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  • iMAME Kicked Out of Apple's App Store


    If you are a fan of vintage arcade games then you probably read our previous article about iMAME, the popular emulation tool for MAME (which stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).

    The emulators can be used to recreate the experience of classic coin-op and console videogames on PCs, Macs, and jailbroken iOS devices. The main catch here being that in order to run the old games, you need a copy of the game ROM code. Copies of the code are essentially unavailable via legitimate licensing in most cases. The other catch is that full-scale emulators usually arenít welcome on the iOS App Store. Those that have made it past the rigorous review process are usually very careful when it comes to locking downt he ability to run arbitrary third-party programs.

    This was the exact reason why it was so surprising to see iMAME show up in the App Store this past week. The game emulator seemed to be a straight up clone of the jailbreak-only iMAME4A11 app which played ten Exidy legit games as one would expect. The trick here was to use a file transfer tool such as PhoneView or iExplorer to throw in additional ROMs and have access to playing a larger variety of games through the iMAME app.

    The whole thing seemed too good to last and unfortunately it was. Running arbitrary code in the App Store is usually a bad idea and since this app did exactly that, it ended up being taken out of the US App Store as of 1:30pm. It seems that some developers have built patched versions of the jailbreak-only iMAME4A11 project that will compile in Xcode and install on properly provisioned un-jailbroken devices. This will only apply to active participants in the iOS developer program; otherwise there is no way to install the patched app.

    How do you feel about the iMAME app being removed from the App Store? Were you one of the many who went out and purchased an iCade cabinet to go along with the app, only to be left disappointed? Share any thoughts and opinions below!

    Source: App Store, Blue Lotus (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMAME Kicked Out of Apple's App Store started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Glad I downloaded it a few days ago
    1. RRoD420's Avatar
      RRoD420 -
      I was able to get it in the 1 day it was available due to the article on this site. Thanks modmyi!
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Even tho it got pulled u should be able to find the .ipa floating around somewhere. Then download it and place it on your idevice and your good to go. Can apple really stop the consumers?
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I have a feeling you think very highly of yourself...... Do you really think they would give a hoot?

      As far as this app.... I picked it up but am far from amazed. I haven't tried to put any more roms on their than the ones that come with it but the ones that came with it are total crap. UNLESS there is some thing I'm not doing right to get the "good" games.
      Yea, the games that come with iMAME purposely suck. The ability to load the ROM for any arcade game ever is the real draw. Just google MAME roms and you'll find a trove of awesome games you can play.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      Yea, the games that come with iMAME purposely suck. The ability to load the ROM for any arcade game ever is the real draw. Just google MAME roms and you'll find a trove of awesome games you can play.
      About 70-80% don't work.
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      wow I should download it on time
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      I saw that coming...
    1. Tomcat50's Avatar
      Tomcat50 -
      Was just a matter of time. Personally I'm not arsed as its wasn't the best. Also technically roms are illegal, save for a few that were given freeware status (spectrum come to mind). Apple would have to pull it as it has some roms bundled with it.
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      Couldnt download this app when it was in the App Store due to requiring at least iOS 4.3! I'm on 4.2.8 so I was screwed.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Got it and I don't understand why on the app store app I can hear all the sounds but on the cydia app I it does not play all the sounds. Example: Zaxxon has no sound at all on cydias imame but on the app stores imame it plays full sound. I don't understand why it was made better for the app store?
    1. pichito's Avatar
      pichito -
      damn i missed it and don't see it anyone have the ipa file?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Cracked apps and warez sites are against the forum rules.