The best Game Boy Color and Game Boy emulators for Android

by: Joe HindyApril 16, 2014
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best gameboy emulator for android
Game Boy and Game Boy Color were the handheld consoles that started it all. After they were released, people began to believe that you could have an enjoyable gaming experience that sits right in the palm of your hand. More than two decades later and we’re playing full featured, 3D, first-person shooters on our cell phones. A lot of people had this nifty little systems back in the day and played some of their favorite games. To help relive those memories, here are the best Game Boy Color and Game Boy emulators for Android!

best gameboy emulator for androidJohn GBC – Gameboy(GBC)

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Quite frankly, John GBC has pretty much everything you need in a Game Boy emulator. It plays pretty much all of the titles for Game Boy and Game Boy Color at full speed, it has turbo buttons, fast forward, cheats (Game Genie, Game Shark, PAR), controller support, no ads, and best of all no internet connection required. There’s a lite version in case you want to try it out first and it rocks a 4.6 rating on the Google Play Store. Really, there isn’t much to say. It works well.
Get it on Google Play
best gameboy emulator for android

best gameboy emulator for androidMobile Gameboy

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Next up is Mobile Game Boy. It doesn’t have a lot of the extra features that many of these other ones have but it does work well for most people. Some have reported game incompatibility as well as glitches that prevent saving even on the paid version. The developer is active in fixing updates so these may not be problems anymore but it does have the lowest rating in the Google Play Store of any app on the list.
Get it on Google Play
best gameboy emulator for android

best gameboy emulator for androidMy OldBoy! – GBC Emulator

[Price: Free / $3.99]
My OldBoy is a member of a very successful and highly rated suite of emulators by Fast Emulator. As such, it has pretty much all of the features you could ask for, including solid game support, link cable support over Bluetooth or WiFi, cheat codes, on-screen controller editor, external controller support, and fast forward. With a 4.7 rating, it’s the highest rated Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulator out there but at $3.99 it’s also the most expensive. It boasts being able to get a solid 60FPS even on low end devices so if your device is older, this may be your best bet.
Get it on Google Play
best gameboy emulator for android

best gameboy emulator for androidRetro Game Boy and Advanced

[Price: Free / $2.71]
Retro Game Boy and Advance is unique in two respects. It’s one of the few apps ever where the free version is better than the paid version and it supports both Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games. Since it supports two engines, it’s a little more unreliable than these other ones in terms of game support and performance. It’s recommended to get separate emulators for each platform but if you really want to consolidate into a single app, give this one a try.
Get it on Google Play
best gameboy emulator for android

Wrap up

Like most emulator experiences, there are one or two really good apps, then a few apps that are better than average, and finally a bunch of apps that don’t do very well at all. All of these emulators more or less work with the entire GB and GBC library so it’s simply a matter of figuring out how much you want to pay and which features are the most appealing to you. If we forgot a good Game Boy emulator, let us know which one we missed in the comments!

  • MasterMuffin

    I like My OldBoy the most. The dev has done really great work with both of his emulators!

  • Hii8

    I use retroarch..Works like a charm

    • LC

      Retroarch’s good but it’s an all-or-nothing package. I can’t pick gbc emulator without installing all other emulators from them.

  • LC

    Where’s gameboid and gbc.emu Joe? I think it’s deserved to be on the list.

    • LC

      Sorry I mean gbcoid and gbc.emu.

  • rogue3

    I want one that emulates the green-hued screen of the original Game Boy.

  • NI TI SH

    Multicolored, fast calculator with unlimited precision and large display digits. Its FREE.

    Advanced, fast and beautiful calculator with unlimited precision.

  • Sara C’innesca

    To me VGB is the best. Sloppy UI but the quality of the emulation is PERFECT even with the most demanding games as Nemesis II.