19 Best Old-School Games for Your Phone

Need an old-school fix? There are tons of great, classic mobile games you can download on your mobile phone right now. Most of them work for both Androids and iOS devices, like the iPhone. Some are even available for your tablet.

Though many have, not all classic games have been ported to modern day phones and tablets. The games we’ve listed below are our favorites not only because the story matches that of the classic game but because the graphics are usually either similar or even better than the originals.

‘Tetris’

Tetris
 Tetris is considered one of the best puzzle games ever. EA Mobile

“Tetris” is just as great as it always has been, but don’t expect any amazing new tricks. Although it’s not much different than the original, you could argue that that’s what makes it so enjoyable.

There are several “Tetris” games available for Android and iPhone but not all of them have that original, classic feel. ​Gaing Thi’s “Tetris – Classic Tetris Brick” is your best shot for the classic “Tetris” on your iPhone or iPad, and your closest option for Android is “TETRIS” from Electronic Arts.

EA also has “TETRIS Blitz” for iPhone/iPad and Android that’s a bit more action-packed and modern than the classic edition.

‘Battleship’

Battleship
 Battleship is an update of the classic boardgame. EA Mobile

“Battleship” is a smooth, fun adaptation of the board game classic. You and your opponent set up ships on your own sides of the game, and then both of you try to sink the other player’s ships by guessing where they’re at on the grid.

You can get “Battleship: Official Edition” from Marmalade Game Studio on Google Play. However, there are alternatives, too, from developers like Smuttlewerk Interactive and VALIPROD.

‘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. You’re trying to rescue Princess Daphne from Singe the dragon.

This game can be downloaded from Google Play. To play “Dragon’s Lair” on an iPhone, get it from ​iTunes; another version, “Dragon’s Lair HD” is offered for iPads and is also on iTunes.

You can also grab “Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp” on your AndroidiPhone, or iPad.

‘Frogger’

Frogger
 Frogger is an arcade classic. Konami

“Frogger” has new visuals, but the gameplay remains the same as the early eighties arcade classic. Try to get your frog across the street or river, avoiding obstacles along the way.

You can download a variation of “Frogger” from Google Play for your Android or get it on the iOS App Storefor the iPhone.

‘Wolfenstein 3D Classic’

Wolfenstein
id

Old-school gaming at its finest, “Wolfenstein 3D Classic” is a 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 your phone.

“Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum” can be downloaded from the iOS App Store, but there’s also a “Classic Lite”version you can get. If you’re on an Android, you might have luck installing this game from Uptodown.

‘Civilization Revolution 2’

CIV 2
 CIV 2

“Civilization Revolution” takes the traditionally long, strategy game and crams all the fun into a phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the developer of this game, 2K, no longer offers the original “Civilization Revolution.”

You can download this game on the iPhone or iPad. It’s also available from Google Play for Androids.

‘Earthworm Jim’

Earthworm Jim
 Earthworm Jim is a carbon copy of the ’90s platformer. Gameloft

Though a tough-edged platform game, “Earthworm Jim” doesn’t translate well to mobile devices, it’s fun nonetheless. You’re a robot-like earthworm who has to avoid obstacles while battling enemies.

It’s available for Android devices if you want to try it out.

‘Doom Classic’

Doom
 Doom Classic is a carbon copy of the original hit. id Software

There couldn’t be a more appropriate name for “Doom Classic.” It’s a direct port of the old hit that will please both new fans and shooter veterans.

“Doom Classic” is available for the iPhone and iPad. You can download “Doom Classic” through the iOS App Store.

‘Connect Four’

Connect Four
 Connect Four is a childhood favorite. EA Mobile

“Connect Four” is a solid version of the classic board game with some graphic and gameplay flourishes. You can play by yourself or with others online.

4 in a row king” is the name of one “Connect Four” game on Google Play. A similar one is called “4 in a Row Connect Multiplayer.”

iPad and iPhones users can grab “Connect Fun – Four in a Row” for one version of this classic game.

‘Scrabble’

Scrabble
 Scrabble is based on the classic board game. EA Mobile

“Scrabble” is just as fun as the classic board game, now without the possibility of losing your tiles! Play alone or with friends online.

Electronic Arts offers a free Scrabble game for Androids, iPhones, and iPads. Get the Android version on Google Play and the iOS one on iTunes.

‘Clue’

Clue
 Clue is based on the mystery board game. EA Mobile

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

You can get “Clue” from Marmalade Game Studio for AndroidsiPhones, and iPads.

‘Pac-Man’

Pac-Man
 The classic Pac-Man is on the mobile. Namco Networks

“Pac-Man” is just what you remember—no frills, no gimmicks.

Get “Pac-Man” right now for free on the iOS App Store for your iPhone or iPad, or on Google Play for your Android device.

For more exciting graphics, you can get the championship edition from the same developers.

‘Mega Man II’

MegaMan
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.

“Mega Man 2” is available on the App Store for iPhones and iPads. To get the game on your Android, install it from Google Play.

‘Q*Bert’

QBert
Sony Pictures 

“Q*bert Rebooted” on mobile is a carbon copy of the arcade classic – and is just as cool and as tough as the original. Change the color of the pyramid’s cubes by jumping on them while avoiding enemies and other obstacles.

You can download “Q*bert Rebooted” for free on your iPhone or iPad, as well as on an Android device.

‘Alpine Racer’

Alpine Racer
 Alpine Racer was a sleeper arcade hit. Namco Networks

The “Alpine Racer” arcade game is a fun, albeit short gaming experience. The purpose is to race down snowy hills in your skis.

Games like “Alpine Ski Mountain Racer” (for the iPhone and iPad) can be had for a strikingly similar experience to this classic.

‘Bust-A-Move’

Bust-A-Move
 Bust-A-Move is one of the classic arcade puzzle games. Taito

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

This games goes by the name “Bust-A-Move” in North America but is actually called “Puzzle Bobble.” It’s based on “Bubble Bobble,” an even older arcade game

Get “Bust-A-Move Journey” from TAITO Corporation on Google Play for your Android, or the iOS App Store for your iPad or iPhone.

‘Street Fighter IV’

Street Fighter IV
 Street Fighter IV is based on the home console brawler. Capcom

Though the controls aren’t ideal, “Street Fighter IV” is a surprisingly faithful translation of the classic fighting game.

CAPCOM Co, the creators of the original game, has the mobile version available for Androids on Google Play, and for iPhones and iPads on the App Store.

‘Ridge Racer Accelerated’

Ridge Racer Accelerated
 Ridge Racer Accelerated looks just like its home console counterpart. Namco Bandai

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

‘Glow Hockey’

Glow Hockey
 Glow Hockey is based on classic air hockey. Natenai

“Glow Hockey” is a solid version of air hockey. As the name suggests, this air hockey game features a glowing table, ball, and handles.

The “Glow Hockey” game is available

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