Fully Functional MAME Emulator Appears in App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    Someone should sneak a Gameboy Advance emulator into the App Store. :D
  3. macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Now we're talking. :)
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    That would mean looking for a free open version of a gameboy adv game no?
  5. macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Or a publisher to port the game, but rather than re-writing it for iOS, they could wrap it in a GBA emulator in much the same way.

    I imagine, IF something like this is an issue for Apple, they will look more carefully in the future.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2011
    Awesome, I already have iMAME before it was pulled, but it's nice to have two options.

    Now if they could only sneak in SNES, NES, GBA, Genesis, TG-16, & Neo Geo emulators, we'd be all set. I'm running jailbroken, so I already have the above, but it doesn't look like jailbreaking is going to be around forever (although developer account IPA signing is another alternative..).
  7. Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    Is this the same MAME engine as the pulled iMame app or a more advanced one capable of some newer games (like SEGA Rally)?
  8. macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010

    See, I don't buy that.

    It's getting slower, but it's not dead. There will be new crops of jailbreakers as well. It's no different than when we used to hack game consoles to run linux or backup our games to a hard drive to get really fast load speeds. I had an original XBOX with a 120GB Hard Drive with all of my games on it, and some homebrew games! A new firmware update would come out and take forever to softmod, or sometimes there would only be hardmods available, it goes back and forth.

    Jailbreaking is getting slower, but it's far from dead.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2006
    Think all the mobile versions are based off the same version of Mame. Believe the problem is down to processor power more than anything else, though I recall there being some behind-the-scenes changes in the Mame code in later versions which doesn't help either.
  10. Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    Ah, ok ... cheers for that.

    I really wish I hadn't sold my huge Saturn collection years ago.

    Damn I miss SEGA Rally ...
  11. macrumors 603


    Nov 26, 2007
    I've already got iMAME, so no need for this.

    As far as a GBA emulator... I have one on my iMac. I don't have the source code for it, but I wouldn't imagine it's very difficult for whoever does have it to port it over to iOS.
  12. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    This is a newer version.


  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2012
  14. macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    Nice one. Downloading now, before apple decides to take it out.
  15. macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2000
    Just tried this. iMAME is better.
  16. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    What is this? I think I'm missing something here :/
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2010
    How? Please give more detail.

    More ROMs compatible with iMame? iMame more stable?

    Thanks. :)
  18. macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    I'd like more analysis as well.

    Either way here's the obligatory "in before it's pulled!"


  19. babyj, Jan 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2006
    Didn't realise they'd jumped ahead so far on the Mame version, though it is still a few years old. Will be interesting to see what it's like playing some of the more recent games.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I've never used iexplore before. Could be fun seeing what games I can play :)

    The fact this has to be snuck into the store is ridiculous.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Apple doesn't want you to have fun, so they'll pull this one very soon. Back to Angry Birds... What a waste.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    New York City
    i want to play pokemon games on my iPhone! without jailbreak! not some 1984 games!
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    I'll take things that will never happen for $500.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    New York City
    make it $1923473895743974905739504325723957236902
  25. macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Got this for my new iPhone 5. I'll have to get used to the onscreen joystick; it's not as instantly responsive as playing MAME OS X using an actual keyboard. Still, it's nice for casual retro gaming on the go.

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