Fully Functional MAME Emulator Appears in App Store

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TouchArcade notes the appearance of an arcade game called Gridlee in the App Store.

Gridlee is a 1983 arcade game that was never officially released, but the code was later released for free for non-commercial usage in 2001. The App Store app uses MAME 0.139u1 (MAME4iOS) to provide the emulation engine for the game. MAME is a popular arcade machine emulator that will run thousands of arcade games if you have the original ROMs.

When launching the free app, users are greeted with the Gridlee game. TouchArcade readers, however, quickly noticed that additional ROMs could be copied into the App's ROM directory (without jailbreaking), revealing the fully functional MAME emulator.

When word of this hit our forums, readers were quick to pull out iExplore and begin digging about the app's directory structure looking for a ROM folder. Well, it's in there, and sure enough, if one copies other MAME ROMs into that folder, the Gridlee app starts up with the standard MAME4iOS ROM listing, allowing for a great many games beyond just Gridlee to be played on the iPhone or iPad in this Universal app.


The story is similar to the iMAME Emulator that was released into the App Store in December, 2011. Apple quickly pulled that app a few days after its release. While a number of individual emulators do exist on the App Store, Apple has been more restrictive about these open emulators, presumably due to potential legal issues.

Gridlee is a free download on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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101 months ago
Someone should sneak a Gameboy Advance emulator into the App Store. :D
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101 months ago
iCade?

Has anyone checked if there's iCade support yet?
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101 months ago

Someone should sneak a Gameboy Advance emulator into the App Store. :D


It's "Game Boy Advance." "Game Boy" is two words.

That would mean looking for a free open version of a gameboy adv game no?


IT'S TWO FREAKIN' WORDS (nerd rage)

i want to play pokemon games on my iPhone! without jailbreak! not some 1984 games!


It's not Apple's fault that you can't. It's Nintendo's. They don't want to release that game for a platform they're not selling hardware for.

At any rate, I'd like to remind everyone that by using emulators like this to play ROMs that aren't explicitly free, you're committing an act of piracy. Just because a game is older doesn't mean it's not still copyrighted. If that's what you want to do, fine, but at least be consistent and don't look down on those who jailbreak their devices to pirate iOS software at the same time - stealing ROMs is no less a crime.
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101 months ago
Nice one. Downloading now, before apple decides to take it out.
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101 months ago

Has anyone checked if there's iCade support yet?

Yes, the release notes (under help) indicate that there is iCade support. I don't have one but other forums indicate that it works. Edit: I checked settings; it has iCade settings.
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101 months ago

It's "Game Boy Advance." "Game Boy" is two words.



IT'S TWO FREAKIN' WORDS (nerd rage)


I'd love to install it on my ITouch... (wrong capitalization on purpose too!)
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