Best Old School Mobile Games on iPhone, Windows, Android

From Ms. Pac-Man to Space Invaders, the classics always stand the test of time... and now they're on the mobile! Here are a hand-picked selection from Mobile Games Expert Damon Brown.

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Virtua Fighter 2

Virtua Fighter 2 screencap

Sega

Once you get past the dated visuals, Virtua Fighter 2 is old-school brawling fun. It's is a port of the Genesis fighter.

Read the Virtua Fighter 2 review.

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Ms. Pac-Man

Ms. Pacman screencap

Ms. Pac-Man is great on the go, though you’ll still be pining for a real joystick.

Read the Ms. Pac-Man review.

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Pac-Man

Pac-Man logo

Namco Networks

Pac-Man is just what you remember – no frills, no gimmicks.

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Oregon Trail

'Oregon Trail' is a remake of the TRS-80 game. Photo Courtesy: Gameloft

Based on the old-school computer game, Oregon Trail blends 19th-century history with arcade gaming.

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Frogger

'Frogger' is an arcade classic. Photo Courtesy: Konami

Frogger has new visuals, but the gameplay remains the same as the early eighties arcade classic.

Read the Frogger review.

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Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights

'Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights' is inspired by the classic arcade game. Photo Courtesy: Capcom

Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights is a solid game, but the iPhone can’t handle the chaotic gameplay of the classic.

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Doom Classic

Photo Courtesy: id Software

There couldn’t be a more apt name for Doom Classic. It is a direct port of the two decade-old hit that will please both new fans and shooter veterans.

Read the Doom Classic review.

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Burgertime Deluxe

'Burgertime Deluxe' updates the popular '80s arcade game. Photo Courtesy: Namco Networks

Between the sluggish controls and odd A.I., Burgertime Deluxe doesn’t quite live up to its classic predecessor.

Read the Burgertime Deluxe review.

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Galaga Remix

'Galaga Remix' includes a revamp and the original hit. Photo Courtesy: Namco Networks

Galaga Remix accurately emulates the arcade classic, but shoddy controls and a suspect bonus version make it best for only hardcore fans.

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Tetris

'Tetris' is considered one of the best puzzle games ever. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Tetris is just as great as it used to be, but don’t expect any amazing new tricks in the two and a half decade old game.

Read the Tetris review.

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Civilization Revolution

'Civilization Revolution' on the Apple iPad. Photo Courtesy: 2K Games

Civilization Revolution takes the traditionally long strategy game and crams all the fun into the mobile phone. Great stuff.

Read the Civilization Revolution review.

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Wolfenstein 3D Classic

Photo Courtesy: id

Old-school gaming at its finest, Wolfenstein 3D Classic is a carbon copy of the early ‘90s PC shoot ‘em up. It’s about as deep as a kiddie pool, but good luck finding faster action on the mobile phone.

Read the Wolfenstein 3D Classic review.

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Mega Man II

Photo Courtesy: Capcom

Old-school fans will go nuts for Mega Man II, an exact replica of one of the best action/adventure games available on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Read the Mega Man II review.

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Q*Bert

Photo Courtesy: Sony Pictures.

Q*Bert on the mobile is a carbon copy of the arcade classic – and is just as cool and as tough as the original.

Read the Q*Bert review.

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Alpine Racer

'Alpine Racer' was a sleeper arcade hit. Photo Courtesy: Namco Networks

Based on the arcade game, Alpine Racer is a fun, albeit short gaming experience.

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Dig Dug Remix

'Dig Dug Remix' has an update as well as the original arcade hit. Photo Courtesy: Namco Networks

Sensitive controls aside, Dig Dug Remix has a great version of the original arcade masterpiece and a so-so remake most gamers will skip.

Read the Dig Dug Remix review.

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Adventure

Adventure
Adventure was big on the Atari 2600. Photo Courtesy: Peter Hirschberg

You may remember the Atari 2600 classic Adventure, but even old-school fans won’t be playing this exact replica long. Grab this free download for nostalgia purposes only.

Read the Adventure review.

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Bust-A-Move

'Bust-A-Move' is one of the classic arcade puzzle games. Photo Courtesy: Taito

Based on the popular arcade puzzle series, Bust-A-Move brings enough new twists to keep the addictive game fresh.

Read the Bust-A-Move review.

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Clue

'Clue' is based on the mystery board game. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Clue is less a mobile board game and more about solving crimes solo – which is fun in itself.

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Scrabble

'Scrabble' on the Apple iPad. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Scrabble is almost as fun as the classic board game, though a few flaws keep it from perfection.

Read the Scrabble review.

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Street Fighter IV

'Street Fighter IV' is based on the home console brawler. Photo Courtesy: Capcom

Street Fighter IV is a surprisingly faithful translation, though the controls aren’t ideal.

Read the Street Fighter IV review.

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Ridge Racer Accelerated

'Ridge Racer Accelerated' looks just like its home console counterpart. Photo Courtesy: Namco Bandai

Ridge Racer Accelerated is too superficial to be fun, even for a quick mobile game.

Read the Ridge Racer Accelerated review.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition

'Pac-Man Championship Edition' is a port of the popular console update. Photo Courtesy: Namco Bandai

Odd controls aside, Pac-Man Championship Edition rocks as much as its console big brother.

Read the Pac-Man Championship Edition review.

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Rise of the Triad

'Rise Of The Triad' is from the 'Doom'-era of games. Photo Courtesy: Mobila Interactive

Hardcore FPS fans will appreciate Rise Of The Triad, but this port of the old-school shooter shows it hasn’t aged well.

