SA’s best collection of gadgets and accessories!

How to Play Retro Arcade Games on Your Smartphone

Moe from Mondo / 24-05-2021 / Tech news

Retro gaming has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to a heavy dose of nostalgia for the simple gameplay and graphics that those games offered, reminding people of their childhoods and happier times. If you are an old-school gamer, then you’re in luck, because emulators can be installed right on your smartphone to let you play your favourite retro games from the likes of Nintendo, Sega and even Sony PlayStation. The question is - which of these emulators is the best for you?

If you own a smartphone, you are most likely a part of one of two groups of people: Apple users and Android users. Although the available emulators generally cater for only one of the two smartphone operating systems, the range of choice more than makes up for it. To play, you will need game ROMS that are compatible with the gaming platform you are emulating as these do not come packaged with the emulators because of licensing rights. So, if you long for the days of Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, read on to find out which emulator is the best one for you.

Apple iOS

The Apple app store does not allow for gaming emulators, but there is an assortment of legitimate options that can be downloaded off the internet and installed on your device without the need to jailbreak or void any warranties. Here’s our top 3 picks for the best and most reliable emulators:


Delta supports a wide range of Nintendo consoles, including Game Boy, NES/SNES, N64 and Nintendo DS. The well-developed emulator allows the user to save their game in any state and all data can be stored in a Google Drive Account. A reliable, yet consistently innovative emulator, Delta is a top choice.

Download here:


iNDS is the emulator that allows you to play Nintendo DS games on your phone for free. Like Delta, iNDS allows the user to save their game with ease and their gameplay runs at nearly full speed on phones from iPhone 5 and above. iNDS is the perfect emulator for Nintendo fans on a budget.

Download here:


Dedicated to emulating the PSP (PlayStation Portable) on your iPhone or iPad, PPSSPP will run any PSP game on your device at near-full speed. Like the others above, PPSSPP allows you to save progress in your gameplay, but the differentiator is that it gives you the option to transfer existing PSP saved files onto your phone!

Download here:


On Android, there are many more options for retro game emulators. With such a huge variety of choices, you know there’s an emulator that is perfect for you, so here’s are our top 3 picks of Android emulators:


ePSXe is perfect for PlayStation gaming. With the Sony PlayStation 1 being one of the most popular consoles of all time, ePSXe has capitalized on the market by providing a reliable emulator to run your favorite games. On top of being able to save your game, ePSXe offers you the chance to play split screen with your friends as well as allowing custom key mapping for your controller.

Download here:


After combing the two apps, John NES and John SNES, into one, John NESS allows the user to play Nintendo games on Android. With a wide range of attractive features, such as cheat support, save states and integration with DropBox, John NESS is proving to be a very popular choice of emulator.

Download here:

DraStic DS Emulator

This particularly impressive emulator is unique in the sense that the user can improve the resolution of the game as well as customize the position of the display. More than having the usual save option, DraStic DS Emulator can sync with Google Drive in order to store your progress. For those who want to get ahead quickly, this emulator also houses thousands of cheat modes in their database.

Download here:

Finally, RetroArch is widely regarded as a leader in this emulation industry. The main point of differentiation, and probably the most important, is that RetroArch does not need a specific operating system to run on. They offer you the chance to play classic games on a large variety of devices through its clean graphical interface. With advanced features such as rewinding, blind accessibility features and netplay, RetroArch is a very good option for anyone who wants to play their old games again.

What you decide to download will depend on what games you are trying to play, and which emulator features attract you the most. With the huge amount of emulator options found online, you are almost guaranteed to find one that suits you.

Happy gaming!


Bits and Bytes – July 2021 Edition

Size Matters on TikTok TikTok will soon be expanding the length of its videos to three times its existing limit. The video-sharing social network has upped the one-minute video limit and will now allow all users to create and publish videos up to three minutes long, to provide more flexibility for content creators. The S21 Ultra 5G Is Galaxies Ahead The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, recently won the best smartphone award the at Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona. The smartphone launched in January this year and came out on top despite facing some tough competition – including the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro and sister device, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Real-Time Translation in Zoom’s Future? Zoom wants to speak your language. The video conferencing app plans on joining forces with Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions (Kites), the creators of a real-time translation and transcription software. The acquisition would change the face of video conferencing, opening the door to more communication possibilities between speakers of different languages. LG Changing Track LG is shifting its focus from mobile phones to high-powered trains. The South Korean company has created a 55-inch transparent OLED panel with a 40 percent transparency rate which has been designed to replace standard train windows in the near future. These panels are able to serve as both a medium of content display and an additional safety measure thanks to its specialised tempered glass which absorbs vibrations better than typical materials. Smile, You’re on Canon Camera Canon China has taken an unusual route to ensure the happiness of its staff. Employees can now only enter the offices on one condition – they have to smile. The AI system was created by the company and forces staff to show off their pearly whites in order to be admitted into the building. The initiative is aimed at creating happier, more productive Canon employees.


