So This Might Be a New Way to Run Ultima Games on Android
Blue’s News reported on a new “PC RPG emulator” for Android this morning, the very concept of which seemed sufficiently interesting to warrant investigation.
Eltechs ExaGear RPG purports be an Android emulator for — yup — classic PC RPGs. The exact emulation technology used isn’t specified anywhere that I can see, but the developers claim that they have support for Fallout 1 and 2, as well as Might & Magic 6 through 8. Actually, they are able to support more games than that; custom control schemes exist for the games aforementioned. But the emulator evidently also has a more generic control scheme that should be able to support a larger variety of games.
What’s interesting is that this emulator doesn’t seem limited to only DOS-based games; the Might & Magic games listed above are all Windows titles. Fallout, meanwhile, was released for MS-DOS, although it was also released for Windows.
And there’s a catch, of course: ExaGear RPG is itself free to download, and is free to use for three days. After that point, one of the control schemes must be purchased in order to continue using the software.
Does anyone want to test this? I would, but my only Android device is the work phone, which…for various reasons is just not suitable for this sort of testing. It would be interesting to see which Ultima games can be made to work in it; I’d be particularly interested to know if Ultima 9 runs under it (given the above-noted support for Windows-based games).