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OpenEmu - Play and organize emulated games
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Video games have evolved significantly over the last two decades. Nowadays they look more and more realistic, but, as many people will agree, graphics is not everything. The 80's and 90's saw some excellent games, on various platforms, which didn't rely on high-end graphics. While an old NES may be worn out, you can still play these old games on a computer, with an emulator. If you wish to take a stroll down memory lane, then OpenEmu is definitely something you should try. This application can feed your nostalgia by enabling you to play emulated games, known as ROMs. Furthermore, the application allows you to organize your ROMs in a library.

Once you have OpenEmu up and running on your Mac, you can start importing your legally owned ROMs right away. Importing one or more ROMs can be done by simply clicking and dragging the files over the user interface. Loaded ROMs are sorted automatically, based on their corresponding consoles, which are displayed on the left side of the window. You only need to select a console and the application will show you all the games you have for that console. Alternatively, you may create collections and populate them with ROMs however you want.

Another useful feature is the fact that OpenEmu can find cover images for your games. ROMs are displayed as thumbnails, like on a Finder window, but you can also switch to list and flow view modes. Right clicking a ROM will reveal a few options, for rating the game, downloading a cover art or adding one from a file and more. Of course, you can find an option for playing the game, but you can also double click the game for the same result.

OpenEmu provides support for a wide range of old school video game systems, including the popular NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and many others. It also provides support for the dreaded Virtual Boy, but at least you won't get any migraines, because you don't have to put anything over your eyes. There is also an experimental version of OpenEmu, which includes a series of work-in-progress cores, for other systems.

Emulated games can be played with a keyboard, but you can also play them with all sorts of controllers, from the SNES' Retrode to the PlayStation 4 controller or Nintendo's Wiimote. The controls can be customized in the application's general settings menu, for individual systems and for up to 8 separate players. You can either configure keyboard bindings or scan for other controllers.

You can play and organize emulated games (ROMs). The application supports a wide range of video game systems and it can sort your ROMs, based on these systems. Also, it allows you to configure your own controls and play with other controllers, besides a keyboard.

ROMs are generally frowned upon by certain companies, like Nintendo, even if you legally own physical copies of the games.

If you intend to play your emulated games, OpenEmu will make your nostalgia trip as comfortable and elegant as possible.

You can download OpenEmu free here.
About the author: Frederick Barton
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OpenEmu has been reviewed by Frederick Barton on 22 Jul 2014. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated OpenEmu 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential
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