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(1970s - early 1980s)
ERA 1
ERA 2
ERA 3
ERA 4
ERA 5
ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

Tunnel Runner

1983

Richard K. Balaska, JR.

CBS Electronics

Haunted House

1981

James Andreasen

© 1981 Atari Interactive, Inc.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Pac-Man

1981

Toru Iwatani /Tod Frye

™ and © NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

Adventure

1980

Warren Robinett

© 1980 Atari Interactive, Inc.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Pitfall!

1982

David Crane

Activision Publishing. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

1982

Howard Scott Warshaw, Jerome Domurat

TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Space Invaders

1980

Rick Maurer

Missile Command®

1981

Rob Fulop

© 1980 Atari Interactive, Inc.

Yars’ Revenge®

1981

Howard Scott Warshaw

© 1981 Atari Interactive, Inc.

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Combat®

1977

Steve Mayer, Joe Decuir, Larry Kaplan, Larry Wagner

© 1978 Atari Interactive, Inc.

Star Raiders®

1979 (1982 on Atari VCS)

Doug Neubauer, Carla Meninsky

© 1982 Atari Interactive, Inc.

Video Chess®

1979

Robert H. Whitehead, Larry Wagner

© 1979 Atari Interactive, Inc.

ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Donkey Kong™

1982

Created by Shigeru Miyamoto

Jungle Hunt

1983

Adapted by David Cartt

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle

1982

Various artists

Coleco

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

Alcazar: The Forgotten Fortress

1985

Adapted by Tom Loughry

Activision Blizzard. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

Gateway to Apshai

1983 (1984 on Colecovision)

Marc Ferguson

System 3

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

1984

David Crane, adapted by Robert Rutkowski

Activision Publishing. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

Carnival

1982

Adapted by Steve Kitchen

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Zaxxon

1982

David Wesely and Dan Nicholson, Programmers. Adapted by Lawrence Schick.

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom

1982 (1983 on Colecovision)

Adapted by Ken Jordan

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

Evolution

1982 (1983 on Colecovision)

Jeff Sember, Don Mattrick

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

1983 (1984 on Colecovision)

Adapted by Sam Palahnuk

© SEGA. © 2009 Paramount Pictures. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Artillery Duel

1983

Various artists

Coleco

ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

Microsurgeon

1982

Rick Levine

Activision Blizzard. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

TRON: Maze-Atron

1982

Russ Haft

Intellivision Productions, Inc. Courtesy of Disney

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man

1983

Michael Sanders, Jossef Wagner

Intellivision Productions, Inc. (partial)

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

1982

Tom Loughry

Intellivision Productions, Inc. (partial)

Swords and Serpents

1982

Unidentified artist

Activision Blizzard. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

Thunder Castle

1986

Dave Warhol & Connie Goldman

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

Demon Attack

1982

Rob Fulop

Activision Blizzard. All trade names and trademarks are properties of their respective parties. All rights reserved.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Star Strike

1981

David Akers

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

Space Battle

1979

Hal Finney

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

Armor Battle

1979

Hal Finney, Chris Kingsley

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

B-17 Bomber

1982

John Sohl, William Fisher, Stephen Roney, Design and Programming.

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Utopia

1981

Don Daglow, Kai Tran

Intellivision Productions, Inc.

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