1001 Video Games you Must Play Before You Die

(Still Making)

The list of all the Games in the Book "1001 Video Games you Must Play Before You Die" in order. Well, the ones that I could Find on IMDb!

I am still making this list. A lot of the games that I want to list aren't even on IMDb. Hopefully I will be done soon. Sorry to keep you all waiting.
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1.
The Oregon Trail (1971 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The player takes on the role of a wagon leader guiding a group of settlers from Independence, Missouri...
 
2.
Pong (1972 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two players play a video version of table tennis. The first to score 11 points wins.
 
3.
Breakout (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: Joe Serkes
 
4.
Boot Hill (1977 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Western shooter arcade game released by Midway in 1977 and a sequel to Gun Fight.
 
5.
Combat (1977 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
6.
Space Invaders (1978 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.
 
7.
Adventure (1978 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An evil magician steals an enchanted chalice from the yellow castle. And you have to retrieve it.
 
8.
Asteroids (1979 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Your spaceship is trapped in an asteroid belt. Watch out for enemy spacecraft and maneuver your way out.
 
9.
Galaxian (1979 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
 
10.
Lunar Lander (1979 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
 
11.
Battlezone (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
 
12.
Defender (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Defend the human population from swarms of attacking aliens.
 
13.
Eamon (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
14.
Missile Command (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
15.
Rogue (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
16.
The Tempest (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives. (125 mins.)
Director: John Gorrie
 
17.
Multi-User Dungeon (1978 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
18.
Puckman (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This is the Atari VCS (2600) version of Pac-Man.
 
19.
Phoenix (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
20.
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Told in second person, you play an AFGNCAAP (an Ageless, Faceless, Gender-Neutral, Culturally-Ambiguous...
 
21.
Warlords (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The players use shields to defend their castle walls from the fireballs that ricochet around the playfield...
 
22.
Centipede (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The player controls a gun that can only move in the bottom fifth of the screen. The object is to shoot...
 
23.
Galaga (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
 
24.
Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.
 
25.
Qix (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
 
26.
Scramble (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
27.
Stargate (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The player's ship flies over a horizontally scrolling planet surface, protecting friendly humanoids from alien abduction...
“ The Sequel to Defender!!! ” - Bullwinkle96
 
28.
Venture (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
29.
Ms. Pac-Man (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This update to Pac-Man changed the character to a lady, added moving fruit, smarted monsters, cutscenes and more mazes.
 
30.
Frogger (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In this arcade game, you must help a frog cross a highway and a river while avoiding obstacles so he can get to his home safely.
 
31.
Gorf (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The player controls a spaceship that must blast its way through five missions, each a different challenge. The game features a pistol grip joystick and robotic speech synthesis that heckles the player during gameplay.
 
32.
Ultima (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Your job is to complete several quests and gather special stones to defeat the evil wizard, Mondain.
 
33.
Gravitar (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
34.
Joust (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
 
35.
The Hobbit Software Adventure (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
 
36.
Choplifter! (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
 
37.
Robotron: 2084 (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
38.
Dig Dug (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dig tunnels underground and use an air pump to inflate and blow-up your enemies. You can also drop rocks on your foes...
 
39.
Miner (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(20 mins.)
Director: Robin Spry
 
40.
Moon Patrol (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Player drives a moon buggy jumping over craters, rocks and land mines, shooting simultaneously at rocks in front and aliens above while dodging their missiles.
 
41.
Mr. Do! (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
You are a clown who moves around a maze. You can dig new paths to avoid monsters and collect cherries. Kill monsters with a "powerball" or drop apples on them. Kill them all or eat all the cherries to go up a level.
 
42.
Q*bert (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Q*bert must to make the top of the blocks the color shown and avoid enemies.
 
43.
Xevious (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
 
44.
Soko-Ban (1987 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
You are a construction worker, who must move a certain amount of boxes on different levels of a warehouse, to look for something.
 
45.
Tron (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Can you survive the game grid?
 
46.
Time Pilot (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
 
47.
Utopia (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'. (50 mins.)
 
48.
I, Robot (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
49.
Archon (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
 
50.
Star Wars (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In this game, you assume the role of Luke Skywalker and fight past many enemies to to reach and destroy the Death Star.
 
