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Kay’s Top 10 Retro iPhone Games

Because these are all over the internets. I’m always searching Google for blogs listing old school games which are now out for the iPhone. I’m going to suggest my favourites here, and some of them I am yet to see featured on other blogs so hopefully I will help someone find a new game to download here.

Top 10 Retro iPhone Games

10. Alone in The Dark

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Alone in The Dark is a classic game from my childhood; as messed up as that seems. I really enjoy the series so I felt it needed to be added here. the only downside to it is the awful controls – which has always been an issue for the series. For 69p on the App Store though, this classic horror game is definitely worth a download.


9. Another World

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Admittedly, I was a bigger fan of the sequel to this game back in the day; Flashback. But Another World is a great side scrolling shooter game. It’s quite difficult to finish, but give it a try.


 

8. Chrono Trigger

ct05The disappointing fact here is that Chrono Trigger should be in the top three iPhone games here. The amazing classic is let down by poorly calibrated controls and tendency to crash. But if you remember to save your game at every opportunity you can enjoy this amazing classic. It is one of the few Square Enix ports where they haven’t ruined the game with half-assed sprite redraws.


7. Little Big Adventure

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Little Big Adventure was really popular in my house growing up. We had both games in the series for the Playstation and the PC. I was really pleased to see this classic adventure game make its way onto iOS. Download it. Download it now!


6. Dizzy – Prince of The Yolkfolk

Dizzy iPhoneI’ve always been a big fan of the Dizzy series for Spectrum. I downloaded the iPhone port of The Prince of The Yolkfolk instantly when I saw it hit the iPhone App Store. The only thing that lets it down for me are the revamped graphics (I love keeping classic games to their original graphics, it’s part of their charm!), and they made in significantly easier to finish. No three lives and then it’s over this time. Still, an absolute classic.


5. Mickey Mouse’s Castle of Illusion

Castle-of-Illusion-iOS-619x346Okay, I know I bitch about graphic revamps. But this game is the exception. Disney did a fantastic job remaking Castle of Illusion, and it still holds it’s Mega Drive difficulty and they have remade it in a way that you still feel like you are playing the same classic game. This is new to the App Store this week! I also recommend the XBox 360 port in all it’s HD goodness.


4. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

01-620xSonic was so huge in my house that I can literally play Sonic 2 so well that I jump before monsters even appear on screen – I just know the maps so well. I’ve finished the entire of Sonic 2 in well under an hour. It’s the best of the entire Sonic series and a must have on any iPhone, great for killing time on those long bus journeys.


3. Final Fantasy Tactics

final_fantasy_tactics_ios-1Harsh but fair – Most Final Fantasy ports for the iPhone suck. The shoddy graphic replacements and terrible controls really ruin some of my favourite games ever. Final Fantasy VI doesn’t even make this list because of how bad the port was; it’s a real shame. The exception to the rule is Final Fantasy Tactics. This classic Playstation game seems to suit the platform so well; I think it’s because unlike normal RPGs, this tactical piece of awesome is the kind of game you can pick up and leave for a while. Having a quick skirmish during your commute works well here, and I chose this as it is also one of my favourite games in the Final Fantasy series. It also has an amazing HD iPad port.


2. Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana iPhoneSecret of Mana is my second favourite game of all time. I was flitting between this and the number one title the entire time I wrote this article. Secret of Mana is well ported, the controls aren’t great but I have managed to complete the iPhone port just fine. It’s one of the best classic RPG games ever and a must have for fans of the genre. It has an epic storyline too.


1. Broken Sword – The Shadow of The Templars

image0111111Broken Sword is another game I grew up with and one of my favourite game series of all time. I think the reason this is my number one retro game for iPhone is how well the point and click adventure genre translates to the handheld mobile platform. Point and Click adventure games arguably have no place in the current generation of gaming, but it’s the perfect game for your iPhone. The story is engaging, well written and exciting. There are a few Broken Sword games available for the iPhone but Shadow of The Templars is my personal favourite. Get them all though, totally worth it.


 

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The Organ Trail – Awesome Zombie Survival Game

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This morning I saw a post on Facebook about an old C64 game called ‘The Oregon Trail’, which immediately took my interest because it reminded me of a game called The Wild Bunch; which is one of my favourite old games. I was unable to get hold of the original game online but I found a flash version of the game and had a little go. It was entertaining.

But then I discovered that there was a zombie survival spoof of this classic game available for my iPhone. Holy crap I have only just got off the game after downloading it this morning!

The Organ Trail is one of the best iOS Games

I decided to name the characters in the game after my closest friends. The game starts with you naming your team of zombie survivalists and the aim is to get to a safe haven without dying. Your journey is filled with dangers and you have to fight zombie hoards and avoid getting infected.

The traveling scenes are great and they are what really reminds me of The Wild Bunch. There are a ton of different random events that can happen which can easily cost the lives of your team mates.

There are mini-game like events during your journey where you have to make hard decisions and sacrifices. If you manage to get all five of your team members to the end of the road you’ll have done a really good job.

You have several different supplies to keep on top of, such as fuel for your car, food and scraps for repairs. If you run out of any of these items you may have to scavenge for them which means fighting off zombies whilst picking up the rations you can find.

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One particular scene which amused me was a mini-game event where I had the choice of saving my friend Carl by shooting his attacker or giving the attacker a ton of my food supplies. The scene where I had to shoot the guy was really entertaining because you only get one shot and if you miss you may shoot your comrade.

As you can see I was lucky enough to get the guy and save Carl. This is just one of the great events this game offers. If you can’t get enough of the game already there is also an expansion pack available with a ton of extra events and features.

The game has a social aspect as well where if you die you get to write a personal message of a tomb stone; this stone of yours can then appear in anyone else’s game on the iPhone. You may even jump out of the grave as a zombie in another person’s game!

So far I managed to complete the game with three characters alive. But I’ll definitely be trying again!

All in all The Organ Trail is really addictive, amusing and has much more depth in game play than you would expect. I definitely recommend it.

You can play The Organ Trail here.