The ACA NeoGeo Series Makes Its Play Store Debut With Three Games

For a long time, the ACA NeoGeo series has been available in some form or another on a variety of systems. These are essentially re-imagined versions of old arcade games. So it's somewhere in the middle of a direct conversion and the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters. Three of them are currently available on the Play Store.


Samurai Shodown IV, Alpha Mission II, and Metal Slug V are the three games in question, and we think you'll agree that they're all classics. And with over a hundred games now launched as part of the service, this is most likely only the beginning of the releases.

Let's take a closer look at the first three games to see what they're all about. To download the games from the Play Store, simply click on their titles below. Each one costs $3.99. Cool.

Samurai Shodown IV


The fourth installment of the iconic combat series, Samurai Shodown IV, is the first to be released. This fighter, which was first launched in 1996, has gameplay that is comparable to Street Fighter and The King of Fighters, but with a stylish samurai aesthetic. While I wouldn't go so far as to say the fourth game is the finest in the series (that honor goes to II), it is a fun fighting game on its own. Unfortunately, there is no support for controllers, thus all gameplay will be handled via the touchscreen, and the touchscreen controls aren't up to the challenge of operating such a demanding fighter. While you may tweak the touch controls to your taste, the lack of controller compatibility is a major setback that makes it tough to endorse the game's new mobile edition.

Metal Slug 5


Metal Slug 5 is the next Neo Geo port. This is the sixth game in the run and gun series, and you'll side-scroll your way to triumph by killing every monster that crosses your path, just like in the previous games. Even though the game was launched in 2003, it remains one of the better Contra-likes available, even if it isn't the best in the series. Unfortunately, unlike Samurai Showdown IV, there is no controller support, so you'll have to rely on touch controls, which may be annoying given the game's difficulty. Yes, the touch controls may be customized, but the lack of physical controller compatibility is still a major setback for such a difficult game.

Alpha Mission II


The latest Neo Geo game published today is Alpha Mission II, which was released in 1991. It's a vertical top-down shooter known as a SHMUP (shoot 'em up). You may choose from a variety of weaponry, which you can improve as you progress through the game, just as in most other space shooters of the period. As with other shooters, getting hit reduces the version of your upgrades, thus the idea is to avoid obstacles while taking out as many adversaries as can. Large boss fights are included, and the pixel visuals, despite the game's age, still look excellent. Unfortunately, unlike the previous two ACA Neo Geo titles, controller functionality has been eliminated from the mobile port, forcing you to rely on touch controls. Unlike the other two games, this one's touch controls function wonderfully.