Yep, if you have been dying to play those games on your smartphone, well, now you can. PocketStella is a Windows Mobile version of the classic Stella 2600 emulator. You can download it here. Installation is easy: Download the zip file and unzip to a temp directory. On your device, create a ‘PocketStella’ directory and copy the executable file to that directory on your device. Next, in the PocketStella directory, create a directory called ‘ROMS’ and copy whatever games you might have there. Then, on the device, run the PocketStella program. You’ll get a menu listing all of your games. New in this version is an option to rotate the display so you can view the game comfortably. It supports most screen sizes. On the Moto Q, the up/down/left/right is backward. Changin g the assignments in the options seems to have little effect. I suspect it is a bug or I’m just stupid and am doing something wrong…very likely. Of course, I have to say that downloading and copying commercial ROM images is, in most cases, illegal. There are, however, a number of free and legal games you can download and play. Among them, the excellent Tetris2600 homebrew. You can go to AtariAge.com and discover a wealth of NEW and very good Atari 2600 games that you can download for free or a small fee. There is a large and very active Atari 2600 homebrew community. The quality of those games is excellent and, in fact, several were included in the Atari Flashback 2.0 game console that Atari sold a couple of years ago. The Flashback was a ‘real’ 2600 and can be hacked into a cartridge based console.
You can go here for a list of currently available NEW homebrew games on Atari Age.
PocketStella is but one emulator for WinMo. There’s an Intellivision emulator, though I’ve had problems with it and there’s a number of dedicated game emulators. Emulation can be a great way to experience these wonderful (and not so wonderful) games of our youth.