If you were a child of the 80s or 90s to even 2000s you know exactly how big of a deal Arcade was. Insert coin is what it said on the screen. Now you can get the same experience by installing an app on your phone or home computer.
Step 1: Download the Emulation Software
Many of the arcade games have been re-published as console titles. Way back in the 90s and early 2000s when consoles really started taking off, arcade games were the first targets to grace the living room. You need to track down these titles and consoles. Learn their model numbers and exact title names and versions.
For example, maybe you want to play the original Spyro on the Playstation 1. You can do this by downloading the Playstation 1 emulator. You should go for one with many good reviews and the highest number of stars. Always read a few comments, including sorting the list of comments to show only those with just a single star. Those people had some problems with the emulation software. Take mental notes of these problems as you try it out.
Step 2: Obtain the ROM of the Game
Once you obtain the right emulator for the right game. You will need what is called the ROM file for the game. You should visit websites which offer libraries of old games for the purpose of preservation. They are keeping the gaming history alive. After getting the right game ROM, you need to put it in the folder on your device to be ready to run from the emulator menu.
Step 3: Start the Game
Once you pick your desired game from the emulator menu, the game should start.
If you run into issues you must be ready to google the problems and look for possible solutions. These emulators are developed and maintained by a 3rd party. So you will get no support from the real console manufacturer. However, the community will be happy to help you with your problems. Luckily, many of the emulators you can find in the iOS App Store and Play Store work very well for the most part.
As a conclusion, please see the following list of the most popular emulators for your Android phone, tablet or Windows PC so you can easily start at the right place:
- MEME4droid – MEME is an old console system. If you played it as a kid, this is the emulator you need.
- Nostalgia.NES – if you know what NES is, your childhood is awesome (remember that internet meme?), this emulator enables you to play NES games.
- PSX – This emulator is one of the best to play Playstation 1 titles on your phone or a computer.