You can’t beat a retro game. They generally evoke feelings of nostalgia and offer a certain type of charm that many games of today simply aren’t able to. A number of games from the 1970s onwards have been modernised, therefore accessible via our smartphones these days. Some of them are hugely popular, too.

The smartphone gaming options have increased massively in recent times. Today, gamers can access a wide variety of creations from an array of different genres. Augmented reality releases like Pokemon Go have registered huge success; then you have console creations like Fortnite and PUBG, which have made the transition over to mobile with relative ease. Then, on top of that, casino gamers can access the world’s most iconic casino table games, with the option of playing with a single penny – Penny Roulette. All this comes alongside the likes of puzzle creations, brain teasers and a whole lot more.

Despite the options today, a number of retro games are still being downloaded in 2021. In fact, nostalgic gaming is still going strong. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the best retro games on android right now.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

 A popular PlayStation release in 1997, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is now available on android. Similar to the original but with a few neat add-ons, this arcade-platformer offers the dark and eery setting the original did so well. It’s a tense but truly entertaining release, although it can be made all the better with the addition of a controller. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night isn’t free, but it’s worth every penny, especially if you enjoyed the original.

Crossy Road

 A truly retro release, Crossy Road essentially involves you making sure your chicken gets from one side of the road to the other, also occasionally avoiding streams on the way too. It isn’t the most complicated game in the world, but sometimes the simple releases are the best ones. Made by the developers behind Pac-Man 256 and Shooty Skies, you can unlock a number of characters as you progress throughout the game also.

Doom I and Doom II

You can’t really beat the Doom series of games, especially when assessing the most iconic releases from back in the day. Both Doom I and Doom II are recreations with a sprinkling of change. Cheats have been built-in, there are 20 extra levels, an array of characters to choose from, and although it isn’t free, it is most definitely worth investing in.

Old School RuneScape

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 Anyone for a bit of Old School RuneScape? After originally coming out in 2001, this is a game that excited a lot of people when it was released onto mobile. It’s exactly the same as it used to be, too. Players can enjoy all of the in-world activities, take on new quests, and make use of a shedload of extra bank slots. The game has a monthly charge to play, but if you fancy purchasing it for a whole year, then it’s $99.99.

SEGA Forever games

 When most people think of retro gaming, SEGA is a brand that immediately springs to mind. Numerous classics can be savoured with the SEGA Forever collection, including the likes of Ristar, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, and Phantasy Star II. It doesn’t really get much better than that.

Other retro games worth downloading for your smartphone in 2021 are Slayaway Camp and Friday the 13th, Sky Force Reloaded, Stardew Valley, Raw Fury, Evoland 1 and 2, Dan the Man: Action Platformer, and Minecraft.

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