Originally released in mid-1999 as a third party Half-Life modification, Counter-Strike quickly redefined the concept of a "popular mod," and may have been largely responsible for the quick adoption of the Steam platform as players rushed to download Counter-Strike 1.6 on the new service. In its day, Counter-Strike had an absolutely massive following, both from casual players playing on servers online, locally at LAN parties, or even professionally in the various e-sports leagues that were springing up at the time. Hell, some of my very best friends I met either through or because of Counter-Strike. If you were a PC gamer in the early 2000's, you played Counter-Strike.

As mobile devices have exceeded the processing power of the PCs we used to play games like Counter-Strike on, I've found myself yearning for ports of my favorite PC titles. Well, a Russian by the name of FrIuNs has been hard at work on exactly that. He's managed to come up with a surprisingly competent port of Counter-Strike 1.6, built entirely in Unity. It even runs on the iPad:

Unfortunately, since FrIuNs most certainly has no claims to anything to do with Counter-Strike, the possibility of it ever hitting the App Store seems very unlikely. However, if you've got an Android device, you can head over to the thread on XDA Developers and find change logs and download links. Additionally, if you've got the Unity Web Player plugin installed, you can check out this Counter-Strike port on Kongregate.

We've reached out to the developers for more information, and will report back if we hear anything promising regarding the iOS release of this port.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    Any way/instructions to install it with developer account or with a jailbrooken device?

  • Anonymous

    I tried it out with my Samsung Fascinate awhile ago. I've never played the original Counter-Strike, but the port seems to work fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xeyad.bakry Xeyad Haj Bakry

    well if he can provide the source code for the iOS port, then anyone can compile it with Xcode then install it

    That's what I have done exactly with iDOS when they took it off the App Store...this way it doesn't need a jailbreak

  • http://twitter.com/darrelldiaz Darrell Diaz

    That's awesome! Been wondering if Gameloft was ever gonna release Modern Combat Domination for iPad, but this would be even cooler!

  • http://twitter.com/iPawn4 ANiMeX

    Only way to install the iOS port is through a jailbroken device.

  • Adams Immersive

    Doesn’t look possible on the app store as-is, and understandably so. But maybe re-skin it with a sci-fi theme (real-world war themes are depressing). And make unique maps and a few unique gameplay twists, even if optional. Release under an original name because now you’ve done something “new-ish.” Maybe possible?

    (I was a UT man in those days anyway...)

  • Anonymous

    ahh, Counter-Strike... I remember those one-on-one sniper battles I used to play with my pals. Idiotic as it was, it was a hella lot of fun. (for us anyways)

  • Anonymous

    Tried on iPad 2 - works surprisingly well, gameplay very rough around the edges ;) not as polished of course as modern combat 3 but as a 1999 cs beta player I felt right at home. A short google/bing search (yes, bing) on cs mobile iOS brought me to a mirror for 1.34 (aka the latest version). Excited about the project. If this was the valve of 1999 they'd outright hire the guy and make it official. But I'm afraid this isn't 1999...

    • http://www.facebook.com/xeyad.bakry Xeyad Haj Bakry

      I found it...thanks man! :)

      but btw...does it need a jailbreak to install it?

  • Anonymous

    It's an unsigned ipa, so yes either jailbreak or Dev account.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xeyad.bakry Xeyad Haj Bakry

      excellent! I know a guy with a developer account!