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Description: Game launcher with tagging & searching
Download: egame.lha       (TIPS: Use the right click menu if your browser takes you back here all the time)
Size: 1Mb
Version: r5
Date: 05 Feb 2013
Author: Chris Handley
Submitter: Chris Handley
Homepage: http://cshandley.co.uk/egame/
Requirements: MUI class: NList, TextEditor
Category: utility/misc
Replaces: utility/misc/egame.lha
License: Shareware
Distribute: yes
Min OS Version: 4.0
FileID: 7691
Comments: 6
Snapshots: 6
Videos: 0
Downloads: 717  (Current version)
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Votes: 1 (0/0)  (30 days/7 days)

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eGame allows you to keep an easily searchable list of games for playing - rather
than having to hunt through lots of folders.  It is even possible to add ROMs,
disk images & 'foreign' executables, and have them automatically loaded by the
appropriate emulator (e.g.  DOSBox) or game system (e.g.  Frotz).

"eGame" is short for "(Portabl)E Game Launcher".  I originally wrote eGame as a
test & an example of what can be achieved with PortablE's easy GUI system, but
(after some prodding from Joel) I think it has become a really useful program in
it's own right.

As I've put a lot of effort into making tagging, filtering & launching easy but
still pretty powerful, I decided to make it 'DonationShareware'.  Without a key
file it will only display 10 games (although you can still search all stored
games & the first 10 matches will be shown).  If you want to get a key file to
unlock it, then you need to send me at least 2 Pounds by PayPal (although I
encourage you to donate more if you feel it is worth more!).

eGame has been tested on AmigaOS4, MorphOS & AROS.

Recent changes
eGame now fully lives-up to it's description as a "Game Launcher", because it's
now possible to add disk images & 'foreign' executables, and have them
automatically loaded by the appropriate emulator (e.g.  DOSBox) or game system
(e.g.  Frotz).

The main changes are:
* Due to some big improvements, you can now add emulated game files (like Roms &
Disks) to eGame, and then launch them with just a double-click, typically
without any configuration!  (The relevant emulator must have been installed of
* Depending on the emulators available for your OS, it supports launching games
for Amiga (floppy disks), Atari ST, Atari Lynx, Megadrive, NeoGeo, NES, SNES,
C64, Spectrum, Infocom & TADS (text adventures), and Megazeux.
* These "game launchers" are easily configurable, so you can change the emulator
used, and even add entirely new launchers (if I overlooked any emulators).
* Dropping a folder on eGame now finds & adds most types of emulated game files.
* Launchers can use game-specific parameters (set in the "Edit game" window).

* Added a prefs option to exit eGame after a game has been launched.
* Added a button to open the game's folder.
* Fixed editing of multiple entries only editing half of them.
* The OK button in the "Edit game" window now responds to the Enter key.
* The eGame logo is now less garish!

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