List of role-playing video games: 1988 to 1989

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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
AMI Commodore Amiga
APPII Apple II
APPGS Apple IIGS
Arcade Arcade game
C64 Commodore 64
CROSS Cross-platform
DOS DOS / MS-DOS
FM7 FM-7
FMT FM Towns
GB Game Boy
GEN Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive
MAC Macintosh / Mac OS
MSX MSX
MSX2 MSX2
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
SMS Sega Master System
ST Atari ST
T1000 Tandy 1000
X68K Sharp X68000
ZX ZX Spectrum
   
   
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
1988 (NA) 2400 A.D. Origin Origin Sci-Fi DOS (Port) US
1988 (NA/UK)
1991 (UK)
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of the Lance
Dragonlance: Heroes of the Lance
U.S. Gold
Adventure Soft
SSI
U.S. Gold
Fantasy AMI
CPC
ST
ZX
Action RPG/Platformer Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Dragonlance franchise US
1988 (NA/UK) Alternate Reality: The City Datasoft Datasoft
Grandslam
Sci-Fi AMI (Port)
DOS (Port)
WRPG Alternate Reality: The City US
1988 (NA/UK) Bards Tale, The Interplay EA Fantasy CPC (Port)
ZX (Port)
WRPG The Bards Tale US
1988 (NA) Bard's Tale II, The: The Destiny Knight Interplay EA Fantasy AMI (Port)
APPGS (Port)
DOS (Port)
WRPG The Bard's Tale US
1988 (NA) Bard's Tale III, The: Thief of Fate Interplay EA Fantasy APPII
C64
WRPG The Bard's Tale US
1988 (NA) BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception Westwood Infocom Sci-Fi APPII
AMI
C64
DOS
ST
Tactical RPG Based on the BattleTech franchise by FASA. US
1988 (JP) Deep Dungeon: Madō Senki (JP)
ディープダンジョン 魔洞戦記 (JP)
Scaptrust Scaptrust Fantasy MSX (Port)[1] Dungeon crawl Deep Dungeon JP
1988 (JP) Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi heno Tabi (JP)
ディープダンジョンIII 勇士への旅 (JP)
HummingBird Square Fantasy NES[2] Dungeon crawl Deep Dungeon JP
1988 (NA) Demon's Winter SSI
Novotrade
SSI Fantasy APPII
C64
DOS
ST
Tactical RPG Shard of Spring US
1988 (JP) Dragon Ball: Daimaou Fukkatsu (JP)
ドラゴンボール大魔王復活 (JP)
TOSE Bandai Fantasy NES[2] Board game/RPG hybrid[3] Based on the manga Dragon Ball JP
1988 (JP) Dragon Quest II Akuryo no Kamigami (JP)
ドラゴンクエストII 悪霊の神々 (JP)
Enix Enix Fantasy MSX[1] (Port) JRPG[4] Dragon Quest JP
1988 (JP) Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (JP)
ドラゴンスレイヤーIVドラスレファミリー (JP)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy MSX2[1] Dungeon crawl
Platformer[5]
Dragon Slayer JP
1988 (JP)
1992 (NA)
Dragon Warrior III (NA)
Dragon Quest III Soshite Densetsu e… (JP)
ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ… (JP)
Chunsoft Enix Fantasy NES[2] JRPG[4] Dragon Quest JP
1988 (NA/UK) Dungeon Master FTL FTL Fantasy AMI (Port) Dungeon crawler Dungeon Master US
1988 (NA) Eternal Dagger, The SSI SSI Fantasy C64 (Port) Tactical RPG Wizard's Crown US
1988 (JP) Final Fantasy II (JP)
ファイナルファンタジーII (JP)
Square Square Fantasy NES[2] JRPG[6] Final Fantasy JP
1988 (JP) Gandhara (JP)
ガンダーラ仏陀の聖戦 (JP)
Enix Enix Fantasy MSX2[1] Action RPG JP
1988 (JP/NA/PAL) Golvellius: Valley of Doom (NA/PAL)
