Welcome to the QuickPlay homepage. QuickPlay is a windows-only powerful universal emulator 'frontend-of-frontends', which has support for countless emulators and systems, old and new, with a philosophy of being quick and easy for new users, yet comprehensive and flexible for old-timers. It was written in the heyday of RAD and OO frontends (as such it's written in Delphi), and like other frontends of the time, its very powerful and able to support considerable complexity and customisation (think MAMEUI, but on steroids). However unlike many other frontends of the time, its also very flexible and adaptable, and still updated by enthusiastic supporters. It takes a fresh approach to the backend which, in particular, gives blisteringly-fast search over large and diverse romsets.

Its creator, John Scott (wherever you are), came up with the idea of EMU-Finder files and scans, which have stood the test of time and proved to be immensely powerful. To date i think that QuickPlay supports the most emulators, multi-emulators, and other frontends (MAME, MESS, RetroArch, Gamebase, Mednafen, BlueMSX, WinUAELoader, and others). It also favors archived roms (7zip, the Good sets in particular) and incorporates a Multiloader disk loader for all kinds of CD/DVD-based systems, no matter how you compress them, and Tempest's ROMDATA files, giving auto-game information for a great many 80's and 90's systems.

Quickplay is quite a different proposition than other retro-frontends as it favours functionality and simplicity over looks - you'll find thoroughness and consideration for users here, rather than gameplay videos and logos


QuickPlay 4.2.2 is released
  • updated daemon tools command line for dt 10.6...we still are going to pre-mount a K:/ SCSI drive (though DT now has many other mounting possibilities), but its a LOT faster now...
  • fix github lost spaces in markdown
  • multithreading long-since defunct mame options
  • ordered the arcade efind
  • make picture on readme reappear on github
  • consistent naming of atari-8bit
Posted by butter100fly on 13-11-2017
QuickPlay 4.2.1 is released
  • updated defaults system list and default extensions for systems
  • various efind tweaks to support mame-mess-retroarch
  • Retroarch non-mess emus renamed to fit better with mess
  • set of efinds for mess-related uis
  • fixup type namings
  • fixed error in updates script
  • real icons set to small icons
  • add folder location to softlists, you can mass-edit to get real icons
  • Made an embedded systems romdata for mame-mess, "the batman" is back!
  • corrected redirect, MESS now included
  • readmes for the softlists
  • add sourcecode for movers
  • fixed welcome description of utils menu
Posted by butter100fly on 16-05-2017
QuickPlay 4.2.0 is released
Yeah there's a list of stuff below, but this release is about making MESS (I mean MAME and RetroArch-MAME's non-arcade systems) finally work well. There's new efinds and data folders targeted at thse two emulators. I'm pretty happy with it and so big is the effect on QuickPlay when you've set these up we're going to a new minor version - 4.2. Read about it on the wiki here: http://quickplay.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/MESS In particular existing users note the instructions on that page about updating - there's now an updates folder. If you want the new MAME/RetroArch stuff then please follow it
  • new systems dat in resources - even corrects some names MAME/MESS got wrong
  • added new Efinds for Mame and Retroarch's Mess
  • add all new automatedsoftlists for Retroarch and Mame
  • added movers for the softlists
  • remove Mess Magician as a tool
  • updates tool executable
  • retroarch.ini: fixed bug 40 - retroarch core format
  • resolved char encoding issue
  • included update script that conforms system/machine names
  • start to write system name updates mechanism
  • about box was right costrained a bit
  • corrected references to forum
Posted by butter100fly on 06-05-2017
QuickPlay 4.1.5 is released
  • Some protection against Windows changing 8:3 path defaults for devices
  • fixed issue with hazemd in the modern age
  • Basic solution for shortname issues in multiloader

  • A bunch of changes that allow us to get rid of precompiled executables
  • prepared supplementary files for a world without compiled exes
  • relative path tools should now work consistently throughout
  • bugfix #38 - You can't have a batch file tool with a relative path in tools.ini
  • replaced react's cmd.exe with the exe from IRTriarge (virustotal doesnt false positive on it)

  • added game and watch emu/frontend

  • Minor tweaks to retroarch toolset
  • updated retroarch efind for latest version of Retroarch
  • improved RetroArch assets
  • doc for retroarch after some tests

  • More multiloader fixes and features (after a large change in previous release)
  • allow for override of filetype in zip or mount situations (for emus that have strange requirements)
  • fixed bugs with longnames in paths
  • Fixed unquoted chars in loop for name find
  • fixed a bug with dealing with zips
  • fixed a bug where we'd loop instead of exit if we didn't find 7zip/daemon tools
  • remove winmount files
  • change to directly running the batch file as a tool

Posted by butter100fly on 25-02-2017
QuickPlay 4.1.4 is released
  • correct syntax error in mutliloader
Posted by butter100fly on 03-09-2016