There are many Game Boy Advance emulators available for Android. They’re available over at Google Play or can be downloaded from the Internet. Some are real, most are fake. I have tested several GBA emulators for Android and today I will tell you my experience with the best in my opinion.
Some of the best Game Boy Advance emulators that are available for Android are ‘GameBoid’ and ‘My Boy’. Both are free GBA emulators for Android, however, they have their differences. My Boy has a free version, as well as a paid version. GameBoid is a freebie Android app, however, it has its cons.
- Application Name : My Boy! Free – GBA Emulator
- Price : FREE
- File Size : 737 KB
- Android Version Required : 1.6 and up
- Developer : Fast Emulator
- Link : Google Play
What I dislike about ‘My Boy’ for Android
I dislike that Android device users are required to pay to use good cheats for Game Boy Advance ROMs. If I recall correctly, the free version of My Boy allows users to use cheats that are only a single line of code. That’s where GameBoid comes in. GameBoid is a free GBA emulator and it allows users to enter as much lines for their cheat code as they wish. For playing games, I prefer the My Boy emulator because it’s easier to use its control layout.
Sound quality is good
I tested the free version of My Boy on a Nexus 7 tablet and the sound quality of all the games that I tried are great. GameBoid doesn’t have a problem with sound either, and I’m sure most Game Boy Advance emulators for Android will do well in this department.
Why I like the My Boy control layout
The application allows the user to drag any control on the screen to a new location on the screen. For example, if you want to move the ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons, you can. If you want to change the location of the D-pad, it is possible. That’s one feature that GameBoid misses.
It’s possible to move the D-pad, the start and select buttons, the A and B buttons, the L button, and the R button. Heck, it’s even possible to move the location of the Game Boy Advance’s screen to a new location on the Android device’s screen.
To do this on an Android 4.2.2 device (I’m using the Nexus 7), press the back button and a popup menu should appear. Select Settings, followed by Layouts. From there, you can create new layouts and choose the one that you want to use as your default layout.
It’s possible to take screenshots while playing a game
That’s right. It is possible to capture screenshots of what’s going on in the game. The feature only takes a screenshot of the Game Boy Advance’s screen. That means you’re not going to get a screenshot of everything including the GBA buttons on the Android device’s screen.
That’s really cool if you ask me.