Bits and Bytes – June 2021 Edition

Lego Inspired Smartphone has Entered the Chat Building your own, customisable phone may no longer be just a fantasy. Xiaomi has requested a patent for the Lego Smartphone, a three-piece device each housing a different smartphone aspect – camera plus PCB, battery and speaker / USB function. While not a new concept, the Chinese electronics company could be the first to execute the idea to its full potential and give smartphone users the capability to modify parts of their device as and when they choose. Huawei – The Right Time for A New Smartwatch? The tech giant plans on releasing a smartwatch range without Android in June. Since Google cut ties with the company, the Huawei Watch 3 and the Huawei Watch 3 Pro will be the first to run on the company’s own operating system – the HarmonyOS. Only time will tell if the new system will meet consumer expectations. A WhatsApp Mixed Bag WhatsApp recently announced it would no longer hinder users who did not accept its updated privacy policy which came into play on 15 May. In the lead up to the change, WhatsApp faced worldwide backlash – including from South Africa’s Information Regulator which suggested it would pursue legal action of over the inconsistent terms and conditions of the policy and wrote to the mobile messaging app requesting a revision. The heat is still on the Facebook-owned app in various countries but earlier this month, WhatsApp released some happier news. Soon users will be able to operate on four devices using a single account. This is just one among a host of other upgrades promised by Facebook head himself, Mark Zuckerberg. Other promised upgrades include the “view once” feature, allowing users to share images and videos with their contacts that will disappear after only one viewing. A Good Dose of Horror Boosting tourism and immune systems go hand-in-hand in Transylvania – the birthplace of the vampire. Bran Castle, the inspiration behind author Bram Stoker’s book Dracula, opened its doors to tourists in search of a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Tourists were given the shots for free and later gained free entry into the museum's “Medieval Torture Instruments” exhibit where they were encouraged to check out “jabs of a different kind”.


The Hisense Infinity H50 Lite – Loaded Performance

The Hisense Infinity H50 range hit South African shores in April and has been making waves ever since. The latest edition is the Infinity H50 Lite. This device is the smallest in the series – the H50 and H50 Zoom being its predecessors – but it remains big on providing superior performance and style. Under the Hood The Infinity H50 Lite holds its own against other Android devices in its price range. The smartphone is powered by an Octa-core engine with a MediaTek chipset, a Helio P70 CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage capacity – all factors that increase the phone’s smooth operational aspects. The device comes loaded with Android 10 straight out the box. Screen and Body With a 6.55” HD+ O-Infinity display, this smartphone is proudly 84% screen – a major plus for anyone who wants a phone that doubles as a video streaming and gaming device. The H50 Lite fits comfortably in hand and the design is not at all hampered by the largely plastic body and frame. The glass front adds a sleek touch and the iridescent colour options, including a deep green and blue which enhance the high-end feel of the smartphone. The speaker is located at the base of the phone and comes equipped with a nifty noise cancellation feature. Camera Quad camera capabilities are the norm right now and the H50 Lite is no exception. The phone boasts a 2 MP macro lens, a 2 MP depth camera, 5 MP wide-angle camera and 48 MP HD main camera that come together beautifully to create clear and colour-intense images. The bokeh effect is also active here, ensuring faces and people really stand out in a pic. The 16 MP front-facing camera’s beauty mode ensures the perfect selfie every time by reading and adjusting to the environment. Battery The Lite is powered by a 5100 mAh battery so expect longer usage times. Fast charging is possible thanks to the MediaTek Pump Express 2.0, which drastically reduces charging times. Verdict If you’re in the market for a device that doesn’t compromise on style or performance – even on a budget, the Hisense Infinity H50 Lite could be the one for you!