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 (2,275) - 69% of the 2,275 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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April 16

Multiplayer & Pause Mode - Client Update 4/16/2018

Today's update has some multiplayer improvements, performance improvements, and lots of bug fixes.

Shout out to Cutiesaurs in Discord for suggesting a coin drop sound when launching games.

I'll see ya'll next week with another multiplayer-focused client update. Party on!

Change Log:
  • Added a coin drop sound when you launch an arcade cabinet. (Plays at the same volume as in-world sounds.)
  • Added automatic sound muting when AArcade is paused.
  • Improved AArcade to be more optimized when paused.
  • Improved multiplayer avatars to be TV-screen heads that show your Steam avatar on them.
  • Improved multiplayer to sync the model sequences you have set on props to guests that join your server.
  • Improved mounting GMod to also include content in your "download" folder.
  • Improved debug output for people who have problems hosting particular arcades in multiplayer.
  • Fixed Steam avatars in multiplayer mode.
  • Fixed an issue w/ the EZ Library Browser that caused prop thumbnails to disappear when scrolling backwards.
  • Fixed an bug that caused the Social Mode join events to list public servers as private.
  • Fixed the joined / left Social Mode event spam that would happen when people changed maps.
  • Fixed the menu that shows you that objects are spawning in while joining a multiplayer server.

NOTE: I pushed a hotfix at 2:21PM Pacific to fix an issue that the new avatars were having.
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April 5

Cabinets, Props, & Thumbnails - Client Update 4/5/18

New Cabinets & Props
Today's update includes 4 community-favorite cabinet models now bundled with Redux. First there's the Curved Big Screen & Blaster cabinets created by Oke_Doke, and then there's the Revenge & Space cabinets created by the collaborative efforts of Oke_Doke & Invict. Now included with Redux for new players to enjoy out-of-the-box!

There are also 6 new props included with today's update that were previously
only available as addons. These include the Dance Pad, Big Speaker, Weight Set, Bowl Lamp, Party Hat, and, of course, the Beer.

Default & Manual Prop Thumbnails
Thumbnail images can now be set for props, making your favorite stuff easier to spot in the spawn menu. All the default models have thumbnails already too! And you can manually set what ever images you want for your addon models.

Social Mode Improvements
With today's update, there are now chat logs of what people have said in your session! No more speed reading or wondering if you've missed something! :D

You press the Y button to open up chat while walking around your arcade. HINT: If you are opted into "Social Mode", you'll be able to talk to people that are even in other sessions!

Also, the Social Mode chat box will now show you a list of online users so you know who's in the room with you!

Player Model Morphing
You can now morph into any model you're looking at by holding down TAB and going to Commands to use the new Player Model Morph command! Not all models will animate properly, but some will be fully rigged & working. If you turn into something dumb, you can use the new Player Model Reset command to fix yourself!

AArcade Community
If you're interested in joining the social side of the AArcade user community, you can join us in Discord ( https://discord.gg/Nshzn2q ) or lurk one of my Twitch streams ( http://www.twitch.tv/AnarchyArcade ). Until the next update, party on ya'll!

Change Log
  • Added the following cabinets contributed by OkeDoke & Invict: Blaster, Revenge, Space, and Curved Big Screen.
  • Added the following props to the default library: Dance Pad, Bowl Lamp, Party Hat, Big Speaker, Weight Set, and Beer.
  • Added chat logs to the Online Chat menu so you can read stuff you missed.
  • Added social chat notifications when users join or leave social mode.
  • Added a social chat notification when a player joins a multiplayer session.
  • Added a list of online players to the social chat tab (so you know who you're chatting to.)
  • Added support for custom model thumbnails.
  • Added model thumbnails for all default models.
  • Added Player Model Morph / Player Model Reset to the Commands menu.
  • Added a list of your favorite items & props to the EZ Library Browser.
  • Added a Launch button to the Advanced Context Menu.
  • Added Wizards to the Advanced Context Menu.
  • Improved the Search w/ Wizards menu.
  • Improved the favorites list on the Main Menu.
  • Improved the Clone ability to work on items.
  • Improved the EZ Library Browser to also work for searching & spawning props.
  • Fixed an issue that caused screenshots not to work properly on some maps.
  • Fixed scrolling through model sequence list w/ mouse wheel.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Fit Frank not to show up in everybody's default library.

NOTE: At 7:40PM Pacific time I pushed a hotfix so that the favorites list will work correctly on 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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