CoinOPS, currently at version 8, is an emulator front-end that is intended to be a games repository with a simple, attractive, and intuitive interface. It currently supports over 36 different gaming systems, most of them are listed below. It is often used for arcade cabinet builds or cocktail bar screens.
The front-end comes in various sizes suited to different hardware setups. Every distribution except “standalone” includes game ROMs with it, so check legality of it in your country before downloading.
The sizes are:
- CoinOPS 8 Standalone (emulators only)
- CoinOPS 8 Lite (intended for 6-8GB hard drives)
- CoinOPS 8 Gold (intended for 40GB hard drives)
- CoinOPS 8 Massive (intended for 40GB+ hard drives)
On top of this, there are variants of each distribution:
- Premium: Gives CoinOPS a Hyperspin-style menu interface. This supersedes the Visionary project.
- Elites: Builds with only one level of games, no sub folders.
- Non-Elite: Games are organized into categories.
- Installers: A single-click program that can be used to flash your BIOS, format your hard drive, and install CoinOPS with Dragon Dash as the game menu.
- GEMS: Organizes games into a categories in a scroll wheel.
Occasionally, a new revision (such as CoinOPS 8 R5) will come out for CoinOPS. To update, simply extract the files into your installation directory and overwrite the old ones. Upon next start, CoinOPS will fix its settings and rescan for games. For a whole new CoinOPS (for example, if CoinOPS 15 came out), it is recommended to delete the old one and install the new one fresh to avoid conflicts and duplicate files.
Installing Game Packs
Games can be added using these instructions.
Game Selection Controls
- WHITE – Favorite button (favorite game shows as gold color)
- BLACK – All / Favorite games filter (shows all games or just favorited games)
- Gamepad Left – Jump up game list
- Gamepad Right – Jump down game list
- BACK – This will change sort method by NAME, YEAR, CONSOLE, MOST PLAYED, and more
- X – Sort by Name Split / Name Merged (pressing swaps between them)
- Y – Sort by Type Split / Type Merged (pressing swaps between them)
- B – Sort by Name and Console / Sort by Maker ( Pressing swaps between them)
- Left Thumb Button – Display game information if available
- Right Thumb Button – Sort by times played ( Jump to Most Played)
- Right Stick Up / Down / Left / Right – Random Game
In-Game Controls (Arcade systems)
- BACK and WHITE – Pause game and remap controller or cheat
- BACK and BLACK – Show framerate and free memory
- BACK and Left Trigger and Right Trigger – Restart Game
- BACK and Right Thumb Button – Onscreen Display
- BACK and Right Trigger and Right Thumb Button – Load Game (buggy)
- BACK and Left Trigger and Right Thumb Button – Save Game (buggy)
- BACK and Left Thumb Button – Lightgun crosshair display
- BACK and A and B – Take In Game Snapshot
In-Game Controls (Consoles & Final Burn)
- BACK and WHITE – Save State (consoles only)
- BACK and BLACK – Load Saved State (consoles only)
- WHITE – Virtual Keyboard (some consoles)
- BLACK / BACK / B – Close Virtual Keyboard (some consoles)
- Left Thumb Button – Remap the Controller
- Right Thumb Button – Resize the Screen
- START – Swap to Disc 2 (Amiga only)
- BACK – Swap to Disc 1 (Amiga only)
Colors of Games on Main Menu
- WHITE – Standard game
- GOLD – Favorited game
- DARK BLUE – All Time Classic Game (when “Color Classic and Hot Games” is enabled)
- LIGHT BLUE- Hot Game (when “Color Classic and Hot Games” is enabled)
- GREY – Game doesn’t have sound
- Issue: MAME games displaying upside down
- Solution: If you hold any button while the ROM is loaded, it will render upside down. Try not holding any buttons.