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StarCraft and Caesar III made playable on Android via Winulator

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StarCraft and Caesar III made playable on Android via Winulator
Let's face it – playing classic video games on an Android device is often hard due to the lack of adequate physical controls. Sure, RPGs and other genres that don't require timely reactions are indeed playable, but real-time strategies, for example, and other kinds of games that you're supposed to play with a mouse, are practically impossible to enjoy.

Yet here comes Winulator – an ambitious project that aims to assist classic games in getting along with touchscreens. In a nutshell, you're provided with a tool that converts Windows executable files into code that Android understands and an application to run that code with. Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Well, don't get too excited yet because the list of games that Winulator runs is extremely limited. Currently, only Caesar III is supported with Star Craft coming next in the very near future, but we hope that the list will keep on growing over time. On the bright side of things, in the video below we see that Star Craft runs quite well, with sound effects and without dropping a frame. 

You can try a beta version of Winulator for free by downloading it from Google Play. In case your favorite old-school title from the 90's isn't supported yet, you can still keep an eye on the project by visiting its home page. 


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posted on 02 Jan 2013, 08:10 2

1. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


what about the controls?

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 19:14

10. Riven (Posts: 25; Member since: 25 May 2012)


did you watch the video at all?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 09:01

14. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


the video wasnt working when i posted the comment yesterday

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 10:20

2. iSometimes (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)


FREAKING SWEET

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 11:15

3. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


How exciting. Starcraft is by far one of my favorite video games.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 11:19

4. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Oh wow... SC was an all time favorite

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 11:55 2

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


touch screen starcraft. That could be really cool :)

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 13:20 2

6. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


And people say android doesn't have good games...

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 13:23

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I waaant Red Alert 2!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 13:51

8. jchuamanl (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


It would be extremely difficult and uncomfortable to play Starcraft in an Android phone with the fingers instead of the classic mouse. But it would be interesting playing it in a Galaxy Note.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 17:13

9. scsa852k (Posts: 274; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I can tell how frustrating controls will be by just looking at that screenshot.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 19:15 1

11. Riven (Posts: 25; Member since: 25 May 2012)


looked pretty straightforward to me

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 19:19

12. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


So my dream of running c&c; red alert on my tablet is coming closer to realisation, good, gooood :D

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 22:39

13. mas11 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Just in time for my tablet to arrive. My dad loves Caesar III and we bonded over playing it when I was a kid.

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