This ordinary-looking App Store app has a hidden GBA emulator

By , Jun 7, 2013

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At a high level, Slider Puzzle looks like a simple puzzle game. But it’s hiding a secret. Concealed underneath its unadorned surface sits a full-featured GBA/GBC emulator that allows you to play some of your favorite ROMS.

Now, this isn’t the first time an app like this has landed in the App Store. In fact, just last week we told you about an app with a hidden tethering feature. But we’re still talking about an emulator here, and it doesn’t require a jailbreak

Like most apps of this nature, the secret feature is accessible through a series of strategically-placed taps. Once you’ve downloaded Slider Puzzle, and launched it, tap the Settings icon (a circled ‘i’) in the bottom righthand corner.

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After the settings menu opens, locate the ‘Count Moves’ text in the top lefthand corner and tap it 5 times. If it’s not working, try tapping directly on the word ‘Count.’ If done correctly, the hidden ‘Ready Player One’ link will appear.

Tapping this link launches the emulator. Here you’ll see all of the ROMs you’ve added via iTools or any other iOS file explorer. We can’t recommend places to download these things, as we don’t condone piracy, but they’re fairly easy to find.

As usual, if you’re interested in the app, you’ll want to grab it quickly. Apple has a track record of pulling apps like this almost immediately after they’ve surfaced. For the time being, Slider Puzzle is available in the App Store for $1.99.

Thanks Alfonso!

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  • Brandon Higgins

    I thought those tools used to place files in apps aren’t compatible with iOS 6 though? Therefor is would need a jail break.

    • Ricky

      Use i explorer it works even without JB and ios6 conpatible

      • Noe pineda

        Hey do you know why it keeps saying “sorry but slider requires a gameboy something” and incorrect bios image”

      • PainToad

        Seriously? Read maybe.

      • Noe pineda

        what are you talking about? i did?

      • PainToad

        So you put the bios file in the right spot?

      • Noe pineda

        yeah i just figured it out.

      • studiorhapsody

        How do you fix your problem of “sorry but slider requires a gameboy something” and incorrect bios image”?

      • Christopher Cadigan

        How did you fix your issue? I’ve tried everything and it still gives me the same issue.

  • Ricky

    Just wait for a few hours and its gone

  • Glen Garcia

    how do i put the games in the app ?

  • Guest

    So I’ve done this in the past but I can’t remember what to do now. I downloaded iExplorer. Where am I supposed to put the ROM’s?

    • Brandon Higgins

      Directly in the app folder

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I saw this before it was removed!

  • Luan Nguyen

    Tested,everything seems to work fine (:

  • Noe pineda

    got it working!! awesome!

  • guito mendez

    AWESOME!!!

  • Martin

    For anyone who doesn’t know what to do here are the steps:

    1) Download iExplorer or whatever file explorer you’re comfortable with.
    2) Google “gba_bios.bin” and download that file. It’s the first result.
    3) Open iExplorer and connect your iPhone. Select ‘Apps’ and scroll down to “Slider”.
    4) Copy the .bin file you extracted, double click on ‘Documents’ and paste in there.
    5) Download the ROM you please, extract it and copy it into ‘Documents’ as well.
    6) Enjoy.

  • Gucciipad

    How do u add games and the bin file theough ifile

    • Khoa T Ngo

      I use iTunes.

      • jocastro

        thats for non jailbreakers

  • CPVideoMaker

    You’re Welcome.

  • George Cocks

    Max Payne, Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission are unplayable :( Crackly sound. out of sync video and audio, and just general audio and video jittering make sure of that :( Shame, even though this is a work in progress, I’m doubting there’ll be “progress” one this app is pulled.

  • sjah07

    Is the audio cutting out for anyone else, or is that just me?

  • mmwsfz

    How can the audio delay issue be solved? I couldn’t play rhythm paradise as it has a delayed audio…

  • Tyler

    Neat

  • Prasoon Singh

    It’s not available in America.

    • Martin

      That’s because its been pulled already…

      • Dave Hightower

        WARNING!! The app is available under ‘slider puzzle’ – but the developer has substituted an earlier version without the functionality.

        Pretty smart – take advantage of the hype, sell a cheesy app, and make a fortune with bait – and – switch….

        At least until the community gets word and stops buying any of his apps.