App Review: Gameboid – Take Yourself Back a Few Years

May 29, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

GameBoid is an application by the developer yongzh. This same developer brought us and continues to support emulators such as Nesoid and Gensoid. The quality of all of these emulators (which I highly recommend checking out) is superb, and GameBoid is no exception.

When you first fire up GameBoid, you will find that it asks you to specify gba_bios.bin. This can easily be found on numerous sites. The developer even includes a link in the application to download ROMs. Once you have the game of your choice on your SD card, just select it and you’re ready to play. The highly configurable controls of GameBoid are fantastic. Even the onscreen controls work flawlessly. On 2.0+ devices, multitouch works perfectly. On my Nexus One I had no problems at all. Don’t have a fancy eclair phone on you? You can use the trackball instead! Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go ahead and use the accelerometer. All of the hardware buttons are also programable. This means that even the volume rocker can be turned into something useful. This combination of tools makes your gaming experience almost perfect. The application also includes screenshot and save functions that work flawlessly. After getting this application, I found myself playing Yoshi’s Island for hours.

GameBoid is just stellar all around. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Gameboy Advance games. You won’t be disappointed with this application.


smooth gameplay at high frame-rate
easy to use settings
includes link to ROM site so you can download games
updated very often
Multi-Touch on 2.0+ devices
save function
screenshot function
mappable virtual and physical keys

Things I’d Like to See:

nicer looking UI