51.
Intervention (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Chuckie (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Chuckie, 28, is the son of a famous musician, and was born into the rock 'n' roll world of the 70's...
 
52.
Dragon's Lair (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
You guide a hapless knight, Dirk the Daring, through a dragon controlled castle full of dangers.
Director: Don Bluth
 
53.
Gyruss (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
 
54.
Mad Planets (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
55.
M.U.L.E. (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
 
56.
Planetfall (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
On the crashed shuttle "Nozomu", Theo Aldiss finds himself alone with a limited period of time before the ship self destructs.
Director: Chris Harrison
 
57.
Spy Hunter (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
58.
Crystal Castles (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Bentley Bear gathers gems found along the paths of many three-quarters-view castles. Wear the magic hat to kill the witch, Berthilda, and eliminate the gem eaters while they are eating. Secret warps take you to higher levels. (28 mins.)
 
59.
Jetpac (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
 
60.
Juno First (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
61.
Lode Runner (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
 
62.
Manic Miner (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The brilliant prequel to Jet Set Willy sees Miner Willy battling through the robot-filled underground mines of Surbiton...
Director: Matthew Smith
 
63.
Tapper (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
You are a soda jerk serving root beer to patrons.
 
64.
Track & Field (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
65.
Ballblazer (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
66.
Bank Panic (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
 
67.
H.E.R.O. (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
68.
Boulder Dash (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
You are Rockford, and you must guide him through a series of caves to hunt for diamonds. You must collect enough of them in order to exit each cave, while at the same time dodging deadly falling rocks, fireflies, and other perils.
 
69.
Bomb Jack (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
 
70.
Elite (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The classic space trading game. You and your Cobra Mk III battle wagon have to become 'Elite.' but this...
 
71.
Kung-Fu Master (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Thomas must use his punches, kicks, and jumpkicks to save Sylvia from Mr. X and his henchmen.
 
72.
Deus ex Machina (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
 
73.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
You are Arthur Dent, and you must survive the worst day of your life. For one thing, your house is being demolished...
 
74.
Hyper Sports (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
75.
Marble Madness (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
 
76.
Karate Champ (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
77.
Knight Lore (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
 
78.
Demolition Derby (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
79.
Lords of Midnight (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Doomdark has woken from his slumber and the lands of Midnight are plunged into Winter. The Solstice...
 
80.
Jet Set Willy (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Released on the Spectrum, this was a free-roaming version of Manic Miner. After a wild party, Willy woke up in the bath and had to tidy up the house (ie pick up about 100 objects in 60 rooms) before he was allowed to bed by Maria.
Director: Matthew Smith
 
81.
Pac-Land (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
82.
Paperboy (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
You play a kid delivering papers on his treacherous route.
 
83.
Spy vs. Spy (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The lovable characters from MAD Magazine battle it out to seize important documents and escape with their lives.
 
84.
Bounty (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
With the rope around his neck and about to be hoisted off the ground, Nate is given a second chance to make things right... (90 mins.)
Director: Jared Isham
 
85.
Deja Vu (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An alcohol advertisement cut to look like a movie trailer. (1 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
86.
Summer Games 2 (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
87.
A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
88.
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
 
89.
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
90.
Gauntlet (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nice game with up to four cooperative players exploring dungeons and fighting monsters from a top-view perspective...
 
91.
Ghosts'n Goblins (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
92.
Green Beret (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
93.
Gradius (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
 
94.
Mercenary (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(11 mins.)
 
95.
Little Computer People (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In 1985, the Activision Research Group found the cause all common home computer glitches: little computer...
 
96.
Tehkan World Cup (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
97.
Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from evil Bowser.
 
98.
Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The evil wizard Mangar has cursed your hometown, Skara Brae, with eternal winter. It is up to you to assemble a party of adventurers to save Skara Brae.
 
99.
Fairlight (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Land of Fairlight was once a happy, jolly place - but this is no longer the case. More than three...
 
100.
Paranoid (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A stressed out fashion model Chloe is invited by an acquaintance to a dinner party with some friends of his in a house far from London... (93 mins.)
Director: John Duigan