List of role-playing video games: 1975 to 1985

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This is a comprehensive index of commercial role-playing video games, sorted chronologically by year. Information regarding date of release, developer, publisher, operating system, subgenre and notability is provided where available. The table can be sorted by clicking on the small boxes next to the column headings. This list does not include MUDs or MMORPGs. It does include roguelikes, action RPGs and tactical RPGs.

Legend[edit]

Video game platforms
3DS Nintendo 3DS
APPII Apple II
Arcade Arcade game
CROSS Cross-platform
DC Dreamcast
DOS DOS / MS-DOS
DG32 Dragon 32
DROI Android
DS Nintendo DS
FLA Adobe Flash
FDS Famicom Disk System
FM7 FM-7
FMT FM Towns
GB Game Boy
GBA Game Boy Advance
GBC Game Boy Color
GCN Nintendo GameCube
GEN Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive
INT Intellivision
iOS iOS
LIN Linux
MAIN Mainframe computer
MOBI Mobile phone
MSX MSX
MSX2 MSX2
N64 Nintendo 64
NES Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom
PC60 NEC PC-6001
PC88 NEC PC-8801
PC98 NEC PC-9801
PCD TurboGrafx-CD / PC Engine CD
PCE TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine
PET Commodore PET
PLATO PLATO
PS1 PlayStation / PSone
PS2 PlayStation 2
PS3 PlayStation 3
PS4 PlayStation 4
PSN PlayStation Network
PSP PlayStation Portable
OSX OS X
SAT Sega Saturn
SCD Sega Mega-CD
SG1K Sega SG-1000
SMS Sega Master System
SNES Super NES / Super Famicom
VC Virtual Console (Wii)
VITA PlayStation Vita
X1 Sharp X1
X68K Sharp X68000
Wii Wii
WiiU Wii U
WIN Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
WIN9X Windows 9x
WINNT Windows NT
X360 Xbox 360
XBOX Xbox
XOne Xbox One
   
   
Types of releases
Rerel The game was re-released on the same platform with no or only minor changes.
Port The game first appeared on a different platform and a port was made. The game is like the original, with few or no differences.
Remake The game is an enhanced remake of an original, released on the same or different platform, with changes to graphics, sound and/or gameplay.
Comp A compilation, anthology or collection of several titles, usually (but not always) belonging to the same series.
Limit A special release (often called "Limited" or "Collector's Edition") with bonus collector's material. Often provided to people who pre-order a game.
Genre notes
Action RPG Action role-playing game
Tactical RPG Tactical role-playing game
Roguelike Roguelike
Eroge Japanese game featuring erotic content
MMORPG Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
MUD MUD
Turn-based Turn-based game
Real-time Real-time game
   
FPS/RPG First-person shooter / RPG hybrid (role-playing shooter)
RTS/RPG Real-time strategy / RPG hybrid (real-time strategy RPG)
CRPG Computer-style role-playing game
JRPG Japanese-style role-playing game
Dungeon crawl Dungeon crawl
Monster raising Pet-raising simulation
Card battle Collectible card game
Blobber First-person party-based RPG
Sandbox Open world RPG

List[edit]

Year Title Developer Publisher Setting Platform Subgenre Series/Notes COO
1975 (NA) dnd Gary Whisenhunt, Ray Wood, Dirk Pellett, Flint Pellett Fantasy PLATO US
1975 (NA) Dungeon Don Daglow Fantasy PLATO US
1975 (NA) Moria Kevet Duncombe, others Fantasy PLATO US
