Turn your entire digital life into a game. AArcade is a 3D desktop that launches shortcuts to absolutely anything you like. Join the anarchy of the persistent online metaverse, or remain in your own private reality. Casual in-game building features, plus hundreds of thousands of addons.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (11) - 54% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (2,274) - 69% of the 2,274 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 3, 2014

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access allowed AArcade to be built around the suggestions of the Steam player community.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“AArcade's development is nearly complete and will be coming out of Early Access WITHIN A COUPLE MONTHS. The April 20th release date has been pushed back as we eagerly await news on a VR update to the Source engine.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have an improved new-user-experience with tutorials and one-click-access to the the best community content. Great effort will be put towards orienting new users to the concept of a 3D desktop so that they may enjoy what AArcade has to offer for many years to come!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“AArcade's 3D desktop features are ready to rock 'n roll. The multiplayer features and the new-user-experience are currently being revamped in preparation for coming out of Steam Early Access.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“AArcade will be free. You shouldn't have to pay for a program that just launches your own stuff anyways.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Feedback & suggestions have shaped AArcade's development over the Early Access period. Features such as cooperative building in persistent multiplayer servers now exist due to the community's many requests for it. The Steam community can talk to me directly every Wednesday during a live Twitch stream or through the Steam forums.”
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March 17

2 New Maps - Client Update 3/17/2018

Meta Shine Features
  • Brightly lit w/ lots of colors (mostly yellow)
  • Retro room
  • 2 prop stages
  • 10 poster stages
  • Modern-style TV entertainment center
  • Rainbow colored walls & ceiling
  • Connected to meta_hallway's gold door

Meta Zen Features
  • Brightly lit w/ green
  • TV grid wall w/ 30 slots for TVs
  • Music pylons for CDs
  • Optional shadow boxes for prop diorama
  • Auto-animated pylon & shadow box doors
  • Manual buttons for pylon & shadowbox doors
  • Acoustic-style ceiling
  • Connected to meta_hallway's green door

These 2 new maps are connected to meta_hallway through the gold & green doors! Now ALL colored doors in meta_hallway are linked to their own map. Soon this area will be added to the Worlds tab and be the new set of maps shown to players by default.

Be sure to set your favorite automatic mood music in each of your arcades by middle-clicking on your music object & choosing Autoplay! Party on!

Change Log:
  • Added new maps meta_zen & meta_shine.
  • Added a Manage Hidden Library Entries button to the UI tab of the Options menu.
  • Added Use Raw Mouse Input to the General tab of the Options menu.
  • Added Scale Collision Models to the General tab of the Options menu.
  • Fixed the icon shown for autoplay in the context menu.
  • Improved the Multiplayer icon.
  • Improved multiplayer to hide the placeholders of any missing props.
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March 11

New Map & Autoplay - Client Update 3/11/2018

Search your maps for "haze" to find the new map! It is connected to the hallway map with a loading door. The green & yellow doors in the hallway will get rooms next update!

Also, you can now set 1 object in your arcade to auto-play every time you load your arcade! Middle-click on the object you want to set to auto-play & then click the "Mark as the autoplay object" button:

At 2:29pm Pacific time I pushed a hotfix so the new map is now in everybody's map list!

Change Log:
  • Added a new map, meta_haze, that is connected to the meta_hallway's purple door.
  • Added a DuckDuckGo images wizard.
  • Added a button to the middle-click menu that lets you set the object under your cursor to auto-play when the arcade loads.
  • Added an Advanced Tab to the Edit Instance menu that lets you change which map is assigned to the instance.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the wrong project name to be shown when testing level design projects.
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About This Game

Anarcy Arcade is a shortcut launcher, just like your regular desktop. It replaces your 2D wallpaper image with a 3D world, and replaces your 2D shortcut icons with 3D objects.

It transforms our PCs into 3D metaverses that we can explore with our friends while still getting work done. Performance is always put first. It will not lag your games down.

Use AArcade as your everyday desktop, or use it to manage your massive game, movie, or image collection and share with your friends.

Menu-less Browsing

AArcade is a "game between games" where you walk up to what you want and click LAUNCH. No more down-time between games!


Easily spawn in new shortcuts or props, modify their properties, and build your dream arcade!

Full Version Games & Apps

AArcade launches ANYTHING that you can run on your PC and runs them at full quality & speed. You'll NEVER have to choose between AArcade or running your games well.

Addons & Modding

Use the maps & models from over 30 of your favorite Source engine games as your 3D desktops! Over 50,000 compatible maps and many thousands of compatible props!

Steam Workshop

Share your customizations or your creations with the rest of the community with AArcade's BUILT-IN workshop publishing tool! Well over 1,000 items already shared!


Discover how deep each rabbit hole goes when exploring the massive creations of other players, past & present.


Host any one of your 3D desktops in multiplayer mode. Watch videos with your friends, give tours of your collection, or just hang out on your desktop! (Note that port 27015 must be open to host a public server.)

Virtual Reality (OPTIONAL)

Truly experience the metaverse in 3D using your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or other VR devices. The tidal wave of the future is about to hit!

Be Productive

AArcade lets you use your Start menu, alt+tab, use your favorite programs, etc. The things you launch open right on top of AArcade, just as if it was your desktop wallpaper image.

Sleep Mode

When it needs to, AArcade goes into a deep sleep mode where it releases all of its textures, 3D models, etc. so that your PC is free to run what matters most: the stuff you launch.

Steam Stats & Achievements

Compare the size & stats of your collections with your friends. Earn achievements for reaching milestones, and for ever leave your mark on a map by being the 1st person to load it up in AArcade!

Free & Indie

AArcade is 100% free and developed by just 1 guy. It does NOT have built-in ads and is not a corporate attempt to sell you junk. It is made specifically to enhance your PC experience.


  • Supports the Oculus Rift for a virtual reality experience!
  • Works with Steam games, non-Steam games, movies, YouTube videos, pictures, websites, etc.
  • Launches your files & programs. just like normal!
  • Instantly ALT+Tab to switch between programs.
  • Goes into sleep mode while you play other games. (Doesn't lag you down!)
  • Emulators are supported! (But not included.)
  • Automatically finds YouTube trailers and HD boxart to use on 3D shortcuts.
  • Does not interfere with Windows or your normal computer use.
  • Anarchy Arcade does NOT come bundled with any additional games or movies. It simply is a fun & entertaining way to access your personal media collection and share the experience with your friends.

Merging Reality with Virtual Reality

Anarchy Arcade lets you spawn real-life games, movies, pictures, and other media (directly from your PC or the internet) into the virtual world. In the screenshots here on the Steam Store page, we have labeled these real-life media items with a [CENSORED] sticker so you can easily see them. Just imagine your favorite stuff under those stickers.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A QWERTY keyboard and a mouse are also required. An internet connection is required for internet connectivity.
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