RetroArchfor Android



Easy access to retro games

Relive some classic gaming moments with Retroarch. You can play games from any console with the original layout.

Old but gold right on your phone

Play all of your favorite retro games in one place. No console or other equipment is required.

Finally, you can enjoy your favorite games from another time with Retroarch. This program lets you emulate various consoles and have hours of fun on your Android device.

You can choose which core you want to download when you open the program and later install it. It is easy to pick the right one for your gaming needs, given that Retroarch names each core after a console. Pick the Nintendo, Playstation, or Gameboy core, among others, and you’re almost ready to start playing.

You can also customize the game options and controls to make them more comfortable to play on your cell phone. Some games have multiple hotkeys and controls that aren’t available on a touchscreen device. Retroarch gives you the reins and lets you edit the controls. There are also other options such as sound effects, interface changes, and general handling of the game that you are able to change. You can adapt any title to fit your device and gaming needs.

You'll do well to remember that you can only play console games if you have the original copy of the program.  For legal reasons, Retroarch doesn’t give you access to any games unless you have already purchased it for its original operating system. This isn’t helpful if you want to play older games that are available for free on other apps.

Where can you run this program?

This program can run on Android 3.0 and above.

Is there a better alternative?

No. This software works exceptionally. If you want more customization options, try Lutris.

Our take

Retroarch is a well-designed app that enables people to play old games on it. Despite the fact that cores need to be downloaded as well, it is relatively easy to set up and use.

Should you download it?

Yes. If you enjoy jumping back into retro games, this is the perfect app for you.


  • Emulates games from any console
  • Friendly interface
  • Customize controls and game options


  • Requires cores to use the app
  • Can cause device to lag
  • Games must be purchased

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