When it comes to video games, let’s just say that the versions you can play on your smartphones and other handheld devices haven’t always been considered in the same league as those you can find on consoles. But that’s no longer the case. With smartphones more capable than ever before, we’re increasingly finding games that are as good as some of the older consoles still available. Proof of this is the number of popular games series that are represented in the app stores. Below, we take a look at some of the classic games that you can play on your smartphone.
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The Blue, Speedy Hedgehog
A childhood spent without Sonic the Hedgehog by your side isn’t really a childhood, is it? You can relive your youth – and get reacquainted with their favourite pixelated hedgehog – by installing the classic version of the game onto their devices. There’s quite a lot of other versions of the Sonic game to choose from, too, which will enable you to spend many an hour bouncing your way through levels, catching gold rings as you do so.
No Longer Just a Trial
If you grew up in the nineties, then you’ll probably have had Doom on your Windows computer. That was fun, but it was only a trial with a few levels, and if you were young at the time, then you probably didn’t really understand how to play it anyway! Fast forward twenty years later, and you can finish what you started by installing the game onto your smartphone. And this isn’t just some nostalgic throwback, either: it’s really good, according to the experts. Indeed, one reviewer even called the game “a flawless reminder of why it’s considered among the best of all time.”
Ah, how many hours have we spent cruising around the Grand Theft Auto universe, in a prestigious sports car, no less? It’s an iconic memory for anyone who was a teenage gamer. Now, you can play the game on your commute to work – and not only that, you can pick your favourite version of the game. There are five on the iOs store in total: GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Chinatown Wars. Pick your favourite, and get ready to cruise along – with just a touch of violence always around the corner, too.
Into another World
It has been nearly thirty years since the world was introduced to Final Fantasy, and it has been popular ever since. With your smartphone, you can build a kingdom in the final fantasy realm and battle your way to becoming the ruler of the world, which is on the brink of chaos. With plenty of favourite characters to choose from, you’ll be able to fully indulge in the magical universe – from the comfort of wherever you happen to be.
Sports used to be something you’d do outside, but who wants to do that in this day and age? Instead, you can load up the best video games right onto your iPhone, and get busy conquering the sporting world with your hands! Whether it’s football, NBA, cricket, NFL, or any of the other most popular sports in the world, you can play as your favourite players and work your way up to the top of the world. If you’re a football fan, it’s hard to look past FIFA – or, if you’re of a more tactical disposition, Football Manager.
There have been many classic racing games available on consoles down the years. While many games can’t, due to sheer functionality, compete with their console counterparts, the handheld nature of smartphones makes them pretty adept at being just as good. And there’s good news: there are plenty to choose from! Whether it’s Need For Speed, Real Racing, GT Racing, or a Fast and the Furious game, you’ll never be lacking when it comes to sitting in a hot rod and seeing how fast you can complete a lap.
The world has always loved Pokemon, but it’s popularity reached new heights when Pokemon Go came out. Suddenly, there were millions of Pokemon players, and what’s more was that everyone was getting up and out of the house to go look for them! Not that that’s the only Pokemon game in the app stores: there’s also Duel, Camp Pokemon, and Pokemon TCG to choose from.
Whether it’s a game from your childhood or you’re just looking for new options, there are plenty of ways to have classic games fun on your phone!