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
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
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
The 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
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
I’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
Okay, 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
Sonic 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
Harsh 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 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
Broken 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.