you dive back into the past, we’ve put together a list of the best retro games for Android for you. Enjoy!
This open source game arguably remains one of the few that its designers have continued to develop since its original release in 1987. First appearing as an ASCII graphical roguelike, NetHack has been updated successive. It currently comes with a panoply of new sets of tiles that are a priori much more attractive. The version offered consists of six sets of tiles that you can have complete with the download of the game. In addition, NetHack revamped provides support for multiple USB control options. Perfect for those of you who might be put off by your device’s default touchscreen inputs. Note that the game is free, without advertising and without IAP.
2- Ghosts’n Goblins MOBILE
In recent years, many games have been launched on the Play Store by Capcorn. Of all of them, the most famous is certainly Ghosts’n Goblins MOBILE. This one is in line with the old Mega Man ports, but has been the subject of several improvements. In fact, you shouldn’t have any more problems with frame rates. However, you should know that Ghosts’n Goblins MOBILE is not at all an easy game to play and that many players have a lot of trouble with the touch controls. To try Ghosts’n Goblins MOBILE, you will have to pay $0.99.
3- Karateka Classic
Karateka Classic will make you dive back with delight into the world of Kung-Fu on NES. This Apple II title released by the designer of Prince of Persia is indeed not very far from his illustrious friend. You are invited to make your way through a crowd of guards who will not give you any favors. As for your ultimate goal, it is to get your girlfriend out of the evil hands of Warlord Akuma! Needless to say, for $0.99 you’ll get access to this classic beat ’em up with no ads and no IAPs.
4- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Here is another classic game, one of the most successful developed by Konami’s Metroidvania. You might be reluctant to have to drop $2.99 to download it from the Play Store. But, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is definitely worth its price. It is a sublime game designed in 2D that offers non-linear gameplay, opening the door to exploration. To overcome the main campaign, you will need no less than eight hours of fierce battles. This means that you will need more than one session to get by. The Android version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night stems from the PSP version which itself already stemmed from the PS1 version. Granted, the dialogue and character voices are tweaked, but the pixel-based graphics haven’t budged one iota. On Android, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night therefore retains its classic side and remains one of the best retro games for Android.
5- Oddworld: the wrath of the stranger
Why not try Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath? As a reminder, this was the fourth game in the Oddworld series. You are going to love playing this shooting game a lot. As Oddworld: The Stranger’s Wrath was originally an Xbox game, its graphics have not been modified for the Android port. It therefore happens to be a version of choice to highlight as a retro game. However, performance may take a hit depending on your device, given the demands of the game. To fully enjoy Oddworld: The Stranger’s Wrath, you will therefore likely need a high-end device. Do not wait to download it from the Play Store.
6- METAL SLUG ATTACK
This reissue of Metal Slug nearly gets rid of the slowdown issues that plagued the original. Fans of the Metal Slug series acclaim it as the best. To get an idea of what to expect with METAL SLUG ATTAK, consider side-scrolling Contra on run ‘n gun gameplay. Then put some of the most elaborate pixel art graphics on it. METAL SLUG ATTACK is a real spectacle to admire up close even when you are no longer in your youth.
7- Double Dragon Trilogy
Why pay $3.49 to download the Double Dragon Trilogy? Quite simply because this king of arcade brawlers will make you have a great time! All three arcade titles are brought to you at the same time, each not deviating from its core graphics and gameplay. On the other hand, you might be a little disappointed by the wobbly nature of the new touchscreen controls. To fully appreciate the Double Dragon Trilogy, it would be best to play it with a controller.
8- Garou: Mark of the Wolves
It is rather rare to come across traditional fighters on Android! Yet this is the experience you will have with Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Remained in the shadow of Samurai Showdown, this game is presented as a sequel to Fatal Fury. The Android version of Garou: Mark of the Wolves supports local multiplayer via Bluetooth. The support of the controllers is done in turn by the simultaneous handling of the right buttons. Garou: Mark of the Wolves is definitely a classic fighting game that you can download from the Play Store for $3.99.
9- Raiden Legacy
Get access to both Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2 and Raiden Fighters Jet for $5.49. Raiden Legacy lets you play either of these retro games, either full-screen, top-down, or in their base aspect ratio. Remember that you can choose between two different difficulty modes. Finally, if you want to relive the experience of the arcade, it is quite possible thanks to the video filtering included.