Teknoparrot is an emulator that allows you to play arcade games from a number of PC based arcade machines.
Because those arcade machines were very close in design and operation to a normal PC, the emulation is easier than it often is for other systems (still not exactly easy though!)
It is made by a group called TeknoGods ans is supported by a Paetron. Paying users get first access when new games become available and also get more support through the Paetron site.
Fortunately the free version is fine for us and for light gun games
AT present the arcade systems supported by Teknoparrot are:
- eX-Board (Maker: Examu. 2008-2011.)
- Namco ES3X (2013–2018)
- Sega Lindbergh (1.51. 2005–2015.)
- Sega Europa-R (2008–2010)
- Sega RingEdge/RingEdge 2/RingWide
- Taito Type-X/Type-X2/Type-X3
This gives us access to a range of games that are almost impossible to play elsewhere because they werent released on other platforms.
This list of available light gun games for teknoparrot may not be exhaustive but its all the ones that I know about. (let me know in the comments if I have missed any)
- Sega Lindenburgh:
- House of the Dead 4
- Lets Go Jungle
- Behind Enemy Lines
- Gunblade NY
- House of the Dead
- Railchase 2
- Virtua Cop
- Virtua Cop 2
- Sega RingWide:
- Let’s Go Island : Lost on the Island of Tropics
- Let’s Go Island : Lost on the Island of Tropics 3D
- Sega Dream Riders
- Sega Golden Gun
- Operation G.H.O.S.T.
- Taito Type X Games:
- Elevator Action Death Parade
- Silent Hill the Arcade
- Gaia Attack 4
- Gundam : Spirit of Zeon
- Gundam : Spirit of Zeon ( DualScreen )
- Haunted Museum
- Haunted Museum 2
- Music Gun Gun! 2
Getting a lightgun to work with teknoparrot
One issue is that lightguns aren’t recognized out of the box with teknoparrot. We get around this by using the program DemulShooter.
You will find instructions for all of the games that Demulshooter can help with on its Wiki. Follow them exactly and also make sure that for Teknoparrot, you start Demulshooter in administrator mode before you load Teknoparrot. One issue that you may have is that because teknoparrot plays lots of other games and gets frequent updates, the author of Demulshooter only updates when there is an update to Teknoparrot that affects lightguns. The result of that is that you have to stick with an older version of tekknoparrot for it to wok with Demulshooter.
These older versions are hard to find so I have put the key ones here:
You can download teknoparrot directly from the teknoparrot site, but if you want to play lightgun games you will need an earlier version linked here.
Teknoparrot supports a wide range of pc based arcade games.
Some of the notable lughtgun games available are:
Operation Ghost, House of the Dead 4, Lets Go Island, Virtua Cop
and many more.
Teknoparrot itself does not support lightguns. To get them working you need to launch them alongside a program called DemulShooter that maps your lightguns outputs to a controller.
You need to search for the roms yourself. Its easy to find them on Google though.