Purple Cherry : Game Boy Emulator for Windows Phone

Purple Cherry Gameboy Pocket Emulator Windows Phone

Purple Cherry Gameboy Pocket Emulator Windows Phone

Purple Cherry Gameboy Pocket Emulator Windows Phone

Emulators for still-in-copyright games are a thorny issue, but the apps exist on almost every computer and mobile phone device. On Windows Phone, two emulators stand above the others: Blue Tomato, a Sega Master System emulator, and now Purple Cherry, an app that plays Game Boy .gb files. Both are available from the same developer, priced at $1.29 each. This review will focus on the latter, though you can assume that both work essentially identically.

Unlike emulators for home consoles, apps like Purple Cherry scratch a very specific nostalgic fix: old portable games, built for quick gameplay, on a modern phone a tenth the size of the original Game Boy. Nintendo’s current portable, the 3DS, offers a similar experience: downloadable Game Gear and Game Boy titles at a price. If you have any qualms in regards to legalities, licensing, or copyright, that’s the place to go for your portable nostalgic fix. Because Microsoft allows these apps to stay in the marketplace shows that they’re seemingly okay with their existence.

Of course, to procure .gb files still requires rowing out to the legally-grey areas of the internet, but once safely downloaded, can really easily be added to Purple Cherry, either by syncing to your Skydrive account or via public URL. The roms are then imported and can be played with saves, freezing, and screenshot-shooting for sharing on Facebook. Purple Cherry has a small list of games that don’t work, but all the popular titles seem to play just fine. I tested Tetris, Links Awakening, Metroid 2, and Pokémon Red, and experienced none of the funky errors that can plague emulators.

The colour options are appreciated: you can opt for pure black and white, or a medley of browns, reds, pastels, blues, and greens. You can play in portrait or landscrape, and there’s a toggle in the options to switch. One option is for both, which allows rotation to change on the fly. Unfortunately, sound is missing entirely, which can be a blow considering just how infectious and surprisingly memorable so many Game Boy jingles were. But you can listen to your own music while playing, and if the missing sound is the thing that allows this emulator a pass, I’ll take it.

Control quality utterly depends on the game, but it’s the same issue any game with virtual buttons has, because they’re always inferior to the real thing. But being an emulator, virtual buttons have to do, and they work as well as expected. Games that don’t require fast d-pad movements end up feeling the best: the Final Fantasy Saga games are likely just as good here as they were in 1992, but Tetris might get impossible after level 5 (and, really, the Xbox Live version of Tetris is right there, people. Play that instead).

Oh, and what should be obvious: Two-player options don’t work, as there’s no link cable. Don’t expect the Game Boy Camera rom to access the camera. Really, don’t expect any game to work perfectly, or at all. Though I had no issues, roms can be unpredictable. Proceed at your own risk. Purple Cherry is a fantastic nostalgia trip: though I’d never really want to play these games for more than a few minutes in 2012, that’s enough to get my money’s worth.

Purple Cherry Gameplay Video

Purple Cherry Screenshots

Version Under Review : 1.1.0.0

There is a trial version available and the full version is available for $1.29, we are not sure what are the limitations of the trial version.

Our Rating for Purple Cherry
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Scan this QRcode with Bing vision ( Hit the hardware Search button and click on the small icon that looks like an eye ) on your Phone to download the App to your phone.

Price : $1.29
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  • April

    I’ve got this app. Tried out the trial first before buying to make sure it worked.

    The limitations of the trial are as follows: You can only have one game installed to play at a time, which means to set up your own game, you have to delete the game it comes with. Also, most of the settings cannot be changed.

    I’d like to know what the creator means by Gen 2 where whether or not we should play with frame skipping on or not. Does the Creator mean Windows GetSomeGames.5 or 8? I’ve been searching for this information for hours and cannot find anything.

  • Kyle

    i am using this app (great app by the way) but after I downloaded and played a game i downloaded another one and although it is in my import box I can’t get it to show up on my choose and play file. HELP????!!!!!

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  • juan

    I look up roms to download like on coolroms.com the I copy it onto the URL on the emulator and it tells me bad URL can someone give me a URL or help me fix this so I can play Pokemon gold on it . And I already typed the URL for Pokemon gold off of coolrom.com and it did not help.

  • Kestin

    I cannot log on to my skydrive through this app because each time I try it says “Oops, family safety settings prevent you from doing this” although I haven’t enabled any family safety settings. So Can someone email me at kestin.roberts@gmail.com either showing me how to fix this problem or the ROM URLs for all the pokemon games and Legend of zelda games, or a link where I can find this please? Thanks!\

  • renaldo

    Can you send me a website for game roms

  • Happy Developer

    +1, if your game isn’t better than a 1998 GB game then why should i buy it?

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  • Angry Developer

    Emulator should be banned from the marketplace, they reduce the sale of other games.

    • James

      Get your panties out of a whatever crap game you made couldn’t sell doesn’t mean emulators should be banned. You’re just pissed you didn’t think of it first. #quitcrying

      • Dom

        Yeah +1 to what James said .. make good games and people will buy them. I am sure you have a Tic-Tac-Toe clone or something priced at $4.99 and expect people to pay for it

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