1975 (NA) pedit5 Rusty Rutherford Fantasy PLATO Later deleted and lost to history.[1] US
1977 (NA)[2] Oubliette Jim Schwaiger Fantasy PLATO "Oubliette" is French for "dungeon". US
1977 (NA) DND Daniel M Lawrence Fantasy PDP-10 US
1978 (NA) Beneath Apple Manor Software Factory Fantasy APPII Roguelike Lo-res/Text mode graphics.[3] US
1978 (NA)[4] orthanc Eric Hagstrom, Larry Kemp, Paul Resch Fantasy PLATO Named after Saruman's tower in The Lord of the Rings.[5]
A reimplementation of pedit5.[1]
US
1979 (NA) Akalabeth: World of Doom Richard Garriott California Pacific Fantasy APPII
DOS
Sometimes known as Ultima 0. US
1979 (NA) avatar Bruce Maggs, Andrew Shapira, David Sides Fantasy PLATO US
1979 (NA) Dungeon Brian Sawyer The Code Works Fantasy PET Roguelike[6] US
1979 (NA) Dungeon of Death Instant Software, Inc Fantasy PET Dungeon crawl Based on the PLATO game DND.[7] US
1979 (NA) Dunjonquest: The Datestones of Ryn Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
PET
TRS80
US
1979 (NA) Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
PET
TRS80
US
1979 (NA) Space Edu-Ware Edu-Ware Sci-Fi APPII An adaptation of Traveller, which was taken off the market after a lawsuit by Game Designers Workshop. US
1979 (NA) Space II Edu-Ware Edu-Ware Sci-Fi APPII Expansion to Space. US
1979 (NA) Temple of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy PET
TRS80
Dungeon crawl Series debuts. US
1979 (NA) Wilderness Campaign Synergistic Software Synergistic Software Fantasy APPII Sequel to Dungeon Campaign for Apple II US
1979 (NA) Wizard's Castle Joseph R. Power Recreational Computing Fantasy TRS-80
Exidy Sorcerer
Dungeon crawl US
1980 (NA) Balrog Sampler Chameleon Software Adventure International Fantasy APPII
TRS80
Adventure-RPG Demo for Stone of Sisyphus US
1980 (NA) Dungeon Campaign Synergistic Software Image Computer Products Fantasy ATR (Port) Dungeon crawl Port of Dungeon Campaign for Apple II US
1980 (NA) Dungeons n Dragons P. Trefonas CLOAD Fantasy TRS-80 US
1980 (NA) Dunjonquest: The Datestones of Ryn Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) Dungeon crawl US
1980 (NA) Eamon Donald Brown Fantasy APPII Adventure-RPG Adventure-RPG construction system.[8] US
1980 (NA) Fracas Quality (Stuart Smith) Computersmiths Fantasy APPII US
1980 (NA) Rogue Michael Toy, et al. Various Fantasy UNIX Roguelike This was the beginning of roguelike computer games. For further developments see Chronology of roguelike video games. US
1980 (NA) Dunjonquest: Hellfire Warrior Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
TRS80
PET
Dungeon crawl Sequel to Temple of Apshai US
1980 (NA) Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure Synergistic Software Synergistic Software Fantasy APPII Combines Dungeon Campaign and Wilderness Campaign by the same author.[9] US
1980 (NA) Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) US
1980 (NA) Starquest: Rescue at Rigel Epyx Epyx Sci-fi APPII
TRS80
Spin-off of Dunjonquest series. US
1980 (NA) Starquest: Star Warrior Epyx Epyx Sci-fi TRS80 Spin-off of Dunjonquest series. US
1980 (NA) Stone of Sisyphus, The Chameleon Software Adventure International Fantasy APPII Adventure-RPG[10] US
1980 (NA) Temple of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII (Port) US
