Emulators have had an interesting history on the App Store, to say the least. There are a few emulator apps that have received Apple's blessing, namely Manomio's Commodore 64 [$4.99] and a choice group of similar emulators. More often than not though, they randomly appear, having slipped through the Apple approval system, then are quickly pulled. Right now we've got no clue which side of the fence iMAME [Free] is sitting on, but it's free, so there's absolutely no reason not to download it just to have it.

iMame comes preloaded with nine less than stellar ROMs to play, but the real interesting part is going to be whether or not it's possible to side load other ROM files into the app. I've been tinkering around with various tricks to load other ROMs into the app that have worked in other instances of similar emulators on to the App Store, and so far haven't had anything work. Regardless, I give it about two hours (or potentially much less) before someone figures it out, and a few hours after that for Apple to pull it from the App Store.

Go go go!!! I'll keep this post updated as new things develop.

Update: It seems that the same method used to get games into iDOS also works in iMAME. Twitter user @mattlukens mentions, "Yep, add a .zip rom to the Docs folder through PhoneView and it works perfect! Just tried Crime Fighters!" He also provided a screenshot. The clock is really ticking now on Apple pulling this down.

Update: iMAME supports the iCade.

Update 12/23: iMAME has been pulled from the App Store.

  • R Skse

    This looks exactly like the JB app. Haha, I wonder how it slipped though...

  • http://twitter.com/Damageinc333 Tom Minnick

    awesome awesome awesome, just grabbed...  what's the over under in number of minutes before this is taken down.

  • Anonymous

    Merry christmas!!! This is awesome, now just need to find a way to load games.

  • http://twitter.com/bearded bearded

    Woo! Grabbed it.  Anyone know if there's a way to add roms without JB?

    • http://twitter.com/mattlukens Matt Lukens

      Yes use a iPhone Exploring app on your computer, I like PhoneView for Mac.

      • Daniel Belini

        And in witch folder we put the roms?

      • Rich Pizor

        Apps > iMAME > Documents

        Note that there doesn't seem to be a Samples folder, so ROMs with external sounds may not work.

  • Anonymous

    Oddly, it didn't show up when I searched the App Store for "imame", but it did when I searched for "mame".

    • http://twitter.com/OwlchemyLabs Owlbert Einstein

      Same here.

    • Anonymous

      I was sure they had taken it down, but link still works.

      I'm jail broken anyway, so I guess it didn't matter much it it was pulled.

  • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

    Does this support iCade?

    • http://twitter.com/mattlukens Matt Lukens

      Yes I believe so I found a text file in the app that mentions iCade also here is a list of compatible games NOTE* The file name must be exactly the same for it to work!! http://code.google.com/p/imame4all/wiki/GameList

  • Chris Aanerud

    I never had much luck loading roms that appealed to me on the JB version...i.e. newer games. But you can get some decent older titles.

    Hope you guys can figure out how to load roms.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WQIRMMD6QU45NDN33VX2NJTECM Eric

    Like what kind of games?  PC games?  Console games?  Let me know and keep me posted if somebody finds a step by step way to do. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBNMJGLGCBQOSH2BM264QIHLI Bridget

      MAME is for arcade titles.   Unless someone, for whatever reason, created something else and just CALLED it MAME.   But generally it's arcade games. 

      Unfortunately, without a good way to load roms onto the device, it's utterly useless. The idea is cool, but...  yeah.  I sure dont know any way to get roms onto there without JB, and I dont want to have to do that.   

      • http://twitter.com/BoxMacCary Cary Groneveldt

        Uhhh ....

        Nobody "just called it" MAME.

        It stands for: Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

      • Anonymous

        That's... totally not what Bridget said.

      • catch all

        simple use iExplore and drop the zip files into the document folder within imame within apps

      • catch all

        You do not have to JB.

        if you are on a mac google for and download iExplorer - its free . iExplorer will let you see the file structure on your iDevice
        navigate to Apps then to iMame and drop .zip rom into the document folder. Make sure you kill iamame and run it again for the games to show uphave fun

  • Brian Johnson

    I'm not seeing it in the App Store under "imame", "mame", or Jim Deventer's section, suggestions??   Running an iPad 2, iOS 5.0.  

    • http://twitter.com/mattlukens Matt Lukens

      Just use the link in the article.

  • Danny Kidd

    Some roms work (Heavy Barrel) and others don't (Pacman, Ms.Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong).  A nice Christmas present though!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

    Custom Roms work. Once you launch the game, it will unzip a rom directory to the documents folder inside the root. Just move your roms over, and delete the lame ones in there while you're at it. Interestingly, the app's samples folder is already populated with a lot of common sample files. I haven't tried wiimote controls yet, but since I already have bt stack installed I reckon its not a "real" test. I'll have to try this on the iPad 2 once I can get into the file system via one of the available desktop apps that let you browse/upload. http://tinypic.com/r/xf6sgn/5 

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    My build of iMAME supports standard iTunes document sharing, I'd be surprised if this didn't have it.

