With this weekâs release of the epic Sonic CD on iOS, itâs hard not to look back at all of the vintage games weâve loved and lost with the passage of time. Thereâs certainly something to be said about the gaming industry and how newer is always sold as better, because decade-old classics often outdo many games released today.
In the celebration of all things vintage, check out this list of 10 timeless, ultra retro games that have been revived for everyone with an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone:
Final Fantasy (1, 2 and 3)
The first Final Fantasy came out on NES in 1987, and since then there have been at least 14 releases. This epic series is slowly being re-released onto iOS. So far Final Fantasy 1, Final Fantasy 2 and Final Fantasy 3 (plus Tactics) are all available for both the iPhone and iPad. The first of the series is particularly worth the hefty $8.99 price, being one of the best RPGs ever made.
Atariâs Greatest Hits
Atari, the ever-famous creator of PONG, released itsÂ greatest hits to mixed opinions. The app is criticized for using in app purchases, crashing and bad use of screen space. I donât recommend buying the entire game pack for over $10, but the original PONGÂ is worth the $0.99. Real bonus points come from Think Geekâs iCADE. My God!
â¤ Â Atariâs Greatest HitsÂ via the App Store
This legendary classic is well worth the $4.99 price. Check outÂ DOOM ClassicÂ in all its bloody, pixelated glory:
As a space marine stationed on the planet Mars, you are all that stands between the armies of Hell and their invasion of planet Earth!
â¤ Â Doom Classic via the App Store
Duke Nukem 3D
Like a raunchier DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D is one of the best first person shooters available in the App Store. PC Gameworldâs review is spot on:
âI couldnât stop laughing while playing this extremely enjoyable trip through what unfolds like a 1950âs science fiction B-movie: Space Aliens Invade Earth for Women!â¦Duke Nukem has what most first-person shooters donât â character!â â PC Gameworld
â¤ Â Duke Nukem 3DÂ via the App Store
You canât argue that PAC-MAN shouldnât be on this list. Itâs fun, everyoneâs played it and it gets really old after a while. Nevertheless, every retro gamer should have this game at their fingertips. Itâs definitely one of my go-to time killers for long subway rides, even if I only play one game before moving on.
â¤ Â PAC-MAN via the App Store
33 Years later,Â SPACE INVADERSÂ continues to shine as the quintessential king of shooting games.Â This iOS port is a faithful reproduction of the 1978Â arcade game.Â Itâs also so simple that weâd all be scratching our heads if they messed it up.
â¤ Â SPACE INVADERSÂ via the App Store
Nostalgia at its best (for me, at least):Â Earthworm Jim chronicles a mutated wormâs mission to fight Psy-Crow and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, and then rescue Princess Whatâs-Her-Name.
â¤ Â Earthworm JimÂ via the App Store
Last, but definitely not least, Sonic CDâs port is the most impressive Iâve seen so far, and shouldnât dissapoint any Sonic fan. In fact, the only thing that could top this would be for Nintendo to finally bite the bullet and release its timeless classics on the iPhone and iPad.
While games from the 70s, 80s and 90s are no longer technologically advanced, they are still forms of art in their own right. Recent ports are never going to feel the same as having a controller in your hands, but itâs important to note that these releases help immortalize old titles for new generations to come.
â¤ Â Sonic CDÂ via the App Store
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