Category Archives: Emulator

Play Nintendo DS Games On Your iOS Device Without Jailbreaking Using 'NDS4iOS'

You might remember GBA4iOS a GBA emulator that was released for non-jailbreakers a couple of month ago. Well today you can add another emulator to your list with the arrival of a new version of NDS4iOS you can now play the Nintendo DS without jailbreaking. ..

Earlier this week we learned that GBA4iOS, an emulator for iOS that runs Game Boy Advance and legacy Game Boy games, was getting a massive revision and being rebuilt for iOS 7. Well, now that the countdown timer on the GBA4iOS website has finally ticked down to the last second, the new version of the emulator is now available. And, as we had suspected, it does not require a jailbreak in order to install it, nor does it require the weird workaround of turning your device's clock back in time like the previous version did...

You can already get the old version of GBA4iOS without jailbreaking through a weird workaround by rolling back your date to 2012 and installing it from iEmulators... But per a countdown on GBA4iOSapp.com, the new and improved version 2.0 is launching soon which sports an awesome feature set...

How to Play NES Games On an iPhone Without Jailbreaking via webNES

If you want to run emulators on your iPhone (or iPad), you've basically got two options: Use this crazy workaround which involves rolling the date of your device back to 2012 and installing old, previously signed emulators. Alternatively, you can just bite the bullet and jailbreak and install any number of emulators that people are actively developing on Cydia. Well, as of this weekend there's a third option. Like the previous two solutions, the third isn't very ideal either, but if you want to play NES games on your iPhone, it's worth checking out...

A SNES Emulator Snuck on The App Store via 'Remote File Manager'

In the history of the App Store, there have been more than a few of these iOS apps that seemingly do something innocuous that turn out to have secret functionality. Sneaking apps in that allowed for internet connection sharing was a big deal back before the iOS personal hotspot functionality was added in iOS 4.3. Since then, emulators have been all the rage, although most (all?) of them have been for the NES...

'Karateka Classic' Brings the 1984 Apple II Original to iOS

Last year, Jordan Mechner teamed up with Liquid Entertainment to create a modern remake of his 1984 beat 'em up classic, Karateka. The modern, 3D recreation of Karateka [$1.99] (which we reviewed in December) does an excellent job of conveying the tragic tale of the poor, imprisoned princess Mariko and the bold quest to rescue her to today's gamers using modern visuals, an original score, and unique, new fight mechanics. Another thing it does is give old school gamers a real itch to go back and play through the 8-bit original. Happily, as of tonight, that itch is easily scratched...

Game Boy Advance Emulator Sneaks on to the App Store via 'Awesome Baby Names' Update: REMOVED!

It certainly isn't the first time someone has snuck on to the App Store, and I can almost promise it won't be the last, but if you're big into grabbing things you "shouldn't" have (per Apple's approval process) then Awesome Baby Names [$1.99] is something you need to snag immediately. What initially appears to be a very simple and silly baby naming app is actually a fairly full-featured Gameboy Advance emulator...

MAME Is Back in the App Store (For Now...) with 'Gridlee'

Yesterday, a game that was developed in 1982 for arcade hardware, but never officially released, quietly landed in the App Store. Gridlee [Free] is a simple game where you maneuver a little green fellow about a grid that stretches off into the distance, blasting upwards at bouncy red figures that try and squash you. That's Gridlee, but that's not the crux of the matter with this app...

Late last month, Rantmedia Games leveled up the state of retro in the App Store with the release of Vectrex Regeneration [Free], their effort to bring the authentic Vectrex experience to iOS gamers. We took a close look at this vectorscopic one-stop-shop, and found that they had largely succeeded, but with a few rough edges just out the gate...

Interest in the retro gaming scene has really expanded in the last few years, thanks in no small part to the proliferation of capable mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad and the App Store behind them. As such, retro-minded iOS gamers have a wide range of games to choose from, such as retro-inspired new releases, retro remakes, as well as the actual games of olde brough forth through faithful emulation. It is in the last arena that, early this year, Rantmedia Games decided to toss its hat, sharing word of their upcoming Vectrex Regeneration, a one-stop-shop for fans of the much vaunted, early '80s Vectrex console...

Imminent 'Vectrex Regeneration' Gets New Video Trailer

Since August, we've been tracking the upcoming bundle of glowing vector goodness known as Vectrex Regeneration, a universal iOS app that emulates the much vaunted Vectrex game console of the early '80s. The app will come bundled with the system's entire original game library (nearly 30 titles in all) and will offer indie titles released after the Vectrex left market (in 1984) as in-app purchases, along with various feature packs, such as the multiplayer Controller Pack and the iCade pack...

Director of 'Vectrex Regeneration' Shares a Behind-the-Scenes

Last week we shared news of the coming Vectrex Regeneration, a universal iOS app that emulates the beloved Vectrex game console of the early '80s, with its entire original game library bundled in. It's news that got this retro gamer extremely excited and, judging from reader comments on the post, I'm not alone in this...

Let's wind back the clocks a bit so those of you who weren't around for the great iDOS fiasco of 2010. It all started with Apple ever-so-slightly easing up on their approval guidelines which opened the floodgates for quite a few apps (such as the Google Voice apps) that seemed to eternally be trapped in approval limbo. Whether this had anything to do with iDOS or not is debatable, but it seems awfully coincidental otherwise. Anyway, on the morning of October 26th last year, iDOS hit the App Store. It was a shockingly full featured DOS emulator complete with keyboard and mouse support, as well as a basic virtual gamepad, multiple screen modes, and so much more...

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...

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