Comprehensive Emulator Guide


  1. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    Hello All

    I have searched High and low for every possible emulator for Android. Below are the fruits of my labor

    If you are a Dev or know one with skills please oh please attempt to port a few of the emulators mentioned below which are not yet on Android. Many of them are not system intense but were just unpopular BUT they have games on them that are hidden gems and cannot be played on Android any other way

    If you want to see an emulator which has not been ported to Android yet I encourage anyone who reads this forum to contact both Android and PC emulator devs to make a port


    The first link listed for each emulator is the one I recommend as a first choice.

    I should note I have paid for and installed every emulator here and tested some better than others but I find most of them get the job done quite nicely without the need for a clunky BT remote (Though an Xperia play with high end specs like an S3 would be nice)

    Also for some of these emulators you need a strong phone.

    I recommend buying a 64 GB Micro SDXC card(yes they work on almost all Android phones. Nexus One, Droid, Evo 3D and S2 I have tested myself)

    microSD Cards from SanDisk for Business and Consumer

    I am also including details of emulators which are in development or have not been ported to Android yet. I know some emulators may take a few years to be ported to Android but I will never stop dreaming

    Project Kainy

    If you are into emulation try out project Kainy. I am able to play Final Fantasy 10 on my cell phone via the streaming capabilities of Kainy. This is a great project and as mobile internet service improves it will be more and more feasible.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kainy.client&feature=search_result# ?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5rYWlueS5jbGllbnQiXQ..

    So without further delay:

    Consoles

    Atari 800/400/xl/xe:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=name.nick.jubanka.colleen&feature=searc h_result

    Atari 2600
    Ataroid | SlideME

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.A2600Emu&feature=more_f rom_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmV4cGx1c 2FscGhhLkEyNjAwRW11Il0.

    Atari ST
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.emulator.stoid&feature=search_resul t#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5lbXVsYXRvci5zdG9pZCJd

    N64
    N64oid | SlideME

    https://market.android.com/details?id=paulscode.android.mupen64plus&feature=s earch_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsInBhdWxzY29kZS5hbm Ryb2lkLm11cGVuNjRwbHVzIl0.

    NES (Also FAmicom Disk System)
    Nesoid | SlideME

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.NesEmu

    PC Engine/ Turbo Grafx-16
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.PceEmu

    Sega Genesis/Mega Drive/Master System
    Gensoid | SlideME

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.MdEmu

    Sega Saturn (YES I said it) (Still in development but you can get it on your phone)
    Porting Yabause to Android

    Sony Playstation (FPSE is the best)
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.emulator.fpse&feature=search_result
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/...t#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5lcHN4ZS5lUFNYZSJd

    SNES (the best ones are no longer on the Android market)
    SNesoid | SlideME

    Snes9x EX - Ex Plus Alpha

    Sega CD::
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.MdEmu

    Consoles which have not been ported yet


    Just mentioning Difficulty Codes:

    Atari 5200: Easy

    Atari 7800: Easy

    Atari Jaguar: Medium

    Bandai Playdia: Easy

    Xbox: Very Hard

    Neo Geo CD: Easy

    Nintendo Gamecube: Hard

    Nintendo Wii: Very Hard

    Virtual Boy: Easy

    3DO: Medium

    Philips CD-I: Medium

    Sega 32 X: Medium

    Sega Dreamcast: Test .APK has been leaked check around

    Playstation 2: Try project Kainy (not an emulator on your phone but gets the job done)

    ARCADE SYSTEMS

    MAME4Droid Reloaded Plays almost any Arcade emulator/game

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seleuco.mame4droid&feature=search_r esult#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zZWxldWNvLm1hbWU0Z HJvaWQiXQ..

    CPS1
    http://apps.tigerplay.info/dl.php?app=tigerarcade

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jrioni.jarcade#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDIxM iwiY29tLmpyaW9uaS5qYXJjYWRlIl0.

    CPS2

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jrioni.cps2hd&feature=more_from_dev eloper#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmpyaW9uaS5jcHMy aGQiXQ..

    Neo Geo

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jrioni.jarcade#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDIxM iwiY29tLmpyaW9uaS5qYXJjYWRlIl0.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.NeoEmu&feature=search_r esult

    https://market.android.com/details?id=fr.mydedibox.neodroid

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.seleuco.mame4all&feature=search_res ult

    Arcade Systems which have not been ported yet


    *Just mentioning Difficulty Codes*

    Thanks to MAME4droid all Arcade systems I was tracking previously are playable on Android. Some may be slow on current hardware but not for long

    Handhelds

    Bandia Wonderswan & Wonderswan Color
    https://market.android.com/details?id=uk.org.cardboardbox.wonderdroid&feature =search_result

    Neo Geo Pocket
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.NgpEmu&feature=search_r esult

    NDS (Development Only)

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.opendoorstudios.ds4droid&feature=se arch_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5vcGVuZG9vcnN 0dWRpb3MuZHM0ZHJvaWQiXQ..

