Stella is an ATARI video game emulator, it is an open source Atari 2600 emulator , originally released in 1996.
Old-timers love the nostalgia of playing Atari games, my favorites are: Froger, Otello, River Raider, Frostbite and Keystone Kapers (Pega Thief).
Today I will bring you a tutorial on how to correctly configure your Atari Stella emulator and break more than 2500 Roms (Atari games), first you download it right here on the site and we continue the tutorial on how to run Atari on your computer perfectly.
DOWNLOAD AND EXTRACT ATARI EMULATOR AND ROMS
The download is at the end of the article down there, it’s 2553 Atari roms for your enjoyment
First part is to download and extract the files, there are only 27 MBS, containing the emulator, roms and images of the games for better organization:
RUN STELLA EMULATOR
Your emulator will open like this:
Click Options > User Interface
CONFIGURING THE ROMS AND IMAGES FOLDERS
Click Launcher then Rom patch
When opening the screen, go to the bottom of GO UP and click on this button until the disk drive where you downloaded the emulator and roms appears, mine for example is in D, so I’m going to browse. Until the downloads folder enter the emulator folder, enter ROMS and click OK
Since you are on that page, do the same thing by clicking on image path and going to SNAPSHOTS, in the emulator folder , this will make the thumbnails of the games be next to the list of atari games in the emulator menu .
It was ok, beauty, now your list will appear with more than 2500 Atari games, see that when browsing the list of games the screenshots are appearing on the side, in case any game doesn’t have it or you want to change the image, open the game and during execution press F12.
IT’S TIME TO PLAY ATARI ON THE EMULATOR
To play, double click on any game in the list
Basic Keyboard Controls : Arrow keys move and spacebar is the Atari controller button.
Here below a table with the game controls, you can save the game state, put black and white and much more, further down, I will show you how to configure the control.
Console controls (can be remapped)
|OCCUPATION||KEY (DEFAULT)||KEY (MACOS)|
|exit emulator||Control + Q||cmd + Q|
|Exit Game Mode/Enter Launcher Mode||Esc||Esc|
|Enter/Exit Options Mode||Tab/Esc||Tab/Esc|
|Enter/Exit Command Mode||Backslash (\)||Backslash (\)|
|Enter/Exit debugger||quotes (`)||quotes (`)|
|Left Player Difficulty A||F5||F5|
|Left Player Difficulty B||F6||F6|
|Difficulty of the right player A||F7||F7|
|Right player difficulty B||F8||F8|
|Save state in current slot||F9||F9|
|Save all Time Machine states||Alt + F9||Cmd + F9|
|Switch to previous state slot||Shift + F10||Shift + F10|
|Switch to next state slot||F10||F10|
|Automatically change state slot||Alt + F10||Cmd + F10|
|Load current slot state||F11||F11|
|Load all states into Time Machine||Alt + F11||Command + F11|
|Save Snapshot PNG||F12||F12|
|Pause/Resume Emulation||Break||Shift-Cmd + P|
CONFIGURING YOUR JOYSTICK CONTROLLER TO PLAY ATARI STELLA
It’s time to configure the controller to play your atari games on the joystick, click on options then on Input
Here selected is up, so select and click on Map, choose Up on your Control.
You will do this in the items below, down, left, right until the Left Fire which is the fire button
If you miss any click on Erase, if you want to erase the config in Reset, next to this menu there are more options, but I don’t recommend messing with it, it’s possible to play with two players, just configure below, it can be one on the control or one on the keyboard, vice versa or equal.
SETTING THE SCREEN, WINDOW SIZE OR FULLSCREEN
You can set the size of the interface and the game to whatever you want, for example I only use the interface in a 1600×900 window and the same to play, but there are those who want to play in fullscreen.
Go to options, video and audio
Check Fullscreen, if you want to stretch the image so it doesn’t look like it used to be 4×3, check Stretch.
In this menu you can change the audio and put old effect on the screen, I don’t recommend it if you are new to this.
CHANGING THE SIZE OF THE EMULATOR INTERFACE
Go there where we configured the Roms and Images folders and change it to your liking.
Don’t forget to exit and reopen the emulator, as it only changes after doing this.
I modified mine here so you can see how it looks,
That’s it, I think it must be the best tutorial to start playing Atari on the Stella emulator on the internet in Brazil, I’ll post it as soon as I can on video too.
Good game and if possible comment, share!
DOWNLOAD STELLA EMULATOR + ATARI ROMS AND IMAGES
Atari 2600 Roms Complete Pack
If you want, visit the Atari website to learn more about the company and the history of this amazing console.
MY SAME ATARI 2600 ROMS PACK VIDEO TUTORIAL WITH STELLA EMULATOR