Right now there are 250,000 apps in the App Store. One of the biggest categories of apps are games. And happily, for folks like me, there's no shortage of retro inspired / remake titles among them. Apple recently setup a retro game section of the App Store, in fact.

For those that haven't really explored this side of the App Store, I point you to a nice little roundup that Mashable recently put together. Ten titles -- all of which we've covered in the past -- that won't disappoint (though, we might urge folks towards Rogue Touch or Sword of Fargoal for their Rogue fix, as opposed to Gadnreas' never-updated, 2008 release featured in the roundup). Of course, ten games is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the list of great retro titles available for iOS devices, but if you're just beginning to taste the awesomeness of these classics -- baby steps.

Those looking for more recommended retro titles can have a look at our list of Retro-related game stories.

  • Metalbear

    Definitely a cool addition to the app store.

  • Metalbear

    Definitely a cool addition to the app store.

  • Rosh

    How retro is retro? I mean for some, PoP:WW could be considered retro. Just saying :P

  • Rosh

    How retro is retro? I mean for some, PoP:WW could be considered retro. Just saying :P

  • AlpacaLips

    And for others like me, anything after Ms. Pac-Man is newfangled, and Mario in a 3D environment is simply a crime.

  • AlpacaLips

    And for others like me, anything after Ms. Pac-Man is newfangled, and Mario in a 3D environment is simply a crime.

  • slothy

    What I played 10 seconds ago is considered retro to me. What can I say, I live in the now. This comment I'm posting is very retro, btw.

    • suckmyballs

      no one asked you for your useless and idiot response, dog

  • slothy

    What I played 10 seconds ago is considered retro to me. What can I say, I live in the now. This comment I'm posting is very retro, btw.

    • http://dfsds suckmyballs

      no one asked you for your useless and idiot response, dog

  • Killtoo
  • Killtoo
  • http://osxdaily.com macpaul

    I'm still surprised that Nintendo, Sega, etc are not just openly selling their old games on the app store. It'd be the ultimate retro rush and I'm guessing it'd be a big hit.

    Hopefully they'll start soon, I'd definitely buy some of the classics!

    • drelbs

      Well, Sega is selling their old games with a mediocre emulator...

      Nintendo could make a lot of money selling games on the App Store, but they've got their own hardware to push...

  • http://osxdaily.com macpaul

    I'm still surprised that Nintendo, Sega, etc are not just openly selling their old games on the app store. It'd be the ultimate retro rush and I'm guessing it'd be a big hit.

    Hopefully they'll start soon, I'd definitely buy some of the classics!

    • drelbs

      Well, Sega is selling their old games with a mediocre emulator...

      Nintendo could make a lot of money selling games on the App Store, but they've got their own hardware to push...

  • SheiknetChris

    The picture of the Suncom TAC-2 almost made me weep. It was my favorite Atari compat. joystick EVER though I almost exclusively used it on my C64.

    Wow. I still have it now, even though the contacts started to crap out. Sigh.

    • Robman84

      I was a Competition Pro joystick man myself but it looks remarkably like that one but with bigger buttons. It was the best stick in the UK. I remember several sessions of leaf switch bending though to fix dodgy contacts.

      Anyway I concur that anything post 80s isn't retro :o)

  • SheiknetChris

    The picture of the Suncom TAC-2 almost made me weep. It was my favorite Atari compat. joystick EVER though I almost exclusively used it on my C64.

    Wow. I still have it now, even though the contacts started to crap out. Sigh.

    • http://None Robman84

      I was a Competition Pro joystick man myself but it looks remarkably like that one but with bigger buttons. It was the best stick in the UK. I remember several sessions of leaf switch bending though to fix dodgy contacts.

      Anyway I concur that anything post 80s isn't retro :o)

  • JCat

    LOL -I had that Tac-2 stick (article photo) - it was great, but boy they never lasted. I managed one of the fist computer game stores in NY (pre-GameSlop and E-Boil), and we had to replace so many that would lose detection in one or more directions, mine included.

  • JCat

    LOL -I had that Tac-2 stick (article photo) - it was great, but boy they never lasted. I managed one of the fist computer game stores in NY (pre-GameSlop and E-Boil), and we had to replace so many that would lose detection in one or more directions, mine included.

  • Dave

    X-COM!!! Please, for god's sake, somebody make X-Com for the iPhone!

  • Dave

    X-COM!!! Please, for god's sake, somebody make X-Com for the iPhone!