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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Very Positive (10) - 80% of the 10 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (2,279) - 69% of the 2,279 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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June 16

The Atlas & Meta Lobby - Client Update 6/16/2018

Today's update brings a new map, Meta Lobby, and a new menu called The Atlas!

Change Log
  • Added a new menu called the Atlas, it's accessible from the main menu.
  • Added a Hulu wizard that works to spawn shows or episodes.
  • Added a new map called meta_lobby.
  • Added a Clear ALL Chat Logs button to the Chat widget.
  • Added Show Joined/Exited Notifications to the Twitch tab of the Settings menu.
  • Added the following launch option for internal testing purposes: +vrworldmenutest 1
  • Changed the Multiplayer Servers menu to be wider to fit longer titles.
  • Fixed a bug that'd sometimes cause items to look like they had blank item properties after leaving a multiplayer server.
  • Fixed a bug that showed the Spawn Twitch Stream button on the Chat widget even when no map was loaded.

At 2:18PM Pacific I pushed a hotfix so that the featured server icons show up correctly in the atlas.
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June 2

Gamepad Support & 3D Stereo Rendering - Client Update 6/2/2018

Today's update adds gamepad support for menus, 3D stereo rendering support, and bug fixes/improvements in a wide variety of features.

Friendly reminder for those who wish to get in contact with the AArcade community:
Discord - https://discord.gg/PeegBR
Dev Twitch - http://www.twitch.tv/AnarchyArcade

Change Log
  • Added FOV, Stereo Rendering, and IPD (for Stereo Rendering) to the Camera tab of the Settings menu.
  • Fixed a bug that caused input to sometimes be sent to the wrong object when an unrelated nearby YouTube video started auto-playing.
  • Fixed chat links to be un-clickable if no map is currently loaded.
  • Joining social prior to loading a map now refreshes the menu so that the social chat box may appear.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Windows Task Bar to sometimes remain on-top when it wasn't supposed to. (There are still a handful of cases that could cause this to happen though.)
  • Improved the EZ Library Browser's search box to allow URLs or file locations to be pasted directly into the search box to add new shortcuts to your library.
  • Improved the EZ Library Browser's file browse button to allow new prop models (MDLs) to be added.
  • Fixed an issue with spawning CLIPS from Twitch.
  • Fixed an issue with Libretro when initially loading non-video files.
  • Changed player model morphing so that you always start as the default model, to prevent crashing from using a bad model last session.
  • Fixed an issue that caused problems when auto-loading the last used map in certain situations. (If you are already impacted by this bug, use this launch option: +last_map_loaded 0)
  • Improved Libretro gamepad support by dedicating most buttons on your gamepad to be reserved for Libretro while a Libretro instance is active.
  • Added gamepad support to all menus. Left-Analog moves the mouse cursor. R-Trigger sends a mouse click. Top L & R are mouse wheel up & down. Note that the gamepad only works on menus if a map is loaded.
  • Improved unpausing to take you back into the 3D world right away instead of showing the 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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