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.
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Mixed (2,278) - 69% of the 2,278 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 3, 2014

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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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May 21

Launcher & Shaders - Client Update 5/21/2019

Good afternoon metaversers! Today's update is somewhat of a maintenance update, as it's purpose is to improve support with the popular ReShade.

If you have any questions about AArcade or how to get it working, you are welcome to join our community Discord at https://discord.gg/9FSCDuJ .

Advanced Post Processing Shaders

Does your beefy PC have extra cycles to spare? Do you want to make your arcades look heavenly with high quality bloom, depth of field, and other advanced & highly customizable post processing effects? Well then ReShade is right for you.

ReShade is a popular graphics mod that allows you to add pretty post-processing effects to **tons** of already existing games. A couple weeks ago AArcade users reported that using ReShade with AArcade was more difficult than it should have been, so today's update is about making it easy to use ReShade w/ AArcade.

Please note that ReShade is an independent open source project and does not endorse nor is partnered with AArcade in any way.

New Launcher

The first thing you'll notice is the new launcher. It's very similar to the old launcher, but now includes some extra options for you to set regarding ReShade. This is where you'll go to enable ReShade for use in-game.

Post-Processing Bug

If you choose to use ReShade w/ AArcade, please note that you will have to manually toggle off ReShade effects when you pause AArcade by pressing SCROLL LOCK (default).
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May 2

Wizards, Cabinets, & More - Client Update 5/12/2019

Hello! Today's update adds in some new cabinets & props, some fun new commands, improves support for local MP3 files, and adds support for Steam Friend invites.

To showcase the new assets, I made a short YouTube video:

Slim, Starfighter, Omni's, Holo's
There's 2 new arcade cabinets for housing games, and 3 new hologram/blend/sprite cabinets for housing images. The interesting thing about the Hologram & Blends are that they use black as the alpha channel, so it looks great even on images without their own transparency! Special thanks to OkeDoke for contributing the Starfighter cabinet!

Physics (ie. rage mode)
There's a new button in the Object Context Menu, and also in the Commands tab, that temporarily toggles physics on objects in your arcade. Feel free to wreck your arcades like a rock star in a hotel room! Because when you reload the map, they are back in their original positions. Party on!

Scaled To Fit
You can now stand on scaled objects and click on them just as well as you can regular objects! So feel free to scale those tablets to fit right into the perfect space. :ily:

Wizards, Ani!
There were 4 requests for new wizards for various users' favorite sites, so today's update includes 4 new wizards! Soundcloud, Vesta, Itch.io's HTML5 games section, and DC Online are now all spawnable from wizards.

In addition to that, community member Mexc has contributed a new kind of wizard in today's update that takes all of the playlists on a YouTube channel profile and puts them in their own favorites list inside of AArcade!

To help keep users informed of how to use wizards, and what to expect from each one, I have started a Trello card that will detail each one. It can be found here: https://trello.com/c/T7U9915u/1997-wizards-working-broken-list

Mirror Everything
If you hold down TAB and go to the Commands tab, you'll find a new button called Mirror Everything. Pressing this temporarily turns *every single screen in your arcade* into a video mirror for some truely insane video watching. Give it a try! And just click the button again to turn it off. :)

Steam Invites
When you are in a multiplayer session, your friends will now be able to join you through Steam Friends! The old invite links and regular Servers menu still work also.

MP3 Auto-Playlist
When you spawn local MP3's onto the wall, they will now automatically play after you select them! Also, the other MP3 files in the same folder automatically play in a sequence too!

Refresh Textures
This is more of an advanced feature, but there's now various ways to refresh your textures in-game! There's a Refresh Textures button on the Object Context Menu and if you click it once, it does a quick game-texture refresh. Alternatively, if you click & hold on it, it'll clear your cache and re-download the image from the original source! And if all else fails, there's a new console command called reset_image_loader that will reboot just the image loader without having to re-load the map. More stability & improvements to come!

That's the main stuff for this update! I'm still working on getting the VR build stable & into your hands, so stay tunned for news on when I squash the remaining bugs there. Until then, I'll see you guys in the metaverse!

Change Log
  • Added new cabinet Star Fighter, by OkeDoke.
  • Added new cabinet Slim.
  • Added Omnilight and Omnilight Audio props. They light up other nearby props.
  • Added Slim, Starfighter, Hologram Tall, Hologram Square, Blend, Blend Tall, Blend Square, Sprite, Sprite Tall, and Sprite Square to the default cabinets list. Also added Omnilight and Omnilight Audio to the default props list.
  • Added Object Physics Toggle to the Commands tab. It toggles the physics on the object under your crosshair. (Physics are local & reset the next time the map is loaded.)
  • Added Toggle Physics to the object context menu.
  • Added a wizard for Soundcloud.
  • Added a wizard for Vesta.
  • Added a wizard for DC Universe.
  • Added an Itch.io wizard for their HTML5 games section.
  • Added Mexc's YouTube Playlist wizard.
  • Added some documentation about which wizards work, which are broken, and detailed instructions on how to use them at: https://trello.com/c/T7U9915u/1997-wizards-working-broken-list
  • Added Attract Camera animations to Wall Pad Wide & Wall Pad Tall cabinets.
  • Added Refresh Textures to the Build Mode Context Menu. Clicking it will cause the texture images to reload from cache. Alternatively, if you click & hold down for a moment instead, AArcade will also clear its cached version of the image, forcing it to reload from it's original source. Also note that the console command "reset_image_loader" can be used to internally reset the image loader to troubleshoot cases where it stops loading images.
  • Added Hide / Unhide to the Advanced Build Mode Context Menu, to match EZ Mode functionality.
  • Added Mirror Everything Toggle to the Commands tab. It temporarily makes all screens behave as if they were video mirrors.
  • Added Auto-Playlist Other MP3s In Same Folder to the Sound tab of the Settings menu. It is enabled by default.
  • Added the launch option +libretro_sound 0 to debug Libretro issues some users experienced. (The existing setting in the -config launcher will also be properly respected in-game now.)
  • Added the debug console variable "selector_ray_enabled 0" which can be used to disable the new selector ray casting to benchmark performance differences.
  • Added support for Steam Friends invites to multiplayer sessions.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Steam Rich Presence to be invalid after returning to AArcade from a different game.
  • Fixed the on-screen GUI Gamepad to actually work when you click on it.
  • Fixed accuracy of selecting scaled objects and positioning things against scaled objects.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some cabinets to become non-collide after they were scaled.
  • Fixed the Joined Twitch Channel spam when reconnecting to Twitch chat or changing maps.
  • Fixed an issue that caused stickers not to immediately update when Save & Apply Stickers was clicked.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Players tab to have a broken icon in the menu. (For real this time.)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Edit Item menu to strip the S off of HTTPS values. (For real this time.)
  • Fixed avatar textures not loading in multiplayer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused MP3's with screen images on them not to play in-game.
  • Improved the 1-Player thumbnail on the Main Menu's ability to take you to the map shown.
  • Improved the local MP3 player to auto-start your music when you activate an object & have a screen-saver on the object's screen.
  • Improve Libretro content path detection to merely need to be the root of the shortcut target.
  • Improved the hologram cabinet to be non-collide.

At 9:11PM Pacific on Saturday, I pushed an update that fixes a bug that caused AArcade to forget your custom keybinds & Open With app settings every time it was launched! Sorry about that one! All good again now.
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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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