Shin Maou Golvellius (JP)
真・魔王ゴルベリアス (JP)
Compile Compile Fantasy MSX2[1]
SMS[7]
Action RPG[8] Golvellius JP
1988 (JP) Jaseiken Necromancer (JP)
邪聖剣ネクロマンサー (JP)
Hudson Soft Hudson Soft Fantasy PCE[9] JRPG[10] JP
1988 (JP) Kaijuu Monogatari (JP)
貝獣物語 (JP)
Birthday Namco Fantasy NES[2] JRPG/WRPG hybrid[11] Kaijuu Monogatari JP
1988 (JP) King of Kings (JP)
キング オブ キングス (JP)
Namcot Namcot Fantasy NES[2] Tactical RPG/Wargame JP
1988 (JP) Last Armageddon (JP)
ラストハルマゲドン (JP)
Braingrey Mind Braingrey Mind Fantasy MSX2[1] JRPG[12] JP
1988 (JP) Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum (JP)
マイトアンドマジック (JP)
New World New World Fantasy MSX2[1] WRPG Might and Magic US
1988 (NA) Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World New World New World Fantasy APPII
DOS
WRPG Might and Magic US
1988 (JP) Phantasie: Jelnoa's Chapter (JP)
ファンタジージェルノアの章 (JP)
SSI Bothtec Fantasy MSX2[1] (Port) WRPG Phantasie US
1988 (JP) Phantasie II: Story of Ferronrah (JP)
ファンタジーIIフェロンラの章 (JP)
SSI Bothtec Fantasy MSX2[1] (Port) WRPG Phantasie US
1988 (NA) Phantasie III: Wrath of Nikademus Westwood SSI Fantasy DOS (Port) WRPG Phantasie US
1988 (NA)
1990 (UK)
Pool of Radiance SSI SSI
U.S. Gold
Fantasy C64
DOS
ST
Tactical RPG AD&D: Forgotten Realms campaign setting. First game in the Gold Box series. US
1988 (JP) Psychic War: Cosmic Soldier 2 (JP)
サイキックウォー (JP)
Kogado Kogado Sci-Fi MSX[1]
MSX2[1]
JRPG[13] Cosmic Soldier JP
1988 (NA) Questron II Westwood SSI Fantasy AMI
APPII
APPGS
C64
DOS
ST
Questron US
1988 (JP) Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen (JP)
聖闘士星矢 黄金伝説 完結編 (JP)
TOSE Shinsei Fantasy (Mythic) NES[2] RPG / Fighting game hybrid[14] Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu JP
1988 (NA) Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic Spaceport Malibu EA Sci-Fi DOS WRPG US
1988 (JP) Star Cruiser Arsys Software Arsys Software Sci-Fi PC88 Action RPG
FPS/RPG
JRPG
JP
1988 (JP) Super Black Onyx (JP)
スーパーブラックオニキス (JP)
Bullet-Proof Bullet-Proof Fantasy NES[2] Dungeon crawl[15][16] The Black Onyx JP
1988 (JP) Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness (JP)
ウルティマI (JP)
Origin Pony Canyon Fantasy MSX2[1] WRPG[17] Ultima US
1988 (NA) Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar Origin Origin Fantasy AMI (Port) WRPG[18] Ultima US
1988 (NA) Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny Origin Origin Fantasy APPII
C64 (Port)
DOS (Port)
WRPG Ultima US
1988 (NA) Wasteland EA EA Post-apocalyptic APPII
C64
DOS
WRPG Wasteland; Spiritual predecessor of Fallout. US
1988 (NA) Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy C64 (Port) Dungeon crawl Wizardry US
1988 (NA) Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy DOS (Port) Dungeon crawl Wizardry US
1988 (NA) Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom Sir-Tech Sir-Tech Fantasy APPII
C64
Dungeon crawl Wizardry US
1988 (JP) XZR (JP)
エグザイル (JP)
Telenet Japan Telenet Japan Fantasy (historical) MSX[1] Action RPG Exile JP
1988 (JP) XZR II (JP)
エグザイルII (JP)
Telenet Japan Telenet Japan Fantasy (historical) MSX2[1] Action RPG[19] Exile JP