1980 (NA) Wizard's Castle Joseph R. Power Recreational Computing Fantasy TRS-80
PET
Dungeon crawl US
1981 (NA) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Quality Quality Fantasy ATR Remake of Fracas US
1981 (EU) Catacombs John K. Greye John K. Greye Software Fantasy ZX81 Dungeon crawl[11] UK
1981 (NA) Dragon Fire Level 10 Level 10 Fantasy APPII Dungeon crawl[12] US
1981 (NA) Dragon's Eye Southern Software, Ltd. Epyx Fantasy APPII
ATR
PET
Turn-based, side view. US
1981 (NA) Dunjonquest: Datestones of Ryn Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) US
1981 (NA) Empire I: World Builders Edu-Ware Edu-Ware Sci-Fi APPII Adventure-RPG[13] US
1981 (NA) The Keys of Acheron Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
TRS80
Expansion of Temple of Apshai: Hellfire Warrior. US
1981 (NA) Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) US
1981 (NA) Quest 1 Brian Reynolds SoftSide Fantasy TRS80
APPII (Port)
ATR (Port)
Dungeon crawl US
1981 (NA) Starquest: Rescue at Rigel Epyx Epyx Sci-fi ATR Spin-off of Dunjonquest series. US
1981 (NA) Starquest: Star Warrior Epyx Epyx Sci-fi APPII
ATR
Spin-off of Dunjonquest series. US
1981 (NA) Stone of Sisyphus, The Chameleon Software Adventure International Fantasy ATR (Port) Port of The Stone of Sisyphus for Apple II.[14] US
1981 (NA) SwordThrust Donald Brown CE Software Fantasy APPII Adventure-RPG Enhanced remake of Eamon for Apple II.[15] US
1981 (NA) Temple of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) Series debuts. US
1981 (NA) Ultima Richard Garriott California Pacific Fantasy APPII Series debuts.
Re-released by Origin in 1986.
US
1981 (NA) Upper Reaches of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
TRS80
Expansion for Temple of Apshai. US
1981 (NA) Wizard's Castle International PC Owners International PC Owners Fantasy DOS Dungeon crawl US
1981 (NA) Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy APPII Dungeon crawl Dungeon crawl in the style of the PLATO RPGs.
Series debuts.
US
1982 (NA) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge (NA) APh (NA) Mattel (NA) Fantasy INT[16] Action-adventure game[17][18]
Dungeon crawl
US
1982 (NA) Apventure to Atlantis Synergistic Software Synergistic Software Fantasy APPII Sequel to Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure.[19] US
1982 (JP) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Quality Quality Fantasy APPII (Port) US
1982 (NA) Catacombs John K. Greye Software Melbourne House Fantasy ZX Dungeon crawl[11] UK
1982 (NA) Caverns of Freitag, The Muse Software Muse Software Fantasy APPII US
1982 (NA) Curse of Ra Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
ATR
DOS
TRS80
Expansion of Temple of Apshai. US
1982 (JP) Danchizuma no Yuwaku (JP)
団地妻の誘惑 (JP)
Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Modern PC88
FM7
Adventure RPG[20][21]
Eroge[22]
JP
1982 (NA) Danger in Drindisti Epyx Epyx Fantasy APPII
ATR
TRS80
Expansion of Temple of Apshai: Hellfire Warrior. US
1982 (JP) Dragon and Princess Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Fantasy PC88 Adventure-RPG with top-down tactical combat Commonly considered the first Japanese-made game with role-playing elements.[23] JP
1982 (JP) Dragon Lair (JP)
ドラゴンレア (JP)
