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Stella for Mac

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    Oct. 12, 2015
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    #8 in Arcade Games

Editors' Review


As new game consoles continue to come out, users often want to re-experience old games they played when they were younger. Stella for Mac allows you to play Atari games on your Mac, although its controls are problematic.

Available as a freeware program, Stella for Mac installs quickly without any problems. The program immediately prompts the user to designate a location where Atari game files are to be stored on the computer. Users should note that the program is an Atari emulator. There are no games included with it and users will have to find their own sources of ROMs to download; these are easy to find with a quick Internet search. Once the games are placed in the designated folder, the program finds them quickly. A menu is easy to locate for loading the games. Unfortunately, fine-tuning controls and other game options are less intuitive and require much trial and error. This is especially problematic since the default keyboard controls are hard to use. But the actual graphics of the games match their original Atari counterparts and play as smoothly as expected. A small collection of games to accompany the program would have been a nice addition, as would instructions or a more easy-to-use interface.

For those users who want to play Atari games on their Mac, Stella for Mac works as intended, although its confusing interface may prove problematic for some users.

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4 stars

"New Developer Website Link - The old URL was abandoned"

September 01, 2013  |  By zunipus

2013-09-01 04:38:22  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: Stella 3.9.2


Here is the active developer site URL for those interested:


Here is the active developer site URL for those interested:


Here is the active developer site URL for those interested:

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1 stars

"Where's the ROM ?"

September 19, 2010  |  By macmidiguy

2010-09-19 22:59:34  |  By macmidiguy

 |  Version: Stella 3.2.2


Nothing if you can't play the game.


No ROM provided: what a waste of download.


Version Tracker just wasted my time by not giving us the ROM.

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5 stars

"Great emulator of the Atari VCS"

April 29, 2010  |  By richard_h

2010-04-29 11:04:01  |  By richard_h

 |  Version: Stella 3.1.1


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I use Stella for Mac a long time now, and it gets better every update. highly recommended to bring back you favourite games from your childhood. runs stable on 10.6 (download the intel-10.6 version from developer page). the only thing which is not perfect is the emulation of the old TV-set (open gl effects)

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4 stars

"This is the wrong version! Version 2.3.5 is out"

January 27, 2007  |  By peterpayne

2007-01-27 08:01:54  |  By peterpayne

 |  Version: Stella 2.2


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Go here and click the downloads link. Looks like this wasn't updated here.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.6.6
  • Added 'Alt/Cmd + j' shortcut key and 'tv.jitter' commandline argument to toggle the TV scanline jittering emulation added in the last release. Also, this jittering now defaults to off.
  • Fixed bug in 'MDM' bankswitch scheme; bankswitching wasn't being done under certain circumstances.
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Release Date October 12, 2015
Date Added October 12, 2015
Version 4.6.6
Category Games
Subcategory Arcade Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.31MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 3,909
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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