Best PlayStation Pocket games on the Xperia Play

Features Damien McFerran 18:07, 21 Apr 2011

We give the official verdict on the 32-bit PlayStation titles currently available for the shiny new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is not only a competent Android-based smartphone - boasting the latest version of Google's mobile OS and access to the rapidly expanding Android Market - but also a killer gaming device, offering its fair share of modern hits such (BackStab, anyone?) and retro classics.

Another element of the phone's functionality is the ability to play perfectly emulated versions of classics 32-bit PlayStation titles. Released in 1995, the original PlayStation was a revolution in home gaming. It single-handedly wrestled control of the industry away from the incumbent Nintendo and Sega, and established an empire which continues to thrive to this very day.

Now it's possible to enjoy the very best examples of 32-bit gaming on your trusty Xperia Play handset. The phone comes pre-loaded with the excellent Crash Bandicoot and five other games are available for download at launch, each retailed for £3.99 – a far cry from the £40+ that was being asked for them back in the 1990s.

Without further ado, here's our official verdict on the current catalogue.

MediEvil

Arguably the cream of the crop, MediEvil is a best described as a 3D version of Capcom's Ghouls 'n' Ghosts. You control Sir Daniel Fortesque – a reanimated corpse who is thought of as a hero by the people of Gallowmere, but in reality is a complete coward.

Brought back to life to defend his homeland from new danger, he must traverse a wide range of levels in the hope of defeating the evil wizard Zarok. There are literally hours of gameplay tucked away in MediEvil, and the classically British humour keeps you chuckling from start to finish.

Jumping Flash

One of the very first PlayStation games to see release in the UK, it's tempting to dismiss Jumping Flash as a relic unworthy of your time and money. Indeed, many modern reviewers have done just that, but give this unique game a chance and you'll find that it's something of an underrated gem.

One of the first true 3D platformers, it offers a first-person viewpoint on the action. You can leap onto the heads of enemies, Mario-style, and it's possible to jump tremendously high in the air, with the detailed landscape sprawling below. Crude visuals make Jumping Flash look a little rough by today's standards, but the excellent music makes up for it.

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