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1980 Games 100

This is the Games 100 List from 1980.

To do:
  • Obtain a copy of magazine article and recheck all information.
  • Include proper magazine time lengths for all game items.

It is worthwhile to note that for the first year of the Games 100, the games were merely listed in alphabetical order, with no named Game of the Year, and no categories. As with other years of the Games 100, the list included items that were not necessarily produced in that year (e.g. Acquire had been in print for 18 years by the time of the 1980 Games 100, and had already passed from 3M to Avalon Hill). Additionally, this year included some items that were not games, and not solo puzzles (e.g. Capsela, Frisbee, etc.).

The three magazine categories for each item include entry level, playing time, and game type. The entry level for each item was classified as either easy, medium, or difficult. The playing times were written in either minutes or hours; however, some of the playing times have yet to be determined. The three game types included chance, strategy, and action.

Senet was originally listed as Passing Through The Netherworld. Furthermore, War of the Ring was incorrectly listed under the plural name of War of the Rings. It also appears that Sensory Chess Challenger 8 was incorrectly listed as Sensory Chess Challenger; different versions of this game have different programmers.

Public Domain games such as Go, Parcheesi, Shogi, and Passing Through The Netherworld were listed with the publisher stated in the original magazine article.

The game designer names are typically not included with these lists. This information was researched from the Boardgamegeek website while designer names in parenthesis were determined exclusively from information from other websites.

The boardgamegeek categories were merely provided so that the reader can more easily determine each entry's game type.

