MAME4Droid review [Android]

Reviews Damien McFerran 16:15, 7 Dec 2011

We review MAME4Droid, an app that lets you carry an entire arcade in your pocket

Rating: 
3.5
Verdict: 
MAME4Droid has its issues right now, but it's very much a work in progress. As time goes on, it will support more titles and become an essential download

Once upon a time, if you wanted to get the very best in interactive entertainment there was only one place to go: your local arcade. Although today’s home consoles are powerful enough to provide an experience you simply won’t find anywhere else, back in the ‘80s and ‘90s domestic machines couldn't hope to challenge the flood of advanced coin-ops available in your local bowling alley or chip shop.

Those days are well and truly behind us and the modern-day arcade is but a shadow of what it was in its prime, but there’s still a define allure to playing coin-op releases - especially if you lived through the golden era of arcades.

With that in mind, you can understand why we were so excited about the prospect of reacquainting ourselves via MAME4Droid. For those of you that don’t know, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, and it’s a program which grants access to literally thousands of coin-op releases going all the way back to the 1970s.

MAME has developed rapidly since it was concieved a few years ago and the most recent PC-based edition is now capable of handling many advanced 3D arcade titles. However, MAME4Droid is a little less capable, and currently supports a limited library of games.

Specifications

Platform Android
Cost Free
Version 1.3.1
Developer Seleuco
Website http://code.google.com/p/imame4all/

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