J2ME: Nostalgia of the Last Decade


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Hi, readers! I'm new here and today I'm going to take you on a ride of nostalgia. Remember those old keypad Nokia (or some other) phones from your childhood? Those of you 90's kid remember them right, you must have also played quite a lot of games in them….unless you're not the kinda kid to play mobile games.

Java logo as seen on S40 handhelds

Those were java games running on long lost Java Micro Edition (a.k.a. J2ME) platform, it was referred to as S40. It was still quite popular even after the official entry of iPhones and various android devices in 2010 and ran side by side with Nokia's own Symbian or S60 platform.

Nokia C2-00: my old buddy I used to game on

Fast forward to 2020, these old java games are dying rapidly now that a decade has passed, many websites (mastiwap, java.mob.org, dedomil to name a few) which hosted a big database of these games and apps are shutting down which were still operational a year ago……quite sad if you ask me. But you can still find these gems if the waves of time didn't wash them away completely yet. You gotta surf through the web.

Cover images: reference to java games

I dedicate this article to what made our childhood days and give homage to the java platform that paved the way for Android and modern software and I hope you remembered the sweet old memories you had with your potato nokias.

In-game screenshots from Age of Empires

Lets end it here and next time, I'll cover some of my favourite java games and and AND! How to play java games on your Android device.

see ya!

Those were java games running on long lost Java Micro Edition (a.k.a. J2ME) platform, it was referred to as S40.

It was still quite popular even after the official entry of iPhones and various android devices in 2010 and ran side by side with Nokia's own Symbian or S60 platform.

Fast forward to 2020, these old java games are dying rapidly now that a decade has passed, many websites (mastiwap, java.mob.org, dedomil to name a few) which hosted a big database of these games and apps are shutting down which were still operational a year ago.


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