Ah, the magic of emulators – those neat applications that make software run on hardware it was never supposed to be compatible with! They have been around for quite some time allowing us to play old-school video games on our computers. But now that smartphones have grown capable enough, all sorts of emulators have been developed for mobile platforms as well. Today we're bringing you 10 emulators for Android – emulators that can be used for playing retro video games, but also for getting familiar with computer systems from 30 years ago. Check them out, throw on some games, and have fun! Just don't ask us where to get ROMs (games for emulators) from as we won't tell you.
10 emulators for Android
10 emulators for Android
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.
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.Price: $4.99
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.Price: $4.99
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.Price: $1.32
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.