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A.E.

A.E.

Atari 5200 - January 4, 1984

A port of the classic computer game, A.E. (Which stands for Anti Environmental) is a most unusual 5200 prototype. It was never announced by Atari nor was it mentioned in any internal documents. A.E. is an arcade style shooting game in which you have to shoot down waves of evil flying mechanical stingrays in order to save your planet. The Atari 5200 version only has four levels as opposed to ten that the computer versions boast. The loading times for the levels are also longer due to hardware constraints of the Atari 5200.

The Ancient Art of War at Sea

The Ancient Art of War at Sea

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

The Ancient Art of War at Sea is the sequel to the Ancient Art of War, where the battle campaigns now takes place in the vast oceans of naval combat. The game is a top-down semi real-time strategy game. The game has different speed/time settings (slower to faster), hence the player may manage strategies while remaining in real-time mode. As its predecessor, the game comes with different difficulty settings, symbolized by several famous naval commanders and also comes with a game editor. Ship Types As its predecessor, the game introduces three different types of units in the game: The...

Ancient Land of Ys

Ancient Land of Ys

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Apple Panic

Apple Panic

Atari 800 - 1982

Apple Panic is a 1981 platform game (ports released 1982) —from before the term existed—for the Apple II, programmed by Ben Serki and published by Brøderbund Software. Apple Panic is an unauthorized version of the 1980 arcade game Space Panic. While the arcade original remained obscure, Apple Panic became a top seller for home computers. It was ported to the Atari 8-bit family, VIC-20, and IBM PC.

The Battle of Olympus

The Battle of Olympus

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 28, 1990

This is an ancient story - a time when men and gods lived together. The peaceful village of Elis was the home of the fairest maiden and a gentle yet brave young man named Orpheus. Helene and Orpheus swore eternal love to each other. But alas, one day, Helene fell victim to the fangs of a venomous serpent and was turned to stone. Your adventure will take you through ancient Greece on a classic mythological quest. It may be easy to defeat the snakes and centaurs that inhabit most of the cities but how will you defeat Hydra? Or the terrible three-headed dog, Cerberus? You'll need to use all of...

Choplifter

Choplifter

Arcade - January 1, 1985

Choplifter is a 1982 Apple II game developed by Dan Gorlin and published by Brøderbund. It was ported to other home computers and, in 1985, Sega released a coin-operated arcade game remake, which in turn received several home ports of its own. While many arcade games have been ported to home computers and consumer consoles, Choplifter was one of the few games (Lode Runner is another) to take the reverse route: first appearing on a home system and being ported to the arcade.

Choplifter

Choplifter

Atari XEGS - January 1, 1982

Choplifter (stylized as Choplifter!) is a 1982 Apple II game developed by Dan Gorlin and published by Brøderbund. It was ported to other home computers and, in 1985, Sega released a coin-operated arcade game remake, which in turn received several home ports of its own. While many arcade games have been ported to home computers and consumer consoles, Choplifter was one of the few games to take the reverse route: first appearing on a home system and being ported to the arcade

The Dark Heart of Uukrul

The Dark Heart of Uukrul

Apple II - Released - 1989

The Dark Heart of Uukrul is a first-person perspective, turn-based fantasy computer role-playing game written by Ian Boswell and Martin Buis of Digital Studios Limited, and published by Brøderbund. The game was released in 1989 on the Apple II and in 1990 on the IBM PC. The game comprises a classic party of four heroes trying to defeat the evil magician Uukrul and reconquer the city of Eriosthé, going through many puzzles and riddles. It has a classic top-view turn-based combat system and a pseudo-3D first-person perspective for exploration. The party can also throw magic spells or pray to...

Downhill Challenge

Downhill Challenge

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

Downhill Challenge is a view-from-behind 3d skiing game developed by Microïds in 1988, published in the US by Brøderbund Software and in France by Loriciel (as Super Ski; in the UK it also had an Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards license). It provides 4 games modes : Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Ski Jump. The game can be played up to 5 players with their results compared at the end.

