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


New Forum Site - Please re-register!
We've got a new forum for QuickPlay! Click forums to the left here to be taken to the new site.

We're going to start from scratch. Why? One big reason is that the old 'IPboard' forum was setup when we'd lost Koss' Quickplay fansite some years ago, a while after losing John himself, and it was meant to be a store of information about QuickPlay, backgrounds, romdatas, icons, you name it...

so it was more than a forum (it had a front page and topics that were just download paths really), its was kinda an extension to QuickPlay itself, but quite a manual one - we saw QuickPlay as fixed and not user-contributable...

These days we incorporate assets into QuickPlay quickly - post me some I'll show you ;-) Many users have contributed emu setups and romdatas and graphics and so there's no need for 'separate' stores of the latest user-contributed files.

Also we have a wiki for user information here.

Over the coming weeks I'll be adding some of the knowledge from the old forum site that still hasn't made it to the wiki - please point out anything I've missed

Downside is we need you to re-register: If you still love QuickPlay as much as we do - register and post your story....

I hope you enjoy the new forums

thanks, enjoy....
Posted by butter100fly on 02-05-2016
QuickPlay 4.1.2 is released
  • added messmameUI, for now, as an arcade cab
  • mame script now updated for changes in Mame 0.163, incremented to v1.5
  • fix bugs in mame script
  • fixed bug in html file I/O
Posted by butter100fly on 02-09-2015
QuickPlay 4.1.1 is released
  • Multiloader patched for Changes in DeamonTools v10
  • Added the project's changelog
  • Fixed long-standing bug with multiloader imp
  • Multiloader code exposed - compiled multiloader got too annoying. Users can now change live
  • Multiloader adapted for DTlite v9 major-version change
  • exe from loader bat recompiled
  • ini and readme for batch updated to reflect changes
  • batch loader altered to allow user extraction path
  • source code files live with their assets to be useful
  • removed 'original homepage' link from help menu
  • Reinstated manual update check in help menu
Posted by butter100fly on 14-06-2015
QuickPlay 4.1.0 Released
Here's the changelist - explanation of the features can be found on the wiki here: QuickPlay 4.1.0 New Features Guide
  • Added new tool.ini files and support for Butterfly100's new tools files. More to do...
  • Includes many fixes from the new community
  • Tools sidebar now populates with all community supplied tools on first launch - Tools either launch or provide docs about their use
  • Updated, cleaned up and attributed icons
  • Fixed .gif not displaying
  • Added ReactOS CMD command and improved support for Start and Explorer commands
  • Updates to Arcade functionality
  • "Rename Mame Roms" now directs users to Perl script and (extensive) online support
  • Mame Icons now show parent icon if needed and if they can
  • Mame languages ini setup
  • Emulators.ini now instatiates on 1st run with ReactOS for PC Games (Start and Explorer)
  • The first call to %EXEPATH% as a CMD param now MOVES the position of the emu call in the CMDline instead of repeating emu call
  • Mame Perl script updated inc. support for 7z and fully merged sets
  • Mame History process fixed and updated
  • Mame Info process fixed and updated
  • Mess Efind updated to 0153
  • Mess Icon directory can now complement QP's own icons - added to appearance options
  • Tempest's tools have been altered with hard-coded paths and help files for easy use within QP
  • System Ini Files' game history dat files now set themseleves up as Game History media panel items for new users for the 29 goodsets we made them for
  • Sorted resizing of GFX assets in media panel
  • Multiloader now available as a TOOL,Multiloader updated,Multiloader now configured for various systems in EFinds
Posted by butter100fly on 29-08-2014
Site Maintenance, New Version Around the Corner
First update in some time

The entire site is being revamped at the moment, and Quickplay version 4.0.0 is in the works - stay tuned for further updates!

For more information, feel free to drop by the new forums. (Link is in the menu on the left)
Posted by dzackgarza on 01-08-2012