1001 Video Games you Must Play Before You Die

by Bullwinkle96 | created - 27 Mar 2012 | updated - 15 Sep 2013 | Public

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The list of all the Games in the Book "1001 Video Games you Must Play Before You Die" in order. Well, the ones that I could Find on IMDb!

I am still making this list. A lot of the games that I want to list aren't even on IMDb. Hopefully I will be done soon. Sorry to keep you all waiting.

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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 1848.

Star: Richard Ellman Kennedy

Votes: 129

2. Pong (1972 Video Game)

E | Family, Sport

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

Votes: 647

3. Breakout (1976)

X | 50 min | Adult

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Director: Joe Serkes

Votes: 41

4. Boot Hill (1977 Video Game)

Action, Western

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

Votes: 12

5. Combat (II) (1975 Video Game)


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Votes: 22

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: 597

7. Adventure (1979 Video Game)


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

Votes: 52

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: 415

9. Galaxian (1979 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Face waves of aliens descending on your spaceship and clear the screen to achieve victory.

Votes: 155

10. Lunar Lander (1979 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 35

12. Defender (II) (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Defend the human population from swarms of attacking aliens.

Votes: 119

13. Eamon (1980 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

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Votes: 7

14. Missile Command (1980 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Fantasy

Missiles from the sky are attacking the cities, you, as the player, must defend the 6 cities as long as you can.

Votes: 122

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: 13

16. The Tempest (1980 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 125 min | Drama

Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Michael Hordern, Derek Godfrey, David Waller, Warren Clarke

Votes: 267

17. Multi-User Dungeon (1978 Video Game)


A multi-user dungeon (MUD) is both a style of role-playing game and the name of one of the original text-based multiplayer online role-playing games of this genre. MUD was created by Roy ... See full summary »

18. Pac-Man (1980 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Family, Fantasy

Navigate Pac-Man through a maze escaping ghosts and eating Pac-Dots.

Votes: 1,690

19. Phoenix (1980 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 22

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: 59

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: 27

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: 153

23. Galaga (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The sequel to Galaxian (1979), the player controls a spaceship and faces waves of enemy aliens that try to destroy, capture, or collide with the spaceship.

Votes: 459

24. Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Family

Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto

Votes: 1,484

26. Scramble (1981 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 19

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: 83

The Sequel to Defender!!!

28. Venture (1981 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy

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Votes: 11

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

Unrated | Action, Family, Fantasy

This update to Pac-Man (1980) changed the character to a lady, added moving fruit, smarter monsters, cut scenes and more mazes.

Votes: 381

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: 717

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: 36

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: 47

33. Gravitar (1982 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 7

34. Joust (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Fantasy

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Votes: 106

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: 28

37. Robotron: 2084 (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 53

38. Dig Dug (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Family

In the video game DigDug you are the character Doug who has been sent to clear this underground area of all the enemies.

Director: Masahisa Ikegami

Votes: 240

39. Miner (1965)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Robin Spry

40. 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: 49

41. 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: 42

42. Q*bert (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Family

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

Votes: 131

43. Xevious (1982 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An epic battle between a Solvolou fighter and the forces of Xevious in mysterious and futuristic world.

Votes: 38

44. 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: 18

45. Tron (1982 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Can you survive the game grid?

Votes: 144

46. Time Pilot (1982 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi