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#1 toptenmaterial OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:22 AM

For me, I've been into Game Boy Advance on my $40 convenience store droid. I'm trying to get an INTV emulator to load Shark! Shark!. What original apps, arcade remakes, emulators or anything in between turns you on? AA wants to know!

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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:51 AM

GBA is so evergreen ... I'm finding that I still wish there were one with a standard charging port and a normal headphone jack, but none of the clones are as good as the SP or the Pocket. I recently got a Retro Mini which is wonderful hardware (including a microSD card filled with ...ill-gotten games) but the emulator isn't as good as the real thing. I might need to get a "$40 convenience store droid" (holey shirt what a world we live in) like you to have a proper pocket GBA without having a GBA. Yeah yeah, hard buttons are "needed" for GBA ... I've got enough bluetooth controllers to choke a whale but it's nice to just have a self contained thing in one's pocket, too. 

 

In addition to the usual (chess with friends, words with friends, dashy crashy, reigns, pianista) a lot of my time has gone into chipping away at 2 "social RPG" games on mobile

 

Lineage II Revolution which is like an MMO for people with lives -- a lot of it can be done on autoplay, which minimizes the boring grindy aspects. There are a few bits where you toon has to battle for hours to get "monster cores" and I just leave my PC running Bluestacks on overnight. 

 

Star Trek Timelines is just full of fan service, lots of cards to collect and some PvP tactical space battles too. It's hooked me in a way that other, similar games don't -- and there seems to be a game like this for just about any comic book or tv or movie series for geeks. 

 

I'm realizing that these are a very different genre from things like Atari or Nintendo, but they're no less "gamey" just because some of the conventions are switched up. Playing a little bit each day, making progress in the "meta game" is very satisfying, and more sticky than a 15 minute blast chasing a high score. I've appreciated some of the modern takes on the old games, like Pac-Man 256 and the "endless social" Galaga game. I'm sure that Crossy Road would have been more than welcome on Atari VCS, optional microtransactions and all, back in the day. 



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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:37 AM

Havent played in awhile but really like The Quest on iOS (I believe its on Android as well). Its a really fun old school dungeon crawler with a bunch of expansions

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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:12 AM

I yearn for a long train ride or something so I can get into that game ... it is like a turn-based Daggerfall, enormous in scope and so obviously crafted with love. 

 

It's on Steam as well, but mobile seems like the right place for it.



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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:23 AM

I'm trying to get an INTV emulator to load Shark! Shark!. 

BTW this is the modern equivalent. Lots of fun, and bloody too!

 

https://www.ubisoft....hark-evolution/



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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:26 PM

I play little commander a lot. Its a tower defense type game and actually an appropriate type of game for touch screen.

Mostly I play gameboy in various iterations. Their to cheap and readily available to not have one, or several. Past week I've been playing donkeykong.

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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:21 PM

The most I mess with anymore is casual Pokemon Go use, very rarely Super Mario Run, and the old text game A Dark Room.

 

Hiragana Pixel Party is pretty solid as a japanese symbol learning/music game.  And Neo Turf Masters on android/ios is an easy one to get into.  It was too involved for long term use but Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem on either format were excellent and really don't require money at all to enjoy but I didn't want to commit.

 

Truth is most handheld I do is just randomly pulling out the Gameboy (GBC or GBA) and grabbing a game from the shelf or the everdrive gb and rolling with uCity(sim city conversion) or something legit.   If it's not that, it's the rest I already said.  I used to be a lot more into the android gaming junk but I rarely turn my tablet on anymore unless I am stuck on the couch awhile or travel and need it which is a shame, but limited time does that.  I will whenever the mood hits though fire up Pinball Arcade though as that's an easy one to blow time on or the equal quality ZZZ Zaccarhia Pinball conversion too.



