Can’t always get to the arcade? Then why not take the arcade mobile by turning your phone onto your own portable arcade? There are plenty of classic games available as apps on your phone, which are ideal for your morning commute or when you’re looking to kill some time.

From the games you play to some fun and quirky gadgets that will help recreate that arcade feeling, turning your phone into your own personal arcade is easy.

Find out how it’s done below.

Android devices

Android devices are easier to turn into a portable gaming arcade, thanks to more flexibility on the types of apps you can download. Android devices have previously made headlines by being turned into a Game Boy, and there are a lot of possibilities available to you with this type of phone.

To be able to play arcade games on your phone, you’re going to need an emulator. Emulators are easy to find and are available for several different platforms, including NESoid and John NES for Nintendo games, and FPse for Playstation. With an emulator in place, you can source ROMs which contain the games. Connect the two up, and you can get started!

Apple devices

Apple devices are a bit trickier to set up with an emulator. You’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone to be able to use an emulator, and there are some that will work better on Apple devices than others. Once you’ve downloaded your emulator, you can set it up to work with different controllers to give you a more authentic playing experience than simply pressing buttons on your phone.

If you’re unsure about jailbreaking your iPhone, you might want to think about turning your PC or laptop into an arcade instead. This can be much simpler, and with laptops becoming more and more portable, you can easily take your device on the move.

Retro games on devices are very popular, so there are ways you can enhance your experience such as searching for cheat codes and hacking the ROM code. If you’re happy just to play, however, then you won’t need to delve into this advanced gameplay.

Best retro games

Now that you’ve got your basics covered, you can start looking for games. While you’ve got classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, you’ve also got options for more modern games. While it’s easy to download app versions of games like Final Fantasy 15, there’s something pretty cool about playing authentic arcade games on your phone. Load up Mario Bros., Tetris, Paperboy or whatever takes your fancy and start playing!

For more advanced gameplay and for different hacks such as adding storage and accessories, you’ll find the latest articles on the homepage particularly useful. You’ll find plenty of free resources that will help you get started, as well as the latest reviews and news about arcade games and equipment.

Want to recreate the fun of arcade gaming on the move? Get started with your phone today.

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