How to play SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive games on an iPhone?

A hardcore gamer like me might be missing the old school legends like Golden Axe, Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting. So, is there a way by which we can play these games too. Yes, there is! I already acquainted you with the topics such as how to play GBA games on an iPhone and how to play NES games on an iPhone? in the past. Now it’s SEGA’s turn. Games like Golden Axe and Fatal Fury can be played on your iPhone and iPod. But to do this, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod.

In order to play SEGA games on your iDevice you will need to download and install an app named ‘GENESIS A.D.X+’.

What is GENESIS A.D.X+?

‘GENESIS A.D.X+’ is an application that emulates the SEGA (Genesis/Mega Drive) on your iDevice. It allows you to play ‘.bin’ files right on your iDevice. It also allows you to save and load game states.

How to get GENESIS A.D.X+?

  • Open CYDIA and go to SOURCES
  • Now tap on the EDIT button in the Top Right side of the screen
  • Now you should see an ADD button in the Top Left side of the screen
  • Tap on the ADD button and enter the link:
  • Now tap on ADD SOURCE to add this repo
  • Once done, you should now see a repo named ‘BigBoss’
  • Open this repo and scroll down till you find ‘GENESIS A.D.X Plus’

  • Then tap on the link for GENESIS A.D.X+ and you should enter the main page.
  • Now Tap on PURCHASE to buy and then tap on CONTINUE in the next window
  • Cydia will start downloading and installing GENESIS A.D.X+ for you
  • Follow the instructions and you are done.
  • Now you should see a new app on your home screen named ‘GENESIS A.D.X+’.

How to play games using GENESIS A.D.X+?

In order to play SEGA games you will have to download the ‘ROM’ for all the games you want. You can search for these Roms on the Internet and easily find them.

Once you have Roms ready you have to put them into your device. In order to do this, we will use a software named ‘iExplorer’.

Once you have everything ready, follow these steps:

1. Connect your iDevice to the computer.

2. Run the application ‘iExplorer’.

3. You should see the name of your device.

4. Now select the ‘Second View Mode’ so that you can see exactly where you are.

5. Now follow the path shown below and you should also reach where I am:

6. Now you will be able to see the folder named ‘GENESIS’.

7. Paste all the ‘.BIN ROM’ files into this folder.

9. Once done, close iExplorer and unplug your device.


Now you’re ready to play. Open the GENESIS A.D.X+ app and you should see your games list. Tap on the game you want and enjoy!!

Check this out; I tested ‘Golden Axe’ myself on this app.