1988 (JP/NA/PAL) Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (INT)
イースI (JP)
Nihon Falcom Victor Music Industries Fantasy PCE
SMS[7]
NES[2]
PC88
PC98
Action RPG
JRPG[20]
Ys JP
1988 (JP) Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter (JP)
イースII (JP)
Falcom Falcom Fantasy MSX2[1] Action RPG
JRPG
Ys JP
1988 (JP) Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon (JP)
勇士の紋章 ディープダンジョン (JP)
Scaptrust Scaptrust Fantasy MSX (Port)[1] Dungeon crawl Deep Dungeon JP
1989 (NA) Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of the Lance U.S. Gold SSI Fantasy C64 (Port)
DOS (Port)
Action RPG/Platformer Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Based on the Dragonlance franchise US
1989 (NA) Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Hillsfar Westwood SSI Fantasy AMI
C64
DOS
ST
Action RPG Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Forgotten Realms campaign setting US
1989 (JP) Arcus II: Silent Symphony (JP)
アークスII (JP)
Wolfteam (JP) Wolfteam (JP) Fantasy MSX2[1] JRPG[21] Arcus JP
1989 (NA) Bards Tale, The Interplay EA Fantasy MAC (Port) WRPG The Bards Tale US
1989 (NA/UK) Curse of the Azure Bonds SSI SSI
U.S. Gold
Fantasy APPII
C64
DOS
Tactical RPG AD&D: Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Gold Box series. US
1989 (NA/UK) Death Bringer Pandora Spotlight (Cinemaware) Fantasy AMI
C64
DOS
ST
Dungeon crawl UK
1989 (NA) Demon's Winter Novotrade SSI Fantasy AMI (Port) Tactical RPG Shard of Spring US
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Destiny of an Emperor (NA)
Tenchi o Kurau (JP)
天地を喰らう (JP)
Capcom (NA/JP) Capcom (NA/JP) Fantasy NES[2] JRPG JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Double Dungeons (NA/JP)
ダブルダンジョン (JP)
NCS (JP) NCS (JP) Fantasy PCE[9] Dungeon crawl[22] JP
1989 (JP) Dragon Ball 3: Gokuuden (JP)
ドラゴンボール3 悟空伝 (JP)
TOSE (JP) Bandai (JP) NES[2] Board game/RPG Based on the manga Dragon Ball JP
1989 (JP) Dragon Knight
ドラゴンナイト
ELF ELF Fantasy DOS JRPG
Eroge
Dragon Knight JP
1989 (JP) Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (JP)
ドラゴンスレイヤー英雄伝説 (JP)
Nihon Falcom (JP) Nihon Falcom (JP) Fantasy PC88
PC98
X68K
JRPG[23] Dragon Slayer
The Legend of Heroes
JP
1989 (NA) Dragon Wars Interplay Activision Fantasy AMI
APPII
APPGS
C64
T1000
DOS
WRPG Spiritual successor to The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate.[24] US
1989 (NA/UK) Dragons of Flame U.S. Gold SSI
U.S. Gold
Fantasy AMI
DOS
ST
Action RPG AD&D: Dragonlance franchise US
1989 (NA/EU) Drakkhen Infogrames Data East
Infogrames
Fantasy AMI
DOS
ST
WRPG/Adventure game hybrid Drakkhen FR
1989 (JP/NA) Dungeon Explorer (NA/JP)
ダンジョンエクスプローラー (JP)
Atlus Co. Hudson Soft
NEC
Fantasy PCE[9] Action RPG[25] JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements (NA)
Dungeon & Magic: Swords of Element (JP)
ダンジョン&マジック ソード オブ エレメント (JP)
Natsume Natsume
Taito
Fantasy NES[2] Dungeon crawl[26] JP
1989 (NA)
1992 (EU)
Dungeon Master FTL FTL Fantasy APPGS
DOS (Port)
Dungeon crawl
Action RPG[27]
Dungeon Master US
1989 (NA/JP) Dungeon Master: Chaos Strikes Back FTL FTL Fantasy AMI
ST
FMT
