Best old school games you can play on your phone

My first taste of gaming came when I was about 10 years old and I received this 8 Bit beauty. The first games my sibling and I got addicted to were Duck Tales, Space Invaders, Islander, and Road Fighter. We also experienced our first gaming blisters on our thumbs. Good times! So you can imagine my delight when I found out that some of these games were available on mobile. Let the nostalgia begin…

my first gaming console
See that? That’s the sweet look of nostalgia.


A simple game to help a dude find his girlfriend while dodging snails and snakes and sometimes activating the skateboard (the best part).

islander on mobile

Get Islander for free on Android on Google Play.

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Road Fighter

I love car racing games and it stems from Road Fighter. I think we got this game (cartridge) for my dad one year (such clever kids when it comes gift giving) and I really love the simplicity of this. Dodging cars and grabbing the multi coloured car before it disappears.

road fighter

Get Road Fighter for free on Android on Google Play.


I tried to find the app versions, but it kept on saying “Not yet available in your country” which breaks my heart 😢 because using Scrooge’s cane to jump over Venus flytraps is what childhood memories are made of. In lieu of this, I did find an online version.

🎶 DuckTales whoo oooh 🎶

Click here to play DuckTales online. 

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While I never played this on console, I did play it on PC. There was something about sitting in front of a computer for hours trying to get to the next level. While this version is much fancier than original, you get that old school feel with better graphics.

Doom 3

There is no free version, but you can play Doom 3 on Android for R139.99.

Sam also streams this regularly on her Facebook page every Thursday at 1pm CAT if you’re keen to see what the game looks like on the Nintendo Switch.

Still here? Why not check out the ridiculous Face Dance which is like a game of exercise for your face. 

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  • Reply Camilla Gildenhuys February 13, 2018 at 12:39

    AH! I love this post! I really want DuckTales! And I would love to play Circus again too – I think they have it at Game!!!

    Was it Quake that was also a demo shooting game that everyone had??

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    • Reply Sam Wright February 13, 2018 at 16:33

      Yup – spot on with Quake. Now there is Quake Champions and it is one of my absolute favs to play at the moment!

    • Reply jade February 13, 2018 at 16:43

      I completely forgot about circus! Going to see if there is a mobile version. Thanks so much for the comment. Glad you liked the article

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