Notable Entertainment Software for US Home Computers, 1976 - 1979 Launch Systems

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BETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsBETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsAs part of the editing process for my upcoming US home videogame and computer entertainment systems history book, I've been logging the software I mention in each section. I thought it might be interesting to list the software I'm mentioning in the book for the 1976 - 1979, computers section, which I just finished going through. Most of these are the cream of the crop or notable titles.

How many of the following are you familiar with?

1978; Tunnel Vision and Kat and Mouse; Michael Riley; Commodore PET Series
1980; BETS; Randall Lockwood; Commodore PET Series
1977 (?); Commodore BASIC; Commodore PET Series
1980; Professional Software Inc.; WordPro; Commodore PET Series
1981; Avalon Hill; Computer Acquire; Commodore PET Series
1978; Automated Simulations - Epyx; Starfleet Orion; Commodore PET Series
1980; Automated Simulations - Epyx; Rescue at Rigel; Commodore PET Series
1979; Automated Simulations - Epyx; Temple of Apshai (part of the Dunjonquest series); Commodore PET Series
1981; Avalon Hill; Dnieper River Line; Commodore PET Series
1982; Avalon Hill; Telengard; Commodore PET Series
1978; Adventure International (Scott Adams); Adventureland; Commodore PET Series
1979; Adventure International (Scott Adams); Pirate Adventure; Commodore PET Series
1981; William Demas; Forbidden Planet (a "talking adventure"); Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1978; Leo Christopherson; Android NIM; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1979; Leo Christopherson; Dancing Demon; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1980; Sub Logic; Flight Simulator; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1980; Infocom; Zork; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1981; Big Five Software; Cosmic Fighter; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1982; Big Five Software; Defense Command; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
1981; Adventure International (Scott Adams); Mission Impossible; Tandy TRS-80 Model I, III, 4
197x; APF; Rocker Patrol, Backgammon, Baseball, Boxing, Hangman/Tic Tac Toe/Doodle, Space Destroyer; APF M1000, MP1000 and Imagination Machine
197x; Atari; Breakout; Arcade
197x; Atari; Pong; Arcade
1975; Atari; Pong; Pong-style
1978; Apple; DOS 3.1; Apple II-series
1980; Apple; DOS 3.3; Apple II-series
1980; Apple; SOS; Apple III
1984; Apple; ProDOS; Apple II-series
1986; Apple; ProDOS 16 1.0; Apple IIgs
1986; Apple; ProDOS 8; Apple II-series
1990; Apple; ProDOS 8 1.9; Apple II-series
1979; Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston; VisiCalc; Apple II-series
1985; SSI; Phantasie; Apple II-series
1985; Origin Systems, Inc.; Ultima IV Quest of the Avatar; Apple II-series
1983; Electronic Arts; Pinball Construction Set; Apple II-series
1980; On-line Systems - Sierra; Mystery House; Apple II-series
1982; On-line Systems - Sierra; Time Zone; Apple II-series
1980; Richard Garriot; Akalabeth: World of Doom; Apple II-series
1980; Richard Garriot; Ultima; Apple II-series
1981; Muse; Castle Wolfenstein; Apple II-series
1981; Sir-Tech; Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord; Apple II-series
1982; Broderbund; Choplifter; Apple II-series
1982; Penguin Software; The Graphics Magician; Apple II-series
1983; Broderbund; Lode Runner; Apple II-series
1983; Electronic Arts; Music Construction Set; Apple II-series
1983; The Learning Company; Rocky's Boots; Apple II-series
1989; Electronic Arts; John Madden Football; Apple II-series
1990; Broderbund; Prince of Persia; Apple II-series
1984; Electronic Arts; Skyfox; Apple II-series
1982; Marc Goodman; The Bilestoad; Apple II-series
1983; Electronic Arts; M.U.L.E.; Atari 8-bit
1983; Datamost; Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory; Atari 8-bit
1986; Atari; Missile Command, Flight Simulator II and Bug Hunt; Atari 8-bit (XEGS)
1980; Atari; Star Raiders; Atari 8-bit
1981; Atari; Eastern Front (1941); Atari 8-bit
1982; Synapse; Necromancer; Atari 8-bit
1982; First Star Software; Astro Chase; Atari 8-bit
1984; Lucasfilm; Rescue on Fractalus; Atari 8-bit
1984; Lucasfilm; Ballblazer; Atari 8-bit
1985; Datasoft; Alternate Reality: The City; Atari 8-bit
1985; Epyx; Temple of Apshai Trilogy; Atari 8-bit