Read the Rise of the Triad review.

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Silent Hill: The Escape

'Silent Hill: The Escape' is a creepy game. Photo Courtesy: Konami

Silent Hill: The Escape is creepy, crawly and intense, if a little slow paced.

Read the Silent Hill: The Escape review.

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Glow Hockey

'Glow Hockey' is based on classic air hockey. Photo Courtesy: Natenai

Glow Hockey is a solid version of air hockey.

Read the Glow Hockey review.

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Connect Four

'Connect Four' is a childhood favorite. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Connect Four is a solid version of the classic board game with some graphic and gameplay flourishes.

Read the Connect Four review.

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Driver

'Driver' is a faithful translation of the PlayStation hit. Photo Courtesy: Gameloft

Messy and slow, Driver suffers from bad controls and dated gameplay.

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Cameltry

'Cameltry' was a nineties arcade sleeper. Photo Courtesy: Taito

The old-school update to the labyrinth games, Cameltry is simple and mildly addictive.

Read the Cameltry review.

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Monopoly

'Monopoly' translates extremely well to the mobile phone. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Monopoly is the best board game interpretation on the iPhone so far.

Read the Monopoly review.

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Dragon's Lair

'Dragon's Lair' on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Dragon’s Lair is a carbon copy of the beautiful arcade classic – and just as frustrating as you remember.

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Earthworm Jim

'Earthworm Jim' is a carbon copy of the '90s platformer. Photo Courtesy: Gameloft

A tough-edged platform game, Earthworm Jim just doesn’t translate well to the mobile.

Read the review.

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Pole Position Remix

'Pole Position Remix' stays faithful to the original racer. Photo Courtesy: Namco Networks

Time hasn’t been well to Pole Position Remix, and the spruced-up graphics and bad controls don’t help the broken gameplay.

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The Simpsons Arcade

The Simpsons Arcade iPhone/iPod Touch game. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

The Simpsons Arcade captures the original classic.

Read the The Simpsons Arcade review.

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Duke Nukem 3D

'Duke Nuke'Em' helped push the first-person shooter genre in the '90s. Photo Courtesy: MachineWorks Northwest

Duke Nukem 3D is a great port of the important '90s first-person shooter.

Read the Duke Nukem 3D review.

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Kurt Warner Football 101 for Kids

'Kurt Warner Football 101 for Kids' is a good pigskin overview for all ages. Photo Courtesy: GSG Media

Kurt Warner Football 101 for Kids is a fun way for parents to teach youngin's about pigskin.

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Bomb Squad Patrol

'Bomb Squad Patrol' is classic gameplay. Photo Courtesy: Peter Trennum

Bomb Squad Patrol is a decent race against time, though it never reaching fever pitch.

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Golden Axe

The '80s hit 'Golden Axe' hasn't aged well. Photo Courtesy: Sega Mobile

From bad graphics to boring gameplay, the old-school game Golden Axe hasn't aged well.

Read the Golden Axe review.

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R-Type

'R-Type' is classic, chaotic shooting. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

R-Type is a faithful translation of the high-intensity shooter.

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Risk

'Risk' is the classic strategy board game on mobile. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Risk manages to be more smooth and fun than the original classic board game.

Read the Risk review.

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Space Harrier II

'Space Harrier II' was an early arcade hit for Sega. Photo Courtesy: Sega

The once-cool arcade game Space Harrier II hasn’t aged well at all. Not worth the time.

Read the Space Harrier II review.

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1942 First Strike

'1942 First Strike' is the latest in the long-running shooter series. Photo Courtesy: Capcom

1942 First Strike is a decent shooter, but much more mellow than its predecessors.

Read the 1942 First Strike review.

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Boggle

'Boggle' is based on the classic word creation board game. Photo Courtesy: EA Mobile

Boggle is a good multiplayer version of the board game classic, only hampered by a bad word dictionary.

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Prince of Persia Retro

'Prince of Persia Retro' is a carbon copy of the classic adventure. Photo Courtesy: Ubisoft

Prince of Persia Retro is classic, frustrating old-school fun, just like the original hit.

Read the Prince of Persia Retro review.

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Silent Scope

'Silent Scope' is based on the old-school arcade hit. Photo Courtesy: Konami

Basic and primal, Silent Scope is satisfying arcade shooting fun.

Read the Silent Scope review.

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Sonic The Hedgehog

'Sonic The Hedgehog' is a carbon copy of the Sega Genesis classic. Photo Courtesy: Sega

The classic side-scroller Sonic The Hedgehog is as good as you remember.

Read the Sonic The Hedgehog review.

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Bit Pilot

'Bit Pilot' is a great old-school arcade fix. Photo Courtesy: Zach Gage

Bit Pilot is fun fast action for on the go gaming.

Read the Bit Pilot review.

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Blokus

'Blokus' is based on the strategy board game. Photo Courtesy: Gameloft

Blokus is a solid board game that puts strategy over action.

Read the Blokus review.

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Arkanoid

'Arkanoid' is a classic update of 'Breakout'. Photo Courtesy: Taito

Arkanoid retains the blockbusting fun of the old-school arcade game – and adds even more to it.

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Steampunk Hockey

'Steampunk Hockey' adds nice visuals to classic air hockey. Photo Courtesy: XyrisKenn

Steampunk Hockey looks gorgeous, but the gameplay doesn’t match the beauty.

Read the Steampunk Hockey review.