Porting popular PC games for mobile phones is a massively successful idea- because who wouldn’t want the handy portable version of all their favorite games? We asked around for the best PC Console Ports for Android, and here are the top recommendations;
1. Dead Cells
It’s pixel-style rogue-like where each run takes you further and further to your goal of defeating the final boss. No two runs are the same as you encounter different weapons, enemies, and level layouts. But the one constant is your character and how much more powerful you get every single run. The Android port is fantastic with intuitive controls, stellar performance, and full controller support. It’s a must-play for on-the-go Android gaming.
This game is a classic, reborn on the go through its fantastic Android port. The appeal lies in its simplicity; you’re a little boy who finds himself trapped in a dangerous, dark, disturbing world – in Limbo. You must overcome various puzzles and platforming challenges to hopefully find a way to safety. The atmosphere of this game, coupled with the simple yet intuitive controls, makes it a really great time.
3. Death Road To Canada
This is just a fun, casual dungeon-crawler-style game that’s a perfect game to port to Android. You travel across a country ravaged by zombies and other threats as you struggle to loot for supplies and make the right choices to keep up morale and health, all while doing your best not to get overrun by the horde. It can be played in co-op too, so it’s a great game to pick up with friends on the go.
Patrick Sinclair, Founder, and Tech Blogger Allhomerobotics.com
4. Ms. PAC-MAN by Namco
Ms. Pac-Man by Bandai Namco is far superior to the original Pac-Man. First and foremost, there is a bow on the top of the main character’s head, which, while unnecessary, provides a level of appeal that is difficult to dismiss. When you observe that the game’s stages change colors one after another, you’ll notice the second key difference.
In addition, most mazes contain two escape tubes rather than just one. So, while there are only a few minor changes, the added depth of detail elevates this sequel above the original, in my opinion.
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5. Dragon Quest II
II is my go-to install on all of my phones out of all of the Dragon Quest titles on the Play Store. The pixel-based graphics remain as sharp as they’ve always been, and even though this is a game that necessitates a lot of grinding, I’ve never been impeded by the game’s balance.
When it comes to JRPGs, this is about as classic as they come, and being a portrait game, it’s ideal for one-handed play. While I believe the portrait orientation hurts the later games, II is easy enough that one-handed play is virtually optimal.
Dr. Dee Richardson, CEO & Owner Healing Hands Chiropractic
6. Crazy Taxi Classic
Crazy Taxi Classic is another Sega port that has been re-released as part of the SEGA Forever initiative. It’s a taxi racing game in which the player is tasked with delivering passengers within a set time restriction, which usually entails driving erratically throughout the city. It has great music, and the timed arcade mode is ideal for when you only have a few minutes but still want to go for a ride around the block.
7. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise may have been abandoned by Atari, but that doesn’t mean the previous games aren’t worth playing. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic is still widely regarded as the greatest of the lot, and it now has an Android port. Sure, the graphics aren’t as beautiful as they are in current games, but that only means it’ll work on a variety of platforms, which is a good thing.
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8. Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes is a popular real-time strategy game that was originally released for iOS, but it was eventually converted to Android, and the wait was well worth it. Not only is this a solid port of the classic that runs smoothly, but the game itself is rather enjoyable, especially if you prefer WWII-themed real-time strategy games.
While the limited UI, absence of online play, and the high price tag may deter some, console-quality strategy games are hard to come by on Android, making Company of Heroes one of the greatest options currently available.
R-Type is one of the most well-known 2D side-scrolling space shooters of all time. Thanks to a cart I acquired while living in Japan, I was able to play it for many years on my original 1989 Gameboy. Not only is the level design amazing, but each stage concludes with a massive monster fight that requires a lot of skill to recognize all of its patterns.
Plus, there’s much to be argued for the versatile weapon system, which allows you to switch between shooting forward and backward by attaching one of your guns on the fly.
Tim Parker, Director of Marketing at Syntax Integration
10. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic
Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic was launched as part of the company’s SEGA Forever program, which allowed Sega to distribute their classic games for free on Android for a while. Sega was able to accomplish this by cramming a slew of advertisements into these games.
Sega has thankfully offered a method for customers to disable the obnoxious adverts. All you have to do is pay $1.99 for a one-time in-app payment to remove the adverts for good.
11. Ghosts’n Goblins Mobile
Capcom has released several iconic titles to the Play Store in recent years. The game Ghost ‘n’ Goblins Mobile is perhaps the most well-known of the lot. It is unquestionably an upgrade over previous Mega Man ports; thus, you shouldn’t have any framerate concerns.
Just bear in mind that this is a demanding game, and some players may find the touch controls insufficient. Oh, and if you liked this one, you should check out Ghouls N Ghosts MOBILE, which is the sequel.
Nicholas Rosenfeld, Director at Making a Will.co.uk
12. Streets of Rage Classic
Streets of Rage Classic is exactly that: a classic Sega arcade brawler. Sega was busy publishing several vintage games on the Play Store a few years ago, and Streets of Rage cut. Of course, as this is a game based on physical controls, I would recommend using a Bluetooth controller rather than the built-in touch controllers, as the game may be challenging and requires precision. If you get stuck on a boss, luckily, there is support for local co-ops over wifi.
Thanks to the title’s ad support, interested parties can play for free, and if you find the commercials unpleasant, you can remove them with a simple in-app payment.
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