Blast from the past: 10 emulators for Android
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20 Jul 2014, 10:02
10 emulators for Android
1. DosBox Turbo
DosBox Turbo has to be one of the best DOS emulator available on Android. With its help, you can run legacy DOS applications, but we're sure you'd be much more interested in retro gaming. DosBox Turbo can handle classics like Fallout, Daggerfall, Doom, Duke Nukem, and many more.
2. Frodo C64
The Commodore 64 was a popular home computer in the '80s. Now it is mostly a collector's item and a piece of retro hardware that old-school geeks probably still keep somewhere in a box down at the basement. Frodo C64 can be used to emulate the Commodore 64 on an Android device and try out many of the oldie but goldie games that were made for the system back in the days.
Another popular home computer from the '80 was the Atari ST, which SToid can emulate. It had a graphics user interface, which was pretty advanced for its time. Many decent games were made for the system, and this is the app to check them out with.
Released in the early '80s, ColecoVision was a pretty popular home video game console. And ColEm is the Android emulator you can use to check out what games it could offer in the good old days. The full version of the app is a bit pricey, but a free, ad-supported version is also available.
5. My Boy!
The My Boy emulator for Android can run Game Boy Advance games and it does it at very decent frame rates too. The premium version of the app will cost you, but a free version is available as well.
Playing PSOne (1st gen PlayStation) games on Android is possible with the highly acclaimed ePSXe emulator. It is compatible with a long list of games and allows split-screen multiplayer on tablets. Mapping hardware buttons is supported.
It may be far from perfect, but Yabause is the only Sega Saturn emulator available on Android. Still, despite being at an early stage of its development, the app has potential and we sure hope to see it fully grown one day. A free version of it is available here, but you can get the paid version if you want to support the developer's efforts.
8. cAndy Apple
Yup, you can emulate Apple products as well - the Apple II home computer, in this case. The cAndy Apple emulator is free of charge and will run both software and games made for Apple II.
Many classic games that we once played at the arcades can be enjoyed on Android thanks to MAME4droid. The app should have no troubles emulating over 2000 old-school titles.
Limbo is an Intel x86 PC emulator that can run a number of Linux distributions, yet some have managed to install Windows 3.11 and even Windows 95 on it! Ah, the memories! Chances are you'll have a hard time loading any games on it, but still, checking out this emulator can be a fun experience.
4. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
no school like the old school. old IS Gold
3. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
There out there. They just didn't make the list for some reason.
9. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
http://www.ppsspp.org/ - it is still in dev.. but some games are working..
6. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I'm not sure why they listed ePSXe instead of FPse. FPse is miles ahead easily.
7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I think this list is incomplete without SNES emulators being mentioned.
8. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
WHat about Psp or nds emu on android there is one out there called ppsspp and dsoid
10. jsdechavez (Posts: 697; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
They can't. Sony had them banned already I guess.
12. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
Lol if sony was banning emulators there is no fpse pcsx2 or ppsspp emulators are legal roms are not
13. reflex62 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)
This list was very helpful but I agree with the others there is no mention of NES or SNES emulators. I recently got Jnes for Android and it's great, if there is an update to this article I'd include that.