iMAME is a popular new app for the iPhone and iPad that allows you to play (emulate) arcade games. For those that don't know, MAME is an acronym for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. iMAME was recently removed from the
iTunes store only 2 days after it managed to slip under the radar. You can however, still get it by jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad by downloading iMame4all from Cydia. Here is a guide on how to do that:
Very Important: Jailbreaking your Apple iPhone or iPad device voids the warranty and if you are not careful, could seriously damage your device.
If you have not already jailbroken you iPhone or iPad, you will need to if you want to run iMAME and didn't already download it before it was removed from the iTunes store. For those who are not comfortable doing
this procedure by themselves, we recommend purchasing Jailbreak Unlocker Pro as they will give you a simple program with complete
directions, support, and information on how to do this procedure as safely as possible. If you want to try it at your own risk with a free program, we recommend checking out iPhone Dev.
However, jailbreaking your device is beyond the scope of this article so we won't go into anymore detail.
Once you have your device jailbroken, you will need to:
1) Open the Cydia app, search for "iMAME4all", and download it
2) Download the actual MAME ROMs you want
3) Get iExplorer, or a similar program, to move the ROMs into the folder /var/mobile/Media/ROMs/iMAME4all/roms on your device
4) Restart or press rescan in iMAME to make sure your newest roms are loaded
You will want to close iTunes when you are using iExplorer and do NOT extract the MAME ROMs from their zip files -- leave them in there when you move them. Some MAME roms may not be compatible with iMAME.
If they don't work, just try using others.
ROM-World has the largest, most comprehensive MAME Roms collection online, so go ahead and click here to start browsing for games you might like. Enjoy!
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