Browse Games By Year: 1981

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  Game Year Description
Asteroids Deluxe
(アステロイドデラックス)
1981 Space - destroy rocks, saucers and homing enemies
*****
Astro Blaster
(アストロブラスター)
1981 Space - Shoot aliens & dock with mothership
*****
Donkey Kong
(ドンキーコング)
1981 Guide Mario (jumpman) to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.
Eyes
(アイズ)
1981 Roam maze and kill monsters
****.5
Frenzy
(フレンジー)
1981 Robots - Kill them all
*****
Frogger
(フロッガー)
1981 Guide frogs home across road and river
*****
Galaga
(ギャラガ)
1981 Space - blast waves of alien bugs
*****
Gorf
(ゴーフ)
1981 Space - defeat the Gorfian Armada over 5 different missions
****
Jump Bug
(ジャンプバグ)
1981 Guide jumping VW beetle through worlds
****
KickMan
(キックマン)
1981 Catch and burst balloons etc. Started life as "Kick" and was changed to KickMan after upright serial number #1600.
Omega Race
(オメガレース)
1981 Space - zap things around track
*****
Qix
(クイックス)
1981 Qix (pronounced "kicks") is a simple and elegant game in which you claim territory by drawing boxes to fill a rectangular space. You must avoid the Qix – sticklike objects that float and bounce through your space in unpredictable patterns. You can rack up more points for creating boxes more slowly, and besides the Qix, you must be careful of Sparx and Fuses which appear if your marker stops while you are drawing.
****.5
Scramble
(スクランブル)
1981 Space - Fly over planet surface and destroy base
Solar Quest 1981 Space - shoot things around a sun
*****
Space Fury
(スペースフューリー)
1981 Space - defeat the Mekon
*****
Star Hawk
(スターホーク)
1981 Space - shoot ships over space station
*****
Stargate 1981 Space - protect humanoids from aliens. Even more hyper-active sequel to Defender.
Super Cobra
(スーパーコブラ)
1981 Space - fly helicopter through caverns
*****
Tempest
(テンペスト)
1981 Space - Blast through abstract 3-D "tubes"
***
Turbo
(ターボ)
1981 Race through fake 3-D course
*****
Venture
(ベンチャー)
1981 Adventure - get treasure from rooms
*****
Wizard of Wor
(ウィザードオブウォー)
1981 Adventure - clear dungeons of monsters
Armored Car
(アーマードカー)
1981 Kinda Tutankham meets Rally-X. Typical Stern release.
Battle of Atlantis
(バトルオブアトランティス)
1981 No summary.
Cosmic Avenger
(コスミックアベンジャー)
1981 Scramble-like shooter.
****
Crazy Kong
(クレイジーコング)
1981 A Donkey Kong clone (not a bootleg) made by Falcon.
Fantasy
(ファンタジー)
1981 No summary.
****
Frisky Tom
(フリスキートム)
1981 Maze game similar to "Pipe Dream."
Jungler
(ジャングラー)
1981 You're a centipede trying to shoot other centipedes while navigating through a maze.
*****
Kick 1981 Catch and burst balloons etc. Started life as "Kick" and was changed to KickMan after upright serial number #1600.
Killer Comet 1981 No summary.
MegaTack 1981 No summary.
Pulsar
(パルサー)
1981 You drive through a maze while strange opponents fire at you. You must vanquish opponents before you move to the next maze. Watch for the maze to change, because as some walls disappear others materialize.
*****
Red Baron
(レッドバロン)
1981 fly around arena shooting down enemy planes and airships etc..
**.5
Route 16
(ルート16)
1981 Driving maze game
Space Odyssey
(スペースオデッセイ)
1981 No summary.
Strategy X
(ストラテジーX)
1981 No summary.
*****
Tank Battalion
(タンクバタリアン)
1981 No summary.
End, The
(ジ・エンド)
1981 A Stern take-off of Space Invaders
Video Hustler
(ビデオハスラー)
1981 Pool game.
War of the Bugs
(ウォーオブザバグ)
1981 Centipede Clone.
Warp Warp
(ワープ&ワープ)
1981 Shoot the beasties
Super Tank
(スーパータンク)
1981 No summary.
Boxing Bugs
(ボクシングバグ)
1981 No summary.
Laser Base 1981 Asteroids-style shooter with a base instead of ship.
Red Alert
(レッドアラート)
1981 Save countries from nuclear attack
Lock n' Chase
(ロックンチェイス)
1981 No summary.
Quasar
(クエーサー)
1981 No summary.
Spiders
(スパイダー)
1981 No summary.
Mars
(マーズ)
1981 No summary.
Moon Shuttle
(ムーンシャトル)
1981 Fly your shuttle through asteroid fields.
****
Thief
(シーフ)
1981 No summary.
Enigma II 1981 No summary.
Kaos 1981 No summary.
Intruder 1981 No summary.
Eliminator 4 1981 4-player tabletop version of Eliminator.