#
Game
Publisher
Magazine Categories
(Designer)
(BGG Categories)
1
2-5-8
Invicta Games
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
2
221B Baker Street
John N. Hansen Co., Inc.
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Deduction
3
4000 A.D.
Waddington's House of Games
Medium, 30 Min., Strategy
Uncredited
Science Fiction
4
Acquire
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, 90 Min., Chance & Strategy
Sid Sackson
Economic
5
Astro
Kosmos International
Easy, 10 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
6
Atari 2600 Video Computer System
Atari
Easy, ?, Chance, Strategy, & Action
(Nolan K. Bushnell)
Uncategorized game/toy
7
Awful Green Things from Outer Space
TSR Hobbies
Difficult, 1 Hour, Chance & Strategy
Tom Wham
Science Fiction
8
Baseball 3
Entex
Easy, 20 Min., Strategy & Action
(Tony Clowes)
Uncategorized game/toy
9
Bank Shot
Parker
Easy, 10 Min., Strategy & Action
(Steve Kitchen)
Uncategorized game/toy
10
Blockade
Lakeside
Easy, 45 Min., Strategy
Mirko Marchesi
Abstract - Modern
11
Boffers
New Games Foundation
Easy, Unknown, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
12
Boggle
Parker
Easy, 5 Min., Strategy
Alan Turoff/Bill Cooke
Word Game
13
Brain Baffler
Mattel
Easy, 5 Min., Strategy
(Mark Lesser)
Uncategorized game/toy
14
Can't Stop
Parker
Medium, 15 Min., Chance & Strategy
Sid Sackson
Abstract - Dice
15
Capsela 700 Series
Play-Jour
Medium, Unknown, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
16
Careers
Parker
Easy, 1 Hour, Chance & Strategy
James Cooke Brown
Roll-and-Move
17
Checker Challenger
Fidelity Electronics
Medium, 30 Min., Strategy
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
18
Clue
Parker
Medium, 1 Hour, Chance & Strategy
Anthony E. Pratt
Deduction
19
Compulsion
Edventure
Difficult, 90 Min., Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
20
Conquest
Self-published
Medium, 2 Hours, Strategy
Donald Benge
Wargame - Ancients
21
Cosmic Encounter
Eon
Medium, 90 Min., Chance & Strategy
Eberle/Norton/Kittredge/Olotka
Science Fiction
22
Counterstrike
Essex Game Co.
Medium, 30 Min., Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Dice
23
Diplomacy
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, 4 Hours, Strategy
Allan B. Calhamer
Wargame - Classic
24
Dungeons & Dragons
TSR Hobbies
Difficult, Unknown, Chance & Strategy
Gary Gygax/Dave Arneson
Uncategorized game/toy
25
Electronic Boxing
Bambino
Easy, 5 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
26
Electronic Detective
Ideal
Difficult, 45 Min., Strategy
Phil Orbanes Sr.
Deduction
27
Electronic Space Invader
Entex
Easy, 5 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
28
Epaminondas
Robert Abbott
Easy, 45 Min., Strategy
Robert Abbott
Abstract - Modern
29
Facts in Five
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, 10 Min., Strategy
Richard Onanian
Word Game
30
Feudal
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, 90 Min., Strategy
Fred Buestchler
Abstract - Combat
31
Football II
Mattel
Medium, 15 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
32
Football Strategy
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, 1 Hour, Chance & Strategy
Thomas N. Shaw
Sports Game
33
Fore Par Table Golf
World Wide Games, Inc.
Easy, 30 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
34
Frisbee and Master Frisbee
WHAM-O
Easy, Unknown, Action
(Walter Fredrick Morrison / Unknown)
Uncategorized game/toy
35
Game of the Generals
Ideal
Easy, 1 Hour, Strategy
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Abstract - Combat
36
Go
Milton Bradley
Medium, 1 Hour, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
37
Grass
Eurogames
Medium, 30 Min., Chance & Strategy
Jeff London
Card Game
38
Gunfighter
Bandai
Easy, 10 Min., Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
39
Head to Head Hockey
Coleco Industries, Inc.
Easy, 10 Min., Action
(Eric Bromley)
Uncategorized game/toy
40
Isolation
Lakeside
Easy, 10 Min., Strategy
Bernd Kienitz
Abstract - Modern
41
Junta
Creative Wargames Workshop
Medium, 4 Hours, Chance & Strategy
Ben Grossman/Eric Goldberg/Vincent Tsao
Wargame - Modern
42
Kangaroo: The Jumping Game
Great Games
Easy, 30 Min., Strategy
John Flagg
Abstract - Modern
43
Kingmaker
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Difficult, 3 Hours, Chance & Strategy
Andrew McNeil/Don Turnbull/Mick (Mike) Uhl
Wargame - Medieval
44
Krypto
MPH Games Co.
Easy, 10 Min., Strategy
Daniel Yovich
Card Game
45
Labyrinth
Cardinal Industries
Easy, Unknown, Action
Sven Bergling
Action/Dexterity
46
Leverage
Star Game Co.
Easy, 45 Min., Strategy
Jack B. Slimp, Jr.
Abstract - Modern
47
Marrakesh
Xanadu Leisure, Ltd.
Difficult, 45 Min., Chance & Strategy
Joli Quentin Kansil
Abstract - Modern
48
Mastermind
Invicta Games
Easy, 20 Min., Strategy
Mordecai Meirowitz
Abstract - Modern
49
Microvision Hand-held Console
Milton Bradley
Easy, ?, Action
(Jay Smith)
Uncategorized game/toy
50
Mille Bornes
Parker
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Edmond Dujardin
Card Game
51
Monopoly
Parker
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Charles Darrow/Elizabeth J. Magie (Phillips)/George S. Parker
Economic
52
Napoleon at Waterloo
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Jim Dunnigan
Wargame - Napoleon
53
Nuclear War
Flying Buffalo, Inc. (FBI)
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Douglas Malewicki
Abstract - Combat
54
Odyssey 2
Magnavox
Easy, ?, Chance, Strategy, & Action
Ralph Baer
Uncategorized game/toy
55
Omar II
Tryom
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
56
Othello
Gabriel
Easy, ?, Strategy
John W. Mollett/Lewis Waterman
Abstract - Classic
57
PanzerBlitz
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Jim Dunnigan
Wargame - WWII
58
Parcheesi
Selchow & Righter
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
59
Pass it on
Selchow & Righter
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
60
Passing Through The Netherworld
The Kirk Game Company Inc
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
61
Pente
Pente Games
Easy, ?, Strategy
Gary Gabrel/Tom Braunlich
Abstract - Modern
62
Penumbra
Southold Game Corp.
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Douglas Alan Byrne
Abstract - Modern
63
Pit
Parker
Easy, ?, Strategy
Edgar Cayce/George S. Parker/Harry Gavitt
Economic
64
Probe
Parker
Medium, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Word Game
65
Quebec 1759
Gamma Two Games
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Lance Gutteridge/Steve Brewster/Tom Dalgliesh
Wargame - Block
66
Quintessence
Pentagames, Inc.
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
67
Rack-O
Milton Bradley
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Card Game
68
Richthofen's War
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Randall C. Reed
Wargame - WWI
69
Risk
Parker
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Albert Lamorisse/Michael I. Levin
Wargame - Classic
70
Rubik's Cube
Ideal
Easy, ?, Strategy
Erno Rubik
Uncategorized game/toy
71
Rummy-O II
Cardinal Industries
Medium, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
72
Score Four
Lakeside
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
73
Scrabble
Selchow & Righter
Medium, ?, Strategy
Alfred Mosher Butts
Word Game
74
Sensory Chess Challenger (8)
Fidelity Electronics
Medium, ?, Strategy
(Ron Nelson)
Uncategorized game/toy
75
Shogi
The Shogi Association
Medium, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
76
Simon
Milton Bradley
Easy, ?, Action
Ralph Baer
Memory Game
77
Skyro
Parker
Easy, ?, Action
(Alan Adler)
Uncategorized game/toy
78
Sorry!
Parker
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
79
Speed Circuit
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Medium, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Sports Game
80
Split Second
Parker
Easy, ?, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
81
Star Force
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Redmond A. Simonsen
Wargame - Sci-Fi
82
Strobe
Lakeside
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Memory Game
83
Sudden Death!
Gabriel
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
84
Swashbuckler
Yaquinto
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
S. Craig Taylor/T. O'Neill
Abstract - Combat
85
Terrible Swift Sword: Battle of Gettysburg Game
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Richard H. Berg
Wargame - American Civil War
86
Tomytronic Electronic Tennis
Tomy
Easy, ?, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
87
Touché
Gabriel
Easy, ?, Strategy
Wayne Bobette
Abstract - Modern
88
Tournament Stadium Checkers
Schaper
Easy, ?, Strategy
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
89
Track Ball
WHAM-O
Easy, ?, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
90
Trippples
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Easy, ?, Strategy
William T. Powers
Abstract - Modern
91
Twister
Milton Bradley
Easy, ?, Chance & Action
Reyn Guyer
Action/Dexterity
92
Twixt
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Easy, ?, Strategy
Alex Randolph
Abstract - Modern
93
Ultimatum
Yaquinto
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
J. Michael Hemphill
Wargame - Modern
94
UNO
International Games
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Merle Robbins
Card Game
95
War of the Ring
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Difficult, ?, Chance & Strategy
Howard Barasch/Richard H. Berg
Wargame - Fantasy
96
Waterworks
Parker
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
Uncredited
Card Game
97
Weird Wands
Weird Products
Easy, ?, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
98
Wildfire
Parker
Easy, ?, Action
Robert Doyle
Uncategorized game/toy
99
Wizard
Waddington's House of Games
Easy, ?, Action
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
100
Yahtzee
Milton Bradley
Easy, ?, Chance & Strategy
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Abstract - Dice
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