Believe it or not, there is more to life than Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. Every so often, rather than taking on the latest 30 second filler or endlessly checking our Twitter and Facebook feeds (for the record, nobody ever talks to us), us mobile masters here at TrustedReviews like to use our phones for something a little bit more substantial. We like to play something historians call “console games” on them.
Now, we're not entirely clued up ourselves, but after a little light reading on the internet we've discovered that these aforementioned console games were played by a species of people called the “Dinosaurs”, and rather than using touchscreens – a technology that would not have married well with their claws – they used contraptions called “controllers”, that had buttons that directly influenced the action on screen.
These historians have spent the last few years encouraging mobile developers to resurrect these titles from this long gone era onto the devices we now primarily use for gaming, our smartphones and tablets – and they've had some success, too! So much success, in fact, that we've felt moved to put together our list of the ten best console ports you can currently play on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, giving you a glimpse into the world gamers used to have to contend with.
Click the arrow below to flick through the whole list, or use the quick links below to read about a specific game:
Sonic the Hedgehog - Sega
A massive tip of the hat to Sega's classic blue spiky mascot
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Rockstar Games
Three fantastic GTA games in one awesome package
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - Aspyr Media
Pushing RPG games to their limits on touchscreen and succeeding
Colin McRae Rally - Codemasters
One of the greatest rally series of all time
Civilization Revolution 2 - 2K Games
A strategy game brilliantly ported to touchscreen
Max Payne Mobile - Rockstar Games
It split the critics but we love Max Payne Mobile
Bastion - Supergiant Games
What people like to call a "modern classic"
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies - Activision
Zombie mode stripped back and fabulous
Chrono Trigger - Square Enix
Possibly the best JRPG ever?
XCOM: Enemy Within - Take Two
A turn-based strategy sim focused on alien warfare
See also: Best iPad Games 2015