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Most Important Games of all Time

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Mystery House - Macintosh
Mystery House (1980), Roberta Williams's game for the Apple II, was the first graphic adventure game on home computers. Graphics consisted entirely of static monochrome drawings, and the interface still used the typed commands of text adventures. It proved very popular at the time, and she and husband Ken went on to found Sierra On-Line, a major producer of adventure games.
People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Pac-Man - Arcade
Pac-Man (1980) was the first game to achieve widespread popularity in mainstream culture and the first game character to be popular in his own right.
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Space Panic - Arcade
Space Panic (1980) is sometimes credited as the first platform game, with gameplay centered on climbing ladders between different floors.
People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Defender - Arcade
Defender (1980) established the scrolling shooter and was the first to have events (e.g., enemy movement) taking place outside the player’s view. A radar was displayed showing a map of the whole playfield.
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
Battlezone - Arcade
Battlezone (1980) used wireframe vector graphics to create the first true three-dimensional game world.
People who added this item 150 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Donkey Kong - Arcade
Donkey Kong (1981), an arcade game created by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, was the first game that allowed players to jump over obstacles and across gaps, making it the first true platformer. This game also introduced Mario, an icon of the genre.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 0
Turbo - Arcade
Turbo (1981), by Sega, was the first racing game with a third-person perspective, rear-view format.
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Moon Patrol - Arcade
Moon Patrol (1982) introduced the parallax scrolling technique in computer graphics.
People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Robotron: 2084 - Arcade
A dual-joystick control scheme was developed for Robotron (1982) to provide the player with more precise controls. Most modern video game systems employ a dual-stick design. Other games, such as Inferno, Smash TV, Total Carnage, Geometry Wars, Everyday Shooter, and Super Stardust HD, all borrow the basic gameplay elements.
People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
Pole Position - Arcade
Pole Position (1982), by Namco, used sprite-based, pseudo-3D graphics when it refined the "rear-view racer format" where the player’s view is behind and above the vehicle, looking forward along the road with the horizon in sight. The style would remain in wide use even after true 3D graphics became standard for racing games.
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Mario Bros. - Arcade
Mario Bros. (1983), developed by Shigeru Miyamoto, offered two-player simultaneous cooperative play and laid the groundwork for two-player cooperative platformers.
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Congo Bongo - Colecovision
Congo Bongo (1983), developed by Sega, was the first isometric platformer.
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Dragon's Lair - Arcade
Dragon's Lair (1983) was the first Laserdisc video game, and introduced full-motion video to video games.
King's Quest (1984) was created by Sierra, laying the groundwork for the modern adventure game. It featured color graphics and a third-person perspective. An on-screen player character could be moved behind and in front of objects on a 2D background drawn in perspective, creating the illusion of pseudo-3D space. Commands were still entered via text.
People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (357 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Tetris - Famicom and NES
Tetris (originally created in 1984) set the standard for all puzzle-games to follow. The game is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network Music Players and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes.
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Kung-Fu Master - Arcade
Kung-Fu Master (1984), a Hong Kong cinema-inspired action game, laid the foundations for scrolling beat 'em ups with its simple gameplay and multiple enemies. It is widely credited as the first Beat 'em Up.
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Karate Champ - Famicom and NES
Karate Champ (1984), Data East's action game, is credited with establishing and popularizing the one-on-one fighting game genre, and went on to influence Yie Ar Kung-Fu.
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Pac-Land - Arcade
Namco took the scrolling platformer a step further with Pac-Land (1984), which was the first game to feature multi-layered parallax scrolling and closely resembled later scrolling platformers like Super Mario Bros. (1985) and Wonder Boy (1986)
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Elite - PC Games
Elite (1984), designed by David Braben and Ian Bell, ushered in the age of modern style 3D graphics. The game contains convincing vector worlds, full 6 degree freedom of movement, and thousands of visitable planetary systems. It is considered a pioneer of the space flight simulator game genre.
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Yie Ar Kung-Fu - Famicom and NES
Konami's Yie Ar Kung Fu (1985), which expanded on Karate Champ by pitting the player against a variety of opponents, each with a unique appearance and fighting style.
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Gauntlet - Arcade
Gauntlet (1985) was the first game to simultaneously allow multiple-player action and force co-operative gameplay. Released during the emergence of role-playing games, the game was one of the first true "dungeon crawl" games.
