Have you ever been nostalgic for those games that you played as a kid such as 1942, Ghosts 'n Goblins and StreetFighter?
If so, then you'll definitely love MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) OS X which is a native OS X port of the popular MAME emulator. Although most of the games are pretty old and don't need it, MAME OS X is designed to take advantage of all the latest OS X technologies such as Core Video and Core Image. Setting up MAME OS X is simple - once you've downloaded the image, run it and you'll be immediately presented with the main MAME interface with the games running down the left panel and the gaming screen along the right.
There are literally hundreds of games to choose from but the problem is finding one that actually works. When MAME OS X initializes, it tells you that you must "Audit" to populate the list. The problem is that the audit button is clouded for some reason meaning you can't click it even if you want to. There are three tabs at the top of the main window - All, Good and Favorites. By default you open MAME OS X on Good but if you switch to All, you'll see all of the games available.
The second problem however is that many of the games fail to load. A progress bar tells you that a game has reached say 3% loading and then an error message appears "Some Files Were Missing" telling you to check the Window Log for more help. Those few games that do work however are faithful reproductions of the original and give you a fully authentic arcade experience (without needing lots of coins of course).
Packed with games and accurate to the last, MAME OS X is an excellent application only let down by the fact that many of the games either fail to load or populate on the list.
- Upgrade to 0.124 baseline.
- Support HID devices like PS/2 to USB as separate joysticks.