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  • MAME Emulator Makes its Way Into the App Store



    Arcades are a dying childhood pastime, but emulators have kept the quarter eating, and allowance sucking games of our youth alive. Even better, the good people at TouchArcade spotted a free Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) available for free in the App Store.

    The emulator ships with nine “less than stellar” ROMs including: Circus, Crash, Hard Hat, Fire One, Robot Bowl, Side Track, Spectar, Star Fire and Targ. Thankfully iMAME operates like its non-iOS emulator counterparts and allows users to play a nearly limitless amount of games granted they have a working ROM. The app loads ROMS using a third-party utility like iExplorer without jailbreaking.

    “Yep, add a .zip rom to the Docs folder through PhoneView and it works perfect! Just tried Crime Fighters! “ — @mattlukens.
    While this is an awesome emulator and appears to function rather well, Apple’s has a mixed history with emulators. A number of individual emulators litter the App Store, but as MacRumors points out Apple has been much more restrictive with open emulators like the DOS/Windows 3.0 emulator they removed.

    Grab iMAME quick before Apple breaks some Arcade dreams. It’s a universal app available in the App Store for free.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MAME Emulator Makes it Way Into the App Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      just downloaded it, gonna try out other roms.
      i wonder how long this is gonna be up on the appstore lol
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      So what kinda ROMs work? SNES, Genesis, etc? Anybody know?
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      It uses MAME compatible roms
    1. dgmdgm's Avatar
      dgmdgm -
      Arcades are a dying childhood past time
      I had to read this three times before I realised you meant "pastime".
    1. drjailbreakMD's Avatar
      drjailbreakMD -
      Can someone explain how to install roms and the best source to find them. Thanks for any help!!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Works pretty well, I've uploaded a few roms. I was hoping I could get wwf superstars to work but no luck yet. This will not be avaliable long in the App Store, I can't believe this made it this far.
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjailbreakMD View Post
      Can someone explain how to install roms and the best source to find them. Thanks for any help!!
      Google otherwise I doubt you'll get much help with finding them.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I just beat the Simpsons game
    1. bongholio's Avatar
      bongholio -
      What are some good roms that work with it?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This app does mirroring too I heard. So use appletv to do display and control on idevice.
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      It's kind of funny this is posted here, considering unless you actually own the arcade machine, possession of the roms would be piracy.
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      Quote Originally Posted by spice_weasel View Post
      possession of the roms would be piracy.
      So what!
    1. Atari800's Avatar
      Atari800 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spice_weasel View Post
      It's kind of funny this is posted here, considering unless you actually own the arcade machine, possession of the roms would be piracy.
      I am sure a big lawsuit will begin over playing a rom with a 1980 copyright.
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Sarcasm aside, let's see. Can't add Siri to non 4s devices due to piracy. Can't run the original acidrain due to piracy. Can't even mention ********** due to piracy. And if you don't think anyone will bother you about the roms, why not put up a cydia repo hosting a bunch of them? Make sure you post the end result.
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      What's the word on the games that need add-ons, like SNK's Metal Slug? I think the NeoGeo BIOS needs to be downloaded into a different folder. I forget exactly how I set mine up...I haven't added any new ROMs in a few years.
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      I don't know any of the games included
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by duromega View Post
      I don't know any of the games included
      +1
    1. sino84's Avatar
      sino84 -
      Isn't there a list for working roms?
    1. thecartuner77's Avatar
      thecartuner77 -
      Not gonna last long judging apple. But get it while you can its great.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I don't see it in the app store anymore!!!