Apple Pulls iMAME – Free Arcade Machine Emulator For iPhone And iPad From App Store

If you’ve managed to download iMAME – a free MAME emulator for iPhone and iPad then count yourself lucky as it is no longer available in the App Store.

MAME - Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator is a popular arcade machine emulator that can run arcade games with images of the original arcade game’s ROM and disk data.

iMAME brought this popular arcade machine emulator to the iPhone and iPad preloaded with 9 ROMs. It also allowed users to easily add ROMs using iExplorer.

However, developer of iMAME Jim VanDeventer had mentioned that the iOS emulator had not been officially endorsed by Nicola Salmoria or the MAME Team, so it was expected that Apple would remove it from the App Store any moment.

That’s exactly what has happened. Our reader - Chocogow has commented that the app is no longer available in the App Store yesterday. If you click on the direct App Store link, you get the “Your request could not be completed” error message. It looks like Apple got a take down request from either Nicola Salmoria or the MAME Team, which probably forced it to remove the app from the App Store.

It will be interesting to see if VanDeventer releases the MAME emulator in Cydia for jailbroken iOS device users.

Thanks Chocogow for the tip!

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  • http://ilkoallexandroff.1x.com Camera Boy

    Yeah, apple rules!

  • Kiwiholden

    It’s for the best I got it and it’s crap as

    • Pedro Miszewski

      agreed!

    • iRockU

      maybe if you learned how to use it properly it wouldn’t be “crap”.

      just sayin’…..

      • Wiilt

        i love it… loaded pac man and galaga on it :p

  • Randomicious

    Total crap anyways, controls sucked hardcore lol, deleted within 5 minutes of downloading…

    • Simon

      i seconded that

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    This was obvious, now wasn’t it?

  • Chocogow

    You guys only hate it because you dint put other games there are more better games for mame the games it brings arnt that good also this is good for non jailbroken devices like iphone 4S and iPad 2

    • iRockU

      they also haven’t sync’d up the wii remote to play all the roms.
      nubs……

  • Runrig

    iMAME4all has been available in Cydia for years and it works perfectly well with the Wiimote on iPad2 / iPhone 4. Some ROMS are a bit ify but there’s plenty out there if you know where to look. Even without the Wiimote, the on screen controls are fine.

  • http://www.electronicsuk.org Electronics UK

    I have Mame on my laptop so was surprised to hear it was available for the iPhone. I downloaded it late last night from iTunes Spain. No longer available!