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What are your favorite retro mobile games?

Over 10 years ago the world of mobile gaming was totally different from today's. Still many (if not most) phones could run installable and built in games. Which were your favorite ones?

Let's say the mobile game is retro if released before 2009.

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    feigneddork Link
    Honestly I'm sitting here trying to think of some good ones, but all I can think of is Snake. It was just so good that even when I moved over to the Sony Ericsson phones, I still missed them....

    Honestly I'm sitting here trying to think of some good ones, but all I can think of is Snake.

    It was just so good that even when I moved over to the Sony Ericsson phones, I still missed them.

    Also, special shoutout to MotoGP - not for being good, but for being hilariously bad; I remember when I played it on my phone and the guy on the bike felt like he was doing no more than 10-20mph, the speedometer would report some stupid number like 60mph. And when it felt like you were doing 50mph it said something like 120-140mph. That, and the framerate was ghastly.

    2 votes
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    Nitta Link
    The absolutely best hit of Java mobile games in mid 2000s I remember was Gravity Defied. It's a fairly minimalistic game about motorcycle racing across a complex terrain. Keypad controls were so...

    The absolutely best hit of Java mobile games in mid 2000s I remember was Gravity Defied. It's a fairly minimalistic game about motorcycle racing across a complex terrain. Keypad controls were so good and levels fun and challenging that the game was addictive and popular in classrooms to play and watch others play. Surprisingly they still run the website.

    1 vote
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      KernelPanic Link Parent
      I looked up the iOS port. Requires iOS 12. Are you seriously suggesting that my iPhone 5c is not powerful enough to run a game that you could play on a Nokia, ffs.

      I looked up the iOS port. Requires iOS 12. Are you seriously suggesting that my iPhone 5c is not powerful enough to run a game that you could play on a Nokia, ffs.

      1 vote
      1. tn5421 Link Parent
        That's just Apple's way of bullying you into buying the newest products after 2-3 years.

        That's just Apple's way of bullying you into buying the newest products after 2-3 years.

        1 vote
  3. what Link
    I don’t think it was released before 2009, but I think Retro City Rampage counts. Very fun little game, great aesthetic, and it runs on tons of platforms.

    I don’t think it was released before 2009, but I think Retro City Rampage counts. Very fun little game, great aesthetic, and it runs on tons of platforms.

    1 vote
  4. nonesuchluck Link
    Basically the entire PopCap library. Bejeweled Bookworm Dynamite Mummy Maze (a personal fav, but not especially popular) Peggle Zuma Plants vs Zombies (2009, tho the mobile versions might have...

    Basically the entire PopCap library.

    • Bejeweled
    • Bookworm
    • Dynamite
    • Mummy Maze (a personal fav, but not especially popular)
    • Peggle
    • Zuma
    • Plants vs Zombies (2009, tho the mobile versions might have released later)

    PvZ was the best of all, but it also signaled the beginning of the end. It was so successful that it attracted the roving eye of EA, seeking whom it may devour.