Nokia N-Gage is one of those classic mobile phones that was as audacious as it was ridiculous. Running the Symbian operating system, Nokia’s early mobile gaming system featured a surprising number of top games. While somewhat ridiculous to look at and expensive, the N-Gage nevertheless retains a strong retro following.
Some use the original Nokia N-Gage, released in 2003, but where this isn’t possible, EKA2L1 is the Symbian/S60 emulator of choice. Available on PC for some time now, EKA2L1 is now available on Android, bringing Nokia N-Gage games to a new generation.
Games for the EKA2L1 Symbian emulator include:
- Fifa Football 2005
- Sid Meier’s Civilization
- Call of Duty
- Virtua Tennis
- Worms World Party
- Spider-Man 2
Meanwhile, Age of Empires 3, Brothers in Arms, Metal Gear Solid Mobile, and Tomb Raider Underworld could be coming soon. This depends on emulation support for the N-Gage QD being folded into EKA2L1, however.
For the best results playing Nokia N-Gage titles on Android, your phone, tablet, or set-top box should meet the following requirements:
- ARMv8 CPU
- Device should run Android 7.0 64-bit Android or later (experimental 32-bit support is available)
- Device needs a minimum of 4GB of RAM
- GPU should support OpenGL ES 3.2 or greater
Emulation on lower spec devices is possible, but the results typically won’t be much to write home about.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.