How often do you remember a certain classic game and think to yourself “those were the days”? With all the variety of new games that you can play on your smartphone today, there’s something special about finding one that takes you back to the past.
If you want a proper nostalgia trip to, say, the ’80s or ’90s, you might want to try retro emulation. It allows you to play games from nearly any video game system on your Android device or PC. However, that requires time and effort, plus some legal quandaries.
For those of you aren’t ready to invest in this process, we’ve got some good news! You can download some of your all-time favorites and play them on your mobile. We’ve put together a list of free retro games from the 80s and 90s that are bound to take you back to when you played these with your friends after school.
1. Super Mario Run
First up on our list is an obvious contestant: a game based on the legendary Super Mario Bros. It’s hard to find a gamer that doesn’t have warm feelings towards this series. And it’s hardly surprising. After all, it’s a game that changed the world.
There are plenty of copycat games on Android trying to give you the Mario experience, but most of them are still far from the legend.
Unlike the copycat games, Super Mario Run is pretty much everything you love about Super Mario Bros. on your mobile. Start playing for free and enjoy multiple courses, worlds, and challenge modes. Who’s ready to rescue Princess Toadstool?
2. Sonic the Hedgehog Classic
Mario‘s direct rival, Sonic the Hedgehog, proudly holds the second position on our list. Sonic is definitely a video game franchise with a storied history. And in light of recent successful new game releases (Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces), it seems appropriate to once again go to where it all began. Enter Sonic the Hedgehog Classic.
Play this iconic game on your mobile and save the world from the evil Dr. Eggman once again. Speed through all the levels, or take your time and enjoy each challenge as Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails.
3. Bird Hunt
Bring back your childhood memories with this hit from the ’80s. Bird Hunt is a game for Android, based on a retro legend called Duck Hunt.
This arcade game boils down to shooting down as many birds as possible. In order to proceed to a new round, you’ll need to shoot a certain number of birds. Four different games modes and three difficulty levels are present to help you check and improve your hunting skills.
As the app description states, “[t]he game is intended primarily for children.” So don’t forget to release your inner child before you start playing this one.
Download: Bird Hunt onAndroid (Free)
4. Amazing Circus and FC Circus Charlie
One of the most addictive games of the 80s is Circus Charlie. It’s an arcade platform game in which you control a clown named Charlie and complete various tasks.
If you’re looking for a similar game on Android, try Amazing Circus. You get to control Charlie on a lion, running and jumping through hoops and flame rings. Do you remember your record score from your childhood—and can you beat it?
For iPhone users, FC Circus Charlie is even more like the retro favorite. The gameplay is exactly as you remember it. So what’s stopping you and Charlie from this dangerous race against time?
Download: Amazing Circus on Android (Free)
5. Adventure in Island: The First Edition
Would you like to help Master Higgins save his girlfriend Princess Tina from the Evil Witch Doctor? Then once again, return to Adventure Island in the South Pacific, survive a series of difficult stages, confront evil bosses, and save the Princess.
Adventure in Island is based on the iconic game many fans remember and love. If you miss this simple and fun platformer that gained its popularity in the NES era, get on board and try this game on Android.
Download: Adventure in Island: The First Edition on Android (Free)
Remember the good old Excitebike, an exciting side-scrolling racing game launched in 1985? You played the original classic version, followed the sequels, and maybe even tried the game’s 3D successor. Now it’s time to go back to where it all began.
RetroBike is a remake of the old-school motocross game. Accept the challenge and get to the finish line first, or lose all your patience trying.
Download: RetroBike on Android (Free)
7. Super Tank and Battle City
World of Tanks isn’t the first popular tank battle game. Tank 1990, a well-known hack of the Japan-only game Battle City, was popular decades earlier. However, the two games are more alike than you’d think. You control a tank and have to destroy enemy tanks in each level, all while defending your base at the same time.
Super Tank for Android brings back the spirit of this favorite retro battler, with similar gameplay and visuals. Each level is completed after you destroy 20 enemy tanks. The game consists of 20 levels across various difficulty modes. The maps are rather diverse, with a variety of obstacles and different terrain.
Battle City – Super Tank 1990 is a modern iOS version of the retro Tank 1990 game. Enjoy the old-school interface topped with new game elements, like new level modes, new enemies, and new battle types.
Download: Super Tank on Android (Free)
Download: Battle City – Super Tank on iOS (Free)
Time Has No Power Here
Today, many popular games from the past get their own remake or adaptation on Android and iOS. That way, we all get a chance to relive some of our warmest childhood memories. Because sometimes no new game can bring up the same emotions in you as the one you played with a certain friend or during a particular period in life.
Do you ever get nostalgic and think of playing some old-school games? What’s your favorite retro classic? Is it on our list, or did we forget to include it?
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