O.k so where did yesterday afternoon go? I started playing around with iMame and my iCade one minute, i look up and it’s dark outside!
It’s such a shame that Apple decided to pull iMame from the app store, but i guess you can understand why they did. It’s just a shame that more of these classic games aren’t released for purchase to feed our retro gaming needs. Yes i’m happy to play a new Sonic game but i want to play the original untouched versions. Atari greatest hits was a step in the right direction despite a few dodgy 2600 titles but surely if someone like Sega, Taito, and Capcom came along with a pack for ios that contains some of their classic titles complete (with iCade support of course)they’d make a mint.
Retro gamers are hungry for them and it’s no wonder that iMame was snapped up so quickly by everyone and news of it’s release spread so quickly on the web. Hoping you was one of the lucky ones that managed to get it.
My iPad and iCade setup ready to play.
After transferring a few files via iExplorer.
All of the familiar MAME options are available including screen orientation and graphics options, filtered lists (type, year, clones etc) control sets allowing you to restrict joystick movement for those classic two and four way games as well as setting deadzone and joystick sensitivity.
Control of the games menu is via joystick up/down with left/right quickly scrolling to the first title per alphabet letter.
The usual in game MAME menu’s are available too by pressing the coin and start button together. From here you can play around with the dip switch settings and fine tune your controls for that particular game.
Emulation of the iPad2 is absolutely spot on with no slow down on anything i’ve played so far including some of the later titles like Street Fighter II and The Simpsons. iMame supports an older rom set so later titles like Tekken aren’t possible. However, it still supports well over 2000 roms and all the old favourites are here.
Taking on the mothership from Phoenix is good test of the buttons. They’re very responsive but have quite a lot of travel before the microswitch makes contact. I prefer mine to be a little more sensitive and so I’ll be looking at changing these a bit later on.
Bluetooth connection is spot on and i’ve not once experienced a button press or control movement that’s been missed. I think i’ve mentioned before how loud the microswitches are and although perfectly acceptable, gaming could be vastly improved via cherry microswitches or the new leaf switch switches i’m currently investigating.
One of the best bits about the iPad is it’s auto orientation which means you can switch between arcade games originally played out on vertical or horizontally mounted monitors. Of course, you can play horizontal games in portrait mode if you wish and iMame will scale the screen size accordingly.
Scramble in it’s native vertical mode.
Flipping to horizontal mode for a couple of Sega classics.
Games that require analogue controls are best played directly on the iPad using the virtual (analogue) joystick – games like, Star Wars and Missile Command spring to mind. I was quite surprised though on how well Outrun, Thunderblade, Afterburner and Space Harrier played with the iCade stick therefore it’s worthwhile checking out both methods to see which you’d refer.
Tweaked in the MAME menu, Star Wars analogue controls can be mapped perfectly. Flipping the Y axis really helped.
A-ha, that’s what happened to my afternoon – TNMT!
Even without iMame, the iCade still a great device and support for ios games is on the increase. Without iMame i was tempted not to bother with it but as the price of the iCade is on the way down and games like the retro pixel blaster Velocispider and Space Immersion playing very well on the iCade it’s might be worth giving it a look.
I think i’ll take my setup down to the next RCM meet and see what the other fella’s think.