When the internet first started to become mainstream, there was a lot of talk about what it would mean for traditional forms of entertainment. Would we still go out dancing? Would we still read books? (I’m sure you can’t even imagine what that would be like.) And, would video games as a medium have just one more chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of those who didn’t find them appealing before the internet came along? Well, the answer so far—at least with respect to playing classic games on your phone—is yes. The games I played as a kid in the early days of home computing are back thanks to modern smart phones and tablets. Here’s a look at how you can play retro games on your iPhone or Android device:
Pac-Man was released in 1980, making it one of the earliest video games and a classic among gamers. Although Pac-Man looks like a simple maze game, there’s actually a lot more to it than that. The goal of the game is to eat all of the dots in each level while avoiding ghosts. Eating all four power pellets gives you temporary invincibility against these ghosts for about a minute before they become vulnerable again. After you get down how this works, it’s time to start going for higher scores!
Tetris is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. The Game Boy version of Tetris was released in 1989 and became a huge success, selling over 35 million copies worldwide on the system.
The first ever game for the Atari 2600 was also called “Tetris”, but it wasn’t until 1992 that Nintendo released their own version for the NES console called “Tetris”. This was followed by versions for Game Boy Advance (2002), DS (2005), Wii (2006), 3DS (2011) 4DSXL/XL(2015).
This game was created by Atari in 1972. It was the first video game to be commercially successful, and it’s still played today!
The goal of Pong is to keep a ball bouncing back and forth between two paddles. If you hit the ball with your paddle, it will go up higher than usual. This makes it harder for your opponent to hit the ball back at you!
Space Invaders was the first arcade game to feature a vertical orientation and to use color graphics. The game was originally called Space Monsters, but the name was changed to Space Invaders to avoid legal action from Atari, who had already released a game called Missile Command in 1980. Space Invaders also featured a leaderboard system that allowed players to see their score compared with other players worldwide.
The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail has been around since 1971 and is one of the most widely played computer games ever. It was originally developed by two men named Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger who were students at the University of Minnesota.
In The Oregon Trail you play as a pioneer on your way to settle in Oregon in the 1843 gold rush. You have to choose what supplies you take with you on your journey; some will be necessary for survival while others are nice-to-have items that don’t affect gameplay much at all. Your inventory will also determine how many people can travel with you and if any children can go along for the ride as well—which happens often! If someone dies during their time with you along The Oregon Trail (and they probably will), then there’s nothing left for them but westward migration into eternity…
The game was so popular when it first came out that it even inspired an entire genre: educational video games!
If you have a smartphone, you can play all of these classic games.
If you have a smartphone, you can play all of these classic games. The games are available on the Google Play Store and they’re all free. They’re easy to play, too—all you need to do is download them and start playing!
And one more thing: These games might be old but they still have plenty of life in them. You’ll find that most people really enjoy playing retro video games on their phones because it reminds them how far computers have come in just a few short years.
I hope this article has helped you appreciate the history of classic games, and how technology has evolved to make them more accessible to modern players. I also hope that it’s inspired you to explore these apps and find new ways to play these old favorites. Who knows? You might discover some hidden gems in the process.
As always, we’ll be updating our list with new apps as they are released, so stay tuned!