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qingping&feature=search_result#?t=W 251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5xaW5ncGluZyJd

    Gameboy Advance


    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fastemulator.gba

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1LwlTNuaTU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Another great one by explusalpha

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.explusalpha.Gba.emu

    Gameboy Color/Normal

    GBCoid | SlideME

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.GbcEmu

    Sega Game Gear

    Gearoid | SlideME

    Atari Lynx:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rock88dev.alynx&feature=search_resu lt#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5yb2NrODhkZXYuYWx5bngi XQ..
    Sony PSP
    PPSSPP - a PSP emulator that's both fast and portable

    Handhelds which have not been ported yet

    (sorry for the rant)

    Computer

    DosBox:

    ** Note on Dosbox. This still needs a lot of improvement. A Better UI, Better controls & faster speed for high end games.

    DOSBOX Turbo:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fishstix.dosbox&feature=search_resu lt#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5maXNoc3RpeC5kb3Nib3gi XQ..

    https://market.android.com/details?id=org.hystudio.android.dosbox&feature=sea rch_result

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.locnet.dosbox&feature=search_result

    DosBox 0.74 - 7 February 2011 - Android Games Development

    Residual VM: (Play Grim Fandango on Android)

    forums.residualvm.org :: View topic - Android and IOS ports

    Acron/BBC Micro
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.littlefluffytoys.beebdroid&feature= search_result

    Amiga
    https://market.android.com/details?id=org.ab.uae&feature=search_result

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.locnet.uae&feature=search_result

    Amstrad CPC
    FMSDevel - CPCDroid - Amstrad CPC on Android phone
    CPCDroid - Amstrad CPC Emulator for Android

    Apple 2
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zerohoh.candyapple&feature=search_r esult

    Atari ST
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.emulator.stoid&feature=search_resul t

    C64
    https://market.android.com/details?id=org.viceteam.sdl&feature=search_result

    https://market.android.com/details?id=org.ab.c64&feature=search_result

    ScummvM
    http://anddev.at.ua/news/scummvm_sdl_1_4_0git1_1906/2011-09-02-42

    ZX Spectrum
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.seleuco.xpectrum&feature=search_res ult

    https://market.android.com/details?id=cz.dejvice.rc.Marvin&feature=search_res ult

    MAC
    https://market.android.com/details?id=name.osher.gil.minivmac&feature=search_ result

    MSX & Colecovision
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.explusalpha.MsxEmu&feature=search_r esult

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fms.colem&feature=search_result

    Computers that have not yet been ported
    Just noting a suggested difficulty

    Sharp X68000: Medium

    FairChild Channel F: Easy

    General Computer Vectrex: Medium to Easy

    Mattel Intellivision: Easy

    Memotech MTX: Easy

    Miles Gordon Sam Coupe: Easy

    Tandy Color Computer: Easy-Medium

    Tangerine Oric: Medium

    Watara Supervision: Medium

    Random PC game ports

    Baulder's Gate 2, Icemane Dale, & Planet Scape torment
    https://market.android.com/details?id=net.sourceforge.gemrb&feature=search_re sult

    For more check these places:
    https://market.android.com/developer?pub=pelya#?t=W251bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLDEsIm5 ldC5zb3VyY2Vmb3JnZS5nZW1yYiJd

    Before I go I have provided you a way to play Thousands of games on your cell phone. To help you in your quest this app may be :

    PSX memory card manager:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.neko68k.psxmc&feature=search_result

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  2. gwaine

    gwaine Active Member

    Hey Trev...awesome post dude...thanks for all of the useful info.
  3. Vanquished

    Vanquished Well-Known Member

    Very nice!
  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Moved to games, but I think we may have sticky material here. Thanks for the comprehensive write up!
    twospirits likes this.
  5. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Rarely use my phone for games, but you certainly deserve a hefty slice of kudos for taking the time to write that. Well played.
  6. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member


    If you sticky this I promise to keep the first thread updated and add more info etc :)
    crualfoxhound likes this.
  7. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Just checking with some people that know more about gaming than I do -- all I play is chess on my phone haha :)

    Edit: I be stuckieded it
  8. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    Great post! May I add one thing? You speak about touchscreen controls may be hard to use so mentioning that most of these emulators are wiimote/bluetooth gamepad capable can also be a helpful tip. I know your post is mainly for phones and carrying a wiimote or a gamepad isn't ideal, but this post is also great for tablets and for phones that have hdmi out capabilities.