    • http://twitter.com/mattlukens Matt Lukens

      It doesn't seem to, not showing for me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WQIRMMD6QU45NDN33VX2NJTECM Eric

    Not to sound like a broken record but, IF somebody happens to find out how to do it or already knows how, could you please be as kind as to message me a lamens terms step by step for my undeducated rom-installing ass how to do it?  Lol.  Thanks.

    • catch all

      You do not have to JB.

      if you are on a mac google for and download iExplorer - its free . iExplorer will let you see the file structure on your iDevice
      navigate to Apps then to iMame and drop .zip rom into the document folder. Make sure you kill iamame and run it again for the games to show uphave fun

      • Anonymous

        You don't have to kill the app, just go to options / rescan

  • Anonymous

    Did I miss it. !"#¤!""

  • http://twitter.com/ChaoticBox Frank Condello

    This is almost certainly a build of this iMAME4ALL fork: http://www.lesbird.com/iMame4All/iMame4All_Xcode.html with iTunes file sharing disabled. Sideloading works even on non-jailbroken devices using various iPhone filesystem "exploring" tools...

    Not sure if Apple will toast it for loading unsanctioned sideloaded ROMs (3rd party tools that mess with a device's file system can do much more harm than that - to any app) but the IPA bundle appears to contain hidden copyrighted ROMs - Donkey Kong, Pole Position, among others. *That* could be a problem.

    • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

      They're not actually the ROMs for those games, just sound samples for the games that don't have properly emulated audio.

      • http://twitter.com/ChaoticBox Frank Condello

        Ahh OK. Scratch that then ;-)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

      its the sound samples, not the roms themselves. Those samples are all over 20 years old and not under the dmca's eye.

    • Les Bird

      Yes it is based on my iMame4All Xcode project for non-jailbroken iOS devices. You can tell by the version number, the 'b' was added by me to distinguish from the jailbroken app. Apparently someone downloaded my project and built and submitted to Apple but I have no idea how they got it by the approval process.

      And yes, I added all of the sound samples for the iMame4All ROM set as part of the iMame4All Xcode project and so they are also included in the AppStore app too.

      Also, since this is based on my Xcode project source code there is support for iCade and the iControlPad built-in. Here's how the controller support works: If you connect your iCade or iControlPad to your iOS device then iMame should detect it and ask you if you want to use iControlPad or iCade mode. The difference between the two is that in iControlPad mode you should enable special packet mode, then you'll be able to use the nubs for games like Robotron, however, it takes a toll on the performance because for each slight nub movement a series of 4 bytes is sent to the iOS device. This translates to a lot of data and the iOS device will have a hard time keeping up. I recommend putting your iControlPad in iCade mode and choosing iCade mode instead of iControlPad unless you really need the nubs.

      For more details see my web page here:
      http://www.lesbird.com/iMame4All/iMame4All_Xcode.html

  • Anonymous

    FYI, at least how the old JB version worked when I had it, it was *not* the latest verison of MAME and so you needed an older format of MAME roms. The details I'm forgetting at the moment, but it was possible to get the vast majority of games working. You needed a specific version of ROMs. I was able to download this app in iTunes, but it's not showing up on my iPhone's app store and not in Purchased apps either.

    • Anti-Archonist

      Yep. "MAME 0.37b5 plus some additional games from newer MAME versions" to be exact. Can't seem to find a compatibility list though. That version of MAME was created in 2000. Current CPS2 romsets for new versions of MAME won't work because back then they used decrypted versions. Now the decryption is built into MAME

  • http://twitter.com/jamesburland James Burland

    This is an epic day! Galaxian works!

  • Anonymous

    I can't get any rom to show up on iMame. I put them in documents, but it just doesn't show up. Tried 3 different ones so far.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

      in the settings, you can click the botton at the very bottom to refresh your rom list. Alternatively, force quit the app, it will refresh the rom list that way as well.

      • Anonymous

        Tried that, but still nothing. I got outrun to show up, but that says that necessary files are missing and can't be loaded.

  • http://twitter.com/jamesburland James Burland

    And so does Outrun!

    • Anonymous

      For outrun it says "error required files are missing the game cannot be loaded"

    • Gregz0r

      Really? Thats the one game(along with Super Monaco GP), that I most want to work on iMame4All. None of my OutRun ROMS work with it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ22D6UZTMBGNRI5FIOHY6GPZE John

    Cannot even get it to load, PhoneView is Mac Only, and iPhone Explorer is broken.. looks like I won't be using this app, thanks Apple.

