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Old-school cool: 5 classic video games that got a new life on mobile

Mario, the plucky little plumber, stormed onto small gadgets in December when Nintendo released Super Mario Run for Apple devices.

The game hit big with players, but it’s not the only redone retro video game to get a new lease on life through phones. Join us as we jump, hop, race, run, and Pac-Man-chew our way through some revamped classics you can hold in the palm of your hand.

1. Pac-Man 256

Retro games don’t get any more iconic than Pac-Man. The 1980s arcade hero is a little yellow creature that runs through a maze eating pellets and avoiding a cadre of colorful ghost villains. Pac-Man 256 adds a big twist to this concept by turning the playing field into an endless maze. You are no longer contained within a big square. This game goes on and on and on.

The point of the game is to keep moving while ducking the ghosts (or eating them when you can). Special pellets called “power-ups” appeared in the original game version. In Pac-Man 256, they can imbue your hungry hero with special powers, including lasers and a stealth mode. It’s an entertaining new take on a game that has been around for a long time.

Find Pac-Man 256 for Apple and Android.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog is the sassy protagonist of a series of games from Sega. There’s a grand storyline covering the evil deeds of a villain and his plans for world domination, but the attraction is in the game’s kinetic nature. Sonic first debuted back in 1991, but you can dive into the hedgehog’s world on your mobile phone today with a classic version of the original.

The original gameplay is all intact in the remastered mobile version, but there are some extra features to keep modern gamers engaged and interested. You can play as Sonic’s friends Tails (a two-tailed fox) and Knuckles (a red echidna). The game is still about being fast, collecting rings, and battling your enemies. Fans of the original will enjoy the old-school approach and revisit familiar landscapes as you run through palm trees, leap over lakes, and hop over obstacles on your way to saving the world.

Find Sonic the Hedgehog for Apple and Android.

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