20 Games That Defined the Apple II

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20 Games That Defined the Apple II (aka Apple ][)

1981 Ultima I (California Pacific Computer)
1981 Castle Wolfenstein (Muse Software)
1981 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (Sir-Tech Software)
1982 Swashbuckler (Datamost)
1982 Choplifter (Broderbund)
1983 Lode Runner (Broderbund)
1983 Cavern Creatures (Datamost)
1984 King’s Quest (Sierra)
1984 Impossible Mission (Epyx)
1984 Karateka (Broderbund)
1985 The Oregon Trail (MECC)
1985 The Bard’s Tale (Interplay)
1985 Elite (Firebird Software)
1986 Might and Magic (New World Computing)
1987 Pirates! (MicroProse)
1987 California Games (Epyx)
1987 Maniac Mansion (LucasArts)
1988 Wasteland (Interplay)
1989 Prince of Persia (Broderbund)
1990 Battle Chess (Interplay)


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  1. Does anyone one remember the name of that game where you're a man flying around with a helicopter backpack and shooting stuff in a network of caves. There were poisonous walls and maybe dynamite.

  2. Thanks for posting! Truth is that there were so many games it's really hard to list them all. I don't know if anyone remembers "The Source" which was basically the internet in its infancy. Through The Source I used to trade broken or pirated games with others through the mail using Locksmith software ( which itself was pirated ). Games by Sirius and Brøderbund and game guru Bill Budge were pretty hot. There were some really good games, too many to make mention. Great times for sure.

  3. Don't forget the earliest 8-bit games, when the Apple II was a home computer rather than a K-12 lab computer running the likes of WitWiCS and Oregon Trail. Of course Penny Arcade, Little Brick Out, and Lemonade Stand which were included with the DOS disk. I also fondly recall Night Rider, Bill Budge's Space Album, Hellfire Warrior, The Wizard and the Princess, Temple of Apshai, Olympic Decathlon, Prisoner, and Akalabeth. There was also an early One-on-One basketball game pitting Larry Bird against Dr. J.

  4. Captain Goodnight. Hard Hat Mack. Twerps. Galaxian. Pinball Construction Set. Zaxxon. So many more. You'd need 100 just for starters. But good list, nice memories 🙂

  5. I guess I lived in a different world in the 80s. When I was a kid, all we ever had were educational games. typing games, math games, etc. It wasnt until like about 10 years ago I learned that apple 2 had actual games lol

  6. No Infocom games? C'mon man, Zork 1-3, Enchanter 1-4, Planetfall, Leather Goddesses Of Phobos, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Wishbringer were all classics of the time! Your vid brings back a lot of memories, thanks for posting! I played on an Apple IIE with green monochrome monitor. Sometimes I miss those days.

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