How to play PC games on Android (Heroes of Might & Magic, Civilization III, Disciples 2, Age of Empires, StarCraft)

How to play PC games on Android (Heroes of Might & Magic, Civilization III, Disciples 2, Age of Empires, StarCraft)
From Commodore 64 emulators, through DOS ones, all the way down to SNES and and PlayStation Portable, it's fair to say that Android is an incredible platform allowing you to take games from the past with you wherever you go. We occasionally cover such emulators, and even have a selection of some pretty good ones, but we've never took things one step further into actual, original PC games territory.

Yep, we are telling you that it is possible to run Windows games on your Android device, so long as you have the correct tool and are willing to do some manual work. You'll also need your original CD of the game, as you'll be copying the information from it to your Android device's flash storage in order to play.

Before we get right into it, keep in mind that there are some limitations implied, though we've had no problems with the games we've tried already — mostly isometric, 2D games like Heroes of Might & Magic, Age of Empires, and StarCraft. All of them ran just fine, but we suspect that complex 3D games will be a hit or miss. In any case, turn-by-turn and RTS games struck us as surprisingly well-suited for gaming on a mobile device — Heroes of Might & Magic, for example, has already grown on us! We can only imagine that the gameplay on a tablet will be even better, especially if you also have a stylus.

Enough talk, though. Here's how to install and run original PC games on Android step-by-step:

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16 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Can i install Command & Conquer Red Alert series?

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Airship ready!

8. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Kirov reporting..

9. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Helium mix optimal.

10. waddup121 unregistered

Great tutorial PA!

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

ExaGear is an awesome piece of software.

3. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

5. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Hopefully dont require root access?

6. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

No root required.

15. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

will handphone heated up after 10 or 20 mins? i try before but not this one. Need more storage.

7. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This post made my day!

11. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I rather play psp games or ps1 games on my tablet and if your devices has been rooted you can use dualshock 3 controller, if not rooted you still can use dualshock 2 with epsx app (with usb otg cable and dualshock 2 to dualshock 3 adapter)

12. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Had me all excited until I got to the slide that revealed that you need to buy the controls.....

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Chris, this article is undisputedly one of the best article I have ever seen on PA... thanks for the knowledge

14. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This didnt work on my note 4. Maybe because all my games are in my Steam library?

16. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

the steam ones wont work.

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