1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

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Utopia
Chuckie Egg
Planetfall
Bounty Bob Strikes Back
Deja Vu
Mercenary
Paradroid
Trinity
Spindizzy
Rebelstar
The Sentinel
NetHack
Dungeon Master
Head Over Heels
Oids
Carrier Command
Laser Squad
Exile
Fantasy World Dizzy
Midwinter
Herzog Zwei
Stunt Car Racer
John Madden Football
Snake Rattle'n'Roll
Hunter
Tecmo Super Bowl
Mega Lo Mania
NBA Jam
Micro Machines 2 - Turbo Tournament
Tempest 2000
Gravity Power
Monster Max
Point Blank
Sub-Terrania
Alien Soldier
Tactics Ogre - Let Us Cling Together
The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
International Track and Field
GTI Club Rally Cote d'Azur
Marathon Infinity
Saturn Bomberman
Syndicate Wars
Final Furlong
DoDonPachi
X-COM - Apocalypse
Shining Force III
Carmageddon II - Carpocalypse Now
Grand Prix Legends
Space Station Silicon Valley
Bangai-O
SNK vs Capcom - Card Fighters' Clash
Mario Golf
Faselei
Tribes 2
IL-2 Sturmovik
Stretch Panic
RuneScape
Uplink
Grow
Harvest Moon - Friends of Mineral Town
Geometry Wars
Mojib Ribbon
Ninja Five-O
Samorost
Zuma
Pool Paradise
Counter-Strike Source
Donkey Kong - Jungle Beat
Torus Trooper
Castlevania - Dawn of Sorrow
Animal Crossing - Wild World
Golden Tee Live
F.E.A.R.
Facade
Garry's Mod
Gunstar Super Heroes
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns
Nintendogs
Trauma Center - Under the Knife
Rebelstar - Tactical Command
Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney
Ninja Gaiden Black
Armadillo Run
Line Rider
Exit 2
Rockstar Presents Table Tennis
Art Style - Orbient
Naked War
Slitherlink
Gottlieb Pinball Classics
Slaves to Armok II - Dwarf Fortress
Virtua Tennis 3
Ultimate Ghosts'n'Goblins
Crush
Contra 4
Free Running
FlatOut - Ultimate Carnage
Flywrench
Desktop Tower Defense
Everyday Shooter
Colin McRae - Dirt
Mercury Meltdown Revolution
Pac-Man Champ Ed
Planet Puzzle League
Quadradius
Singstar
Warhawk
Patapon
Carcasonne
Audiosurf
Auditorium
Bejeweled Twist
Critter Crunch
Galcon
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
Cursor*10
Fantastic Contraption
Bangai-O Spirits
Defense Grid - The Awakening
Maboshi - The Three Shape Arcade
Spelunky
Age of Empires - Mythologies
Geometry Wars - Retro Evolved 2
Let's Tap
Tetris Party
Lost Winds
Pure
World of Goo
Rez HD
PixelJunk Monsters
Top Spin 3
Rock Band 2
BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Spore
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Reset Generation
Reset Generation
Trism
Edge/Edgy
Drop7
Fieldrunners
Art Style - Intersect
Bonsai Barber
Captain Forever
Boom Blox Bash Party
Canabalt
Bit.Trip Core
Demigod
Half-Minute Hero
Fat Princess
Colin McRae - Dirt 2
Death Tank
Eliss
Crayon Physics Deluxe
Noby Noby Boy
GeoDefense Swarm
Fuel
Grand Slam Tennis
Might and Magic - Clash of Heroes
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
Lost Winds - Winter of the Melodias
Little King's Story
Race Pro
One-Dot Enemies
The Path
Rhythm Heaven
Rolando 2
Spider - The Secret of Bryce Manor
Skate 2
Starship Patrol
Scribblenauts
The Dishwasher - Dead Samurai
You, Me and the Cubes
Zen Bound
Reflect Missile
Mighty Flip Champs
Cogs
PixelJunk Shooter
Time Gentlemen, Please
Max and the Magic Marker
VVVVVV
Chime
Neptune's Pride
Alien Zombie Death
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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 8.2/10 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 6.9/10 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 7.3/10 X  
 
10.
Lunar Lander (1979 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
 
11.
Battlezone (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
 
12.
Defender (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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.
Tempest (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
You control a yellow crab-shaped shooter that travels along the outside rim of a 3-dimensional tunnel...
 
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 7.3/10 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 7.6/10 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...
 
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 7.2/10 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.
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.
 
40.
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.
 
41.
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.
 
42.
Xevious (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
 
43.
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.
 
44.
Tron (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Can you survive the game grid?
 
45.
Time Pilot (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
 
46.
I, Robot (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
47.
Archon (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
 
48.
Star Wars (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In this game, you assume the role of Luke Skywalker and fight past many enemies to to reach and destroy the Death Star.
 
49.
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
 
50.
Gyruss (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
 
51.
Mad Planets (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
52.
M.U.L.E. (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
 
53.
Spy Hunter (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
54.
Crystal Castles (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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.)
 
55.
Jetpac (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
 
56.
Juno First (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
57.
Lode Runner (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
 
58.
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
 
59.
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.
 
60.
Track & Field (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
61.
Ballblazer (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
62.
Bank Panic (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
 
63.
H.E.R.O. (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
64.
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.
 
65.
Bomb Jack (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
 
66.
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...
 
67.
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.
 
68.
Deus ex Machina (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
 
69.
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...
 
70.
Hyper Sports (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
71.
Marble Madness (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
 
72.
Karate Champ (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
73.
Knight Lore (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
 
74.
Demolition Derby (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
75.
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...
 
76.
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
 
77.
Pac-Land (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
78.
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.
 
79.
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.
 
80.
Summer Games 2 (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
81.
A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
82.
Commando (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This is the story of a man named Super Joe. He must stop an enemy alliance, and rescue hostages.
 
83.
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
 
84.
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...
 
85.
Ghosts'n Goblins (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
86.
Rush'n Attack (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Phazer Atsuko
 
87.
Gradius (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
 
88.
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...
 
89.
Tehkan World Cup (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
90.
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.
 
91.
Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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.
 
92.
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...
 
93.
Skool Daze (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
94.
Tetris (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
It's Tetris the one and only game.Builed and get rid of the lines
 
95.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
 
96.
Leader Board (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
97.
Alter Ego (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
RPG that simulates life choices and outcomes. Make choices for your character, who has physical, intellectual and other skills, to see how he or she ends up in life. Bad choices lead to disturbing deaths, smart choices lead to good life.
 
98.
Arkanoid (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
99.
Darius (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Earth's populace uses their combined global space technology in order to travel into space and colonize alien planets...
Director: Toshio Kohno
 
100.
Gauntlet II (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard enter a dungeon with several hundred levels. Monster generators churn out wave after wave of enemies...