It's now possible to play Counter-Strike 1.6 on Android devices

By midian182 ยท 13 replies
Apr 18, 2016
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  1. Have you ever had the urge to play Counter-Strike 1.6 on your Android device? Probably not, but if you ever do feel the need to move from your huge monitor to a much smaller screen for some multiplayer action, now you can.

    The full game – maps, servers, everything – is playable on the mobile operating system. It uses a device’s touchscreen controls, which, as you can imagine, isn’t the best system for a first-person shooter. But you could always attach a couple of peripherals to your mobile/tablet to make things easier.

    This version of the popular shooter isn’t an official release from developer Valve, but is the work of just one person - Alibek Omarov.

    There have been a number of classic games given unofficial modifications as a way of bringing them to modern devices. In addition to the famous YouTube video that shows Australian Ed Jones playing Doom on an ATM, a recent clip from Balazs Bank shows how he managed to get Flappy Birds running on a eVic-VTC Mini electronic cigarette

    If you want to try out Omarov’s Counter-Strike 1.6, you’ll need to have the game in your Steam library to copy some necessary files for it to run on Android devices. Hopefully, the fact that you need to own the original game will stop Valve from trying to shut the project down.

    Head over to Github to download the necessary APKs to get the game running, then follow these steps:

    1) Install the APK. Install APK with omp postfix if you have multi-core device and noomp if you have single-core device or have problems with omp version.

    2) Install the latest Xash3D Android from

    3) Copy cstrike and valve folders from your Steam CS1.6 installation to xash folder on SDCard.

    4) Run CS16Client.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Thinkin' this'll be a 'pass' for most people.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    If it actually works well, might pick up a bluetooth controller to use with it.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I never bothered with it on PC so I'm certainly not going to bother with it on some crummy Android device.
  5. RoosterFish2

    RoosterFish2 TS Booster Posts: 37   +30

    Would have been cool to check out, but that is a lot of work for something that would wear out its novelty quickly.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    As a long time Counter Strike player I would say that this game wouldn't work well on a touchscreen and it's kinda pointless.
    Arris likes this.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Don't think anyone is arguing it'll work well on a touch screen, but Bluetooth controllers can be really cheap.
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Cheaper than running CS 1.6 on your computer?
  9. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Booster Posts: 174   +70

    I've played Counter-Strike since 1.3 and I have zero interest in this. It's a cool concept and it's cool someone did a port of this, but I really have no interest.
    Arris likes this.
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Same :)
  11. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    Aye but nothing to stop you hooking up a keyboard and mouse or even sideloading onto Android TV and using it on the tv in the living room...
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    True. I would still prefer to play it on a PC. Maybe I would just try this out to see if it works but I don't have Android TV or plans to get one.
  13. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    I have the nvidia shields and use gamestream a fair bit to play my pc games in 4K on my big tv, but its only 60hz so still prefer the monitor.
  14. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    Shooters should be much easier to play on a PC than anywhere else by the way.

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