    • Anonymous

      lol "apple". Iphone Explorer works fine.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ22D6UZTMBGNRI5FIOHY6GPZE John

        Nah it was a third party viewing option, I need to sideload the roms into the Documents folder in order to get it to work.

    • Anonymous

      Considering how many people are getting it to work, I think you should consider blaming yourself, not Apple. Kids these days..

    • Anonymous

      use "iFunbox" free and works on PC.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

    Ok, this works ACE on the iPad 2 :D I've side loaded my roms into the Documents directory using iPhone Explorer. Very pleased, no need for a iPad 2 JB for me anymore :D iMame runs very VERY well http://i43.tinypic.com/10mqv5g.jpg

    • Gregz0r

      Do they need to be named a certain way, as they're not showing up for me.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

        No, they just need to be supported roms and the correct version as stated earlier here. 

  • Anonymous

    Haha. Grabbed it for iPhone, and then picked up my iPad to dl it on there. And just that fast, it's gone.

  • Anonymous

    So, you can use ROMs other than the included ones. Tested it out with PAC-MAN. Just put the ROM file alongside the others in the apps "Documents" folder.

    http://i.imgur.com/mznOZ.png

  • Anonymous

    Your files have to have the proper naming scheme. Just tested The simpsons arcade on iphone 4 and it runs well, almost perfect! Great day indeed!

  • http://twitter.com/robert_wiesner Robert Wiesner

    It is still available in the German AppStore, just DL it

  • Anonymous

    Now we just need scummvm to slip through!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ22D6UZTMBGNRI5FIOHY6GPZE John

    Got it to work, playing Pacman on it, just the classic Mame parent rom issues.

  • Anonymous

    I download Idevice manager but I don't see the documents folder! I have a 4S

  • Bram Janssen

    Still available in the Dutch store as well. Good, guys, we got a genuine collector's item app now :P Now to get some roms on my non-jailbroken iPod.

  • Anonymous

    I downloaded IdeviceManager but I don't see the Documents folder. I own a 4S

  • Gregz0r

    OUTRUN WORKS!!!! My favourite arcade game ever, on my iPhone!
    I'm a mid-30s man, with 2 kids, etc, and I'm as happy as a little boy on Christmas day!

    • Anonymous

      How did you get it to work? Mine says there are files missing.

      • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

        Mine as well.  I got Sinistar to work, but no luck with DigDug or Donkey Kong...they show up in the list, but when you start them, it tries to load and says that files are missing.  Any help?

      • Anonymous

        Google for "MAME GP2X_Wiz 2.2 Full Romset". That should put you on the right path.

      • Anonymous

        How can I put the roms? With Idevice Manager I don't see the docs folder!

      • Gregz0r

        I can't strictly say where I got it, as that's forbidden here, but it needs to be the one, which is 1.48mb in size, containing 58 files.
        The one I had(which didn't work) was 856kb in size, containing only 31 files.

        Twitter: Gregz0r
        ;-)

      • Anonymous

        You MUST stick to rom set 0.37b5. All roms from that set will work flawlessly, including Outrun. Google is your friend.

    • Gregz0r

      I can't strictly say where I got it, as that's forbidden here, but it needs to be the one, which is 1.48mb in size, containing 58 files.
      The one I had(which didn't work) was 856kb in size, containing only 31 files.

      Twitter: Gregz0r
      ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I downloaded Idevice manager but I don't see the Documents folder?

    • Anonymous

      Use iFunBox.
      http://i-funbox.com/
      Click on your device, then go to "User Applications"
      Find iMAME in the list of apps, double click it, there should be Documents, Library, etc. folders inside. the ROMs go inside the Documents folder.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for that.  All up and running on iPhone 4 using PC and iFunBox.  Played Outrun and Donkey Kong so far.  A few sound issues on Outrun but still playable.

  • http://twitter.com/BoxMacCary Cary Groneveldt

    How about PONG?

    Does that work ?

    • http://twitter.com/romanista Rick Lindeman

      the oldest pongs were on electronic circuits and not on chips, pongs on mame are simulations.. there is a pong in the atari greatest hits app though

  • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

    Use iExplorer.  I see the documents folder no problem.

  • http://twitter.com/BoxMacCary Cary Groneveldt

    iMAME still on US AppStore as 6pm EST > http://tinyurl.com/cjjphok

  • http://twitter.com/Carmine_Justice anthony simmons

    anyone know if larger games like metal slug or MvC work on iMame?

