When I was little, a big treat was to go to Pizza Inn on a Friday night with my family. If I'd been really good all week, my parents would let me spend my allowance (all $0.50 of it) playing video games. The Pizza Inn was really and upscale kind of a joint, so they had both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man along with one of the space-type games (I believe it was Space Invaders, but it might have been Asteroids). I have such nice memories of those family times, and how much fun those huge games with their blipping lights were.
I'm feeling nostalgic today. So, I've gone out and rounded up some really great classic arcade games (or at least some pretty good knock-offs) that you can play on your Android tablet. (I've tried to stick with the free ones when I can, so be aware that there are some in-app purchases and set your device accordingly.)
I'm not confessing my age, but some of these games might give you a clue.
If you'd like to download any of these games, please use the handy link provided so they'll know who sent you.
PAC-MAN, the world famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for Android! Who can forget the countless hours and quarters spent avoiding pesky ghosts while chompin’ on dots and gobbling up the fruit for bonus points? Relive the retro arcade action! Control PAC-MAN using the standard flick-to-change-directions method, or try out the virtual-analog “PAC-PAD” method, new for Android. Munch fruits and other items for big points! Gobble blinking Power Pellets to turn the ghosts blue and weaken them temporarily. Eat the ghosts while they are blue and rack up the bonus points! Gain an extra life at 10,000 points! Avoid capture by Blinky, the leader of the ghosts, and his fellow ghosts Pinky, Inky and Clyde, each with unique personalities, as you strive to chomp all the dots and advance to the next stage!
FREE YOURSELF! Play the world famous Tetris® game you know and love with improved controls and all-new social features.CHECK OUT THESE RADICAL FEATURES:• MARATHON MODE – We’ve added all-new controls so you can stack like a pro. Choose between lightning fast One-Touch, original Swipe controls, or the innovative new Drag-and-Place option to keep clearing those lines.• TETRIS® GALAXY – Try this new multi-level mode! Clear to the core as you drop each Tetrimino with split-second intensity. And use power-ups to transform the blockade below!•
Pinball Deluxe Free
Pinball Deluxe is a pinball game for the mobile world. It runs on Android (2.1 and higher) and works beautifully on all devices. It even runs on tablets in their native resolution, which means gorgeous graphics across the board.
The game has 3 different tables. Each table plays very differently and has a unique style: carnival, space and underwater, far west, etc.
Atari Greatest Hits
Do you remember playing Centipede or Asteroids at the arcade in the 1980s? Wouldn't it be great to relive the games from your childhood? With Atari's Greatest Hits, you get a collection of the most popular retro games from the 70s and 80s. And you don't need a time machine to get the classic gaming experience of yesterday.
Free (Missile Command is Free, other games available with in-app purchases)
Galatic Attack, FREE blast'em up arcade great from GalaticDroids
Retro gaming at its best from the era when space invaders, Galaga and Galaxian ruled.
Your task is to save the universe from the hordes of attacking invaders. You have far superior fire power from your twin shooting attack drone but are greatly out numbered by these tough little space aliens.
Now that I'm on a roll, this list is just a start for me. I'm headed off to search for more classic arcade games. Are there any you would suggest? Check back for updates.
(What I really want to find is the original Frogger...)
Kelli is pretty sure she is mildly offended that most of these games were referred to as "retro".