New App with hidden Game Boy emulator sneaks into App Store [Updated: Pulled]


A new app with hidden Game Boy emulator has sneaked past Apple’s app review teams. This time it’s “Earthquake 7” an app that claims to display earthquake alerts on a map, but really packs the emulator for Game Boy Advance.

After you’ve installed the app, simply type “gba activate 638″ and tap on the Return key to initiate search to unlock the GBA emulator. This will bring up the Games tab, which will show up all GBA ROMs that you’ve added to the app using iTunes File Sharing feature, tapping on them will launch the emulator and load the game. It works on both iPhone and iPad, but requires iOS 7 or above.


The app is available for $1.99, so if you’re a retro-gamer who doesn’t have a jailbroken device (or didn’t get the non-jailbreak way to work), purchase this quick, since we expect Apple to remove this app very soon.

Update 1:

It looks like it unlocks the Game Boy emulator, as the GBA ROMs are not working, however the GBC (Game Boy Color) ROMs are working fine.

Update 2:

Not surprisingly, the app has been removed from the App Store.

Download link:

Earthquake 7

[HT - iDownloadBlog]

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  • hello

    it doesnt show my roms, downloaded to my ios device with File Manager for ios

    • iPhoneHacks

      Did you add the ROMs using the iTunes File Sharing feature to the app?

      • michele

        yes but it still doesn’t work :(

        • iPhoneHacks

          It looks like it unlocks the Game Boy emulator as the GBA ROMs don’t work. However, the GBC ROMs are working.

  • kai

    is not free

    • iPhoneHacks

      In case you missed it. We’ve mention “The app is available for $1.99.”

  • sm

    will this still work fine once it is pulled from the app store?

    • iPhoneHacks


  • William

    iPhoneHacks, you’re right, I can confirm GBC ROMs are working fine.

    • William

      The GBA ROMs don’t work.

  • Aj Kunl

    How do I get a game on the app? Do I need iTunes on the computer?

  • bravesfan33

    I hate it that for an e-itunes card the minimum is $25 ugghh. I just need $1.00! lol

  • John

    So there is no way to get the “non-jailbreak way” that you linked to, working anymore?

    • John

      Never mind. I got the non-jailbreak way working.

  • Ant

    if i have a GBC rom on my pc…how do i get it to the app? thanks

    • iPhoneHacks

      You can use iTunes file sharing. Check this link for more details:

      • Ant

        thanks will give it a go

  • amn

    any idea if the gba emulator portion will be fixed?

    • iPhoneHacks

      I doubt it as it is most likely to be removed soon, so update seems highly unlikely.

  • S.Con

    And I believe it is pulled

  • Anonymous

    I believe people would prefer to download a GBA for free :P
    You can check out GBA4iOS on youtube if you have not came across it.

  • Anonymous

    I mean GBA Emulator by the way sorry. ^_^

  • Arceushera

    Gearboy will download and work fine, but I cannot download any ROMs for it. Any answers? I set the date to 2012.

  • ?????

    I dunno… :/