1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

by Progressive-Element | created - 20 Apr 2013 | updated - 07 May 2013 | Public

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1. The Oregon Trail (1971 Video Game)

Adventure, Family, History

The player takes on the role of a wagon leader guiding a group of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail via a covered wagon in the year ... See full summary »

Star: Richard Ellman Kennedy

Votes: 99

2. Pong (1972 Video Game)

E | Sport

Two players play a video version of table tennis. The first to score 11 points wins.

Votes: 467

4. Boot Hill (1977 Video Game)

Action, Western

Western shooter arcade game released by Midway in 1977 and a sequel to Gun Fight.

Votes: 8

5. Combat (II) (1975 Video Game)


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Votes: 20

6. Space Invaders (1978 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.

Votes: 360

7. Adventure (1979 Video Game)


An evil magician steals an enchanted chalice from the yellow castle. And you have to retrieve it.

Votes: 33

8. Asteroids (1979 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Your spaceship is trapped in an asteroid belt. Watch out for enemy spacecraft and maneuver your way out.

Votes: 256

9. Galaxian (1979 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 118

10. Lunar Lander (1979 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 24

12. Defender (II) (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Defend the human population from swarms of attacking aliens.

Votes: 111

13. Eamon (1980 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

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14. Missile Command (1980 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Fantasy

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Votes: 90

15. Rogue (1980 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

Embark on a quest for the amulet of Yendor in the Dungeons of Doom! Magical items help you, the hero, to overcome the increasingly powerful monsters. Find the amulet to break the spell to enable an ascend to freedom.

Votes: 8

16. Tempest (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

You control a yellow crab-shaped shooter that travels along the outside rim of a 3-dimensional tunnel, shooting enemies down the alleys of the tunnel while avoiding any coming down the ... See full summary »

Votes: 42

18. Puckman (1980 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Family, Fantasy

This is the Atari VCS (2600) version of Pac-Man.

Votes: 1,238

19. Phoenix (1980 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 17

20. Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1980 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

Told in second person, you play an AFGNCAAP (an Ageless, Faceless, Gender-Neutral, Culturally-Ambiguous Adventure Person) who begins in a serene setting, a house nestled in a thick forest. ... See full summary »

Votes: 50

21. Warlords (1980 Video Game)

Unrated | Family, Fantasy

The players use shields to defend their castle walls from the fireballs that ricochet around the playfield. Players can capture and catapult the fireballs at opposing castles. Fireballs ... See full summary »

Votes: 23

22. Centipede (1980 Video Game)

Action, Family

The player controls a gun that can only move in the bottom fifth of the screen. The object is to shoot a centipede that works its way down to the player area through a field of mushrooms. ... See full summary »

Votes: 113

23. Galaga (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 290

24. Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Family

Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.

Director: Hiroshi Yamauchi

Votes: 1,150

26. Scramble (1981 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 15

27. Stargate (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The player's ship flies over a horizontally scrolling planet surface, protecting friendly humanoids from alien abduction. Destroying all enemies advances you to the next wave. Loss of all ... See full summary »

Votes: 77

28. Venture (1981 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy

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Votes: 5

29. Ms. Pac-Man (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Family, Fantasy

This update to Pac-Man changed the character to a lady, added moving fruit, smarted monsters, cutscenes and more mazes.

Votes: 310

30. Frogger (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Family

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.

Votes: 533

31. Gorf (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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.

Votes: 30

32. Ultima (1980 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Your job is to complete several quests and gather special stones to defeat the evil wizard, Mondain.

Votes: 39

34. Joust (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Fantasy

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Votes: 85

36. Choplifter! (1982 Video Game)


A combat helicopter must save as many rebels as possible from the p.o.w. camps set up by the evil Bungeling Empire and take out all enemy forces that stand in its way back to safety in this side-scrolling shoot 'em up.

Votes: 16

37. Robotron: 2084 (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 40

38. Dig Dug (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Family

Dig tunnels underground and use an air pump to inflate and blow-up your enemies. You can also drop rocks on your foes. Dislodge two rocks and a bonus fruit or vegetable will appear in the ... See full summary »

Director: Masahisa Ikegami

Votes: 185

39. Moon Patrol (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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.

Votes: 39

40. Mr. Do! (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Family

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.

Votes: 34

41. Q*bert (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Family

Q*bert must to make the top of the blocks the color shown and avoid enemies.

Votes: 97

42. Xevious (1982 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 22

43. Soko-Ban (1987 Video Game)

You are a construction worker, who must move a certain amount of boxes on different levels of a warehouse, to look for something.

Votes: 15

44. Tron (1982 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Can you survive the game grid?

Votes: 121

45. Time Pilot (1982 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 12

46. I, Robot (1983 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

Game Overview The player is an Interface Robot (#1984) in rebellion against Big Brother and his Evil Eyes in I,Robot. Players will enter another world where they must face off against Big ... See full synopsis »

Votes: 17