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.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (14) - 50% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (2,276) - 68% of the 2,276 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 12

Action Bar - Client Update 7/12/2019

Greetings! Today's update adds an RPG-style Action Bar that is customizable from the F7 Commands tab, and also addresses some issues with the launcher that users reported.

Action Bar
You can now set your keyboard buttons 0-9 to quickly perform any action from the Commands tab. First go to the Commands tab and set stuff to the buttons, then you can use them while walking around your arcade.

Note that when you have All Guns On enabled, keyboard buttons 1-5 are occupied by weapon slots. So be sure to bind your All Guns Off to a keyboard button higher than 5.

Change Log
  • Added an Action Bar that lets you bind commands to the keyboard buttons 0-9. Customize it from the F8 Commands tab.
  • Added Tab Menu binds to F7 through F9. Added slot binds to keyboard buttons 7 through 0 for use with the new Action Bar.
  • Added the following commands to the Commands tab: Object Move, Object Delete, Object Clone, Object Mirror Toggle, Painted Material Paint/Pick/Reset/Reset All, Pause AArcade.
  • Added icons for every command in the Commands tab.
  • Added the console command paint_menu, which opens up the paint tab.
  • Added a basic way to favorite or hide sequence names on the Transform Menu. (Also added Sequence Names to the Main Menu > Settings > UI tab > Manage Hidden Library Entries menu.)
  • Added Damage Enables Physics to the General tab of the Settings menu. When enabled, objects will automatically become physics-enabled when they take damage from weapons.
  • Improved the Toggle Physics command to reset the object's position when toggled OFF.
  • Improved the AArcade Launcher to more reliably save its settings & avoid false-positive AV issues.
  • Fixed an issue that caused newly assigned Video Mirror objects to act buggy until the map was reloaded.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the VGUI to sometimes not render when switching from ReShade to non-ReShade modes.

At 11:47AM Pacific I pushed a hotfix to include the updated launcher assets.
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July 6

Transfer Menu - Client Update 7/6/2019

Good morning arcaders! Today's small update focuses on improving the multiplayer experience for guests.

Transfers Tab
A Transfers tab has been added to the Tab Menu that shows you what props are still downloading when connected to a multiplayer server as a guest.

Newly Downloaded Addon Props
Newly downloaded props now spawn into the world more reliably & with proper collisions. No more having to rejoin!

As always, more updates are around the corner. Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!

Note About ReShade Settings
Today's update might slightly impact your ReShade settings, specifically it might switch your active preset back to DefaultPreset.ini and change your ReShade shortcut key back to Shift + Scroll Lock in AArcade. I apologize for this minor inconvenience and should have zero-impact updates soon! In the mean time, you could just hit Shift + Scroll Lock and change back to your preferred presets & shortcut keys.

Note About Launcher Bugs
Just a PSA about 2 bugs in the current launcher in case they are impacting you.
I should have these fixed by next week, but if they are impacting you in the mean time, here's some info on them & workarounds.

First, the launcher is sometimes reverting to DISABLED on all options for some users. The result is missing addon & workshop content in-game. If this impacts you, you can right-click on AArcade in your Steam Library, choose Properties, and then set your Launch Options to have -config in them. This will cause the launcher to display itself the next time you launch AArcade for you to confirm your options are ENABLED as they should be - restoring the addon & workshop content in-game.

Second, a handful of users report their anti-virus settings delete arcade_launcher.exe as soon as Steam tries to downloaded it - leaving Steam in an endless downloading loop. If this impacts you, users report that adjusting their anti-virus settings or adding an exception for arcade_launcher.exe resolves their issue.

So keep an eye out for an improved launcher in next week's update to resolve these bugs, and I'll see you guys next time!

Change Log
  • Improved reliability of keyboard & mouse wheel input. (Click on the UI to focus the UI, or click on the web page / content to focus on it instead.)
  • Added the console command nodraw_shortcuts 0. When set to 1, all of the stuff you spawned will be invisible. Useful for taking comparison screenshots of empty arcades vs full arcades. (If set to 2 AND Stereo Rendering is enabled, it instead shows the left view as the blank vanilla map, and the right view as the populated map.)
  • Increased the supported AI Node limit from 1500 to 2000. (Increasing compatibility with maps that already expect a higher limit.)
  • Improved AArcade's material adoption to detect $normalmap, $normalmap2, and $texture2 channels.
  • Added a Transfers tab to the Tab Menu. It will show you what addon content is still transferring, and which has already spawned in.
  • Fixed an issue that caused addon models to not spawn in until the 2nd time that the guest joined.
  • Fixed an issue that caused addon models to be non-collide the first time that the client connected.
  • Improved item matching as a guest in MP servers by reducing false-positive matches.
  • Improved the (F5) Screenshot Menu to be able to scroll, if needed.
  • Improved drag & drop support slightly so that dropping multiple MDL files into AArcade as the same time is supported.

At 7:26AM Pacific time I pushed a hotfix so that individual props that are drag & dropped onto AArcade's window still spawn correctly.
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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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