    • http://twitter.com/precurser George B. Smith III

      I just got Metal Slug 2 to work. I tried Metal Slug 1 but I think the romset I got was wrong, it wouldn't load. I also had to drop in the neogeo.zip bios file in the rom directory.

      http://t.co/Asn6QPaL

      • http://twitter.com/Carmine_Justice anthony simmons

        thank you!! i cant wait til march. ipad 3 in an icade with imame? gonna be good gaming.

  • Gregz0r

    I'm so glad I grabbed both iDOS and iMame.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my god, it's working on my 4S...Final fight, Street Fighter 2 and other Capcom titles!! Perfectly!!!

  • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

    Not sure Apple would pull it if someone is essentially 'hacking' their phone using unsanctioned tools.

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      Hiya Stu! I was just going to ask you for your thoughts on whether Apple will pull this down or not. That said, iDOS got pulled down despite the fact that iTunes File Sharing was removed, right? So what's the difference?

  • http://twitter.com/captnflem QQQ/helmet/onecut

    Strangely i got kof 98 and Metal Slug 2 running  but i can't see other roms, like street fighter third strike and others. They don't show up, even with restart/refresh

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    I got Punisher, Captain Commando, Rampage, and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs running on iPhone4 so far. This is sofa king sick.

    • bones boy

      And it's Sofa King close to Xmas!

  • Fire Proof

    Could someone please explain to me how to load ROMs on the ipad 2? Which app do i need? what's the naming scheme? What do i need to do? Help please! :X

    • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

      Download iExplorer (it's a PC program).  It will allow you to see your phone's file structure.  Place your ROMs into the iMAMEdocuments folder.  That's it.

      • Fire Proof

        Thanks :)

      • Kevin Nelson

        What if you don't have a PC though? I'm a Mac user.

      • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

        On Mac, use PhoneView.

      • http://jschrab.myopenid.com/ Jeffrey

        There's a MacOS version too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

        its a mac program 

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Now there's a great reason to buy an iCade... Sweet.

  • http://about.me/kcnobody TinyTechnician

    From a dev standpoint, the App Store is supposed to "freeze" tomorrow (no submissions or changes to Apps).  It'll be interesting to see if this App makes it past the deadline if Apple will go out of its way to remove it.

    • Anonymous

       Seems like it would be something they could do from home.  I have to think SOMEBODY'S phone is ringing about this.

      • http://about.me/kcnobody TinyTechnician

        Agreed.  I just think the timing of the release is very well played...any other day or time period and this thing would be gone in hours (and I most likely wouldn't have snagged it in time).

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        Why?  As it stands, the app itself doesn't violate anything if those included ROMs are free of copyright.  It also does not allow ROMs to be loaded except via unsupported tools that access the iOS file system directly.  It is simply an emulator.  No different to many of the others on the App Store.

      • http://about.me/kcnobody TinyTechnician

        I think the issue is that it'll still run exes that the App itself didn't come with.  Yes, the tools necessary to put these ROMs in the proper location are unsupported but the device itself doesn't need to be jailbroken for it to run them.

        I could be wrong but Apple could simply require that the App itself lockout the ability to play "additional" exes.  As it stands, it does not.  So Apple can remove it on those grounds.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PHCPGMSCN3MFYLAMXFHFQLQQQ4 x999x

    FYI - AirPlay 720p mirroring works

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    No luck for me getting anything to run. I tried every set of OutRun I could find and none of them work. Also tried Parodius, and like OutRun is just complains of missing files.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LG2CJQ74YOQH6FAC5IK2SPVZGI Alex

      Outrun is working here, be sure to add the correct romsets for this game.

      • Josué Silva

        how do you get outrun to work. do i download all the sets?

      • A A

         You have to get the right version.  Use the version listed above, or possibly an older one.

      • Anonymous

        you only need outrun.zip to play outrun, the others are just variations

    • http://twitter.com/romanista Rick Lindeman

      this suggest you're not using the correct rom set, but one meant for a later mame, look for .37

  • Roberto Pulito

    It's the same emulator for Dingoo A320 portable console. Look for the Rom set version 0.37b5. Only this set works fine.

  • http://twitter.com/BoZZ0 Jonas Lindqvist

    How Do i get metal slug and Kof 98 to work?

    • Anonymous

      Try downloading neogeo.zip, NeoGeo games require the bios files to run.

  • WIlliam Lim

    http://code.google.com/p/imame4all/wiki/GameListThis is a list of games that work. I have got Neogeo games and CPS1 games to work!

  • Luke Hall

    I downloaded the simpsons rom but I am only able to play as marge, anyone figure out how  to play as player 2,3, or 4?

    • Luke Hall

      found me own answer, thanks tho

      • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

        What is the answer?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZYLR2DS3TFI2I65RNMPAWSHPU smiley

        Hold the joystick either up, down, left or right while hitting "coin."  Right for bart, down for lisa, up for homer, left for marge (I think that's right).  Then, you can control them all at once!

