Apps That Recall a Time Before There Were Apps – NYTimes.com
Haven’t we all at some time been struck by such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia that we wished we could take a time machine to a moment in our past? Perhaps it’s a scent that reminds us of previous romances, or as we get older, the sights and sounds that take us back to a childhood time when everything was simpler.
Now, an app on your smartphone or tablet is that time machine.
Commodore 64 fans will spot the $5 Commodore 64 app in the iTunes App Store with glee, because it even gives you a chance to type in Basic programs. It has a few reproductions of classic games, and more are available as an in-app purchase. The free Android app Frodo C64 is a little simpler, but it requires you to find the original source code for games elsewhere online.
If you were a fan of the ZX Spectrum computer, you’ll love the $9 iPad app 100 Greatest Hits. It has classic 1980s-era 8-bit games from Elite, with more available via an in-app purchase. Everything is emulated nicely, including some of the quirky sound and graphics of the Spectrum. Marvin on Android is a similar free app that goes even further because it emulates the Spectrum’s interface — though again you have to find your own game files.
Atari game fans can download the free Atari’s Greatest Hits app for iOS. This official app contains the classic arcade game Missile Command direct from Atari’s own files and 100 more games via in-app purchase.