Visualboy Advance

1.8.0 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.3/5 286
An Open Source emulator for GameboyAdvance and Gameboy video game consoles on Linux

editor's review




VisualBoyAdvance is an open source project that provides users with an easy to use emulator for both Game Boy Advance and Gameboy 32-bit handheld video game consoles created and distributed by Nintendo between 2001 and 2008.

Supports Game Boy Advance or Gameboy games

The minimal graphical user interface written with the GTK+ GUI toolkit has been designed to allow users to quickly open Game Boy Advance or Gameboy games in the GBA or GBC formats, load and save games, view recent history, create screenshots, pause, reset and close games, as well as to import or export battery files.

Another interesting feature is the ability to automatically pause the current game when the main window is inactive. Also, the speed can be viewed as percentage or detailed, and the save type can be automatic, or one of the following: EEPROM, SRAM, Flash (64K and 128K), EEPROM+Sensor, None.

Getting started with VisualBoyAdvance

From the Options menu you will be able to set frameskip on automatic mode with or without throttle, enlarge the video screen with up to six times the original size, enable or disable video layers, set specific paths to GBA and GB ROMs, batteries, saves, as well as captures.

You can choose a custom BIOS file, set the screenshot format (PNG or BMP), configure various sound options, such as echo, low pass filter, reverse stereo, default volume, frequency, and active channels.

In addition, various filter can be enabled when playing games, such as TV Mode, 2xSal, Super 2xSal, Super Eagle, Pixelate, Motion Blur, AdvanceMAME 2x, Simple 2x, Bilinear, Bilinear Plus, Scanlines, hq2x, and lq2x. Furthermore, the interframe blending can be set to Smart, Motion Blur or None.

Bottom line

Featuring excellent compatibility, cheat functions, sound support, save states, great speed and multiple languages, VisualBoyAdvance is a powerful application that lets you to relive those childhood moments when you first discovered video games.

Visualboy Advance was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on December 6th, 2014
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