      • Luke Hall

        You need to add both 4 player and 2 player zips, then play with the 2 player zip, if you want you can just add the 2 player zip and it will error out, just copy this missing files from the 4 player zip into the 2 player zip.

  • http://twitter.com/Arien157 Arien

    Whats coming tonight!?!?!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Nothing, iTunes is frozen.

      • http://twitter.com/Arien157 Arien

        What do you mean?

  • http://twitter.com/Paulmcraelind PaulMcraeLind

    Noob question.  So using iphone explorer, I just move the rom folder (of the game) into the imame documents folder and the game should show up within imame?  I have tried this with about five roms and none show up in imame.  Help?  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ22D6UZTMBGNRI5FIOHY6GPZE John

      Put everything into the imame/documents folder, and make sure the corresponding Parent roms are present, because the way Mame works is that it draws from other roms in a folder, it looks for a parent room, let's say, Pacman Midway, will take elements from Puckman (Japan set 1).

    • http://profiles.google.com/windytech Blake Schnitkey

      You move the whole damn zip file (unzipped) to the app's documents folder ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/dstruktopus dstruktopus

    i wish outzone worked:[ i couldnt get warlords to work either:[ or bloodstorm

  • http://twitter.com/Paulmcraelind PaulMcraeLind

    Thanks..Got Bomb Jack to work but nothing else, some of them don't even show up in imame once I moved them over.  How do you delete the none working games off imame?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ22D6UZTMBGNRI5FIOHY6GPZE John

      I believe someone passed a document that explained what the files had to be named, just google romnation and you'll find that most of those works, keep in mind, you need to go and have the parent roms, which aren't marked, in there with the child roms, and make sure they're zipped.

    • Gregz0r

      You delete ROMS using the same method used to add them.

  • http://jschrab.myopenid.com/ Jeffrey

    Here's the list of supported ROMs AND their proper names.  In some cases, "parent" rom files need to be merged into a single .zip file, so some tinkering required.

    http://code.google.com/p/imame4all/wiki/GameList

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper
    • http://twitter.com/dstruktopus dstruktopus

      im happy that MK1 works xD

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

        Finding working rom sets is half the fun of mame :)

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

        I haven't used MAME in years but I remember all too well the pain of it's incredibly fussy attitude to ROM sets, and how the ROM sets changed seemingly every damn version. Drove me nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable. As long as you stick to 0.37b5, everything just works perfectly. iExplorer works flawlessly to load roms. WOW - just stunned.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CUWSXYXIAKJMR4DZFH2WUEELE4 Sabrina

    Is the Options Menu or Help Menu crashing imame for everybody else?...I have ROMs loaded successfully but want to change some options...

    • http://twitter.com/paulhayward Paul Hayward

      Mine crashes too. I'm on os 4.33 jailbroken. Roms working great though

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CUWSXYXIAKJMR4DZFH2WUEELE4 Sabrina

        4.3.3 as well...can anyone here confirm if it's crashing on IOS 5.0?

      • John McCollum

        This version of iMame is only compatible with 5.0 and above. You need to upgrade to use it.

  • http://twitter.com/Paulmcraelind PaulMcraeLind

    I am running 5.0.1 and it is working for me.  I have Bomb Jack, Combatribes, Breakthru, Ghouls and Ghosts and Jackal working. Toobin and In the Hunt load but don't seem to work for me.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, I need a Mario Bros rom. Is it possible? Anyone done it yet? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

      Dont ask for roms, its possible, yes.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone added Mario Bros? Is it possible? The rom should be supported. Just wondering.. 

  • http://twitter.com/elburabure bura bure

    Mortal kombat 2 crashes when loading ;_;

  • http://twitter.com/Paulmcraelind PaulMcraeLind

    About half of the games I have on imame work and the other half do not.  Is there an easy way to delete the names of the non working games off imame?

  • http://twitter.com/bora_imamoglu Bora İmamoğlu

    I'm so glad that it has been released...So far I tested:

    Working:
    All CPS1 gamesMortal Kombat 1 ( Best Mobile Emulation of MK1 yet.. for me )
    Samurai Shodown 1,2Street Hoop

    Not Working:
    MK2, MK3, UMK3 does not work. ( Minimized imame and returns to home screen )
    Samurai Shodown 3,4 says missing roms ( but all files are there ??? )

    Hopefully all neogeo games like Garou, Rise of the dragons, Martimelee are supported :) Will try them all.. and hope there was a cps2 support :(

    Anyway thanks for the great release!!!

