The Best Mobile Games That Were Ported from PC and Console

With the rise of independent game developers and a dramatic increase in processing power over the years, playing video games on smartphones has become an increasingly viable option. While the most popular titles are the simple pick-up-and-play like “Angry Birds” or “Clash of Clans,” mobile phones have long reached the stage in development where they can play full-fledged console and PC titles, to a certain degree.

In this article, we’ll be going over some of the best mobile game titles you can find on mobile devices that were originally developed for PC or console.

BIT.TRIP Series for iOS and Android.

Original Platform: WiiWare (2009)

Now Available: iOS and Android

BIT.TRIP is a series of games focusing on a curious character referred to as Commander Video (seen in the above picture) as he goes through various adventures. Each game in the series is defined with its own distinct gameplay, beautiful and trippy visuals, and nail-biting difficulty harkening back to the days of classic gaming.

With different games across various platforms, BIT.TRIP has a wide audience in the following of the legendary Commander Video.

Five Nights at Freddy's Series for iOS and Android.

Original Platform: PC

Now Available: iOS and Android

Let’s face it: the kids are constantly talking about it, videos of people playing it or deciphering its lore are among the most popular on YouTube, and like any good horror property, there are already three sequels and a movie.

Love it or hate it, Five Nights is actually a very simple, point-and-click series where you control frightened security guards from a first-person perspective, by watching security cameras, and with doors and flashing lights to avoid a brutal implied death at the hands of murderous animatronics. Every game in the series thus far has been built on the same engine, made by the same lone person (Scott Cawthon) and ported to mobile very quickly after the main PC releases.

Terraria for iOS and Android.

Original Platform: PC

Now AvailableiOS and Android

Hailed as a 2D Minecraft alternative, Terraria is primarily a survival and adventure game as opposed to its sandbox-focused cousin.

Controlled from a two-dimensional perspective, players cut down trees, tunnel through mines for supplies and go on adventures together, using a simple control scheme and advanced crafting mechanics.

Terraria has gained legions of dedicated fans for its advanced mechanics and character customization. In addition to its PC-focused roots, Terraria has expanded to nearly every modern console and platform under the sun with the curious exceptions of the Nintendo 3DS, Mac and Linux.

Dungeon Defenders for iOS and Android.

Original Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux

Now AvailableiOS and Android

Dungeon Defenders is likely the closest thing to a full-fledged console experience on this list. Featuring full three-dimensional graphics (with pleasant, cartoony visuals that wouldn’t look out of place on PS3), Dungeon Defenders presents itself as a spin on the traditional tower defense and third-person action RPG genres.

Players choose between various classes – such as a knight or a mage – with different stats and manners of play between each. The players then build up their base and defend against waves of enemies, holding them off through a combination of strategy and combat.

Dungeon Defenders has all the essentials of what already defines a good game for many people and expands that to a wider audience by being available on both PCs and mobile devices.

Minecraft for iOS and Android.

Original Platforms: PC

Now Available: iOS and Android

What would this article be without Minecraft?

Minecraft is an in-depth 3D sandbox game with elements of adventure and RPG found in its Survival Mode. Minecraft’s popularity stems more from its Creative Mode, however, where people have created full-scale models of countries or even fully-functioning computers. Minecraft is essentially the modern child’s grandmaster collection of Legos from which they can create anything they please.

Originally developed on PC, Minecraft has seen releases not just on mobile devices, but on consoles as well. Chances are, if it can play video games, someone, somewhere, has gotten Minecraft working on it.

The above list is only a tip of the iceberg as there are plenty of games ported from their console or PC origin, such as the Final Fantasy series. What games from PCs and consoles have you found on your mobile device? My personal favorite would be “Super Hexagon,” but it turns out that was released on iOS, then PC, and then Android, so it couldn’t be put into this article.