Drol

Drol

Apple II - Released - 1983

Drol is a platform game where you play a cute robot that can fly and shoot. Your goal is to rescue children that are wandering around each level. The levels consist of rows of platforms, with gaps which can be jumped through to go up or down a vertical level. The creatures to avoid and shoot vary from strange hopping, beer-belly aliens, to demons, snakes, and axes flying through the air (we never do find out who's throwing those axes!). Like Defender, Drol incorporates a "radar" at the top of the screen, so you can find the children and dodge incoming baddies.

Galactic Saga I - Galactic Empire

Galactic Saga I - Galactic Empire

Apple II - August 13, 1980

Galactic Empire is a strategy video game. It is the first game in the Galactic Saga and the first game published by Brøderbund which was, in fact, created for the purpose of publishing the game. Doug Carlston was an attorney who wrote Galactic Empire on his TRS-80. After his brother Gary began successfully selling the game to computer stores, they founded Brøderbund.

Galactic Saga II: Galactic Trader

Galactic Saga II: Galactic Trader

Apple II - Released - 1980

Galactic Trader is the sequel to Galactic Empire and the second game in the Galactic Saga. The planet Galactica's forces have conquered the Central Galactic System, but with the new empire now established and at peace, the fleet commander responsible for the campaign finds himself without a job. Left with only a small personal ship, some fuel and a few credits, a career change from conqueror to trader is in order.

Galactic Saga III - Galactic Revolution

Galactic Saga III - Galactic Revolution

Apple II - August 15, 1980

Galactic Revolution is the third title in the Galactic Saga series from Br0derbund. Doug Carlston wrote the original game for the TRS-80 and it was ported to the Apple II by Dave C. Cole and Tony Newman. Galactic Revolution is a space strategy game for up to three players.

Galactic Saga IV - Tawala's Last Redoubt

Galactic Saga IV - Tawala's Last Redoubt

Apple II - August 15, 1981

Tawala's Last Redoubt is the fourth and final game in the Galactic Saga. In the previous game, Galactic Revolution, the emperor Tawala was ousted from power by his former fleet commander, Julian du Buque. Now the fallen monarch has fled to the planet Farside. Due to unusual solar conditions, Farside is cut off from the rest of the galaxy. Now it falls to the planet's inhabitants, and the insurrectionist leader Benthi, to finish Tawala once and for all.

Gregory and the Hot Air Balloon

Gregory and the Hot Air Balloon

Windows - October 1, 1996

Gumball

Gumball

Apple II - August 17, 1983

Gumball is a 1983 video game by Robert Cook and Broderbund in which the player controls the valves of a maze-like machine to sort gumballs by their color. The player meets the quota of each level to earn their character—a factory worker—a promotion, resulting in a raise in difficulty with more color choices and defective gumballs to exclude. Broderbund co-founder Doug Carlston conceived of the game's machine-sorting concept, and Cook, the designer, added the gumball conceit and built the core gameplay within a week. He later returned to add sound, decorative features, and a secret image that...

The Last Express

The Last Express

Windows - March 30, 1997

Legacy of the Wizard

Legacy of the Wizard

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - July 17, 1987

Long, long ago, an evil dragon terrorized the forest until it was imprisoned by a powerful wizard. Now, years later, the dragon has revived and it's up to you to use the power of the wizard's descendants, the Draslefamily, to defeat the dragon once again. The whole family takes part in this action adventure as the parents, children and even the family pet search huge dungeons for gold, keys, magic, hidden crowns and finally the magical sword that can destroy the dragon.

Living Books - The Tortoise And The Hare

Living Books - The Tortoise And The Hare

ScummVM

The story starts off with the narrator, a purple bird named Simon, explaining how the Tortoise was a slow but steady person, while the Hare was busy and was always on the move. One day, when they meet up each other twice, the Hare complains that the Tortoise never does anything, and that he could do a hundred things in the time it takes [him] to go one block. Fed up with this, the Hare challenges the Tortoise to a race. The Hare ends up so far in the lead during the race that he starts wasting time elsewhere, choosing to eat after getting very hungry and sleeping after getting worn out. While...

