Knight Lore takes Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.
Notable releases [ edit ]
May 10 -
( King's Quest Sierra, IBM PC), the first animated adventure game, the first in the King's Quest series, and the first to use the AGI engine. June 4 -
Nintendo releases on the Famicom/NES system Donkey Kong 3 June 6 -
Alexey Pajitnov creates the video game in the Tetris USSR. Nintendo released its most popular versions (for the NES and Game Boy) in 1989. August -
Namco releases Pac-Land September 20 -
by Elite David Braben and Ian Bell is published by Acornsoft, an early and very influential wireframe 3d space trading game offering full six degrees of freedom and a then-unique open-ended design. December -
Capcom releases . 1942 December 7 -
by Knight Lore Ultimate Play The Game is released for the ZX Spectrum (and later ported to the BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC, MSX, and Famicom Disk System). Knight Lore is the third title in the Sabreman series but the first to use the innovative isometric Filmation engine. December 17 -
Nintendo releases and Ice Climber . Balloon Fight
Alley Cat is released for IBM PC compatibles.
Namco releases , Gaplus , Tower of Druaga , which is a Grobda spin-off, Xevious and Super Xevious , which is the first game to use a life bar. Dragon Buster
by The Ancient Art of War Dave Murry and Barry Murry, the first major real-time strategy game, is released by Brøderbund.
by Paperboy David Ralston ( Atari, arcade game), later ported to many platforms, featured innovative bike handle steering controller.
by Donald R. Lebeau is released for the Gauntlet Atari 8-bit computers.
, a groundbreaking strategy adventure game by The Lords of Midnight Mike Singleton is released.
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