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 (2,281) - 69% of the 2,281 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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July 17

Saving From Multiplayer - Client Update 7/17/2018

Now when you encounter a cool model or item while playing multiplayer, you can easily middle-click on it and choose Save To Library to make it available to you in singleplayer. This works for items as well as models. You can even save the entire arcade to your local library so you can explore & customize it later in singleplayer mode.

The Atlas & the All Maps menu have been improved to give you faster access to what you usually want from them.

There are also various additions & improvements, most of which were requested by users in the Discord or Twitch last week.

The Twitch is twitch.tv/AnarchyArcade (live every Wednesday), and the Discord like is https://discord.gg/DmavyWk

Change Log:
  • Added the ability to save models to your library that you encounter as a multiplayer guest.
  • Added the ability to save arcades, along with all the items & models used in them, to your local library. Note that there is no progress bar for this yet, so when saving very large arcades to your local library, the AArcade window may appear like its frozen while it works so you'll have to be patient.
  • Added links directly to the Servers & Maps menus onto the Atlas.
  • Added a Server Info link to the AArcade Task Bar if you are in a multiplayer server. It opens the Multiplayer menu up to the Connected tab for you.
  • Added a wizard for Shudder, which is like the Netflix of horror movies. Remember that you can hide wizards in the Advanced Library Browser > Wizards tab if you don't care to see them in the menus.
  • Added Use 12-Hour Clock to the Settings > UI tab. Disable it if you'd rather see a 24-hour clock instead.
  • Added the launch option +default_engine_no_focus_sleep 0 for testers to try different update rates while tabbed out & unpaused. (Use 50 instead of 0, for example. Normally you should just leave this on the default value of 0.)
  • Added Assign Item To Object Under Crosshair to the top of the Transform Menu while spawning an item. You can use it to change which item is used on a cabinet without having to reposition it.
  • Improved the All Maps menu to show the correct thumbnails for the Quick Load instance on each map and to show favorites on the top of the list.
  • Improved hover text while a multiplayer guest to properly label models as From Library, when appropriate.
  • Improved Save Arcade dialogues to show how many changed & new entries there are.
  • Improved usage of VR HMD eye matrices for better VR support. (Note: There is no VR support with this particular build though.)
  • Fixed an issue with exporting an entire arcade as a YouTube playlist.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause remote-only models to have 0 as their thumbnail field.
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July 9

Meta Data Export - Client Update 7/9/2018

Today's update adds the ability to export meta data from your arcades to various formats for use in other apps & frontends. You can also export into plain text formats or URL lists if you just want to look at the meta data at a glance.

Also included are various bug fixes & improvements to some of the multiplayer menus.

You can expect some more multiplayer improvements this month, and then Steam workshop improvements in August as AArcade works towards coming out of early access later this year.

I again want to thank the community for helping each other out and taking part in the fun, both inside AArcade & from the multiplayer games & Twitch streams we launch from it. Rock on! The Discord link is below for anybody who wants to join, talk, play, idle, or lurk with us: https://discord.gg/V6EKnY

Change Log:
  • Added Meta Data Export to the Main Menu and also to the context menu. Use it to export your meta data for use in other frontends, or just to take a look under the hood to see what makes Anarchy Arcade tick.
  • Improved the help text when hovering over the Lobby ID field of the Host Multiplayer menu. (It gives a better explanation of what to use if you are re-hosting one of your persistent servers.)
  • Improved the Guestbook entries to be sorted with the newest posts on the top.
  • Fixed the COPY button next to your invite link on the Multiplayer > Connected tab.

VR Testers Note
Thanks for your help testing the last VR build! Compatibility seems to be working well. I will have another VR test build in a couple weeks with improvements. (Today's update does not have a VR test build that goes with it.) Full VR support in Anarchy Arcade is still a few months of work away, but we now have a viable path to achieve this goal. :) Thanks for your patience! :ily:
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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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