When PlayStation 1 got released in 1994, it changed the faith of gaming as we know it. It was so popular that the game developers were still making games for PS1 years after the PS2 was released. Thanks to the virtualization technologies that are present now, we can enjoy these old games on our mobile devices. There is a variety of emulators that you can use. But the thing is, over 2,418 were released for PlayStation 1. So it’s tough to decide what games are worth attempting the emulation. And that’s why we are presenting the 17 best PS1 games to play on Android that you can view below.
Note: Our major metric while choosing the game was that if they are enjoyable on a handheld device. So it’s possible we might have missed your favorite PS1 game. Also, we haven’t ranked this list in a particular manner. If you think a game needs to be in this list then comment below.
Best PS1 games to play or emulate on Android
- Frogger 2: Swampy’s revenge
- Crash Bandicoot 3
- Crash team racing
- Tekken 3
- Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- Metal Gear Solid
- Mega legends 2
- Strider 2
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Intelligent Qube
- Gran Turismo 2
- Wipeout 2
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon
- Ape Escape
1. Frogger 2: Swampy’s revenge
Frogger 2: Swampy’s revenge is an arcade game that gives a good one time play for your time. Basically, you play as a frog and jump and dodge over obstacles and traps to save the baby frogs from a crocodile named swampy.
2. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
This 3rd installment in the CB series takes place in a wide array of time and space. It has a challenging, fun level designing with a variety of elements. Jumping through obstacles with the music on is just another level of nostalgia mixed with science fiction.
3. Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing is a fast-paced cart racing game with multiplayer support for over 4 players. This is a must-try game for all the Android users out there. The physics in this game is interesting and those visuals are just really good.
4. Tekken 3
Tekken 3 is an excellent fighting game with a whole lot of moves, combos, bonuses, etc. And all these things combined with a smooth gameplay just make this game a perfect choice to spend time on. Better experience if you play it on a handheld Android device.
5. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman 2 is a platformer game that is known for its perfect controls and seamless camera movements. The game has beautiful environments and graphics. And the challenging gameplay with that timing-based actions just adds to the experience.
6. Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid was a superhit game of its time. It was truly a great start of a franchise. It is a critically acclaimed adventure game with a superb storyline and over the top narration and voice acting. The game has immersive soundtracks and good gameplay mechanics. Stealth genre fans must play this classic title.
7. Mega legends 2
Mega Legends 2 is a single-player adventure game that stands out from most of the games of that time. The game has good replayability and a challenging factor. However, it was review bombed by players for the devs graphical choices and uncanny controls. You can give it a shot though.
8. Strider 2
Strider 2 is a super fun 2d action game that you can try. The game is easy, it is short unlike other strider series games but it’s worth the time you put into it. This is not a game that you visit once in a while just play it one time and never look at it ever again. A small fun game to add in your completed games collection.
9. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Anyone who likes RPG games should and must give this game a try. This is a pure classic 2d game filled with lots of quests and other cool elements. The game’s artworks and graphical elements are just the perfect match for its soundtrack. Castlevania never bores anyone.
10. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
The game that gave a tough competition for Final Fantasy 7. Oddworld is one of the most brilliant games ever made in the world of the platformer genre. The game is super addictive, filled with challenges, puzzles and great visuals. Highly recommended.
11. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
This is another puzzle game kinda similar to Tetris. It is a color matching game, highly addictive but is just one-time play. You can play it for hours for one time and then never play again.
12. Intelligent Qube
Intelligent Qube is a very well designed puzzle-solving game. You are on a platform and you need to eliminate the upcoming blocks by setting a trap somewhere between you and the block. Very very addictive. Ignore the graphics and give it a shot.
13. Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 2 was the best racing game in the world when it was released. It has a wide variety of cars and tons of customization options for them. The game is just perfect and holds great replayability. It features intense races, interesting game modes and a perfect controlling. Gran Turismo 2 is a must-own PS1 game for any Android user.
14. Wipeout 2
I purposely added racing games on this list as I find them better to be played on a mobile. Wipeout 2 is another cool racing game. It is futuristic and it is one of those games that are easy to play but difficult to master at. The races are fast-paced and very intense.
15. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
This list of best PS1 games to play on Android would be incomplete without this classic. It was really one of its kind. Simply one of the best sports games that features one of the best soundtracks in a game, good gameplay mechanics and tens of hours of replayability. A must-play game for everyone.
16. Spyro: Year of the Dragon
It is easily one of the most creative games of that decade. It has challenges, good narration, complexity in its gameplay, hidden quests and more. This game is filled with action. A high effort level designing is done on this game which makes it one of the best PS1 games to play on an Android device.
17. Ape escape
This is the last game in the series. Ape Escape is a 3d platformer game and it is acclaimed as the best platformer game on Playstation 1 by the folks at IGN. You can call it as an early prototype of the open-world genre. This game gives you freedom of movement but keeps you hooked to its gameplay elements. Great game to own with endless fun and replayability.