Speaking of classic arcade games, one of my long standing holy grails of Android gaming has been to find a decent clone of Williams’ Joust from 1982. It looks like there was a version available from AppsZoom, but it was removed a long time ago and doesn’t seem to be available for download anymore.
The fact is, and this is my completely unbiased. but still totally biased, opinion, is that Joust probably just doesn’t translate all that well to a mobile gaming environment. This I feel is due to Joust’s very unique gameplay and controls. Sure, we’ve seen “flapping” controls in Flappy Bird, but Joust is about much more than flapping. You also need to make quick movements with a gamepad or joystick to change directions. The very challenging nature of Joust‘s gameplay just seems to be better suited for a larger screen.
So at the moment there isn’t really a good, playable version of Joust available for Android, and by ‘good’, I’m really talking about an authentic version of Joust because I’m a a bit of a purist in that respect which is not to be confused with being ‘elitist’, although that can be a fine line too.
So here. Compare these two screen shots and you decide which one you’d rather play.
This low bit version:
Or this version (original graphics)
You chose the second version, right?
With that said, you have a number of options if you want to play the classic version of Joust.
Play it online – There are tons of classic video game websites with embedded emulators such as Classic Games Arcade. The only problem is that feel is lacking and the graphics are a little scaled down. The response times are just not there either, but hey, it’s your Joust fix on a shoestring.
Play it on a console: (preferred) You can get classic Joust for the NES or the PS2 as part of the Midway Arcade Treasures pack which is pretty much the closest arcade experience you can have, especially when played on a large screen TV.
Update: I previously mentioned that you could play Joust on the PS4. To clarify, you can’t play classic Joust natively. However, it can be achieved with a little bit of patience and determination, which basically means that you would have to unlock the PS4 so that you can play PS2 games since this backwards compatibility is unfortunately not built in.