Beebdroid (BBC Micro emulator)

4.2
725 reviews
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About this app

We grew up with the BBC Micro and we loved it, so we're bringing it back to the world!

See that Android phone in your hand? That's not Intel inside - it's powered by an ARM processor. The 'A' in 'ARM' stood for Acorn, a visionary British company that produced the seminal BBC Micro, and thirty years later - coming full circle - your phone hosts its venerable ancestor today.

Have fun reliving classic games from the 1980s, hosted by BBC Micro preservation website stairwaytohell.com - any questions, please email support@littlefluffytoys.mobi

Works at the full 50 frames per second on most recent powerful Android phones and tablets. This means anything significantly better than an HTC Desire or Nexus One (except, annoyingly, the brand new Galaxy Nexus, because it has the archaic GPU from 2010's Galaxy S pushing 240% of the pixels), or any Android 3.x or 4.x tablet. If you try to run this thing on something like a Wildfire or a ZTE Blade, please don't whinge to us that it runs like a dog - just go and buy a Galaxy S II already ;) It's an extremely faithful emulation, way moreso than other machines' emulators, but if you think you can make it quicker, get involved - it's open-source - code it!

Works with the specialised controls of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (but doesn't run at 50 frames per second).

This FREE and OPEN SOURCE application - the source code is published on Github at https://github.com/littlefluffytoys/Beebdroid - is based on B-Em for Linux by Tom Walker and licensed under GNU General Public License v2.0 as detailed at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html - we encourage others to assist us in developing Beebdroid further. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the license for more details.

Beebdroid does not ship with any third party programs such as games - these are accessed via third party websites which have hosted such programs for years. Should any licence holders object to third party websites providing such programs, please contact the third party websites in question. We are furthermore also happy on a best-effort basis to block the visibility of specific programs within Beebdroid upon written request from verified product licence holders. We are also able to offer an in-app payment solution for your programs in such circumstances - please contact us for details.

The rights to the BBC Micro ROMs are believed by the emulator community to have effectively fallen into the public domain, having lain unclaimed for many years - Acorn itself is of course long bankrupt, and the documentation for the rights is rumoured to have gone down in the World Trade Center on 9/11. If you believe that you have a claim to the ROMs that has never been disclosed to the emulator community, or indeed has never been proven under law, remember that this is a labour of love, a free and open source preservation effort, and so please talk to us in the first instance, cheers!
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Sep 6, 2015

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4.2
725 reviews
Vee Pearly
July 19, 2020
Thanks.... There are only about 3 games playable on a 4 inch droid..... Nothing using the joystick is really playable.... It's too difficult to control. Another issue on the Invader games is the flashing of the player keyboard keys...... Distracting Game play But your app is amazing in of itself.... Thanks
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A Google user
February 13, 2020
Fantastic emulator! Thanks guys. I grew up coding on a Beeb and this took me right back! I ran "LIST" a few times on my code and the from nowhere my fingers did "L." That's 35+ years ago!! And who can forget LISTO7!! Such happy memories, brought back by this app. One question, should SAVE work??
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A Google user
November 29, 2019
NIce little app, using with my Chromebook and unlike a lot of emulators, it recognises the keyboard. Only niggle is that there only appears to be two screen sizes - phone size or full screen, though I appreciate that it's primarilly written for a touchscreen.
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What's new

Sound now working on Android 5.0 and later. Added x86 support. Removed adverts. And we're working on some enhancements over the next few weeks - if you have any requests, email support@littlefluffytoys.mobi cheers!