Category Archives: Emulator

Did you miss GBA4iOS after updating to iOS 8.1, or sad that you couldn't get it on your iPhone 6 or Plus because Apple closed the enterprise distribution loophole that GBA4iOS and other emulators used to be installed without jailbreaking nor App Store distribution? Well, never put anything past people wanting to play Game Boy Advance games when Apple won't let them, as GBA4iOS 2.1 can be installed on iOS 8.1 devices via iEmulators. While the old 'date trick' doesn't work any more, there appears to be a new enterprise certificate trick in play, as any iOS 8.1 device can install this version. Developer Riley Testut warns that Apple manages to close off the loopholes for distribution of emulators, so don't expect this to last for long. You can install it from iEmulators, but it requires trusting an enterprise certificate from an unknown Chinese company...

Unfortunately, with the enterprise signing bug going away in iOS 8.1, emulators like GBA4iOS, the one that seemingly popularized the whole trend, will no longer be installable by anyone without jailbreaking or having a developer account. However, the date trick to install the app still works for now, and so Riley Testut and the GBA4iOS team are putting out GBA4iOS 2.1. The source for the app should be available soon in beta for testers with developer accounts to install it themselves. Multiplayer is the big feature of 2.1, but isn't going to be part of the initial release as it's still in the works. 2.1 will add iPhone 6/Plus support, the ability to set a homepage for the web browser, and selectable color pallettes for Game Boy games. Testut says "Under normal circumstances, I’d much rather hold off on the release of the update until I had completely polished it, but right now our priority is to get the update out before iOS 8.1 drops for everyone."..

Good news for those of y'all who missed GBA4iOS during its recent DMCA takedown time: it's back. Developer Riley Testut revealed what exactly happened with the emulator: Nintendo filed a DMCA request to GitHub to take down the emulator because it provided a direct search on a ROM site to get more ROMs...

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...

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