Fugen Denshi (JP) Fantasy FM7 JP
1982 (NA) Dragonstomper (NA) Starpath (NA) Starpath (NA) Fantasy ATR26[24] Pre-JRPG[25][26] US
1982 (NA) Dungeons of Daggorath DynaMicro (Douglas J. Morgan, Keith S. Kiyohara) Tandy Fantasy TRSCC Dungeon crawl
Real-time, but text-driven
US
1982 (NA) Dunzhin Intelligent Statements ScreenPlay
Computer Applications Unlimited
Med Systems Software
Fantasy APPII
PCB
TRS80
Roguelike[27] Part 1 of Warriors of Ras US
1982 (NA) Empire II: Interstellar Sharks Edu-Ware Edu-Ware Sci-Fi APPII Space-trading, Adventure-RPG[28] Sequel to Empire I: World Builders. US
1982 (NA) Hellfire Warrior Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) Sequel to Temple of Apshai. US
1982 (NA) Keys of Acheron, The Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port) Expansion to Temple of Apshai: Hellfire Warrior. US
1982 (NA) Starquest: Rescue at Rigel Epyx Epyx Sci-fi VIC20 (Port) Spin-off of Dunjonquest series. US
1982 (NA) Sword of Fargoal Epyx Epyx Fantasy VIC20 Roguelike[29] US
1982 (NA) Swords & Serpents Imagic Imagic Fantasy INT [30] US
1982 (NA) Telengard Avalon Hill Avalon Hill Fantasy APPII
ATR
PET
TRS80
Early roguelike relative Based on DND. US
1982 (NA) Temple of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy DOS (Port) US
1982 (NA) Theseus and the Minotaur TSR TSR Fantasy APPII First-person view.[31] US
1982 (NA) Tunnels of Doom Kevin Kenney Texas Instruments Fantasy TI99 US
1982 (NA) Ultima II:The Revenge of the Enchantress Richard Garriott Sierra Fantasy APPII US
1982 (NA) Upper Reaches of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy ATR (Port)
DOS (Port)
Expansion of Temple of Apshai. US
1982 (EU) Valley, The ASP Software, Ltd ASP Software, Ltd Fantasy ZX Roguelike Graphical roguelike with wilderness exploration.[32] UK
1982 (NA) Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy APPII US
1983 (NA) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin (NA) APh (NA) Mattel (NA) Fantasy INT[16] Turn-based[33]
Dungeon crawl[34]
US
1983 (NA) Amulet, The Numenor Microsystems Numenor Microsystems Fantasy DOS [35] CA
1983 (JP) Bawnded: Chitei Sekai-hen (JP)
バウンドッド 地底世界編 (JP)
Nihon Micom Gakuen Nihon Micom Gakuen Fantasy PC88 First-person display.[36] JP
1983 (NA) Beneath Apple Manor Quality Software Fantasy DOS (Port)
ATR (Port)
Roguelike Graphical or textmode options.[37] US
1983 (JP) Bokosuka Wars (JP)
ボコスカウォーズ (JP)
Koji Sumii (JP) ASCII (JP) Fantasy X1
MSX (Port)
NES (Port)
Tactical RPG[38]
RTS/RPG[39]
Action RPG[40][41]
JP
1983 (JP) Dragon and Princess Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Fantasy FM7 (Port) Adventure-RPG with top-down tactical combat Commonly considered the first Japanese-made game with role-playing elements.[23] JP
1983 (JP) Dungeon (JP)
ダンジョン (JP)
Sakai Akira (JP) Sakai Akira (JP) Fantasy FM7 Computer-style RPG[42] JP
1983 (NA) Expedition Amazon Penguin Software Penguin Software Modern APPII [43] US
1983 (NA) Fortress of the Witch King Avalon Hill (US)
Kiya Overseas Industry (JP)
Avalon Hill (US)
Kiya Overseas Industry (JP)
Fantasy FM7
APPII
Strategy/RPG[44] US
1983 (NA) Galactic Adventures SSI SSI Sci-fi ATR
APPII
US
1983 (NA) Gateway to Apshai Connelley Group Epyx Fantasy ATR
C64
US
1983 (NA) Kaiv Intelligent Statements, Inc. Screenplay Fantasy APPII
