Browse Games By Year : 1981

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  Game Year Description
4 Fun in 1
1981 4-in-1 bootlegs of popular arcade games from 1981.
Armored Car
アーマードカー
1981 Kinda Tutankham meets Rally-X. Typical Stern release.
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
Astro Combat
1981 No summary.
Astro Fantasia
アストロファンタジア
1981 No summary.
Astro Laser
1981 No summary.
Barrian
バリアン
1981 No summary.
Battle of Atlantis
バトルオブアトランティス
1981 No summary.
Big Kong
1981 No summary.
Billiards, The
1981 No summary.
Black Hole
1981 shoot splitting "neutron mines" and flying saucers
Black Widow
1981 Rare Taito game. Not to be confused with Atari's Black Widow, which came out in 1982.
Boarder Line
ボーダーライン
1981 No summary.
Borderline
ボーダーライン, Bōdārain
1981 drive Jeep, destroy enemy refineries - four stages with different gameplay - vertical shooter, dig-dug like maze, etc
Boxing Bugs
ボクシングバグ
1981 No summary.
Buramzon
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.
Cosmic Avenger
コスミックアベンジャー
1981 Scramble-like shooter.
Cosmic Pleiades
コスミックプレアデス
1981 Bootleg of Pleiades(?)
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!
Crazy Kong
クレイジーコング
1981 A Donkey Kong clone (not a bootleg) made by Falcon.
Crazy Kong Part II
クレイジーコングPARTⅡ
1981 A Donkey Kong clone (not a bootleg) made by Falcon.
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.
Demon Eye X
1981 No summary.
Donkey King
1981 No summary.
Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
1981 Guide Mario (jumpman) to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.
DS Telejong
1981 No summary.
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).
Eliminator 4
1981 4-player tabletop version of Eliminator.
End, The
ジ・エンド
1981 Konami, released by Leijac (JP) and Stern (NA). Take-off of Space Invaders
Enigma II
1981 No summary.
Eyes
アイズ
1981 Roam maze and kill monsters
Fantasy
ファンタジー
1981 No summary.
Fitter
フィッター
1981 No summary.
Flash Boy
1981 No summary.
Frenzy
フレンジー
1981 Robots - Kill them all
Frisky Tom
フリスキートム
1981 Maze game similar to "Pipe Dream."
Frog
フロッグ
1981 No summary.
Frog & Spiders
フロッグ&スパイダー
1981 No summary.
Frogger
フロッガー
1981 Guide frogs home across road and river
Funky Fish
1981 No summary.
Future Flash
1981 No summary.
Galaga
ギャラガ
1981 Space - blast waves of alien bugs
Gallag
ギャラガ
1981 No summary.
Gorf
ゴーフ
1981 Space - defeat the Gorfian Armada over 5 different missions
Got-Ya
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.
Hustler, The
ザ・ハンター
1981 No summary.
Invelian Type 106
1981 No summary.
Jack Pottens's Poker
1981 No summary.
Jump Bug
ジャンプバグ
1981 Guide jumping VW beetle through worlds
Jungler
ジャングラー
1981 You're a centipede trying to shoot other centipedes while navigating through a maze.
Kaos
1981 No summary.
Kick
1981 Catch and burst balloons etc. Started life as "Kick" and was changed to KickMan after upright serial number #1600.
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.
Killer Comet
1981 No summary.
King & Balloon
キング&バルーン
1981 Shoot attacking ballons to guard king.
KO Punch
1981 No summary.
Lady Bug
レディバグ
1981 Pac-Man clone with swinging doors. Your character is a lady bug.
Laser Base
1981 Asteroids-style shooter with a base instead of ship.
Lil Hustler
1981 See Video Hustler.
Lock n' Chase
ロックンチェイス
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.
Mars
マーズ
1981 No summary.
Mazeman
メイズマン
1981 No summary.
MegaTack
1981 No summary.
Meteoroids
1981 No summary.
Mirage
1981 No summary.
Miss Pac-Plus
1981 No summary.
Missle Sprinter
1981 No summary.
Monkey Donkey
1981 No summary.
Moon Shuttle
ムーンシャトル
1981 Fly your shuttle through asteroid fields.
Moon War II
1981 No summary.
Mouse Trap
マウストラップ
1981 A somewhat-inventive Pac-Man clone
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.
Ms. Pacman Plus
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.
Omega Race
オメガレース
1981 Space - zap things around track
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."
Perachan
ペラちゃん
1981 Strange Donkey Kong bootleg/clone
Percussor, The
1981 Orca Corp shooter
Pirranha
ピラニア
1981 A bootleg game on Pac-Man hardware.
Planet Patrol
1981 No summary.
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.
Pliades Part 2
プレアデス
1981 No summary.
Polybius
1981 We need information.
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.
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.
Quasar
クエーサー
1981 No summary.
Radar Zone
レーダーゾーン
1981 No summary.
Red Alert
レッドアラート
1981 Save countries from nuclear attack
Red Baron
レッドバロン
1981 fly around arena shooting down enemy planes and airships etc..
Rock Climber
ロッククライマー
1981 No summary.
Round Up
ラウンドアップ
1981 No summary.
Route 16
ルート16
1981 Driving maze game
Satan of Saturn
1981 No summary.
Scramble
スクランブル
1981 Space - Fly over planet surface and destroy base
Silver Land
1981 No summary.
Solar Quest
1981 Space - shoot things around a sun
Space Demon
スペースデーモン
1981 No summary.
Space Force
1981 No summary.
Space Fortress
1981 No summary.
Space Fury
スペースフューリー
1981 Space - defeat the Mekon
Space Odyssey
スペースオデッセイ
1981 No summary.
Spiders
スパイダー
1981 No summary.
Star Hawk
スターホーク
1981 Space - shoot ships over space station
Star Raker
スターレイカー
1981 alien planet reskinned version of Borderline
Stargate
1981 Space - protect humanoids from aliens. Even more hyper-active sequel to Defender.
Strategy X
ストラテジーX
1981 overhead, vertically scrolling shooter - tank!
Super Cobra
スーパーコブラ
1981 Space - fly helicopter through caverns
Super Invaders
1981 Bootleg of Space Invaders.
Super Tank
スーパータンク
1981 No summary.
Tactician
タクティシャン
1981 Like Space Invaders except you get 30 seconds before a level to build up barricades, and the ships don't move in unison.
Tank Battalion
タンクバタリアン
1981 No summary.
Tempest
テンペスト
1981 Space - Blast through abstract 3-D "tubes"
Thief
シーフ
1981 No summary.
Tower, The
1981 No summary.
Turbo
ターボ
1981 Race through fake 3-D course
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 Put hopping balls into dome within the time limit
Venture
ベンチャー
1981 Adventure - get treasure from rooms
Video Hustler
ビデオハスラー
1981 Pool game.
Voyager
ボイジャー
1981 No summary.
Vs. Battle City
1981 No summary.
War of the Bugs
ウォーオブザバグ
1981 Centipede Clone.
War of the Worlds
ウォーオブザワールド
1981 No summary.
Warp Warp
ワープ&ワープ
1981 Shoot the beasties
Wizard of Wor
ウィザードオブウォー
1981 Adventure - clear dungeons of monsters
Woodpecker
1981 No summary.
Zarzon
ザーゾン
1981 No summary.