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Coder brings 'Counter-Strike' to Android

It's clunky, but it works.
Nick Summers, @nisummers
April 18, 2016
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To be successful at Counter-Strike, you need tremendous reflexes and hand-eye coordination. That's why the shooter has always thrived on PC, where players can use tricked out monitors, keyboards and mice. On the flip side, if there's one platform that's ill-suited for the game, it has to be Android. Still, that hasn't stopped one plucky developer from making a port anyway. It's based on Counter-Strike 1.6 -- Global Offensive will have to wait -- and requires not only a copy of the original game, but also some technical trickery. If you're up to the challenge, you can grab the APK here.

Creator Alibek Omarov has posted a video of the game running on an Android tablet. It looks, well, just as fiddly as you might expect. The screen is littered with tiny touchscreen controls -- these are fully customisable, Omarov explains on Reddit -- and there's a tremendous amount of slowdown. Regardless, it shows what can be done on Android hardware these days. To make the game truly playable, however, you might want to try connecting a Bluetooth keyboard or gamepad. Unless you're happy to lope around the map and take an endless stream of headshots, that is.

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