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
The Bard's Tale - PC Games
The Bard's Tale (1985) by Interplay Entertainment is considered the first computer role-playing game to appeal to a wide audience that was not matched until Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo.
People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Metroid - Famicom and NES
Metroid (1986) was the earliest game to fuse platform game fundamentals with elements of action-adventure games, alongside elements of RPGs. These elements include the ability to explore an area freely, with access to new areas controlled by either the gaining of new abilities or through the use of inventory items.
People who added this item 588 Average listal rating (503 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
The Legend of Zelda - Famicom and NES
The Legend of Zelda (1986) developed by Shigeru Miyamoto, further defined, refined and popularized the emerging action RPG genre.
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Dragon Warrior - Famicom and NES
Dragon Quest (1986), developed by Yūji Horii, was one of the earliest console role-playing games. With its anime-style graphics by Akira Toriyama (of Dragon Ball fame), Dragon Quest set itself apart from computer role-playing games. It spawned the Dragon Quest franchise and served as the blueprint for the emerging console RPG genre, inspiring the likes of Sega's Phantasy Star (1987) and Squaresoft's Final Fantasy (1987)
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Renegade - Famicom and NES
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (1986), also released as Renegade, deviated from the martial arts themes of earlier game, introducing street brawling to the genre, and set the standard for future beat 'em up games as it introduced the ability to move both horizontally and vertically.
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Megami Tensei (Sept. 1987) and Phantasy Star (Dec. 1987) broke with tradition, abandoning the medieval setting and sword and sorcery themes common in most RPGs, in favour of modern/futuristic settings and science fiction themes.
People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Phantasy Star - Sega Master System
Megami Tensei (Sept. 1987) and Phantasy Star (Dec. 1987) broke with tradition, abandoning the medieval setting and sword and sorcery themes common in most RPGs, in favour of modern/futuristic settings and science fiction themes.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Dance Aerobics - Famicom and NES
Dance Aerobics was released in 1987, and allowed players to create music by stepping on Nintendo's Power Pad peripheral. It has been called the first rhythm-action game.
People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 0
Street Fighter - Arcade
Street Fighter (1987), developed by Capcom, introduced the use of special moves that could only be discovered by experimenting with the game controls.
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Metal Gear - MSX
Metal Gear (1987), developed by Hideo Kojima, was the first stealth game in an action-adventure framework, and became the first commercially successful stealth game, spawning the Metal Gear series.
People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Maniac Mansion - PC Games
Maniac Mansion (1987) removed text entry from adventure games. LucasArts built the SCUMM system to allow a point-and-click interface. Sierra and other game companies quickly followed with their own mouse-driven games.
People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Prince of Persia - PC Games
Prince of Persia (1989) was the first cinematic platformer. These games are distinct from typical platform games in that they focus on fluid, life-like movements, without the exaggerated physics found in nearly all other platform games. It was also the first game to use rotoscoping animation.
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Sweet Home - Famicom and NES
Sweet Home (1989) introduced many of the features of the survival horror genre. Gameplay involved battling horrifying creatures and solving puzzles. Developed by Capcom, the game would become an influence upon their later release Resident Evil (1996), making use of its mansion setting and its "opening door" load screen.
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Hovertank 3D - PC Games
Hovertank 3D (April 1991) from iD software is considered the first ever first-person shooter.
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Catacomb 3-D - PC Games
Catacomb 3-D (November 1991) is the first example of the modern, character-based first-person shooter genre. The game introduced the concept of showing the player's hand in the three-dimensional viewport, and an enhanced version of its technology was later used for the more successful and well-known Wolfenstein 3D.
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People who added this item 812 Average listal rating (986 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario 64 - Nintendo 64
With a controller specifically designed around the game, Super Mario 64 (1996) set the groundwork for how 3D platformers would be navigated, with a seperately-controlled 'camera' that both automatically and manually could enable gamers to orient themselves and get around a 3D world with ease. It also introduced 'particle effects' to simulate dust and smoke, transparency for liquids, and reflections on many surfaces.
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Final Fantasy VII - PlayStation
Final Fantasy VII (1997) was the first game to get a Hollywood-sized budget and production. With a $30 million budget, a team of more than 120 artists, an incredible musical score, and a very mature plot and storyline, it really pushed 'gaming' into a whole new realm.
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