ATR
C64
Roguelike Sequel to Dunzhin.[45] US
1983 (JP) Ken to Mahō (JP)
剣と魔法 (JP)
Sword and Sorcery (JP)
Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Fantasy FM7
PC88
Dungeon crawl[46] JP
1983 (JP) Khufu-Ō no Himitsu (JP)
クフ王の秘密 (JP)
The Secret of Cheops (JP)
Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Fantasy FM7
PC88
Dungeon crawl[47] JP
1983 (NA) Lord of the Balrogs Supersoft Supersoft Fantasy C64 Dungeon crawl[48] US
1983 (NA) Maze Master Michael Cranford Human Engineered Software Fantasy C64 Dungeon crawl[49] US
1983 (NA) Morloc's Tower Epyx Epyx Fantasy PCB (Port) Port of Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower for TRS80.[50] US
1983 (JP) Nobunaga's Ambition (JP)
信長の野望 (JP)
Koei (JP) Koei (JP) Historical MSX
NES (Port)
Tactical RPG[51] Series debuts. JP
1983 (NA) Oubliette Bear Systems Human Engineered Software Fantasy DOS (Port)
C64 (Port)
Port of Oubliette for PLATO.[52] US
1983 (JP) Panorama Toh (JP)
ぱのらま島 (JP)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88 Hexagon-based overhead view. Real-time RPG.[53] JP
1983 (NA) Rescue at Rigel Epyx Epyx Sci-fi DOS (Port)
PCB (Port)
Port of Rescue at Rigel for TRS80.[54] US
1983 (JP) Return of Heracles Quality (Stuart Smith) Quality Fantasy ATR US
1983 (EU) Ring of Darkness Wintersoft Wintersoft Fantasy DG32
ZX (Port)
UK
1983 (JP) Seiken Densetsu (JP)
聖剣伝説 (JP)
Compac Inc. Compac Inc. Fantasy PC88 JP
1983 (NA) Standing Stones, The Electronic Arts Electronic Arts Fantasy APPII First-person display.[55] US
1983 (NA) Star Warrior Epyx Epyx Sci-fi DOS (Port) Port of Star Warrior for TRS80.[54] US
1983 (NA) Stone of Sisyphus, The Chameleon Software Adventure International Fantasy ATR (Port) Enhanced remake of Maces and Magic for Atari 8-bit.[56] US
1983 (NA) Super Quest SoftSide Magazine Jeff Hurlburt Fantasy APPII Based on Quest 1 for the Apple II. US
1983 (NA) Telengard Avalon Hill
Kiya Overseas Industry Co., Ltd
Avalon Hill Fantasy C64 (Port)
FM7 (Port)
US
1983 (NA) Temple of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy C64 (Port)
VIC20 (Port)
Port of Temple of Apshai for TRS80. US
1983 (NA) Curse of Ra Epyx Epyx Fantasy C64 (Port) Expansion of Temple of Apshai. US
1983 (NA) Ultima Richard Garriott Sierra Fantasy ATR (Port) US
1983 (NA) Ultima II:The Revenge of the Enchantress Richard Garriott Sierra Fantasy ATR (Port)
C64 (Port)
DOS (Port)
US
1983 (NA) Ultima III: Exodus Origin Origin Fantasy APPII
ATR (Port)
C64 (Port)
Pioneered many innovations that would become standard on many CRPGs that followed. US
1983 (NA) Ultima: Escape from Mount Drash Keith Zabalaoui Sierra Fantasy VIC20 US
1983 (NA) Upper Reaches of Apshai Epyx Epyx Fantasy C64 (Port) Expansion of Temple of Apshai. US
1983 (EU) Valley, The ASP Software, Ltd ASP Software, Ltd Fantasy BBCM (Port)
C64 (Port)
Elec (Port)
Oric (Port)
Roguelike Grapical roguelike with wilderness exploration.[32] UK
1983 (EU) Volcanic Dungeon Carnell Software Roy Carnell and Stuart A. Galloway Fantasy ZX
ZX81
DG32
Roguelike adventure-RPG[57] Sequel to Black Crystal. UK
1983 (EU) Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sir-Tech Ediciel Fantasy APPII French translation of Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. US
