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” 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
‘Wolfenstein 3D Classic’
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’
“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.”
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.
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” is a solid version of the classic board game with some graphic and gameplay flourishes. You can play by yourself or with others online.
iPad and iPhones users can grab “Connect Fun – Four in a Row” for one version of this classic game.
“Scrabble” is just as fun as the classic board game, now without the possibility of losing your tiles! Play alone or with friends online.
“Clue” is less a mobile board game and more about solving crimes solo—which is fun in itself.
“Pac-Man” is just what you remember—no frills, no gimmicks.
For more exciting graphics, you can get the championship edition from the same developers.
‘Mega Man II’
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.
“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.
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.
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
‘Street Fighter IV’
Though the controls aren’t ideal, “Street Fighter IV” is a surprisingly faithful translation of the classic fighting game.
‘Ridge Racer Accelerated’
“Ridge Racer Accelerated” is too superficial to be fun, even for a quick mobile game.
“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