    Thanks again for this great post.
  9. crualfoxhound

    crualfoxhound New Member

    Hi Trev186

    Excellent post.
    Very useful information here
    Keep up the good work mucker.

    Catch ya later..
  10. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    I have a small update on the Dreamcast emulator. It appears the Dev has grown "Tired" of the project. Hopefully he will release his source or at least a Proof of concept .APK file.

    Also trying to get some of the other emulator developers mentioned above to contact him directly about picking up where he left off.
  11. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Well-Known Member

    Nice guide there.

    +1 to the suggestion to add info on bluetooth gamepads (I know a lot about them if it helps).

    Your post reminded me that I really must test SCUMMVM, it should be amazing with the SGSII's bluetooth mouse support!
  12. shaolin95

    shaolin95 Well-Known Member

    Please add Robert Brogila's MD.EMU. A fantastic Genesis/SMS emu which he plans to make SEGA CD emu as well!
    Also regarding Jarcade please mention that it works with many Sega classics like Outrun, Shinobi, Altered Beast etc and that it has finally been updated to work with Gingerbread. :)
  13. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    I included his MD emulator under Genesis...I just did not call it that :) Specifically I try and link the Devs entire app page that way people will buy more of his products.

    I really respect him as a dev as well and have eagerly been checking his app page for updates and future projects

    I did add the bit of extra info on Jararcade
  14. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    I added some info on it though I want this to be a starting reference for people interested in emulators. Because of that I will refrain from posting in depth guides and instead try and point them in the right direction. If you have a link to a well done guide for some popular bluetooth game controllers please send me the link and I will add it to the sticky
  15. bachimon

    bachimon New Member

    very useful information thanks
  16. Droid!!!

    Droid!!! Member

    Thank you very useful information:)
  17. schimmdog

    schimmdog New Member

    I have a problem in gameboid, I can't set the diagonals (EX. up+right) i have an experia play
  18. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    For the issue with gamboid on xperia play contact Yongzh or his partner directly.
  19. crualfoxhound

    crualfoxhound New Member

    News in on n64oid

    Yongzh got fog emulation working. it works amazingly been testing it on

    Starfox64 castlevania Waverace Extreme-g turok Aerogauge Zelda o.o.t And results are brilliant. Looks like a proper n64 console now.

    Catch ya later..
  20. traajik

    traajik Well-Known Member

    i cannot thank you enough you saved me x amount of hours to find all of these, i was so devastated when they took all my beloved tiger emu's off the market place.

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH
  21. Mumbles_1

    Mumbles_1 New Member

    Has anyone heard anything about any new NDS emulators on the horizon?

    Neither Nds4droid or the TigerLabs DS Emu have been updated for months.

    Pretty disappointing as I thought a decent/working emulator was imminent.
  22. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member

    Well tiger NDS was free and just a proof of concept. U cannot judge him there. He has a slow but steady update cycle as well. He has never shared many details with me about his plans when I have asked.

    With Google taking him off the market we may have to wait a even linger before we see an updated version.

    As for NDS4droid it showed up after tigers and is very simillar. Some games work on it differently than tigers though and he has a different control scheme. But he charges more for his emulator than Fpse which is a fully functioning ps1 emulator..

    I am not sure we will see an update by NDS4droid.

    All of true other NDS emulators are copies of either of these two.

    I just wish the devs would give us the option to enable sound. That way if the emulators are never updated we have a chance as hardware improves to be able to run them at full speed....though I think the issue is more on the end of the devs ironing out the kinks .
  23. Toyic

    Toyic Member

    Wow, that's a VERY helpful post, thanks!

    Also, I searched market forever, but the only gameboy color emulator I was able to find was GBC A.D.

    The others either didn't work, or were those silly fake ones.
  24. Trev186

    Trev186 Well-Known Member


    Checkout slideme for Yongzh free game boy color. It is perfect and free now . Plus on slideme u can find all of Yongzh apps .


    Robert brgoilla has a gbc emus up on the market. I linked several of his apps. If u do not want to use slideme for Yongzh or just do not like some of his interface options I recommend Robert
  25. Android26

    Android26 Well-Known Member

    Do you have to be rooted to play these emulators? Or do you just need side-loading capability?

    Thanks
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