PC98
X68K
Dungeon crawl
Action RPG[27]
Dungeon Master US
1989 (JP) Emerald Dragon (JP)
エメラルドドラゴン (JP)
Glodia (JP) Bashou House (JP) Fantasy PC88 JRPG[28] JP
1989 (JP) Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden (JP)
ファミコンジャンプ 英雄列伝 (JP)
TOSE (JP) Bandai (JP) Sci-Fi NES[2] Action RPG[29] Based on the anime and manga, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger (NA)
Faria: Fuuin no Tsurugi (JP)
ファリア 封印の剣 (JP)
Game Arts
Hi-Score
Nexoft Fantasy NES[2] Action RPG[30][29] JP
1989 (JP) Final Fantasy (JP)
ファイナルファンタジー (JP)
Square (JP) Microcabin (JP) Fantasy MSX2 (Port)[1] JRPG[6] Final Fantasy JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Final Fantasy Legend, The (NA)
Makai Toushi Sa•Ga (JP)
魔界塔士 Sa・Ga (JP)
Square (NA/JP) Square (NA/JP) Fantasy GB JRPG[31] SaGa JP
1989 (JP) Hercules no Eikō II: Titan no Metsubō (JP)
ヘラクレスの栄光II タイタンの滅亡 (JP)
Data East (JP) Data East (JP) Fantasy NES[2] JRPG[32] Hercules no Eikō JP
1989 (NA) Hero's Quest: So You Want to Be a Hero
Quest for Glory: So You Want to Be a Hero
Sierra Sierra Fantasy DOS WRPG/Adventure game hybrid Quest for Glory US
1989 (JP) Hydlide 3: Yami Kara no Houmonsha (JP)
ハイドライド 3 (JP)
T&E (JP) Namco (JP) Fantasy NES[2] Action RPG[29] Hydlide JP
1989 (JP) Jajamaru Ninpou Chou (JP)
じゃじゃ丸忍法帳 (JP)
NMK (JP) Jaleco (JP) NES[2] JRPG[33] Ninja Jajamaru-kun JP
1989 (NA) Knights of Legend Todd Porter Origin Fantasy APPII
C64
DOS
WRPG US
1989 (JP) Laplace no Ma (JP)
Laplace's Evil Spirit (JP)
ラプラスの魔 (JP)
HummingBird (JP) HummingBird (JP) Survival horror MSX2[1] Laplace no Ma JP
1989 (JP) La Salle Ishii no Child's Quest (JP)
ラサール石井のチャイルズクエスト (JP)
Namco (JP) Namco (JP) Music/Comedy NES[2] JRPG JP
1989 (JP)
1992 (NA)
Legend of the Ghost Lion (NA)
White Lion Densetsu: Pyramid no Kanata ni (JP)
ホワイトライオン伝説 (JP)
Kemco Kemco Fantasy NES[2] JRPG[34] JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
1991 (PAL)
Little Ninja Brothers
Super Chinese 2: Dragon Kid
スーパーチャイニーズ2 ドラゴンキッド
Culture Brain Culture Brain Fantasy NES[2] Action-RPG[35] Super Chinese JP
1989 (JP) Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (JP) Compile (JP) Compile (JP) Fantasy PC98 Dungeon crawl Madou Monogatari JP
1989 (NA) Magic Candle, The Mindcraft Mindcraft Fantasy APPII
C64
DOS
The Magic Candle CA
1989 (JP) Master of Monsters
マスターオブモンスターズ
SystemSoft SystemSoft Fantasy MSX[36] Tactical RPG Master of Monsters JP
1989 (JP) Master of Monsters Map Collection
マスターオブモンスターズマップコレクション
SystemSoft SystemSoft Fantasy MSX[36] Tactical RPG Resource pack for Master of Monsters. JP
1989 (NA/JP) Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World
マイトアンドマジックブック2
New World StarCraft
New World
Fantasy MSX2[1]
C64
WRPG Might and Magic US
1989 (JP) Mother Ape
Nintendo
Nintendo Modern NES[2] JRPG[37] Mother JP
1989 (JP) Phantasie III: Wrath of Nikademus
ファンタジーIIIニカデモスの怒り
SSI Bothtec Fantasy MSX2[1] WRPG Phantasie US
1989 (JP) Phantasy Star II
ファンタシースター II 還らざる時の終わりに
Sega-AM7 Sega Sci-Fi GEN JRPG Phantasy Star JP
1989 (NA) Pool of Radiance SSI SSI Fantasy APPII (Port)
MAC (Port)
