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Attract-Mode is a graphical front-end for command line emulators such as MAME, MESS and Nestopia. It hides the underlying operating system and is intended to be controlled with a joystick, gamepad or spin dial, making it ideal for use in arcade cabinet setups. Attract-Mode is open source and runs on Linux, OS X and Windows.


  • Configuration menu for easy configuration of most settings.
  • Fully scriptable display layouts written in the Squirrel programming language.
  • Includes the "Attrac-Man" layout, a playable Pacman-inspired game that unfolds around the edges of your game menu.
  • Frontend controls can be mapped to any joystick, keyboard or mouse input.
  • User configurable sounds and ambient music.
  • Display images, videos and information related to specific games.
  • Supports screen rotation and flipping (including auto-rotation).
  • Filter game lists based on specific attributes.
  • Automatically generate game lists from directory contents.
  • Import game information from MAME/MESS -listxml and -listsoftware commands.
  • Catver.ini and nplayers.ini file support.
  • Unicode character (UTF-8) support.
  • Configurable screensaver.