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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October 16

Walls of Text + One Main Menu To Rule Them All - Client Update 10/16/2018

How do you do! Today's update might be lacking on the spooky for this time of year, but it's still got some nice stuff in it.

Change - Yes we can.
While AArcade has tens of thousands of compatible addon props, I still want there to be a good selection of included props that people can use right out of the gate. So I jumped on over to www.turbosquid.com and found an excellent change machine model for just $7.50, so I bought it, compiled it, and included it in today's update.

If you like this, be sure to keep shooting me your donations, and I can, in turn, buy some more cool models from TurboSquid to include in the next update. :dealwithit:

I also want to give a shout out to Dekogon, the artist who made that model, just for being such a talented 3D artist & letting his work go for affordable prices. Thanks for existing, guy!

New Main Menu
Remember the old Main Menu? Remember the Atlas? Now they are one and the same. The sleek new Main Menu looks nicer, is easier to use, is less confusing, and puts more useful information in front of you ftw.

Walls of Text
Now you can create text cards and spawn them into your arcades just like regular items! To do it, just go to the Library Browser (EZ Mode), click on the new TEXT button there, type in some words and hit ENTER! Then you can place your text into the map.

Not fancy enough? No problem! Just go to it's Item Properties menu to customize its font size, background color/image, border size, and much more to get it looking just like you want.

Text objects are multiplayer-compatible and even show their text when they aren't selected! :ily:

Arcade Heads-Up-Display
AArcade has context sensitive buttons. That means that depending on what you are looking at in-game, the buttons might perform different actions.

Now there is an Arcade HUD that shows you what the important buttons will do at any given time! This should help immensely with new users getting their feet on the ground with AArcade, but also might show seasoned AArcade veterans some common features they may have overlooked in the past.

Don't want the ugly Arcade HUD cluttering up your view? No problem! Just hit F1 to toggle it on-the-fly, or go into your settings to flip it off. Either way gets you back to your clean HUD-free screen!

Chat Box & Free Mouse Mode
The Chat Box & Free Mouse Mode, both formally contained in the old Main Menu, are now moved into their own menus allowing them to be more streamlined & optimized.

You'll notice these menus now pop-up much faster than before and aren't cluttered with other stuff on them. Hit the Y button to bring up the chat box. Going into Free Mouse Mode depends on your settings, but for most people all you have to do is look at an empty spot in your arcade and hold down right-mouse button to be able to click on stuff with your mouse instead of aiming at them with your crosshair.

The metaverse is real & now. The digitization of human history, thought, knowledge, and activities has been accumulating since the dawn of the digital age. The metaverse is real and encompasses all things, real & fiction, past & present. As always, we reference things within the metaverse with links & shortcuts. Meta data. Anything, fact or fiction, historical or theoretical, and everything in between, can be represented by meta data in a shortcut. This is the reality in which we currently live.

We are used to visualizing this metaverse as boring desktop shortcuts, menus, or lists of bookmarks. Being thrown back into your Windows desktop between activities is what kills your immersion and forms your concept of what it's really like to use a PC.

This one aspect, what our shortcuts look like, is the laser focus of AArcade. To increase the joy that you experience every time you use your PC, without interfering with the reality of how you use your PC.

So party on & enjoy yourself! That's what AArcade is all about. :ily:

At 7:15am Pacific time I pushed an update to fix the missing texture on the new Arcade Hud.

Change Log
  • Fixed an issue with videos not auto-playing when you select them.
  • Added a new prop: Change Machine.
  • Added a new arcade HUD that shows what context-sensitive buttons would do at any given time.
  • Added F1 as a hotkey toggle the Arcade HUD. (You can also do this from the Settings menu.)
  • Added a way to spawn text notes into your map.
  • Added transparency support for GIFs and other image types to the image viewer. (Only useful when using the Hologram cabinet.)
  • Added a new cabinet: Hologram. It is a flat plane that displays your item. When selected, it also supports transparency.
  • Improved how AArcade treats YouTube radio lists (RD) differently than YouTUbe play lists (PL).
  • Improved Free Mouse Mode to be more focused & optimized.
  • Improved the Chat Menu (Y button) to be more focused & optimized.
  • Fixed a bug with creating a new type from the Item Properties menu.
  • Removed "Hide Social & Chat" and "24 Hour Clock" from the Settings menu because the new main menu makes them obsolete.
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September 25

360 Degree Interactive Screenshots - Client Update 9/25/2018

Introducing: 360 Interactive Screenshots! They are the new 3rd option on the F5 screenshot menu. These new screenshots let you look around & click on stuff to listen to music, watch videos, or launch Steam games right from your web browser!

Here's an example of what a 360 Interactive Screenshot is:

You can look around by dragging with your mouse, and you can click on stuff to watch it or access its shortcut.

360 Interactive Screenshots are very awesome, but unfortunately because WebGL doesn't let you load local files as textures, the new 360 interactive screenshots only work if you upload your screenshots to a web server. But that's no problem for all you people who have a web server! :fallingman:

Here's some fixes, additions, and improvements in today's update as well. Hope you are all having a fun time in your worlds & I'll see you in the metaverse! :ily:

Change Log
  • Improved the AArcade Launcher to be automatically bypassed unless you use the -config launch option.
  • Added the ability for the featured servers to be rotated. They will rotate once a week, for now. Every Wednesday.
  • Added support for creating 360 Interactive Screenshots.
  • Added a way to refresh the cached achievement images stored for a Steam game's stickers.
  • Added support for map-specific CFG files in cfg/map_name.cfg after loading a map.
  • Added Select to the context menu. It is useful for the rare cases when you want to select an object that has no collision mesh to click on.
  • Added Look At Me to the context menu. It causes the object to continually look at you, like a sprite.
  • Added an "Advanced" section to the context menu that put the following commands into it: Autoplay, Export, Model, Look At Me, Select.
  • Added Web Screenshot URL to the Main Menu > Settings > UI tab. This is an advanced feature that lets users who plan to upload their interactive screenshots to their web server to specify the URL of the web folder they will be hosting the images at. This allows proper META tags to be generated in their screenshots, which makes them look very nice when shared in chat applications like Discord or Steam PMs.
  • Added the command "manual_pause", which can be bound to a button using a console command like this: bind p manual_pause
  • Added a -vr launch option that enables experimental VR support. Contact me in Discord if you are interested the details. Note that you have to use the following console command after loading into your map also: vrtoggle
  • Fixed an issue that could cause odd behavior if people click Main Menu before AArcade is actually done starting up.- Fixed a bug with holding left-mouse for a list of nearby objects that could sometimes cause a crash.
  • Fixed an issue with showing a Steam game's achievements as stickers.
  • Fixed a crash bug that happened when taking an interactive screenshot with no objects within view.
  • Fixed a bug that caused garbage JavaScript at the end of the interactive screenshot HTML files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash if quick loading into a map after you deleted the screenshot that it tries to quick load into.
  • Fixed a bug that caused interactive screenshots to be generated when the player just wanted a regular screenshot.
  • Removed the Debug Info button from the text main menu.
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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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