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Welcome retro gamer. Here you can find and download many MAME video game roms from the mid 1970s to late 1980s in one place. You'll need an emulator to play these games (les jeux vidéo in French, Videospiele in German, giocare ai videogiochi in Italian, videojuegos in Spanish or jogos de vídeo in Portuguese. It also works using the RetroPie - Retro-gaming on the Raspberry Pi, the GPD XD Plus or any other machine with a built-in software. Have a look at Mameui.info for a M.A.M.E. arcade emulator for various operating systems. If you run Linux, different UNIX flavors or MacOS there will be MAME packages in your software manager already available. To use these romsets in other operating systems, especially Windows, you need to download and install a package manually. Search Google for something like mame32.zip or mame64.exe suiting the CPU of your computer. There even exist apps for Android. Although I cannot find any apps for the iOS (Apple's iPad oder iPhone). Also have a look at Retrogames. When M.A.M.E. is installed and images images diwnloaded from here move them into a directory called roms inside your installation directory. Do not unzip the romset!

It's not a simulator. Al least the main parts of the machine aren't simulated. Although some machine offer floppy sounds and other "ear candy" which are done by simulation.

Although the newest versions have a graphical user interface (GUI) built-in you might want to hunt for front ends offering more convenience.

Last update: December 05 2019

I am 53 years old. Many years have passed since I discovered MAME in late 1997. When video game files for arcade games spread over several other fan pages I also decided to create this page in the year 2000. Because I couldn't find any fan page having screenshots or photos of the games at this time.

Nicola Salmoria and The MAME Team had the great idea on December 24th 1996 to create an emulator for the famous arcade games found in arcades in the mid to late 70's to today, making it possible to now re-play vintage and retro games. This page contains photos (screen shots) of all the games I gather here. This collection is my personal preference. Games I used to play when they came out to the arcades back in the day. Thus only a fraction of the games available for M.A.M.E.

If you really like playing these games then you might like the authentic feeling that playing on an arcade machine can bring that can't be reproduced on your PC. Standing at the cabinet, using the microswitch joystick and buttons, looking at the arcade monitor. Nothing beats this.

You can actually build your own, using woodworking skills or you can buy from companies the various parts that you need, like the marquees that display the name of the game to the sideart that is displayed on the side. These cabinets can contain either an original Jamma harness (for attaching real arcade boards) or a computer so you can run MAME on the cabinet. But then there are retro consoles and cabinets...

Retro consoles

In the second half of the 2010s relativly cheap made mini cab consoles popped up at electronic retailers and even Walmart Tesco or Kmart if available in your country. These mini cabinets are usually made of plastic and use emulation. Next to classic video games they often also emulate the (Super) Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as NES and SNES, the SEGA Dreamcast, Game Gear, Master System, SONY Playstation and other retro consoles. Take a tour at some local retailers on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Boxing Day and snap one for a good price. But if you are looking for software for home computers like the C64, Atari 8Bit, Amstrad CPC or the Sinclair XZ81 or Spectrum, you are in the wrong place. This website only covers coin operated systems found in pizza parlours, arcades and amusement parks back in the day. Trendy are also the so called "minis", like the Nintendo Classic Mini, SEGA Genesis Mini, C64 Mini and other consoles. Personally I don't like them because they are not the real thing. By the way if you were searching for images like Donkey Kong (Jr.), Mario Brothers and other products by Nintendo, I do not have them here. Do a web search to find them elsewhere.

Some games need audio samples. The games will run without samples but then miss certain or all sounds. Samples are kept in another directory than the roms-images. Keep that in mind because otherwise you might overwrite a rom-image with its sample.

Files here are (sometimes modified) original dumps from hardware chips of the machines with most being considered abandonware. This collection focuses on the golden era from around 1978 to 1990. The newest file here is from 1997 with only few files from the 1990s. If the 1980s was your decade when you discovered electronic gaming in your town you should enjoy going through the suggestions. You might rediscover long forgotten memories.

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Below you find my favorite game image files for download. These are of version 0.193 from a full non merged set, all games should be self contained. Thank you Sano for the update.

Sorted by year.

NameYearScreenshot
194119901941
194219841942
 
194319871943
720 Degrees1986720 Degrees
Afterburner II1987Afterburner II
Amidar1982Amidar
Arkanoid1986Arkanoid
Asteroids1979Asteroids
Asteroids De Luxe1980Asteroids De Luxe
Astro Blaster  (you might want an external sample file)1981Astroblaster
Astro Fighter  (you might want an external sample file)1980Astro Fighter
Battlezone1980Battlezone
 
Berzerk  (you might want an external sample file)1980Berzerk
Black Tiger1987Black Tiger
Blast Off1989Blast Off
Bomberman1992Bomberman
Bombjack1984Bombjack
Bosconian1981Bosconian
Bubble Bobble1986Bubble Bobble
Bubbles1982Bubbles
Buck Roger: Planet Of Zoom  (you might want an external sample file)1982Buck Roger
Burger Time1982Burger Time
Burning Rubber1982Burning Rubber
Cabal1988Cabal
Royal Casino1985Carnival
Carnival1980Carnival
Slot Carnival1985Carnival
Centipede1980Centipede
Cosmic Guerilla  (you might want an external sample file)1979Cosmic Guerilla
Crazy Kong (bootleg of Donkey Kong)1981Crazy Kong
Crystal Castles1983Crystal Castles
Defender1980Defender
Depthcharge  (you might want an external sample file)1977Depthcharge
Disks of Tron1983Disk of Tron
Dodonpachi  Misses other rom to work1997Dondopachi
Dig Dug  Needs namco51 and namco52 and namco53 1982Dig Dug
Elevator Action1983Elevator Action
Exerion1983Exerion
 
Frenzy1981Frenzy
Frogger1981Frogger

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