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Stella for Mac

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Key Details of Stella

  • Atari 2600 emulator.
  • Last updated on 2/29/2024
  • There have been 3 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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.

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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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
October 12, 2015
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Version
4.6.6
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Mac
Operating System
OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X, OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
4,210
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Atari 2600 emulator.
For many years, the Atari 2600 reigned supreme as the most popular game console on the market. Years later, Atari's stranglehold on the market would dissipate as the Nintendo Entertainment System redefined 8-bit gaming, but die-hard fans and collectors still continue to support the Atari. One would think that the weak Atari 2600 should be simple to emulate, because of its primitive architecture. However, the Atari programmers employed many devious tricks to get such an early machine to run; therefore, a working, efficient emulator is very difficult to write.