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How to play classic games on your PC

Enjoy Frogger, Yie Ar Kung-Fu and more with an emulator

We explain how to use a software emulator to maximise gameplay, turning your current Windows 7 computer into a classic arcade machine. You can enjoy Frogger, Yie Ar Kung-Fu and other great games of old.

Step 7. You could waste hours downloading specific ROMs, only to find that your emulator doesn’t work with them. To save time in MameU132, tab down to the working titles. Compatible ROMs are highlighted in light and dark green. We selected an old Konami classic called Yie Ar Kung-Fu and, of course, the 1981 version of Frogger.

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Step 8. Once you’ve chosen which games you want to play, you’ll need to search the web for the ROM files. The most comprehensive selection can be found at coolrom.com. It hosts an array of ROM titles for different emulators. Download the zipped ROMs for your chosen games and save them to your desktop.

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Step 9. Before you can play a game, you’ll need to move the ROM into the MameUI32 ROM folder. Don’t unzip a game before you try to play it – this won’t work. Instead, open the MameUI32 ROM folder (which will be empty), then drag-and-drop your zipped ROM files into it.

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Step 10. Auditing your ROMs lets the emulator pick them up. Once it’s spotted them, they’ll be listed in the green Available tab on the lefthand side. Go to File and scroll down to ‘Audit all games’. This may take a while. When it’s finished, close and relaunch the emulator. You should now see a list of the downloaded games.

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