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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:15 PM

I have 'Lost Treasures of Infocom' on my ipad, but sadly I've spent most of my mobile time playing that dumb Magikarp Jump game, lol.  I don't know why I can't stop playing it.  ;_;



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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:19 PM

I have 'Lost Treasures of Infocom' on my ipad, but sadly I've spent most of my mobile time playing that dumb Magikarp Jump game, lol.  I don't know why I can't stop playing it.  ;_;

Lost Treasures of Infocom will be truly lost when you update to iOS11 and 32-bit apps no longer run ... Activision doesn't seem interested in keeping their stuff current. At least the files are easy to find and play in Frotz. 

 

Sad, but not surprising, that a community project is better supported than classic games from giant multinational companies. 



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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:02 PM

I did the same with Magikarp Go.  It took a few months but I saw the ending, then saw it was just an endless jumper with no reward after so I erased it.



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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:49 PM

sadly I've spent most of my mobile time playing that dumb Magikarp Jump game, lol.  I don't know why I can't stop playing it.  ;_;

I honestly forgot that game existed until now. Never had any kind of interest in it.



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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:56 PM

I'm sorry to say that Flower is an extremely trying experience on an iPod. I'm not sure why controls are so screwed up on this, and yet worked beautifully (and to great effect) on Device 6.



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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:37 PM

Flower the PS3 game is on mobile?  Or just the same name.



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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:49 PM

PS3, PS4, iOS

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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:26 PM

Has anyone played the GTA games on mobile?

#16 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:10 AM

Has anyone played the GTA games on mobile?


That's funny, I just reinstalled all of them. The controls are tricky but it's doable, but a controller helps. Graphics are on par with the Xbox versions. Chinatown Wars is the most playable to me.

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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:59 AM

GBA is so evergreen ... I'm finding that I still wish there were one with a standard charging port and a normal headphone jack


Does that thing even need a charging port? Battery lasts forever lol :) I turn mine on after years of non-use and it's still charged.

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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:02 AM

Lost Treasures of Infocom will be truly lost when you update to iOS11 and 32-bit apps no longer run ... Activision doesn't seem interested in keeping their stuff current. At least the files are easy to find and play in Frotz. 
 
Sad, but not surprising, that a community project is better supported than classic games from giant multinational companies.


I don't know if Lost Treasures of Infocom supports this, but playing Infocom games under the zmachine emulators with Android text-to-speech and voice recognition turned on is a completely different experience!

Edited by zzip, Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:03 AM.


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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:49 AM

GBA lithium ion batteries last for years without a total loss of power from Nintendo at least, some kind of black magic I presume.  I decided to sell a GB Micro of mine on ebay I hadn't flipped on in at least a year, still was running along fine on a charge well enough not to warn about low juice.



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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:03 AM

They turn on, but that charge won't last long if you try to play for a while. 

 

Does anyone know of an easy way to test battery life for that kind of battery, without charging it all the way up and running it all the way down?

 

Speaking of batteries, I tried to get back into the cartridge thing the other day. Got a 1994 Donkey Kong GameBoy cartridge from Ebay (even though I've owned it several times and probably SHOULD have one already) ... save battery is dead, I don't have any in the house (though I do have 3 other types of button batteries!) and replacement ostensibly involves soldering. I'll fake it with electrical tape but it's starting to dawn on me just how old I am. 1994 was a long time ago. 



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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:31 AM

They turn on, but that charge won't last long if you try to play for a while.


You can play it pretty long. Yeah I exaggerate a bit, but the GBA, clamshell model at least, has the best battery life I've ever seen in a device of that type.

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Posted Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:25 AM

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition is working for me, and I wouldn't be opposed to other games receiving this kind of rework.

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Posted Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:56 AM

I've been playing stupid zombies lately. Pretty fun game.

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Posted Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:06 AM

I'm very boring. The only game I have on my phone is Wordscapes.



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Posted Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:18 AM

Alto's Odyssey is out now. It's like Alto's Adventure, but set in the desert, with many new moves and tricks. Lovely.

http://www.altosodyssey.com/

On AppleTV, it reminds me of an Activision game on Atari 2600 in its elegant simplicity.




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