    • John McCollum

      MK2, MK3, WWF Wrestlemania, Rampage World Tour, and open ice challenge all use a newer video driver that was not compatible with this version of MAME. While the rom is technically supported this version of imame will not support the video driver and will crash back to the home screen. The original iMame dev stated that he will not be fixing it either. Only MK1 works as its a different driver

  • John McCollum

    It pays to read the help file......
    Button SELECT (1): Insert credits (UP+SELECT = 2P credits, RIGHT+SELECT = 3P credits, DOWN+SELECT = 4P credits).
    - Button START (2): start (UP+START = 2P start, RIGHT+START = 3P start, DOWN+START = 4P start).

    What's really fun is making all 4 players start. Then the 1 joystick makes all 4 of them move at once. :)

  • John McCollum

    I noticed that the dev who posted this app on the app store removed the rom compatibility list from the help section that was available in the jb version. :)
    I guess he was making sure if Apple was snooping they wouldnt see those titles. Smart on his part.

  • http://twitter.com/ZakothX Zakoth Xard

    Got Q*Bert on this. Controls are screwed up... Not very happy.

    • John McCollum

      Zakorth- Qbert had it's joystick mounted sideways in the original cabinet to allow for diagonal movement. Try changing the settings to 4-way joystick before you start the rom. It helps out a lot, but still not perfect. 

      • http://twitter.com/ZakothX Zakoth Xard

        Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/stooneyoriginal Erhard Steiner

    Sorry if this may sound ignorant, I am not a hardcore-gamer.
    But what kind of ROMs would I use for this? Where do I get them?
    I don't ask anybody to point me to probably illegal downloads, but what would I search for to find something fitting?
    Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

      You need to look for MAME 0.73b5 roms. There are a bunch of sites which host them. Not everything works, and some things work better than others, but it's an interesting thing to have all the same. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  Merry Christmas.  I just played Joust, Burger Time, Hyper Sports, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong Jr, Ghost N Goblins, etc.  I took screenshots of all of these playing.  From what I tried, Moon Patrol didn't work and neither did Donkey Kong.  I think DK doesn't work because its missing some sound files that were never in the roms I believe.  Doesn't matter as Joust works which is my favourite game.  Thanks!

    • Jacob Gehman

      I found a working Donkey Kong, so it is out there...!

  • http://twitter.com/tootiegooch tootiegooch

    Ok, so it works with iCade... Has anyone actually tried it with iCade? Nearly every game I've tried on it emulates perfectly but I hate the virtual joystick thing. I will purchase an iCade within minutes of confirmation (that it actually works well!).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LG2CJQ74YOQH6FAC5IK2SPVZGI Alex

      It sure works with iCade, jailbreak community had been using Mame4All and iCade for some time now. I'm pretty sure iMame will work so I'm buying my iCade today! :)

      • http://twitter.com/tootiegooch tootiegooch

        Yeah, plenty of stuff on the Youtube... I've been looking for a reason to buy the iCade, this is it (Mr.DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Anonymous

    Hey guys -- I got the MAME 0.37b5 romset, plus loaded them into iMame -- they show up in the emulator and load up fine, only problem is that some the vertical games I loaded in ( esprade and dodonpachi ) play flipped upside down, even if I set the emulator to flip them, or play them tate (then they just play sideways) -- anyone else having this problem? Any tips? Thanks!

    • Jacob Gehman

      I've been wondering this as well--those CAVE games (dodonpachi, etc) would be brilliant, but playing them upside-down takes a bit of the luster off. heh.

  • PJ Haight

    Hi guys, I figured out how to copy the ROMs over to the iPod to play with iMame, but I have a question, has anybody tried the original Jurassic Park game? If they have and it works it would mean a lot.

    • http://twitter.com/precurser George B. Smith III

      I tried and it doesn't work.

      You can also check this list for working games: http://code.google.com/p/imame4all/wiki/GameList

    • John McCollum

      PJ- Jurassic Park works in MAME, but was added at a later time. This version only supports games from version 0.37b5. JP was not playable at that time. Sorry. 

  • http://twitter.com/Briansharks Brian Sharks

    This is amazing! Got a bunch of my favs to work with no issues. Simpsons, xmen, narc, magician lord, TMNT in time, and MK1 all worked for me. MK2 causes it to crash still looking for a working baseball 2020.

    • John McCollum

      Brian- MK2, MK3, WWF Wrestlemania, and Rampage World Tour all used the same video driver that is not compatible with iMAME. Even though the ROM will technically work with this version (0.37b5), iMAME will not support the driver. It will just cause the game to crash back to the home screen. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

        I got Rampage rev3 working, didn't try world tour. MK2 crashes after the rom check. Outrun v1, Puckman, NBA Jam TE v2, DK, Hang-On, Real Ghostbusters, Shinobi v1, Smash TV v8, Star Wars v2, Spy Hunter, Mario Bros US, 1943 US, Asteroids v2, ms packman all work for me, had to swap some missing files on a lot though.

