Are you tired of those repetitive free-to-play hyper casual games on mobile? Maybe what you need is to seek cross-platform smartphone games created for a more progressive gameplay!
On this list, we’re giving you a round up of mobile games that were originally released for the PC and other consoles like the Nintendo 3DS, DS, Gameboy Advance, and even the more retro ones like NES and SEGA Genesis. These games will not just give you hours of well-thought-out gameplay, it will also take you to a nostalgic trip with just your handheld device!
Besides this, the games on this list also do not require any emulators, so you wouldn’t have to worry on downloading suspicious ROMs from unofficial websites. Go ahead and check them out below!
Sonic The Hedgehog Classic
Our favorite blue hedgehog has truly gone a long way from the SEGA Genesis console of the early ’90s to the latest gaming devices of today, even conquering the cinemas in his own live-action animated film.
But even if they’ve released numerous games for the franchise, the game that started it all is still worth revisiting, just ask the millions of people who downloaded the game on the Play Store alone.
Mega Man Series
The original six 8-bit Mega Man games are also playable on mobile. Enjoy the very retro look of the earliest games of the franchise, released from 1990 to 1993.
Return to the world of the Blue Bomber, acquire special weapons and blast the Hyper Mega Buster against enemy robots, huge bosses, and evil masterminds like Dr. Wily, Dr. Cossack, and Mr. X!
Street Fighter IV Champion Edition
Another video game franchise that continues to be timeless is the Street Fighter series from Capcom. The fourth game in the series, finds its way on mobile but with a more watered down visuals for smoother gaming.
The paid version of the game has 32 playable fighters, including the most popular ones like Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, and M. Bison. Not only can you take on AIs on the single player arcade mode, you can also fight against other gamers via WiFi.
For more classic fighting games, Streets of Rage and King of Fighters are also available on the Play Store and App Store.
Crazy Taxi Classic
Another SEGA game from the ‘90s, Crazy Taxi got us crazy for its high-octane driving gameplay. The rules are simple, bring passengers to their destination in the shortest time possible while gaining bonus points by pulling off insane stunts on the way.
Choose between the Arcade Mode and Original Mode, enjoy a total of 16 mini games, and drive with the vibe of its classic soundtrack from Bad Religion and Offspring!
Final Fantasy Series
The Final Fantasy fanbase is lucky, because both the Play Store and the App Store are teeming with the original games from the franchise. From the classic 2D look of the first Final Fantasy game to the blocky 3D render of Final Fantasy VII to the more polished graphics of Final Fantasy IX, these games will surely take you to a trip down memory lane.
Other popular RPG games from Square Enix, including Chrono Trigger, The World Ends With You, and the Dragon Quest series are also available for both Anroid and iOS devices.
Ace Attorney Series and Spin-Offs
First released for the Gameboy Advance back in 2001, Ace Attorney’s unique gameplay paired and interesting premise soon became available to more devices including the Wii and 3DS.
In this game, you play the rookie lawyer Phoenix Wright who must investigate crime scenes and find flaws on people’s testimonies in court to defend your client and uncover the truth.
The original trilogy is only available for iOS, while later games in the franchise like Apollo Justice, Dual Destinies, Spirit of Justice, and Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth are all available for both iOS and Android devices.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
iOS (Free demo/Full version for P499)
From the creator of Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick is another mystery-driven game that has a more bizarre premise. It had its first release for the DS back in 2010, before it was ported into the iOS just two years later.
For those who aren’t familiar with this puzzle adventure game, Ghost Trick begins with the death of the protagonist, Sissel. Not being able to remember his past and who killed him, Sissel must navigate the world as a ghost and uncover the truth, by possessing and manipulating ordinary objects around him.
Baldur’s Gate Series
The RPG game from 1998 continues to be played up to this day after it has been ported for mobile devices. If you’re a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, you will surely be nostalgic when you play this game.
Go customize your hero, recruit your allies, and explore the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit, and the truth. Besides the original 60-hour adventure, they’ve also added some additional free and paid features for an extended gameplay.
To those who grew up playing Grand Theft Auto games, like Vice City or San Andreas, downloading the mobile version of these games can surely make you nostalgic.
If you enjoyed just wandering around and exploring the game’s open world back in the day, now is also the best time to revisit it and actually finish those missions!
The Walking Dead Series
The Walking Dead TV series is a compelling survival story in a post-apocalyptic world, most viewers would agree to that. While the game adaptation followed a different plot, it still captured the essence of the show.
Instead of giving us a zombie game with a lot of gunfire, the game series focused more on the choices the characters must make amid the extraordinary crisis, ultimately giving players an immersive The Walking Dead experience. The first three seasons of the game are available on the Play Store and App Store.
What’s your favorite throwback mobile game?