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Top 5 Console Adaptations on iPhone

Most sympathetic console treatments on iPhone

Console conversions are great, aren’t they? Who wouldn’t want to play a version of a console favourite on her mobile?

We wouldn't, actually. At least for most of the time. You see, porting console games onto tiny touch-driven devices isn't as easy as some might think.

Far better to take the essence of a console game and completely rebuild the game with mobile play in mind. Consider our Top 5 console adaptations on iPhone list by way of example.

Remember, developers: adapt, don’t port!

Ubisoft's first mobile Rayman game, Rayman Jungle Run, became the poster child for sensitive console adaptations. Rayman Fiesta Run continues the good work with yet more one-finger auto-running platformer gameplay and even more outrageous level design.
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What do you do when you have a hit stunt rider indie game for PS3 and Xbox 360? If you're Hello Games, you rip it all up and reconstruct it as a sophisticated one-thumb platformer with bags of stuff to collect and unlock. Joe Danger Infinity is the second game in the series, but you should really buy this AND its predecessor.
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Need For Speed: Most Wanted might be a completely original mobile creation from Firemonkeys, but it captures the essence of the console game that shares its name perfectly. By streamlining the controls and straightening the course design, it becomes a speedy drift-happy delight of an arcade racer.
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Though Ridge Racer Slipstream actually feels like a full-fat Ridge Racer console game, it's been built firmly with mobile in mind. This means that you get a sympathetic (and flexible) control system that nails the unique Ridge Racer handling model despite the use of accelerometer and touch inputs. Impressive.
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Few believed that Square Enix could capture the essence of its dark, sophisticated first-person adventure game. But Deus Ex: The Fall does just that. Once again, the customised controls are the key to its success, while the distinctive yellow-and-black graphics engine is spot-on.
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