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Top 10 Console Game Conversions to iPhone

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At launch, the App Store was full of original games, but over time, the big boys have come in to play.

That means big console and PC game titles have been popping up. But, with some of them sharing little more than a title, which are the best examples?

Check out our list to find out...

The basic version of Space Invaders has been available on mobile ever since there's been Java, but the original monochromatic shooter just doesn't cut it anyone in these days of expansive 3D mobile gaming. Enter Infinity Gene. Taito's reinvention of the game with slick graphics, a more fluid control system, and an all-round retro aesthetics.
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9.2
Appealing to a similar fanbase to The Secret of Monkey Island, Revolution's much loved original Broken Sword had already been updated for DS and Wii, and it was this version which came to iPhone. Less funny than Monkey Island, its deep story and clever puzzles still stand the test of time - 13 years after its original release.
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9.0
The best and most successful game series of the 2000s, GTA made its way to iPhone in the form of Chinatown Wars, a game previously released for DSi and PSP. This was no port however; rather a from-the-ground-up product designed to make the most out of portable devices. Epic in scale, the topdown game gives you plenty to drive around and shoot up, providing stacks of missions as well as a decent storyline.
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9.0
PopCap's fastest selling game on iPhone was something of a surprise, partly because of how well the company managed to squeeze the big screen action down, and partly because PopCap's other games have sold fast and well too. Still, while Plants vs. Zombies' commercial success was never in doubt, reviewers fell over themselves to praise its tactical challenges, unit variation, and all around loveliness.
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9.0
EA's racer has been burning up consoles for years, with each new release more graphically impressive, if not tremendously deeper. When it comes to iPhone, Need for Speed Shift is the standout game thanks to its 28 career stages, loads of replayability, and customisation features. It's built on a solid handling model and vehicle physics too.
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8.7
Much loved by adventure game fans, the point and click Monkey Island burst onto iPhone atop a wave of nostalgia. Unlike some of the other games in this list, The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is effectively the same PC game as released in 1990 but with touchscreen controls and bit of a visual brush up. But direct port or not, it was enough to satisfy the fans.
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8.6
Many of id Software's classic shooters have come to iPhone, but perhaps surprisingly it's its mobile version of Wolfenstein in a role-playing stylee that reviews the highest. One reason is that the tile-based environment simplifies the control method, and allows for more tactical gameplay. There's also an underpinning of humour, which isn't always present in the tightly laced FPS genre.
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8.6
A beat 'em up on an iPhone. It's not the first genre you'd try to do and indeed, even now there aren't many examples that really work. Street Fighter IV is the best to-date however, thanks to its responsive controls, balanced roster of characters, great graphics and multiplayer modes. And this - perhaps combined with the weakness of the competition - was enough to see it sneak into our top 10, despite the lack of modes and features you'd expect from a console brawler.
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8.4
Making a surprising appearance on the App Store, this version of the co-operative FPS map based around shooting Nazi zombies stormed to the top of charts despite its premium pricing. It was also one of the first games to demonstrate the power of console brands on the App Store, as well as being plenty fun.
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8.0
There have been a couple of Sim 3 games on iPhone, and plenty more on mobile, but it's the original The Sim 3 that demonstrates the power of the best selling PC franchise of all time (all those expansion packs). It doesn't do anything particular special but it's a great mobile version of a well loved series that fulfills its fans's requirements to a 't'.
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7.7
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