Glossary

A-10 Tank Killer

A-10 Tank Killer

Release date: 1989

Genres: Flight, Simulation

Platforms: Amiga, Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Dynamix

A-10 Tank Killer is a 1989 combat flight simulator video game for DOS developed and published by Dynamix. An Amiga version was released in 1990. The game features an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft. Following the success of Red Baron, version 1.5 was released in 1991 which included Gulf War missions and improved graphics and sounds. Several mission packs were sold separately. A sequel published by Sierra, Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer II, was released in 1996.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance

Release date: 1988

Genres: Action, Adventure

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Sega Master System, Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Amstrad CPC

Publishers: Strategic Simulations, U.S. Gold Pony Canyon

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance is a video game released in January 1988 for various home computer systems and consoles. The game is based on the first Dragonlance campaign module for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Dragons of Despair, and the first Dragonlance novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Heroes of the Lance focuses on the journey of eight heroes through the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, where they must face the ancient dragon Khisanth and retrieve the reli…

Alien Syndrome

Alien Syndrome

Release date: 1987

Genres: Action, Shooter

Platforms: Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Alien Syndrome (エイリアンシンドローム, Eirian Shindorōmu) is a run and gun game developed by Sega and released in arcades in 1987.

Albion (video game)

Albion (video game)

Release date: 1995

Genres: Role-playing

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Blue Byte

Albion is a single player role-playing video game developed and published by Blue Byte for MS-DOS in 1995. It was originally released in German, then translated to English for international release. The game features a science fiction setting that incorporates traditional fantasy elements, such as magic. The game was intended to be developed for the Amiga computer, but was developed for DOS instead when Commodore declared bankruptcy.Albion can be considered a spiritual successor to the Amiga rol…

Alien Logic: A Skyrealms of Jorune Adventure

Release date: 1994

Genres: Fantasy

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Strategic Simulations

Alien Logic: A Skyrealms of Jorune Adventure is a DOS-based computer game based on the Skyrealms of Jorune role-playing game. It was developed by Ceridus Software and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) in 1994.

Apache Strike

Release date: 1987

Genres:

Platforms: Apple Mac, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Silicon Beach Software, Activision Blizzard

Apache Strike is a 3D helicopter game first released for the Macintosh in 1987.

Airball

Airball

Release date: 1987

Genres: Puzzle

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Microdeal

Airball is a computer game released in 1987 by Microdeal. It was programmed by Ed Scio, with graphics by Pete Lyon, music by Paul Shields, and level design by Pete Scott. Lyon was the artist for other Microdeal games in the late 1980s, such as Goldrunner.. The game was originally released for the Dragon 32/64 and TRS-80 Color Computer, with ports following for the Atari ST, Amiga, MS-DOS, Atari 8-bit, and Game Boy Advance. Airball was ported to the Apple IIgs, but saw an extremely limited run w…

Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controller

Release date: 1978

Genres: Simulation

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Creative Computing

Air Traffic Controller is a 1978 video game written by air traffic controller David Mannering, and released by Creative Computing for the TRS-80 Model I and Exidy Sorcerer in 1978, and for the Apple II, Apple II Plus and Sol-20 in 1979. It was later rewritten by Will Fastie and Bill Appelbaum for Data General AOS in 1980, and ported to MS-DOS for release by PC Disk Magazine in 1983.An enhanced version titled Advanced Air Traffic Controller was released by Creative Computing in 1981 for the TRS-8…

Archon: The Light and the Dark

Archon: The Light and the Dark

Release date: 1983

Genres: Strategy

Platforms: Amiga, Apple Mac, Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Amstrad CPC

Publishers: IGN

Archon: The Light and the Dark is a 1983 video game developed by Free Fall Associates and one of the first five games published by Electronic Arts. It is superficially similar to chess, in that it takes place on a board with alternating light and dark squares; however, instead of fixed rules when landing on another player's piece, an arcade-style fight takes place to determine the victor, and each piece has different combat abilities. These abilities are enhanced when landing on a square of one…

Air Power

Release date: 1995

Genres: Action, Simulation

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Mindscape

Air Power is a game developed by Rowan Software and published by Mindscape for DOS, and released on November 6, 1995.

ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing

ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing

Release date: 1991

Genres: Action, Combat, Sports

Platforms: Amiga, Microsoft Dos

Publishers:

ABC Wide World Of Sports Boxing is a boxing computer game released in 1991. The game allows for more than just boxing, letting the player create and then train and manage their own character. It is based on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) program Wide World of Sports and was released at the time of the program's 30th anniversary. Sportscaster Dan Dierdorf, then a boxing commentator for ABC, is featured in this game. The game was known in the European market as TV Sports Boxing, part of C…

Apache (video game)

Apache (video game)

Release date: 1995

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Digital Integration

Apache is a computer game released by Digital Integration in 1995 for MS-DOS and Macintosh. The game is a combat flight simulator of the American AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter.

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Amazon: Guardians of Eden

Release date: 1992

Genres: Action, Adventure

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Access Software

Amazon: Guardians of Eden is a point-and-click adventure video game for MS-DOS from Access Software. It is one of the first games to feature super VGA graphics, digitized voice-overs, and an online (in game) hint system.

ALF: The First Adventure

ALF: The First Adventure

Release date: 1987

Genres: Action

Platforms: Atari ST, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Box Office

ALF: The First Adventure is an action video game that was released in 1987 for the Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS. It is based on the television series ALF.

Arcade Pool

Arcade Pool

Release date: 1999

Genres: Sports, Simulation

Platforms: Amiga, Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Team17

Arcade Pool is a pool simulation game developed and published in 1994 by Team17, initially for the Amiga home computer system. The game was later ported to the PC, and a special CD32 release soon followed. The game is a top-down pool simulator. Although simple, the physics are surprisingly accurate. The game featured many British and American variations of pool as well as two variations of ball set (standard UK red and yellow, and standard US circles and stripes). Computer-controlled players are…

Avoid the Noid

Avoid the Noid

Release date: 1989

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: ShareData

Avoid the Noid is a platform game for the Commodore 64 and MS-DOS published in 1989 to promote Domino's Pizza. It was modeled after the company's ad campaign during the late 1980s where a "Noid" destroyed pizzas and must be avoided.

Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021

Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021

Release date: 1987

Genres: Strategy

Platforms: Microsoft Dos

Publishers: Thinking Machine Associates

Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 is a DOS computer game originally written by George Moromisato, and published by TMA in 1987. The game's theme was galactic conquest, with the setting strongly inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation series of novels. It was one of the first computer strategy games, and is an example of a 4X game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). A Windows remake, titled Anacreon: Imperial Conquest in the Far Future, was released by George Moromisato in 2004. Beta-testing for A…

Arkanoid

Arkanoid

Release date: 1986

Genres: Block breaker

Platforms: Atari ST, Apple Mac, Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers:

Arkanoid is a 1986 block breaker arcade game developed and published by Taito. In North America, it was published by Romstar. Controlling a paddle-like craft known as the Vaus, the player is tasked with clearing a formation of colorful blocks, accomplished by deflecting a ball towards it without letting the ball leave the playfield. Some blocks contain power-ups that have various effects on the player, such as increasing the length of the Vaus, creating several additional balls, or turning the V…

Alternate Reality: The City

Release date: 1985

Genres: Role-playing

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Datasoft

Alternate Reality: The City is a video game published by Datasoft, the first game in the Alternate Reality series. It was created by Philip Price, and was released in 1985. Gary Gilbertson created the music.

Adventure Construction Set

Adventure Construction Set

Release date: 1984

Genres: Adventure

Platforms: Amiga, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Planet Elder Scrolls

Adventure Construction Set (ACS) is a computer game creation system written by Stuart Smith that is used to construct tile-based graphical adventure games. ACS was originally published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1984 on the Commodore 64, and was later ported to the Apple II, Amiga, and MS-DOS. It was one of EA's biggest hits of 1985, earning a Software Publishers Association "Gold Disk" award. ACS provides a graphical editor for the construction of maps, placement of creatures and items, and a…