Eliminator
(エリミネーター)
1981 A 2- or 4- Player battle frenzy to be the first to destroy the Killer Bagel (actually a Death Star of sorts).
Astro Fantasia
(アストロファンタジア)
1981 No summary.
Barrian
(バリアン)
1981 No summary.
Boarder Line
(ボーダーライン)
1981 No summary.
Caveman 1981 A full-sized pinball machine with a color monitor taking up the top center of the playfield. This predates Baby Pacman by about a year.
Challenger
(チャレンジャー)
1981 Split and destroy "space bubbles" and enemy ships. Ship fires in three directions, and can "Warp" to the top or bottom of the screen. Dock with the Bonus Bug for bonus points.
Cosmos
(コスモス)
1981 No summary.
Crazy Climber 2
(クレイジークライマー2)
1981 Sequel to Crazy Climber. Climb a building and avoid falling obstacles. A Japanese game featuring excrement that actually made it to the states!
***.5
Crush Roller
(クラッシュローラー)
1981 Japanese version of "Make Trax."
Dambusters
(ダムバスター)
1981 No summary.
Dark Warrior
(ダークウォーリア)
1981 No summary.
Dazzler
(ダズラー)
1981 No summary.
****
Donkey King 1981 No summary.
Ms. Pac Attack
(ミスパックアタック)
1981 Hack of MsPacman by Two-Bit Score.
Ms. Pac-Man Attacks 1981 No summary.
New Bosconian
(ニューボスコニアン)
1981 No summary.
New Grand Derby
(ニューグランドダービー)
1981 No summary.
****
New Rally-X
(ニューラリーX)
1981 Updated version of the racing game Rally-X with easier gameplay and the addition of a "lucky" flag.
New York New York 1981 No summary.
Pirranha 1981 A bootleg game on Pac-Man hardware.
Pleiades Part 2 1981 No summary.
***
Pleiads 1981 The same play style as Phoenix. Move your ship left and right, and destroy the enemy characters. Several different waves, with the major difference from Phoenix being a wave where you have to land the ship.
Pleitek 1981 No summary.
Radar Zone
(レーダーゾーン)
1981 No summary.
Round Up
(ラウンドアップ)
1981 No summary.
Satan of Saturn 1981 No summary.
Frog 1981 No summary.
Future Flash 1981 No summary.
Gallag
(ギャラガ)
1981 No summary.
Grand Champion
(グランドチャンピオン)
1981 No summary.
Hangly Man 1981 No summary.
Hero 1981 No summary.
King & Balloon
(キング&バルーン)
1981 Shoot attacking ballons to guard king.
*****
Lady Bug
(レディバグ)
1981 Pac-Man clone with swinging doors. Your character is a lady bug.
Mazeman
(メイズマン)
1981 No summary.
Mirage 1981 No summary.
Miss Pac-Plus 1981 No summary.
Monkey Donkey 1981 No summary.
Moon War II 1981 No summary.
****
Mouse Trap
(マウストラップ)
1981 A somewhat-inventive Pac-Man clone
Space Demon
(スペースデーモン)
1981 No summary.
Space Fortress 1981 No summary.
Star Laker
(スターレイカー)
1981 No summary.
Tactician
(タクティシャン)
1981 No summary.
Hustler, The
(ザ・ハンター)
1981 No summary.
Turpin
(ターピン)
1981 Maze collection game (Pac-man style) based around collecting items(turtle eggs) hidden in Question Mark '?' boxes around the screen and returning them home. A.K.A. "Turtles."
Ultra Dome
(ウルトラドーム)
1981 No summary.
Voyager
(ボイジャー)
1981 No summary.
War of the Worlds
(ウォーオブザワールド)
1981 No summary.
Zarzon
(ザーゾン)
1981 No summary.
Silver Land 1981 No summary.
****
Polybius 1981 We need information.
Astro Combat 1981 No summary.
Big Kong 1981 No summary.
Billiards, The 1981 No summary.
Borderline 1981 No summary.
Buramzon 1981 No summary.
Demon Eye X 1981 No summary.
DS Telejong 1981 No summary.
Fitter
(フィッター)
1981 No summary.
Flash Boy 1981 No summary.
Frog & Spider 1981 No summary.
Funky Fish 1981 No summary.
Got-Ya 1981 No summary.
Invelian Type 106 1981 No summary.
Jack Pottens's Poker 1981 No summary.
KO Punch 1981 No summary.
***
Lucky Poker 1981 A Data East cassette poker game.
Magic Brush 1981 No summary.
Marine Deto 1981 No summary.
Mariner 1981 No summary.
Meteoroids 1981 No summary.
Missle Sprinter 1981 No summary.
***
Ms. Pacman Plus 1981 No summary.
Pac Gal 1981 No summary.
Paint Roller 1981 Paint the paths of the maze in this Pac-Man clone. Same as "Make Trax" and "Crush Roller."
Percussor, The 1981 No summary.
Planet Patrol 1981 No summary.
Pliades Part 2
(プレアデス)
1981 No summary.
Rock Climber
(ロッククライマー)
1981 No summary.
Space Force 1981 No summary.
Star Raker 1981 No summary.
Super Invaders 1981 Bootleg of Space Invaders.
Tower, The 1981 No summary.
*****
Vs. Battle City 1981 No summary.
Black Widow 1981 Rare Taito game. Not to be confused with Atari's Black Widow, which came out in 1982.