1983 (NA) Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy APPII Dungeon crawl US
1984 (JP) Age of Adventure Quality Quality Fantasy APPII (Comp)
ATR (Comp)
C64 (Comp)
Port and compilation of Return of Heracles and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for ATR. US
1984 (JP) Arfgaldt (JP)
アルフガルド (JP)
ASCII (JP) Fantasy FM7 Computer-style RPG[58] JP
1984 (JP) Black Onyx, The (JP)
ザ・ブラックオニキス (JP)
Bullet-Proof (JP) Bullet-Proof (JP) Fantasy PC88 Dungeon crawl[59] Often considered the first Japanese RPG ever released[60] JP
1984 (JP) The Black Onyx II: Search for the Fire Crystal (JP)
ザ・ブラックオニキス (JP)
Bullet-Proof (JP) Bullet-Proof (JP) Fantasy PC88 Dungeon crawl[61] JP
1984 (UK) The Citadel of Chaos Puffin Books Puffin Books Fantasy C64
ZX
Adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook.[62] UK
1984 (JP) Do Dutchwives Dream of Electric Eels? (JP)
Oranda Tsuma wa Denki Unagi no Yume o Miru ka? (JP)
オランダ妻は電気ウナギの夢を見るか? (JP)
Koei Koei Modern PC88
PC98
Adventure-RPG
Eroge[63]
JP
1984 (JP/NA) Dragon Buster (JP)
ドラゴンバスター (JP)
Namco (JP) Namco (JP) Fantasy Arcade
PC88
MSX
NES
Action RPG[64]
Dungeon crawl[65]
Series debuts. JP
1984 (JP) Dragon Slayer (JP)
ドラゴンスレイヤー (JP)
Nihon Falcom (JP) Nihon Falcom (JP) Fantasy PC88 Action RPG[66][67]
JRPG[67]
Series debuts. JP
1984 (NA) DND R. O. Software R. O. Software Fantasy DOS Port of TOPS-10 version of DND by Daniel Lawrence.[68] US
1984 (NA) Empire III: Armaggedon Edu-Ware Edu-Ware Sci-Fi APPII Adventure game/RPG hybrid[69] US
1984 (NA) Expedition Amazon Penguin Software Penguin Software (US)
Starcraft Incorporated (J)
Modern C64
FM7
PC88
PC98
[70] US
1984 (EU) The Forest of Doom Puffin Books Puffin Books Fantasy C64
ZX
Adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebook.[71] UK
1984 (NA) Gateway to Apshai (NA) The Connely Group (NA) Epyx (NA) Fantasy CLV[72] Dungeon crawl[73] UK
1984 (JP) Hydlide (JP)
ハイドライド (JP)
T&E (JP) T&E (JP) Fantasy PC88
PC98
Action RPG[74]
JRPG[74]
Series debuts. JP
1984 (NA) ICON: Quest for the Ring Macrocom Incorporated Macrocom Incorporated Fantasy DOS US
1984 (EU) Masters of Serebal M. C. Lothlorien, Ltd M. C. Lothlorien, Ltd Fantasy ZX Top-down display.[75] UK
1984 (JP) Mugen no Shinzō (JP)
夢幻の心臓 (JP)
Xtalsoft Xtalsoft Fantasy PC88
PC98
JP
1984 (NA) Lords of Midnight, The Mike Singleton Beyond Software
Amsoft
Fantasy ZX
CPC
Adventure-RPG UK
1984 (JP) Poibos Part 1: Dasshutsu (JP)
ポイボス Part1 脱出 (JP)
Zat Soft Zat Soft Sci-fi FM7
PC88
PC98
X1
Top-down display.[76] JP
1984 (JP) Psychic City (JP)
サイキックシティ (JP)
HOT·B HOT·B Post-apocalyptic PC88[77]
FM7[78]
JP
1984 (NA) Questron SSI SSI Fantasy APPII
ATR
C64
Series debuts. US
1984 (NA) Shadowkeep Ultrasoft Inc. Trillium Corp. Fantasy APPII Adapted into a novel by Alan Dean Foster US
1984 (NA) Standing Stones, The Electronic Arts Electronic Arts Fantasy C64 (Port) First-person display.[79] US
1984 (NA) SunDog: Frozen Legacy FTL FTL
Accolade
Sci-Fi APPII US
1984 (NA/JP) Telengard Avalon Hill Eclipse Software (NA)
Kiya Overseas Industry, Ltd. (JP)
Fantasy C64 (Port)
PC88 (Port)
PC98 (Port)
US
1984 (JP/NA) Tower of Druaga, The (JP)
ドルアーガの塔 (JP)
Namco Namco Fantasy Arcade Action RPG[67]
JRPG[67]
Series debuts. JP
1984 (EU) Tyrann Norsoft Norsoft Fantasy Oric
CPC
Thomson
Based on Wizardry.