  • A A

    This is great!  I do have some ROMS working and playing.

    However, when I click on "Help" or "Options" within the app, iMame immediately crashes.  If this happening to anyone else?

    Also, I'm trying to get the games to run full screen in portrait mode.  Is this possible?  Especially when I get the iCade, I'd like for full screen to work.  I know it goes full screen in landscape.

    Thanks!

    • Michael Divincenzo

      are you using ipad 2 on 4.3 jailbroken?

      • A A

         No.  Not jailbroken.  4.3.2

      • http://profiles.google.com/justaguitardude chris c

        im on ipad 4.3 none jb and crashes with the help too..  first time iv got one of the emulators before apple removed it missed idos last time.

  • http://twitter.com/osujxu John Xu

    i don't get why this is so exciting and cool

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

      iOS just grew their library of almost perfect acrcade ports to over 5000ish without JB, thats not exciting?

  • James Kapherr

    This is amazing!
    Ivan Stewerts Super Offroad Racing!!!
    Hammerin' Harry!

    But... in the multiplayer games, how can I select a different character? ie in TMNT when you press the credit, it defaults to Leonardo.

    Cheers!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Piper/533313343 Joshua Piper

      I havent tried to figure it out yet but i believe theres a setting you can change for which start button u use

      • Luke Hall

        Just add both the 2 player and 4 player zips and run with the 2 player. if you really wanna go more advanced just add the 2 player and run, it will error out with missing files, find the files in the 4player and add them to the 2 player zip. this is tested and works on tmnt and the simpsons.

  • http://twitter.com/yodaui Travis Fischer

    To change what player you are, hold up on the joystick and then press the coin button to get player 2, hold left and coin for player 3, hold down and coin for player 4. I found this in the help file on the options screen. So you can now play as any simpsons character, or any of the turtles. You can actually play will all 4 of the characters at once, as the direction keys are all mapped. so i can control all 4 turtles at the same time. Cowabunga! 

  • Brandon Sesenton

    Got Turtles in Time to run. Are you locked into just playing as Leo? Cant figure out how to select the other characters.

    • Luke Hall

      Just add both the 2 player and 4 player zips and run with the 2 player.
      if you really wanna go more advanced just add the 2 player and run, it
      will error out with missing files, find the files in the 4player and add
      them to the 2 player zip. this is tested and works on tmnt and the
      simpsons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OO3XPWMN3QE34DME2JP432SSNY Adam

    Is there roms sites that are better than others?

  • A A

    Which iOS is everyone running?  And are you able to access the Help and Options from the app?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739529972 Michael Phillips

    ERROR: required files are missing, the game cannot be run.  This is what i get when i try and run either Outrun or Metal Slug

    • A A

      Make sure you have the right version of the roms, which is mentioned above.  I have Outrun working.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739529972 Michael Phillips

        i am new to this, so how do i tell what version i need and what i have?

      • A A

         That I am not sure about.  Google the version number mentioned above is a start. 

      • A A

         That I am not sure about.  Google the version number mentioned above is a start. 

    • Anonymous

      You'll probably need the neogeo.zip to run Metal Slug, Outrun should work no problems.

  • Anonymous

    Just tried Donkey Kong and Mortal Kombat, both run great but the controls aren't very good but that's because of the touch screen not the emulator. I probably won't use this much because of the control issues but it's cool to have :)

    I forgot this has iCade support so I'll probably try it out again when I get an iCade and an iPad :)

  • Anonymous

    Just tried Donkey Kong and Mortal Kombat, both run great but the controls aren't very good but that's because of the touch screen not the emulator. I probably won't use this much because of the control issues but it's cool to have :)

    I forgot this has iCade support so I'll probably try it out again when I get an iCade and an iPad :)

    • Anonymous

      Just tried Metal Slug & Outrun since people posted having problems and both run flawlessly. Any games not working are probably just the wrong version.

  • John McCollum

    If anyone is having problems loading ROMs, I made a quick tutorial on how to do it. Check it out on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GvTw8pCo3Pc

  • http://twitter.com/corbyhart Corby

    Why would Apple pull the app? They're not distributing copyrighted material. Better pull iBooks for allowing you to view copyrighted Pdfs.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      iBooks doesn't execute third party code or potentially violate the GPL.

  • http://twitter.com/aroyan23 Dre Aroyan

    I have a big set of working roms for iMame4All if anyone wants me to upload them somewhere? 192 games (500mb) all working perfectly on my iCade + iMame4All

  • Anonymous

    Torg is NOT "less than stellar". Way to insult old time gamers, Eli! Happy holidays to you, too. :p

  • Anonymous

    There is a problem here... iMAME4all is licensed as a dual license, where iOS parts are GPL..

