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Looks like arcade classics can now live forever. As a perfect dose of nostalgia and novelty, these classics can now be relived and replayed as mobile games.

Retro games, its time in the sun was an absolute thing of beauty. The 8-bit pixel play and the scribbled chits of cheat-codes are fond memories of every kid who owned a console. As the world and the gaming industry have progressed, we moved on too, leaving the arcade era behind us. But even today, with ultra-HD graphics and a dozen gigabits of RAM on our smartphones, some of us still wouldn’t mind owning these classics as mobile games. Going full-circle, here’s a list of arcade icons you can play as mobile games today.

Sonic The Hedgehog

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If you were ever a fan of the Big Blue Hedgehog, here’s your chance to relive those adventures. Sonic has tons of mobile games already, but ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic’ and ‘Sonic CD Classic’ are the two names to look for, for authentic retro beauty. The play here is similar to what it was in the 90s, you collect rings, beat the bad guys, but there’s a slight twist too, which you’ll figure out sooner or later.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

Minesweeper

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This doesn’t technically qualify as an arcade game, but if you ever experienced the Windows 96 era, this was possibly the only gaming solution you had. Little that we knew, the game is actually based on maths and not random try-my-luck clicking. It’s safe to say that this could be one of your new favourite offline mobile games.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

GTA: San Andreas

Now, this is the real deal. San Andreas was ahead of its time and perhaps the greatest game of its era, all of that gaming glory is now available on your smartphone. Get back to the grind, help CJ work his way through Los Santos’ wicked crime racket as he makes his way back home, to Grove Street.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Rs 549*

Mortal Kombat

The Warner Bros currently own publishing rights to this franchise, which is why we see their name on the app store instead of Midway Games. They’ve retained its vintage Mortal Kombat spirit but with modern smartphone graphics instead of the classic. However, on the plus side, the game adds in tons of iconic characters and mods that make the experience a lot more fun. Imagine fighting as Batman, the Joker or even Robo-Cop.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

Pac-Man

This is where competitive gaming began. This game isn’t from the 90s but an entire decade before that. It’s what our parents played in their late teens. Strangely, there hasn’t ever been a game that tried to mimic Pac-Man’s game-style. Nevertheless, this classic and its four evil pawns are waiting for you.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

Bounce

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If you had those oldie Nokia or Samsung devices where you’d have to press a button thrice to type a letter, this game was probably your saviour. Bounce could be considered a Super Mario but in a dimension of rubber balls. It was lightweight fun back then and super easy too if you’d like to replay those levels head to the app store now. The mobile game, however, isn’t developed by the original Bounce makers.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

Super Mario

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You can’t call yourself a gamer if you haven’t played this 8-bit game. Super Mario is the quintessential retro console game, and his saga continues on mobile too. There are a bunch of Mario games already on the app store, but ‘Super Mario Run’ is the name to look for. It had been refreshed with contemporary graphics yet retains its charm.

Available on iOS and Android.

Price: Free

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.