Series debuts.
FR
1984 (NA) Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy PCB (Port) US
1984 (EU) Wrath of Magra, The Mastervision Carnell Software (Roy Carnell, Stephen Kirk, Stuart A. Galloway) Fantasy ZX Sequel to Volcanic Dungeon. UK
1984 (NA) Xyphus Penguin Software Penguin Software Fantasy APPII
C64
US
1984 (NA) Zyll IBM IBM Fantasy PCB Text-based with randomized layout.[80] US
1985 (NA) Adventure, The: Only the Fittest Shall Survive Green Valley Green Valley Fantasy APPII US
1985 (NA)
1984 (EU)
Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set Ariolasoft UK
Electronic Arts
Fantasy
Sci-Fi
C64
APPII
RPG maker with sample games. US
1985 (NA/UK) Alternate Reality: The City Paradise Datasoft
U.S. Gold
Sci-Fi ATR Series debuts. US
1985 (NA) Autoduel Origin Systems Origin Systems Post-apocalyptic AMI
APPII
ATR
C64
DOS
MAC
ST
Based on Car Wars, by Steve Jackson Games. US
1985 (NA) Bards Tale, The Interplay EA Fantasy APPII
C64
The first CRPG to put Interplay on the map as a future CRPG developer. US
1985 (JP/PAL) Black Onyx, The (JP/PAL)
ザ・ブラックオニキス (JP)
Bullet-Proof Bullet-Proof
ASCII
Fantasy FM7
MSX[81]
Dungeon crawl[59][60] JP
1985 (NA) Cavequest Lightwave Consultants Lightwave Consultants Fantasy DOS[82] Dungeon crawl US
1985 (PAL) City of Death Red Shift Limited Red Shift Limited Fantasy ZX[83] Overhead view. UK
1985 (JP) Cosmic Soldier (JP)
コズミックソルジャー (JP)
Kogado Kogado
ASCII
Sci-Fi MSX2[81]
PC88[84]
Dungeon crawl[84]
Eroge[84]
JP
1985 (JP) Courageous Perseus (JP)
カレイジアスペルセウス (JP)
Cosmos computer Cosmos computer Fantasy MSX[81] Action RPG JP
1985 (JP) Do Dutchwives Dream of Electric Eels? (JP)
Oranda Tsuma wa Denki Unagi no Yume o Miru ka? (JP)
オランダ妻は電気ウナギの夢を見るか? (JP)
KOEI KOEI Fantasy FM7 (Port) Eroge[85] JP
1985 (NA) Doomdark's Revenge Mike Singleton Beyond Software Fantasy ZX
CPC
C64
Adventure-RPG Sequel to The Lords of Midnight UK
1985 (JP) Dragon Slayer (JP)
ドラゴンスレイヤー (JP)
Nihon Falcom Square Fantasy MSX[81] Action RPG[66][67] JP
1985 (JP) Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu (JP)
ザナドゥ (JP)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88
PC98
Action RPG[86] JP
1985 (JP) Earth Fighter Rayieza, The (JP)
Chikyū Senshi Raīza (JP)
地球戦士ライーザ (JP)
Enix Enix Sci-Fi PC88
FM7
X1
MSX
Action RPG JP
1985 (JP) Fantasian (JP) Xtalsoft Xtalsoft Fantasy PC88
X1
Dungeon crawl JP
1985 (JP) Fharanx (JP)
ファランクス (JP)
Enix Enix Fantasy MSX[81] Computer-style RPG[87] JP
1985 (JP) Genesis: Beyond The Revelation (JP)
Genesis (JP)
ジェネシス (JP)
Square Square Post-apocalyptic PC88[88][89] JP
1985 (JP) Hydlide (JP)
ハイドライド (JP)
T&E T&E Fantasy MSX[81]
