8-BIT
(1983 - 1989)
ERA 1
ERA 2
ERA 3
ERA 4
ERA 5
ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

Impossible Mission

1984

Dennis Caswell

System 3

Boulder Dash

1984

Peter Liepa, Christopher Gray

Boulder Dash® is a registered trademark of FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. The name and likeness of Rockford™ is a trademark of FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. Copyright © 1984, 2011 FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. All rights reserved.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Jumpman

1983

Randy Glover

System 3

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

Wasteland

1988

Brian Fargo, Alan Pavlish, Ken St. Andre, Michael A. Stackpole, Designers.

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THE WINNING GAME IS:

The Bards Tale III: Thief of Fate

1988

Michael A. Stackpole, Brian Fargo, Rebecca Ann Heineman, Bruce Schlickbernd, Designers.

© 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Image courtesy MobyGames

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

1988

David Fox, Matthew Kane, David Spangler, Ron Gilbert

COURTESY OF LUCASARTS, A DIVISION OF LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD.

TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Attack of the Mutant Camels

1983

Jeff Minter

Llamasoft

Paradroid

1985

Andrew Braybrook

Jester Interactive Publishing, Ltd.

Raid on Bungeling Bay

1984

Will Wright

Broderbund/The Learning Company

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

M.U.L.E.

1983

Danielle Berry, Bill Bunten, Jim Rushing, Alan Watson, Designers.

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Little Computer People

1985

David Crane

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

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Sid Meier's Pirates!

1987

Original design by Sid Meier, Arnold Hendrick. Image courtesy 2K Games, Inc, and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

Mega Man 2

1988 (1989 on NES)

Akira Kitamura, Planner. Keiji Inafune, Character Design.

Capcom Entertainment, Inc.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Super Mario Brothers 3

1988 (1990 on NES)

Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Creators. Emi Tomita, Graphic Design.

Nintendo of America, Inc.

Metroid

1986

Satoru Okada, Chief Director, Hirofumi Matsuoka, Yoshio Sakamoto, Game Designers.

Nintendo of America, Inc.

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

Final Fantasy

1987 (1990 on NES)

Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi.

© 1987, 1990 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.

THE WINNING GAME IS:

The Legend of Zelda

1986 (1987 on NES)

Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka.

Nintendo of America, Inc.

Shadowgate

1987 (1989 on NES)

David Marsh, Karl Roelofs, Artists.

TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

1943: The Battle of Midway

1988

Yoshiki Okamoto

Capcom Entertainment, Inc.

Top Gun

1987

Kenji Shimoenta, N. Sato, Daibutsu Mari, Visual Designers.

© 1986 by Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Life Force

1987 (1988 on NES)

Original design by Hiroyasu Machiguchi.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

Archon: The Light and the Dark

1983 (1989 on NES)

Jon Freeman, Anne Westfall, Paul Reiche III, Designers.

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THE WINNING GAME IS:

Desert Commander

1989

Unidentified artist

Kemco

North and South

1989 (1990 on NES)

Unidentified artist

Kemco

ACTION GENRE (1 of 4)

Shinobi

1988

Richard Aplin, Drew Northcott

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Mickey Mouse in the Land of Illusion

1992

Taku Shoji, Main Programmer. Choko Kawaguchi, Artist. Yoshio Yoshida, Go Sugai, Game Designers.

Courtesy of Disney

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Marble Madness

1986 (1992 on SEGA Master System)

Mark Cerny, Steve Lamb

ADVENTURE GENRE (2 of 4)

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Phantasy Star

1987

Yuji Naka, Lead Programming. Rieko Kodama, Executive Design.

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

Heroes of the Lance

1988 (1991 on SEGA Master System)

Daniel Cermak, U.S. Lead.

Ultima IV: Quest for the Avatar

1985 (1990 on SEGA Master System)

Richard Garriott, Project Leader.

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TARGET GENRE (3 of 4)

Fantasy Zone

1986

Various artists

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THE WINNING GAME IS:

After Burner

1988

Yu Suzuki, Designer.

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

Missile Defense 3D

1987

Mark Cerny

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

COMBAT/STRATEGY GENRE (4 of 4)

Gain Ground

1990

Naoki Okabe, Kan Chan

© SEGA. All Rights Reserved

THE WINNING GAME IS:

Spy vs Spy

1984 (1986 on SEGA Master System)

Michael J. Riedel

Rampart

1991 (1993 on SEGA Master System)

Original design by John Salwitz.

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