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Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, however, since its original release several people have joined the development team to port Stella to other operating systems such as OS X, AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS/2, and Unix. The development team is working hard to perfect the emulator and we hope you enjoy our effort.

Oh, for those of you too young to remember, the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, was the most popular home video game system of the early more...

What's New

Version 4.0:
  • Ported Stella to SDL2, which brings many new features. Among the largest improvements is native hardware acceleration support for Windows (Direct3D) and Linux/OSX (OpenGL). It is also now possible to port Stella to iOS and Android devices using OpenGLES. Hardware acceleration is now required, which means up-to-date drivers are needed. Software rendering is still present, but is somewhat more...

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Jason_Milles_76 Member IconReview+74
Jason_Milles_76
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Nostalgia all the way. A must have for every dedicated 'old-school' gamer (read: +40 year old kids)

;-)

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Version 3.7
Umaromc
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Hecks yeah! I still remember arcades with pinball machines in them! Galaga on the 2600 was my sht!

Endie Member IconComment+1
Endie
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It's not listed here but still available for Tiger/PPC:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/stella/files/stella/3.5/Stella-3.5-macosx.dmg/download

Great nostalgic fun!

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Version 3.5
Cesco Member IconReview+15
Cesco
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If you are nostalgic, you have owned or always dreamed about owning an Atari 2600 and in the mood of playing some old games that have made history, well look no further since you won't find any better emulator than Stella.

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Version 3.2.1
Gitteboy Member IconComment+148
Gitteboy
+1

Maybe not right place but where canI find the roms?

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Version 3.1
Bezierboy
+7

Emuparadise.org is a good place to start. Try using Google too.

Cesco
+4

You can also find some legal ROMs on the fantastic website of AtariAge: http://www.atariage.com/. Mostly homebrew games made in these years by fans, most of these games are really impressive... check out "Thrust" by Xype, my favourite game: http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=2384

Bdkennedy1 Member IconReview+271
Bdkennedy1
+4

A free Atari 2600 emulator that runs the games perfectly. Written with love and much appreciated. Thank you!

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Version 3.1
DANIELHART Member IconComment-1
DANIELHART
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It unexpectadly quits everytime I open it, anyone know a way to fix it? I'm on an iMac 10.1.3 OS X

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Version 2.0
Bdkennedy1
+1

The system requirements are listed as OS X 10.3.9. You are using 10.1.3.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+0

Works great. The new interface also shows the complete titles of all ROMs -- much easier than guessing from filenames like before. It also remembers the default ROM directory, where in the past you had to locate it manually.

Thanks to the developer (and all emu developers) who let us keep playing these classic games.

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Version 2.0
Marcel Member IconReview+0
Marcel
+0

Sorry, but it's crashing all the time you are trying to open a rom-file.

Only know the old OS 9 version, which was working perfectly with all my roms.

With this OS X version I can't open any of these files... :(

Any ideas for a solution (maybe a tool to validate corrupted roms or something like this)?

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Version 1.4.2
DANIELHART
+0

Know where I can download the os 9 version? I can't find it at the developer's site..

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Roms aren't pointed to by the developers site for a reason. It would be illegal. The original copyright holders have the ability to sue the emulator writer, if he is distributing roms. I'm sorry your teenage mind can't comprehend the concept of Intellectual Property Rights, but the emulator authors are simply trying to avoid swarms of lawyers. And by the way, the last poster was right......Do a google search on "Atari 2600 Roms" and see what you find. Your simple mind might be amazed....and it doesn't even require an FU.....

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Version 1.4.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+1

Thanks for the great little app! I was playing Frogger within minutes!

I feel sorry for those who are all pissed about not being able to find ROMs... Atari ROMs are like the easiest ones to find on the net, I found the entire collection right away. It's called the "internet" - try it sometime. ;-P

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Version 1.4.2
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CarlosCambra6779
Version 3.9.3
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Quiiick
Version 3.9.3
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AlexHughy
Version 3.9.2
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Quiiick
Version 3.9
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Quiiick
Version 3.8.1
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Quiiick
Version 3.8
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Quiiick
Version 3.7.5
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Lancetx70
Version 3.7.5
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Quiiick
Version 3.7.2
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Version 3.7
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Downloads 33,037
Version Downloads 419
Type Games / Arcade
License Free
Date 02 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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