The Bard’s Tale

The Bard’s Tale

The Bard’s Tale is a 1985 role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Productions. It was the first game in the Bard’s Tale series and was released for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS. The game is notable for its humor, its unique combat system, and its open-ended gameplay. In The Bard’s Tale,…

Arkanoid

Arkanoid

Arkanoid is a 1986 block breaker arcade game developed and published by Taito. It was released in Japan in May 1986 and in North America and Europe in July 1986. The game is one of the most successful and influential block breaker games of all time. In Arkanoid, players control a paddle that can be…

Space Harrier (Sega)

Space Harrier (Sega)

Space Harrier is a 1985 rail shooter arcade game developed and published by Sega. It was released in Japan in May 1985 and in North America and Europe in July 1985. The game is one of the earliest examples of a 3D rail shooter, and it was praised for its innovative graphics and gameplay. In…

The Oregon Trail (MECC)

The Oregon Trail (MECC)

The Oregon Trail is a 1971 computer game developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger at the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC). The game is a simulation of a wagon train journey from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon. Players must manage their resources, such as food, water, and ammunition, as they travel…

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter is a 1983 vehicular combat action game developed and published by Bally Midway. The game is a vertical scrolling shooter where players control a car equipped with a variety of weapons and gadgets as they race through a series of courses. The game is played from a top-down perspective, and players must use…

Road Fighter

Road Fighter

Road Fighter is a 1984 racing video game developed and published by Konami. It was released in Japan in December 1984 and in North America and Europe in 1985. The game is a vertical-scrolling racing game where players control a car as they race through a series of courses. The game is played from a…

Ice Climber

Ice Climber

Ice Climber is a 1985 platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the arcade and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The player controls two Inuit climbers, Popo and Nana, as they climb a series of icy mountains to reach the top and catch a flying yeti. The game is played from a side-scrolling perspective, and…

Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Yie Ar Kung-Fu is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Konami. It was released in Japan in October 1984 and in North America and Europe in March 1985. The game was one of the first fighting games to feature multiple playable characters, each with their own unique fighting style. It was also one…

Green Beret

Green Beret

Green Beret is a 1985 run and gun platform game developed and published by Konami. It was released in arcades and later ported to a variety of home platforms, including the NES, the Commodore 64, and the MSX. In Green Beret, players control a lone commando who must rescue allied prisoners of war from a…

Paperboy

Paperboy

Paperboy is an arcade game developed and published by Atari Games and Midway Games in 1985. The player takes the role of a paperboy who delivers newspapers along a suburban street on his bicycle. The game is divided into seven days, with each day consisting of four levels. On each level, the player must deliver…

Commando

Commando

Commando is a 1985 vertically scrolling run-and-gun video game developed and published by Capcom. The game was designed by Tokuro Fujiwara, who also designed Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Strider. In Commando, players control a commando who must rescue hostages and fight his way through a series of enemy-filled stages. The game is known for its…

Gradius

Gradius

Gradius is a series of scrolling shooter video games, introduced in 1985, developed and published by Konami. The first game in the series, simply titled Gradius, was released in arcades and later ported to home consoles such as the NES, MSX, and Commodore 64. The Gradius series is known for its unique power-up system, which…

Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Ghosts ‘n Goblins

Ghosts ‘n Goblins is a 1985 run-and-gun platform game developed and published by Capcom. It was released in arcades and later ported to a variety of home platforms, including the NES, the SNES, and the PlayStation. In Ghosts ‘n Goblins, players control Sir Arthur, a knight who must rescue Princess Prin-Prin from the demon king…

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

Gauntlet is a 1985 fantasy-themed hack-and-slash arcade game developed and released by Atari Games. It is noted as being one of the first multiplayer dungeon crawl arcade games. The core design of Gauntlet comes from 1983 Atari 8-bit dungeon crawl game Dandy, which resulted in a threat of legal action. It also bears striking similarities…

Super Mario Bros

Super Mario Bros

Super Mario Bros. is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The successor to the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. and the first game in the Super Mario series, it was first released in 1985 for the Famicom in Japan. Following a limited US release for the NES,…

Jumpman

Jumpman

Jumpman is a platform game developed and published by Epyx in 1983. It was one of the first platform games to feature a character that could jump, and it was a critical and commercial success. In Jumpman, the player controls a character named Jumpman who must navigate through a series of mazes to find the…

Castle Wolfenstein

Castle Wolfenstein

Castle Wolfenstein is a 1981 action-adventure game developed and published by Muse Software. It is considered to be one of the first successful video games in the stealth genre. In Castle Wolfenstein, the player controls an Allied spy who must infiltrate the headquarters of the Nazi Party and rescue a prisoner of war. The game…

Impossible Mission

Impossible Mission

Impossible Mission is a 1984 platform game developed and published by Epyx for the Commodore 64. It was later ported to other platforms, including the Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, ZX Spectrum, and MSX. In Impossible Mission, the player controls a secret agent who must infiltrate the headquarters of Dr. Elvin Atombender and retrieve a…

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is a 1984 action-adventure game developed and published by Activision for the Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, and ZX Spectrum. It is based on the 1984 film of the same name. In Ghostbusters, the player controls one of the four Ghostbusters: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, or Winston Zeddemore. Players must…

Alley Cat

Alley Cat

Alley Cat is a 1983 platform game developed and published by Synapse Software for the Atari 8-bit family, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, and Apple II. In Alley Cat, the player controls a cat named Freddy who must navigate through a series of alleyways and buildings to catch mice. The game is played from a side-scrolling…

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game developed and published by Atari Games. It is a hack and slash dungeon crawl game where players must fight their way through a series of increasingly difficult levels to reach the end. The game is played from a top-down perspective, and players can control one of four characters: Warrior,…

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game developed and published by Atari Games. It is a hack and slash dungeon crawl game where players must fight their way through a series of increasingly difficult levels to reach the end. The game is played from a top-down perspective, and players can control one of four characters: Warrior,…

Montezuma’s Revenge

Montezuma’s Revenge

Montezuma’s Revenge is a 1984 platform game developed and published by Parker Brothers. It was inspired by the 1982 game Pitfall! and was the sequel to the 1983 game Jumpman. The game was released for the Atari 8-bit family, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Apple II, and ZX Spectrum. In Montezuma’s Revenge, the player controls…

Excitebike

Excitebike

Excitebike is a motocross racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1984. It is one of the first games to feature 3D polygon graphics on the NES. Players control a motocross rider and must race against other riders on a variety of courses. The game is played…

Spy vs. Spy

Spy vs. Spy

Spy vs. Spy is a 1984 split-screen action-puzzle game developed and published by First Star Software for the Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, ZX Spectrum, MSX, and Amstrad CPC. Players control two spies, Black Spy and White Spy, who must use a variety of weapons and gadgets to kill each other. The game…

Star Wars

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Arcade Game is a 1983 space combat simulator arcade game developed and published by Atari Games. It is based on the 1977 film Star Wars. Players control an X-wing starfighter and must destroy enemy TIE fighters and other obstacles in order to protect the Rebel Alliance. The game is played from a…