MSX2[81]
Action RPG[74] JP
1985 (JP) Hydlide II: Shine of Darkness (JP)
ハイドライド II (JP)
T&E T&E Fantasy PC88 Action RPG[74] JP
1985 (JP) Lizard (JP)
リザード (JP)
Microcabin Xtalsoft Fantasy MSX[81]
FM7
X1
JP
1985 (EU) Mandragore Infogrames Entertainment Infogrames Entertainment Fantasy APPII [90] FR
1985 (JP) Marchen Veil (JP)
メルヘンヴェール (JP)
Alu Corp. System Sacom Modern PC88
PC98
MSX
MSX2
FM7
Action RPG[91] JP
1985 (JP) Outroyd (JP)
アウトロイド (JP)
Stratford Computer Center MagicalZoo Sci-Fi MSX[81] JP
1985 (NA) Phantasie SSI SSI Fantasy APPII Series debuts. US
1985 (NA) Phantasie Logical Design SSI Fantasy C64 (Port) Port of Phantasie for APPII.
Series debuts.
US
1985 (JP) Rambo (JP)
ランボー (JP)
Pack-In-Video Pack-In-Video Modern MSX[81] Action RPG[92] JP
1985 (EU) Ring of Darkness Wintersoft Wintersoft Fantasy CPC (Port) UK
1985 (JP) Screamer, The (JP) Magical Zoo Magical Zoo Post-apocalyptic
Survival horror
PC88
PC98
Action RPG[93]
Role-playing shooter[93][94]
JP
1985 (NA) SunDog: Frozen Legacy FTL FTL Sci-Fi ST (Port) US
1985 (EU) The Sword and the Sorcerer Blaby Computer Games Blaby Computer Games Fantasy DG32 Dungeon crawl[95] UK
1985 (NA) Sword of Kadash Dynamix Penguin Software Fantasy APPII
C64
Dungeon crawl[96] Top-down perspective. US
1985 (EU) Swords & Sorcery Personal Software Services Personal Software Services Fantasy ZX Dungeon crawl[97] UK
1985 (NA) Telengard Avalon Hill Avalon Hill Fantasy DOS (Port) US
1985 (NA) Temple of Apshai Trilogy Epyx Epyx Fantasy AMI (Comp)
APPII (Comp)
ATR (Comp)
C64 (Comp)
DOS (Comp)
Remake and compilation of the first three Temple of Apshai games. US
1985 (JP) Tower of Druaga, The (JP)
ドルアーガの塔 (JP)
Namco Namco Fantasy NES
MSX
X68
Action RPG[98]
JRPG[67]
Port of The Tower of Druaga for the Arcade. JP
1985 (JP) Tritorn Sein-soft Sein-soft Fantasy PC88
X1
Action RPG[99] JP
1985 (NA) Ultima II:The Revenge of the Enchantress Richard Garriott Sierra Fantasy MAC (Port)
ST (Port)
US
1985 (NA) Ultima III: Exodus Origin Origin Fantasy DOS (Port) US
1985 (NA) Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar Origin Origin Fantasy APPII
C64 (Port)
DOS (Port)
The first major CRPG to move to a "virtuous" story-driven approach.[citation needed] US
1985 (NA) Wizard's Crown SSI SSI Fantasy DOS US
1985 (NA) Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy MAC (Port) US
1985 (NA) Xyphus Penguin Software Penguin Software Fantasy MAC (Port) Top-down perspective.[100] US
1985 (JP) Zeta 2000 (JP)
ゼータ 2000 (JP)
Pixel Multimedia Pixel Multimedia MSX[81] Action RPG[101][102] JP

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