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The 25 best console and PC conversions for Android

25 essential games to have in your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated January 2, 2018: New entries added

We love our original mobile games dearly - or the good ones, at least. But there's a vast library of brilliant console and PC games out there that simply can't be ignored.

Indeed, many of those games are being repurposed and even revitalised on mobile. Some console and PC conversions work out better than others, of course. Complications related to the switch to a touch-driven control system often arise.

The following examples are from developers who have managed to work things out - or have just been lucky that the original game naturally translates well to Android. Either way, they're all brilliant games.

#1 Hearthstone

Product: HearthstoneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Blizzard EntertainmentPublisher: Blizzard EntertainmentGenres: Card battler, RPG, Strategy

Arguably the greatest card battler of all time, and also a brilliant example of how to do free to play properly. Add a core system that's built for touch and the customary Blizzard polish, and you have the winner that is Hearthstone.

#2 Football Manager Touch 2018

Product: Football Manager Touch 2018Formats: Android, iPadPublisher: Sega

Football Manager Touch 2018
Football Manager is the undisputed football management king, and Football Manager Touch 2018 gives you pretty much the full experience on mobile. Well, tablet.

#3 Knights of the Old Republic

Product: Knights of the Old RepublicFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: BioWarePublisher: AspyrGenres: Action, RPG

Knights of the Old Republic
On a list of the finest RPG ever made, Knights of the Old Republic will typically feature somewhere near the top. We're rather lucky, then, that we've received this brilliant mobile port.

#4 Plants vs Zombies

Product: Plants vs ZombiesFormats: Android, DS, DSi, iPhone, PS Vita, Xperia Play, SteamDeveloper: PopCap GamesPublisher: PopCap GamesGenres: Strategy, Tower defence

Plants vs Zombies
This true mobile great defined a new form of strategy offshoot known as lane defence. Fend off waves of hungry zombies using a range of destructive plants.

#5 The Talos Principle

Product: The Talos PrincipleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: CroteamGenres: Puzzle

The Talos Principle
A sublime first person puzzler that initially impressed on PC, and now has made a similar impact on mobile. Both technically and artistically, it's on another level to most made-for-mobile puzzlers.

#6 XCOM: Enemy Within

Product: XCOM: Enemy WithinFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: 2K GamesGenres: Strategy

XCOM: Enemy Within
The latest XCOM games are the finest squad-based strategy games around, and they work wonderfully on mobile too. It's remarkable how faithful this feels on Android.

#7 Kingdom: New Lands

Product: Kingdom: New LandsFormats: SteamPublisher: Genres: Adventure

Kingdom: New Lands
Kingdom: New Lands started life as a PC game, but its simple 'run left and right' gameplay means it suits mobile to a tee. Building up your pixel-art kingdom is a delight whatever you're playing on.

#8 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Product: Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Sumo DigitalPublisher: SegaGenres: Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
We may never see a mobile Mario Kart, despite Nintendo's current mobile awakening. However, with a more-or-less feature-complete version of Sonic Racing Transformed available, we arguably don't need it.

#9 Death Road to Canada

Product: Death Road to CanadaFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MadgardenPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Death Road to Canada
A dungeon crawler with a modern, zombie-filled twist, Death Road to Canada has you making your way across a ravage America with a motley crew of personalities.

#10 Banner Saga 2

Product: Banner Saga 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stoic StudioGenres: RPG, Strategy

Banner Saga 2
Somehow improving on the majestic original in every way without shifting the formula at all, this is a stunning Norse-inflected RPG with a highly tactical turn-based combat system.

#11 Thimbleweed Park

Product: Thimbleweed ParkFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure

Thimbleweed Park
Thimbleweed Park is another classic point and click adventure game from legends Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, yet it originally launched in 2017 rather than the early '90s. This swift mobile port is predictably spot on.


Product: OXENFREEFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Adventure

Oxenfree is such a great mystery adventure game, with a memorable artsy aesthetic and a spooky narrative, that it would be a shame if you could only play it at your desk. Now you can play it on your mobile.

#13 World of Goo

Product: World of GooFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: 2D BoyGenres: Casual, Puzzle

World of Goo
World of Goo has a storied history, originally launching on PC and Wii around the time Android arrived on the scene. It remains a towering achievement of semi-improvised physics puzzling.


Product: VVVVVVFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: DistractionwareGenres: Adventure, Conversion, Platform

Many doubted that VVVVVV's tight, challenging, gravity-switching platform-puzzler gameplay wouldn't translate to mobile. Amazingly, it does.

#15 This War of Mine

Product: This War of MineFormats: Android, iPad, SteamPublisher: 11 bit studiosGenres: Action, Simulation

This War of Mine
A rare mobile game that can move you to the core. This War of Mine is a stealthy platform survival game that's emotive, unforgiving, and truly heart breaking.

#16 Final Fantasy IX

Product: Final Fantasy IXFormats: Android, iPhone, PSP, iPadPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Adventure, RPG

Final Fantasy IX
There are plenty of Final Fantasy conversions on Android, but for our money this is the pick of the lot. It's an excellent conversion of what was, to some fans, the last classic game in the series.

#17 Dragon Quest VIII

Product: Dragon Quest VIIIFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DSPublisher: Square Enix Genres: RPG

Dragon Quest VIII
Square Enix moved heaven and Earth to make its joyful JRPG feel native to iOS, including shifting the perspective to portrait view and implementing a new quicksave system. It worked.

#18 Limbo

Product: LimboFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamPublisher: PlaydeadGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Limbo's black and white arthouse style has proved hugely influential, but few games since have matched its gloomy platform-puzzler appeal.

#19 CounterSpy

Product: CounterSpyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: DynamightyGenres: Action, Platform

CounterSpy retains everything that matters from the original. It's a beautiful, stylish side-scrolling stealth-platformer whatever platform you play it on.

#20 The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Product: The World Ends with You: Solo RemixFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Jupiter CorporationPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Multiplayer, RPG

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
Essentially a love letter to the Tokyo district of Shibuya, The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is an appropriately gleeful mash-up of genres and ideas. Its unique swipey combat system seems born to work on mobile.

#21 Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

Product: Might & Magic: Clash of HeroesFormats: Android, DS, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: UbisoftGenres: Action, Puzzle

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Forget talk of a 'faithful conversion' - there's a case to be made that the iOS version of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is the best. Its blend of match-three puzzler and RPG elements just feel at home on a mobile device.

#22 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

Product: Geometry Wars 3: DimensionsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Lucid GamesGenres: Arcade, Shooter

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
One of the slickest console shooters of recent times turns out to be one of the slickest mobile shooters of recent times. Geometry Wars 3 is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter delight.

#23 Pac-Man Championship DX

Product: Pac-Man Championship DXFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Namco Bandai GamesGenres: Arcade, Puzzle

Pac-Man Championship DX
Few suspected that this early videogame great could be completely revitalised for the 21st century without compromising its core identity, but PAC-MAN CE DX achieves just that with aplomb.

#24 Don't Starve

Product: Don't StarveFormats: Android, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: Klei EntertainmentGenres: Adventure, Hardcore

Don't Starve
A brutally demanding, sparse survival game with a distinctive art style that you suspect Tim Burton would approve of. This Pocket Edition loses none of the original's sharp edge.

#25 Thomas Was Alone

Product: Thomas Was AloneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Bossa StudiosPublisher: Bossa StudiosGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Thomas Was Alone
One of the most beloved indie darlings of recent years translates beautifully to mobile. Thomas Was Alone is a 2D platformer with rare heart and soul.


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Jon Mundy 2 January 2018
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