If you ever owned a Megadrive then chances are that it still holds a special place in your heart. While the Megadrive is today highly dated, it nevertheless still features many games that still hold up by modern standards and that are a lot of fun to play. Add in the nostalgia they give you, and the bite sized nature of these older games, and you have the perfect recipe for an iPhone game.
And what do you know it seems that Sega noticed this too, and have as result re-released many of their older games for a new audience on the app store for you to download. Here we will look at some of the best Megadrive games for you to relive your younger days on your commute.
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage is a fantastically addictive beat ‘em up game that perfectly understood the formula for the genre. Basically you walk from left to right along the screen (and sort of up and down in a pseudo 3D effect) and punch the living daylights out of everyone. What made it fun then, and now, is the range of moves available and the way you can pick up anything off the floor to use as a weapon. The only thing conspicuously absent however is the option to do two player co-op, which for many people was one of the major draws.
Golden Axe is another scrolling beat ‘em up, but this time with a fantasy theme and a huge axe. The formula was once again the same, but it has quite a different feel to it and a great cult following. In short if you enjoyed Streets of Rage, then this is the next one for you to try.
Sonic 1 & 2
If there is one game synonymous with the Megadrive though it’s the Sonic the Hedgehog series. This is for good reason too, as the Sonic games are still some of the fastest and most action packed platformers out there. The colors are bright and cheery, and the levels are highly intense roller coaster rides. Whereas some retro games are annoyingly slow and painfully difficult Sonic remains pure fun and is still highly popular for this reason.
Those games above are available on the App store, but if you want to go one step further then you can jailbreak your phone and this will allow you to install an emulator that lets you run ROM files – which are basically converted cartridges. In other words then, once you download an emulator you can run any game ever released on the system and even better is that you can do this for free and without taking up much space at all on your system. And once you’ve done this you can also run files made by hobbyists and indie developers which are edited from the originals with new sprites and level layouts.
The only stipulation here is that when playing the original games you are legally required to own the cartridge yourself so that you at some point paid for your copy. Otherwise it’s a bit of a legal grey area – so proceed at your own risk.
Robbie Crowe spent nights playing on his Megadrive and he was very happy when he discovered Streets of Rage on iTunes app store. He is now using a jailbroken iPhone and has written about how to jailbreak iphone 4s quick so that you can get your hands on many more Megadrive games.