From Coin-Op To iOS: Best Arcade Games For iPhone And iPad
Throw a few coins at these arcade classics.
The App Store has given publishers a great platform for delivering their arcade classics to a global nostalgic audience. Today, we're rounding up some of our favorite individual titles and collections that are currently available to download.
A wonderful collection of classic arcade games for less than a dollar comes courtesy of Midway Games. Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, RootBeer Tapper, Defender and Arch Rivals make up just some of the old-school favorites in this collection.
As well as being presented within a lovingly crafted arcade environment, this collection also throws in a few of the more physical games of yesteryear, such as air-hockey, pool, and those impossible basketball dunking machines. There's also iCade support for those of you lucky enough to own the miniature cabinet.
Street Fighter II Collection
Arguably the most famous fighting series in gaming history, Street Fighter is almost synonymous with the arcade experience. This collection features three installments in the classic beat 'em-up title, and is guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours and hours.
Pac-Man Championship Edition
And how could we forget arcade gaming's most famous character? There are plenty of versions of Pac-Man to choose from on the App Store, but we have to recommend the Championship Edition above all others.
There are 120 missions to tackle over 30 courses, and Namco has been smart enough to include a large number of control schemes for the tricky touchscreen.
Atari's Greatest Hits
This collection of the arcade powerhouse's finest offerings may rely a little too heavily on gently milking your wallet through in-app purchases, but the free offering does at least throw in Missile Command, and give you the chance to be more selective with your purchases.
There are ten different packs to add to the collection in total, with each offering various flavors of classic games such as Asteroids and Centipede. Multiplayer's also available for select games, and the publisher's even included the original cabinet and box art for you to gaze over.
If Street Fighter II hasn't satisfied your appetite for all things Capcom, then the publisher's collection of games is a very worthy download indeed. Go all-out on a purchase though to get the most value out of the offering.
As with the Atari package, you'll need to download individual games from within the arcade app, but everything you could possibly want is on offer, from Ghosts 'N Goblins to Final Fight.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
As with Pac-Man you can't move on the App Store without bumping into a Space Invaders clone, but Infinity Gene was a critical and commercial success that undoubtedly deserves a place on your phone or tablet.
You'll start off playing the game you know and love, but extended play gradually evolves the core concepts of the game into an entirely new experience. As an added bonus, you can even use your own music as a soundtrack.