Whether you love it or not, Counter-Strike is without shadow of a doubt one of the most popular video games in the world, and Counter-Strike 1.6 – which also happens to be the last major update for the game before Counter-Strike: Source beta was released in 2004 – can be considered the game that defined the series. Nowadays most Counter-Strike enthusiasts play the latest installment dubbed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (or CS:GO for short), but the good news for Android users and fans of the old Counter-Strike 1.6 is that the game has now been (unofficially) ported over to Android OS.
Fans of the first-person shooter genre are bound to have played Counter-Strike at one point during their lifetime, and in fact, it’s safe to say that most people with a passion for gaming must have tried Counter-Strike at least once. While the original game was released in 1999, the most popular version of Counter-Strike is 1.6, and fortunately for fans of the game who also happen to use and Android device, Counter-Strike 1.6 can now be played on the go. To be precise, although Counter-Strike 1.6 has not been officially released on the Android platform, a brave developer going by the name of Alibek Omarov managed to successfully port the game to Android OS. The term “port” is key, simply because this is not a recreation of the original game nor a clone similar to Critical Strike Portable, but rather the actual Counter-Strike 1.6 as you may remember it from back in the day. In fact, in order to get the game working on your Android mobile device, you need to have the original Counter-Strike 1.6 on your Steam account.
The necessary files along with instructions on how to install Counter-Strike 1.6 on your Android device can be found on GitHub by clicking the source link below. However, it should be noted that the game works with touchscreen controls, which might not be the ideal setup for a first-person shooter game that requires quick reflexes from the player’s part. It is unclear if physical controllers are, or will be supported in the future, but either way, getting the game running on Android OS might be a fun nostalgia trip for fans of the title. For a quick preview, check out the video below (courtesy of Neloyow Aguilar – YouTube).