Tactical RPG AD&D: Forgotten Realms campaign setting. First game in the Gold Box series. US
1989 (JP) SD Snatcher
SDスナッチャー
Konami Konami Sci-Fi MSX2[1] JRPG[38] Snatcher JP
1989 (NA) Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic Novotrade EA Sci-Fi C64 (Port) US
1989 (JP) Shiryou Sensen: War of the Dead
死霊戦線
Victor Music Industries Fantasy
Survival horror
PCE[9] Action RPG Shiryou Sensen: War of the Dead JP
1989 (NA) Space Rogue Origin Origin Sci-Fi C64
DOS
MAC
APPII
Combination space sim and WRPG US
1989 (JP) Square no Tom Sawyer
スクウェアのトムソーヤ
Square Square NES[2] [39] JP
1989 (NA) Starflight Binary Systems
MicroMagic
EA Sci-Fi AMI (Port)
C64 (Port)
Combination space sim and WRPG Starflight US
1989 (NA) Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula Binary Systems EA Sci-Fi DOS Combination space sim and WRPG Starflight US
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
1991 (EU)
Super Hydlide
スーパーハイドライド
T&E Seismic Fantasy GEN Action RPG[29] Hydlide JP
1989 (JP) Sweet Home
スウィートホーム
Capcom Capcom Fantasy
Survival horror[40]
NES[2] JRPG Spiritual precursor to Resident Evil JP
1989 (JP)
1991 (NA/PAL)
Sword Of Hope, The
Selection: Erabareshi Mono
セレクション 選ばれし者
Kemco Kemco
Seika Corp.
Fantasy GB Action RPG JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Sword of Vermilion
Vermilion
ヴァーミリオン
Sega-AM2 Sega Fantasy GEN Action-RPG JP
1989 (JP) Tao
究極の世紀末ロープレ 道
Vap Vap Fantasy NES[2] JP
1989 (JP) Tengai Makyō: Ziria
天外魔境 ZIRIA
Red Ent. Hudson Soft Fantasy PCD[9] JRPG[41] Tengai Makyou JP
1989 (JP) Tenkaichi Bushi Keru Nagūru
ケルナグール
Game Studio Namco NES[2] Fighting/RPG hybrid JP
1989 (JP) Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima: Seisha he no Michi
ウルティマ 聖者への道
Origin Pony Canyon Fantasy NES (Port)[2] WRPG[18] Ultima US
1989 (NA) Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny Origin Origin Fantasy ST (Port) WRPG Ultima US
1989 (NA) Ultima Trilogy Origin Origin Fantasy APPII (Comp)
C64 (Comp)
DOS (Comp)
WRPG Ultima compilation US
1989 (NA) WiBArM Arsys Software Broderbund Sci-Fi DOS (Port) Action RPG
Run-and-gun
JRPG
JP
1989 (JP/NA)
1993 (PAL)
Willow
ウィロー
Capcom Capcom Fantasy NES[2] Action RPG US/JP
1989 (JP) Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds
ウィザードリィ2
Sir-Tech Software ASCII Fantasy MSX2 (Port)[1] Dungeon crawl Wizardry US
1989 (NA/JP) Wizardry II: Llylgamyn no Isan
ウィザードリィII リルガミンの遺産[42]
Sir-Tech Software ASCII
Sir-Tech
Fantasy NES (Port)[2]
C64 (Port)
Dungeon crawl Wizardry US
1989 (JP) Xak: The Art of Visual Stage
サーク
Microcabin Microcabin Fantasy MSX2[1]
PC88
PC98
X68K
Action RPG[43] Xak JP
1989 (NA) Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished Nihon Falcom
Unlimited
Kyodai
Brøderbund
Fantasy APPGS (Port)
DOS (Port)
Action RPG
JRPG
Ys JP
1989 (JP)
1990 (NA)
Ys I & II
イースI・II
Nihon Falcom
Hudson Soft
Hudson Soft Fantasy PCD[9](Comp) Action RPG[20] Ys JP
1989 (JP) Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
イースIII -ワンダラーズフロムイース-
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88
PC98
X68K
MSX2[1]
Action RPG
Platformer[20]
Ys JP

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