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Last Updated: January 21st, 2012

If you were part of the PC gaming scene in the late 1990's and early 2000's, you almost certainly played Counter-Strike at some point. It was the online first-person shooter (of course, Doom III was around as well), and was essentially a modified runtime of Valve's popular sci-fi FPS Half-Life. Later iterations of the game like Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source lacked the magic which made the first game so addictive, and so the series has essentially been undergoing a slow death over the last few years.

But if there's one platform that has shown it can revive a seemingly dead game, it's the smartphone. Now, thanks to XDA developer TiP@H, a mobile version of the game (called Counter-Strike Portable - no technical or official relation to the original Valve title) has been ported to Android in a pre-release test form. Online multiplayer is fully present (though it appears limited to some weird Matrix map with Zombie mode?), and there's a single-player version with 'bot' enemies and allies that you can download as well.

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At this point, it's mostly a technical exercise, but the game works, and the controls aren't bad at all. There are numerous options, the ability to host your own game, and various "classes" of character you can choose (instead of guns and accessories, like the original). How it will change as the title eventually works its way to full-on Android release remains to be seen, but if this test version is any indication, the developers are well on their way to having the game ready for prime time. Hit up this XDA thread to download it.

Update: A couple of gameplay videos:

XDA via Droid Gamers

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Right on, definitely trying this out.

  • theineffablebob

    Slow death? What?

    It's still one of the most popular multiplayer games today with millions of active players.

    • David Ruddock

      Compared to modern titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield, yes, it is dying a slow death. I didn't say the community was small, but it has definitely stopped growing.

      • jonathan3579

        That's not to say that this emergence can't change it's stale growth. :)

      • oishdefois

        CS: GO may change that soon ;D

      • RyoHazuki

        I'd still have to disagree about it dying a slow death. They're clearly releasing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, which means there is still some life in Counter Strike and like stated, there is a bunch of players playing and hasn't stopped growing.

      • Ben

        I know im late, but you are a complete idiot. It is not dying at all. It has more players playing on PC than battlefield and Call of Duty.

    • James

      Haha. Has millions of active players? No it doesn't you idiot.

      • soiudfh

        Haha. Yes it does you idiot

      • Kevin

        @James - I bet you feel like an idiot...

  • Spydie

    I wish someone would port the original Call of Duty and Medal of Honor games to our android tabs. I still love playing those and consider them to be the best first-person shooter games ever made. I bought all the expansions and later versions, too. I play through all of them over a couple months, then put them away for a few years, then do it all over again.

  • Liquid

    I want a Day of Defeat port next!!

    • john wilkinson

      DOD was by far the better game.... shame source was rubbish....

  • Robin Van Schuilenburg

    You know, theres still a lot of people playing CS these days. You'd be surprised!

    • jake

      Agreed, Source was definitely not a failure.

  • GraveUypo

    "doom3 was around as well"
    you're thinking of quake 3. doom3 came in 2004 and it was single player oriented. quake3 had a pretty competitive pro scene (the best in any FPS, ever, tbh. incredibly steep mastering curve. PROs were like gods in face of the average player) and a pretty large fanbase.

    and there was unreal tournament too (my personal favorite, very skill-oriented like the quake series).

    and that's talking only about stuff --released-- the same year (1999) as CS.