Usually, games on your mobile devices are great time killers, but it rarely happens that one of them has such a great story that it just sucks you right in. Well, some of the classic PC games you surely remember even years after playing them are ported for smartphones. I’ll list some of the examples here so you can try them out.
Created by animator and film director Don Bluth and published by Cinematronics in 1983, this game is the oldest one on this list so I decided to mention it first. This game is an interactive movie with an impressive animation-style graphics that started off as an arcade and is now available for Android phones and tablets.
From Rockstar North and Rockstar Games, this open-world action-adventure is now available on your Android and iOS mobile devices. GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas have all been remastered with high-resolution graphics, improved character models and lighting effects.
These games are almost identical to the PC versions, the only problem is the touchscreen control. I personally had problems with controlling the helicopter in GTA: Vice City even on PC, and the touchscreen obviously doesn’t make it any easier. But, the important thing is, the experience you all had before is still there in the mobile versions of the game.
As opposed to the GTA series, where you can drive carefully if you wish to, Carmageddon is a vehicular combat video game with the purpose of winning the race while hitting and smashing everything on your way, be it another vehicle or a pedestrian.
This game was produced by Stainless Games and published by Interplay Productions and Sales Curve Interactive for PC back in 1997. In 2013 it was released for Android and iOS devices so you can enjoy this game that is banned in many countries, on smaller screens.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
A role-playing game, published by Atari, filled with heroes, wizards, dark forces, and monsters, a perfect example of how Dungeons & Dragons are translated to the screen.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is a 60+ hour long fantasy campaign with loads of dialogue so it’s better suitable for tablets or phones with screens over 7 inches if you want to be able to read everything properly.
Grim Fandango Remastered
A classic point-and-click adventure by LucasArts that has since been remastered by Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, and made available for Android and iOS in 2015. The graphics have been enhanced and the soundtrack re-recorded, and with the humorous commentary from the developers, this game can now give you the full experience of the Aztec afterlife.
XCOM: Enemy Within
XCOM: Enemy Within is actually expansion pack for Windows game XCOM: Enemy Unknown created by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. It is also a full-length turn-based tactical video game sequel on the Android platform.
The gameplay is the same as in XCOM: Enemy Unknown with some additional features. Not only are you commanding a team to track down and destroy alien invaders, but you also have to battle the rogue human faction, EXALT. The game has new soldier abilities, weapons and equipment, story elements, and much more.
Doom 3: BFG Edition
A re-release of Doom 3, published by Bethesda Softworks, that made a debut on Android in 2015. Doom 3: BFG Edition has enhanced graphics, improved audio for more horrific effects and a checkpoint system.
It is as awesome as any previous game in the franchise. The only downside is that this game is limited to Nvidia Shield and related devices so not everyone will be able to enjoy it.
Since 2013 this third-person shooter is available on mobile platforms. Originally published for PC by Rockstar Games in 2001, this game has been praised for its use of Matrix-style bullet time in action sequences.
The gameplay on mobile devices kept its smoothness, and in addition, the graphics have been polished to HD quality, and it’s even possible to use some external controllers.
Another amazing addition to the Android store is this first-person shooter originally published by Valve Corporation. Visit once more this post-apocalyptic Earth infested with aliens, this time on your phone so you can play it everywhere you go.
Just like Doom 3: BFG Edition, Half-Life 2 is also exclusive for Nvidia Shield, so you better think about that when you’re getting a new gadget.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
I couldn’t finish this article without mentioning, what every fan of Star Wars will tell is the best game in the franchise, KOTOR. It was published by LucasArts in 2003, and now every mobile user can enjoy this unique experience since it was released for Android and iOS as well.
KOTOR has a great storyline and you’ll get to explore both the light and the dark side of the force. Controls are suited for the touchscreen and the combat system is dice-based, similar to Baldur’s Gate.
There’s not much left to say except take your phone and start reliving old experiences, but this time pocket-sized. If I forgot to mention something important enough to make you angry, you can find me at GameBuz, PC, Console, and Mobile game news site, and may the force be with you!