Mame Emulators for Android – Play Classic Games on Smart Phone
TechMynd’s gaming zone has got a lot of classic games playable on PC via emulators. Common emulator widely accepted and used for these classic games has been freeware MAME emulator that enables user to play roms based games on PC. You can use multiple roms of games in the same emulator. While its fun to play old games on a desktop PC or laptop, how about taking all the fun to your favorite smart phone? You can play classic games on your Android phone. Best part about these games is that these are still interesting, consume less resources of device, are in small size, are easy to play and game controlling is relatively simple and easy where you just need arrow keys and two buttons (for fire and jump) at least in most cases. I am talking about playing Snow Bros, Captain Commando, Double Dragon, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Final Fight, Ghosts Ghouls, Metal Slug, Pang, Rally X, Rygar, Street Fighter, Ninja Turtles, The King of Fighters, The Punisher, Toki, Vendetta, Vigilant, X -Men, Aero Fighters on Android phone.
Emulator MAME for Android has been tested with several roms successfully. You can download and install Emulator MAME on Android based devices and you can copy roms in your SDCard (ROMs/Mg/roms). This application does not contain any game. You have to copy games (rom files) in proper location to play games by using this emulator. This application has also been tested for more than 70 games on a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
The app size is around 10M and it requires Android 2.1 or above version. This app has been reported to show a lot of annoying ads and also reported by a user as a malware. You should check its rating and reviews on Google Play Store before downloading it. There are mixed reviews about this app but you can download and try this out from location below.
Another great option is MAME4droid that might prove to be better than Emulator MAME for Android. MAME4droid (0.139u1) is an emulator and it also does not include roms or copyrighted material. This version is targeted to Dual-Core devices, because it is based on a high specs 2010 PC MAME build. Don’t expect arcade games of the 90 to work at full speed. With some games that are really bad optimized you will need at least a 1.5 ghz dual-core device (Cortex A15).
It emulates over 8000 different romsets. You have to bear in mind that some games will run better than others, some might run slow and some might not even run with MAME4droid. After installing the app, place your zipped roms in /sdcard/ROMs/MAME4droid/roms folder. It supports 2.1 and higher Android devices. Autorotate games while playing. Touch Controller can be shown or hidden. It has got plug and play detection of many USB / Bluetooth gamepads. Up to six buttons are supported.
MAME4droid (0.37b5) is a version of iMAME4all for Android, based on GP2X, WIZ MAME4ALL 2.5 by Franxis. For this app, owners of older Android devices should not expect good performance. Few Workarounds to boost performance is to use lower quality sound or switch sound off, use 8 bit depth, underclock the CPU and Sound CPUs. Disable stick and buttons animations and disable smooth scaling.
After installing, place your zipped roms in /sdcard/ROMs/MAME4all/roms folder. This version emulates over 2000 different romsets. It comes with an adjustable CPU and audio clock. Want to play KOF on your tablet device? Give this app a try and you will be amazed.
Another Mame and Neo-Geo based emulator app for Android is CrazyTilt-MAME that does not seem to be as good enough as mentioned above because you have to use volume up and volume down buttons from device as gameplay buttons. The reviews have also been bad about this app. But if you want to try then go ahead and use link below.