The Nokia N-Gage was seemingly the principal legitimate gaming phone around, offering a D-pad, face buttons, and cartridge-based games back in 2003. It’s broadly viewed as a business disappointment, yet it actually had a couple of interesting titles yet.
Presently, a Symbian emulator named EKA2L1 has surfaced on the Google Play Store, and it surely permits you to run N-Gage titles on your current Android smartphone. As per developer Play Software, the emulator supports Nokia’s ill-fated taco phone just as Symbian S60v1, S60v3, and S60v5.
User reviews for EKA2L1 recommend that it supports “practically every one of” the titles delivered on the first N-Gage, and there were many intriguing titles on the platform. These incorporate games like the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Pathway to Glory, Red Faction, and Call of Duty.
An outstanding drawback is that you’ll have to download the system file for the Symbian devices you intend to emulate, as opposed to having the option to play Symbian/N-Gage titles from the get-go. Obviously, Google is your companion in such a manner.
It’s additionally important that the setup process is unquestionably more mind-boggling than something like GameCube, PS2, and other support emulators. You’ll have to introduce the previously mentioned system files while running the games doesn’t appear to be a basic instance of pointing the application to the proper directory. So hopefully we a far more streamlined setup process in the near future. Else, you’ll need a 64-cycle Android device with 3GB of RAM, a GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, and a “great” CPU.
The EKA2L1 developer affirmed that N-Gage 2.0 support is in progress, so there’s an expectation that N-Gage QD games like Age of Empires 3, Brothers in Arms, Metal Gear Solid Mobile, and Tomb Raider Underworld are playable in the emulator soon.
You’ll need to find your own device firmware ROM to use EKA2L1, as well as repackage the device’s Z drive. There’s a wiki article on how to dump the ROM and file system to compatible Symbian devices. You can download EKA2L1 from the Play Store at the link below.