Do you have an old Apple iPod? You’re not alone. Although the iPhone and the iPad get all the attention these days, millions of iPods were sold over the years that can still play “click-wheel” games, a precursor to the iOS App. Before the App Store, Apple sold a limited selection of iPod Click Wheel games that users could play on their iPod using just its circular wheel (here’s a full list).
Unfortunately, Apple removed the iPod Click Wheel section in the iTunes Store in September 2011 when they discontinued support for the iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle. This wasn’t a huge surprise. The last time a new click wheel game appeared in the iTunes Store was February 2009.
However, what’s really puzzling is that Apple didn’t immediately remove mentions of their Click Wheel games on the iPod Classic page. Archive.org has an archive of the page up until April 21, 2022. That means Apple left this page online for over a decade!
What if you still own an iPod and want to play click wheel games? Are you out of luck? Not exactly. Diehard iPod fans have archived the click wheel games and are sharing them on the Internet.
How To Download iPod Click Wheel Games
Since Apple discontinued support for iPod click wheel games, they are now technically considered abandonware. Here’s how to find and download iPod Click Wheel Games.
Install A BitTorrent Client
You’ll need to download and install a BitTorrent client application on your computer. Don’t worry, they’re free. We suggest BitTorrent (Mac, PC, Linux) or Transmission (Mac).
Find An iPod Click Wheel Games Torrent
We suggest you try this iPod Click Wheel Games torrent listed on Archive.org first.
- iPod Click Wheel Games Archive (torrent)
If that doesn’t work, try searching online for “ipod click wheel games“.
Download & Share The Torrent
This is how BitTorrent works: Someone with data shares it with others across the Internet. Downloaders are called “leachers” and “sharers are called “seeders.” After you successfully download a file, it’s polite to share it to help others download it too.
How To Install iPod Click Wheel Games On An Old iPod
The iPod Classic 5G and 5.5G (~$100 via Walmart.com) were released in 2005 and 2006, respectively. They were the last iPods to feature a traditional hard drive, and they were also the last iPods to be compatible with Click Wheel games. However, due to changes in Apple’s DRM policy, many games that were originally released for the iPod Classic are no longer playable.
Fortunately, there is a way to play patched versions of these games on your iPod. This guide will show you how to do it.
- iPod Classic 5G / 5.5G works best, but other iPods may also work
- Patched firmware
- Games that have had their DRM patched
- iPod Wizard (free download)
- Use iPod Wizard to flash your iPod’s firmware with the patched firmware.If you are not sure how to use iPod Wizard, please consult the iPod Wizard documentation.
- Enable disk mode in iTunes. If you are not sure how to enable disk mode in iTunes, you can search the Internet for tutorials of read the iTunes documentation.
- Unzip the .ipg file to its own folder. If you cannot unzip it, rename .ipg to .zip.
- Drag the game folder to iPod_Control > Games_RO. Both are hidden folders. If Games_RO isn’t there, make that folder.
- Eject your iPod from your computer.
- Your iPod should now be able to play the patched games.
The Search For iPod Click Wheel Games
That’s it! We have a more in-depth BitTorrent tutorial here that might help you in your downloading efforts. Otherwise we wish you luck and encourage you to seed (aka share) the iPod Click Wheel game torrent after you download the file. Happy iPod Click Wheel gaming!
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.