Now you can play N-Gage games on your phone with this emulator
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- A developer posted a Symbian / N-Gage emulator on the Google Play Store.
- This allows you to play N-Gage games on your Android smartphone.
The Nokia N-Gage was arguably the first good gaming phone around, offering a D-pad, face buttons, and cartridge-based games in 2003. It’s widely regarded as a business failure, but it still has a few interesting titles.
Now a Symbian emulator dubbed EKA2L1 has surfaced on the Google Play Store, and it indeed allows you to run N-Gage titles on your current Android phone. According to developer Play Software, the emulator supports Nokia’s ill-fated taco phone as well as Symbian S60v1, S60v3, and S60v5.
User reviews for EKA2L1 suggest that it supports “almost all” titles released on the original N-Gage, and there were quite a few compelling titles on the platform. These include games like the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Pathway to Glory, Red Faction, and Call of Duty.
One notable downside is that you will have to download the system files from the Symbian devices you intend to emulate, rather than being able to play Symbian / N-Gage titles right off the bat. Of course, Google is your friend in this regard.
It’s also worth noting that the setup process is definitely more complex than something like GameCube, PS2, and other console emulators. You will need to install the aforementioned system files, while running the games doesn’t seem like a simple case of pointing the app to the correct directory. So hopefully we will have a much more streamlined setup process in the near future. Otherwise, you will need a 64-bit Android device with 3 GB of RAM, a GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.0, and a “good” processor.
Developer EKA2L1 has confirmed that support for N-Gage 2.0 is on the way, so it is hoped that N-Gage QD games like Age of Empires 3, Brothers in Arms, Metal Gear Solid Mobile and Tomb Raider Underworld will be soon playable in the emulator.