    I think appstore distribution violates GPL...

  • Sam Lo

    Where in the world do I download these roms. I know where the list of compatible games, but dont know where to get them!

  • http://twitter.com/sideshowsito Sito Alvina

    Here .. how to add apps to your iMAME directory ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O59yQtf-J4

  • Anonymous

    So... I've done what all these instructions have told me (I think) but I'm still not seeing any new roms being loaded onto the program. iExplorer tells me they're there...but the program on my iPad only has the ones pre-loaded. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? As I'm sure it's me doing something...

    • Les Bird

      Most likely the wrong version of ROM. Make sure the ROM set is for iMame4all for GP32x or MAME v0.37b5.

      • Anonymous

        Yup. That was it. Turns out I am bad at paying attention. Thanks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLUTLGWI2AKP2AGOOJLAS7LI5U drew422

    Totally new to this. Got I explorer and see iPad, imame,folder file. Downloaded a few unzipped roms, but when I go to drag them in iexplorer won't let me add them. What am I missing? Thanks. Also how do I tell if rom v0.37b?

    • Anonymous

      Don't unzip the roms, leave them zipped.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLUTLGWI2AKP2AGOOJLAS7LI5U drew422

    There r unzipped

  • A A

    Just confirmed that the app does not crash on iOS 5.0.1.  Also, you have the option of making the portrait view full screen, which is what I was hoping for.

    Damn this rocks.  :)

     

    • http://profiles.google.com/justaguitardude chris c

      guess i should update my ios then. :)  been waiting for them to get the bugs fixed but... i wanna play :D

  • Anonymous

    I got it working with classics like SF2, Samurai Shodown 1-4, Metal Slug 1-2, King of Fighters 94-99, Last Blade 1-2 and so on. I can't make it work with Garou Mark of the Wolves, anyone figured out how to make that one work?

  • Anonymous

    I got it working with classics like Street Fighter 2, King of Fighters 94-99, Samurai Shodown 1-4, Last Blade 1-2, Metal Slug 1-2 and so on. I can't get it working with the one I what the most, Garou Mark of the Wolves, anyone figured that one out yet?

  • Anonymous

    Great app, I got it running with classics like Street Fighter 2, King of Fighters 94-99, Samurai Shodown 1-4, Last Sword 1-2, Metal Slug 1-2. I can't get it to run with the one I like most, Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Has anyone found a working rom set for that one?

  • Celtic Warrior75013

    And the app is gone !!!
    HAHAHA !
    I'm glad I reported it to Apple :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.blokzijl Brandon Blokzijl

      Sad, and you hang around at Toucharcade which promotes iOS games?

  • http://profiles.google.com/joesmith0729 Joe Smith

    Hope you grabbed it. It's "This item is temporarily unavailable"now 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LG2CJQ74YOQH6FAC5IK2SPVZGI Alex

    At the end, those restrictive policies will make Android get user's sympathy...

  • SpooNMan x

    It's no longer available. :(
    It doesn't show up under App Store on the iPod Touch and when clicking the direct link it says:
    NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE US STORE..

  • Jacob Gehman

    Spent a lot of time yesterday downloading various things--mostly blind dl's, as I was never in the arcade scene. At a quick guesstimate 80% of them worked--and worked well on my iPad 1.

    I never got around to loading Nescaline on my iPad--but totally going to do that now!
    ::fingers crossed it works well in x2 mode...::

  • Gregz0r

    Aaaaaand, it's gone.

  • http://twitter.com/corbyhart Corby

    So how will this app work in the future? Will the next iOS update destroy its functionality?

    • http://twitter.com/tootiegooch tootiegooch

      This... I downloaded it and don't want to lose access to these classics (nearly all of which I've purchased in one form or another) on my ipod & ipad. This is what pisses me off about this whole thing. When will the "classic" arcade manufacturers/creators (or whomever holds the rights to the property) understand there is a MARKET for this?... I would GLADLY PAY (again) for these as "in-app" purchases in a MAME emulator. *sigh*

  • teh kok yong

    ooh no more imame at app store

  • Anonymous

    So great! Mad planets, samurai showdown 2 and gouls n ghosts are downright jammerific. I'll probably jailbreak the thing now that I've had a taste.

  • Anonymous

    Visit Player 1 Barcadium in 2012!!! Across the street from Universal Studios in Orlando Fl. Play over 60 classic arcade machines and every system ever made while drinking yourself silly with 10% alchohol beers from around the world! Apple can't pull us. The arcade is back with a vengeance!