When video games were first released, players were forced to stay in one place to play them. Whether it was using a cabinet machine or playing at home on the TV, you had to really cut out some time in the day to play. Then, handheld consoles like The Lynx and the Game Boy provided the option to play on the go, though with the knowledge that the battery would eventually die and game cartridges had to be carried along for the ride.
Nowadays, we have the power of mini consoles in the palms of our hands! While there are tons of fun original games on mobile, it's pretty nice to be able to play a beloved console game on the go.
Here are the 10 Best Mobile Ports, Ranked.
It might surprise some, but the dark puzzle-platformer Limbo was first released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2012. Players control an unnamed boy who travels a black and white shadowy world for his sister. It's up to the player to find the right solution to get past different environmental challenges and traps.
Failure results in a pretty gruesome end for the boy, though players are expected to die quite often in the game. With a simple but beautiful art style and haunting music, Limbo is a mobile port that's worth the $4.99 asking price, though there is a free demo available for anyone wanting a little taste.
9 Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Dream Daddy is a dating simulation unlike any other! Made by the Game Grumps, Dream Daddy lets players create their own "dadsona" and try to woo the hearts of 7 dads. The game began on the PC and recently made its way to the Switch and mobile devices this past summer.
At $15 to unlock everything, Dream Daddy is pretty pricey for a mobile game, but its a complete port of the original PC title. Every mini-game, ending, artwork, voice acting, and more are included. It's free to download and play the opening and go on 3 dates with your dad of choice, and if you don't want to buy the game outright, you can purchase dates individually at a lower price.
8 Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
A fan of Animal Crossing? Played every game available and you just can't wait for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Well, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is the perfect game for you! While Pocket Camp is not available on consoles, the game can be considered a mobile port of the entire franchise. Instead of becoming the mayor of your very own town, you're the Camp Manager of your very own campsite! It starts off empty, but Isabelle has faith that you will be able to deck out your camp and make new friends.
Just as with the other Animal Crossing games, the goal is to befriend as many animal campers as possible by doing favors and decorating your camp with their favorite items. Every favor obtains materials to craft more items and deepens your bond with the campers. Pocket Camp is free, though there are in-app purchases.
7 Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
While Don't Starve Together is the newest game from Klei Entertainment, it got it's beginning from the PC game, Don't Starve. Don't Starve is a single person game where you have to brave the mysterious wilderness; alone.
Using what resources the environment provides, players have to survive and fight against many dangerous creatures lurking out in the open and in the shadows. Don't Starve: Pocket Edition works the same way as on the PC and even works on phones with lower graphics!
6 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
You can do a lot of things in the GTA series that most people wouldn't normally want to do in real life. Race through traffic, run from the law, steal, and various other crimes are made fun as players take on the role of different protagonists in each game. Every game is set in a city that's rife with corruption, especially in San Andreas. Players control CJ, an ex-criminal who returns home to find his mother murdered and his friends and family in trouble. It came out on the PS2 in 2004 and has made its way to mobile.
Everything has been remastered to work on mobile, including improved character models and lighting. The controls have been set up to work for mobile as well, with the option to customize them and only have buttons show up when they're needed.
5 Minecraft: Pocket Edition
For anyone who loves games where you get to shape the world, Minecraft is one of the best in the business. These simple-looking pixel blocks offer near-endless possibilities of what a player can build. It came out in 2011 and so did Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the game.
The port resembles the PC version of Minecraft, including the same updates. Mods - aka Add-Ons - can be created by players or downloaded in the Marketplace. The mobile version also has two versions of multiplayer; the first of which allows 4 friends to play together with an Xbox Live account. There is also a multiplayer called Realms, where up to 10 friends across different platforms can play on a server for a monthly fee.
4 Knights Of The Old Republic
The most beloved Star Wars RPG of them all seems to be Knights of the Old Republic. The game takes place over 4000 years before the Galactic Empire. Playing as a Jedi, the user can customize their character's looks and ultimately decide whether to align with the light or dark side of the force.
The mobile port offers many of the same things found in the PC version. Players can travel to iconic Star Wars locations, learn many different powers, and build their own lightsaber. They've adapted the controls to work with mobile devices, though it's possible to switch to the old control scheme.
Achievements have also been added to the game, a first for Knights of the Old Republic.
3 The Wolf Among Us
Telltale Games, or at least some of their games, might be getting revived with the help of LCG Entertainment. Along with this revival, the publisher Athlon Games has released three of Telltale's games on mobile, including The Wolf Among Us.
Players control Bigby Wolf in this dark and gritty interactive game. Based on the graphic novel series Fable, Bigby is the Big Bad Wolf, who's in charge of looking after the residents of Fabletown who are all characters from folklore, fables, and fairytales. As the sheriff, he has to investigate the murder of a woman and uncover even deeper and darker secrets.
The first chapter is free with chapters 2-5 costing money.
2 Sonic The Hedgehog Classic
In Sonic the Hedgehog, you play as a speedy blue hedgehog that races through vibrant courses, collecting rings as he fights against Dr. Eggman who wants to take over the world. Sonic is one of Sega's classic franchises and the original game is now available on mobile, to be enjoyed while on the go.
Everything has been touched up to work on mobile devices. There's a new Time Attack mode and users can also play as Tails or Knuckles, using their unique abilities to make it through levels. It plays just like the original game, with the only downside being the number of ads featured in the game.
1 Banner Saga
Looking for a tactical RPG with a Norse mythology theme? Look no further than the Versus Evil game, The Banner Saga. It was released for both the PC and mobile devices in 2014. Players guide a cast of characters through a Norse mythology-inspired world. This world, stuck in perpetual twilight, faces of the threat of a terrifying ancient race known as the Dredge, that has returned to destroy humans.
Every decision made affects the way the story unfolds in the future, including which characters are talked to and which are chosen for battle. And if a character dies, they're gone for good.