Lode Runner

Lode Runner

Commodore VIC-20 - Released - 1983

The Bungeling Empire has stolen a huge cache of gold from its rightful owners, and your mission is to infiltrate its treasury and recapture it. This entails progressing through 150 screens of platforms, ladders and ropes. The Empire has sent robotic guards down to protect the gold, and contact with any of these will cost you a life. Your method of escaping them is to press fire to dig a hole in their line of movement, thus causing them to fall in briefly, allowing you to move across the gap safely. Once all the gold has been collected, a ladder allowing you to move onto the next screen is...

Lode Runner

Lode Runner

Apple II - Released - 1983

The Bungeling Empire has stolen a huge cache of gold from its rightful owners, and your mission is to infiltrate its treasury and recapture it. This entails progressing through 150 screens of platforms, ladders and ropes. The Empire has sent robotic guards down to protect the gold, and contact with any of these will cost you a life. Your method of escaping them is to press fire to dig a hole in their line of movement, thus causing them to fall in briefly, allowing you to move across the gap safely. Once all the gold has been collected, a ladder allowing you to move onto the next screen is...

Lode Runner

Lode Runner

Atari XEGS - 1987

The player controls a stick figure who must collect all the gold in a level while avoiding guards who try to catch the player. After collecting all the gold, the player must travel to the top of the screen to reach the next level. There are 150 levels in the game which progressively challenge players' problem-solving abilities or reaction times.

Lode Runner: Lost Labyrinth

Lode Runner: Lost Labyrinth

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - July 27, 1990

A very straightforward conversion of a popular puzzle platform game. You must collect the piles of gold on each level, while avoiding the robots on patrol. To defend yourself, you are able to shoot holes in the platforms to your left or right, and these will capture the robots for a short time before they climb out again. Once you have collected all the gold, make your way to the top of the screen for the next level. The game also includes a level editor.

The Manhole

The Manhole

MS-DOS - January 1, 1988

The Manhole is a computer adventure game intended for children in which the player opens a manhole and reveals a gigantic beanstalk, leading to fantastic worlds.

Myst

Myst

Nintendo DS - Released - December 7, 2007

Myst is a graphic adventure puzzle video game designed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. It was developed by Cyan, Inc., published by Brøderbund, and initially released on the Macintosh platform in 1993. Remakes and ports of the game have been released for platforms including the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, 3DO, Microsoft Windows, Atari Jaguar CD, CD-i, AmigaOS, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, iOS, OS X, and Android. The game puts the player in the role of the Stranger, who uses a special book to travel to the island of Myst. There, the player solves puzzles and travels to other...

Orly's Draw-A-Story

Orly's Draw-A-Story

Windows - Released - 1999

It focuses around the two main characters, Orly and her anthropomorphic talking frog friend Lancelot who lives in Jamaica. The game features four unique stories narrated by Orly. The player is able to illustrate each of the stories with their own paintings, either original drawings or using ready-prepared objects. As Orly tells the story the user is asked to create an item such as a friend for a flying monster or a birthday present to give to Orly. The objects become animated and are then used as part of the story. Clicking on the shutter opens up a series of template drawings that can be...

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

Apple II - Released - October 3, 1989

While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup d'état. His way to the throne lies through the Sultan's lovely daughter. Jaffar kidnaps her and threatens to kill her if she refuses to marry him. Meanwhile, the man the Princess loves is thrown into the dungeon. He has only one hour to escape from his prison, defeat the guards on his way, and stop Jaffar before the terrible marriage takes place. Prince of Persia is a 2D platformer that is commonly regarded as a progenitor of the cinematic platform genre. Rather than following the...

Serpentine

Serpentine

Apple II - 1982

Serpentine is a computer maze game written by David Snider and published by Broderbund in 1982. The gameplay and visuals are similar to that of the Konami arcade game Jungler, released the previous year. Serpentine was originally written for the Apple II and ported to the VIC-20, Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit family. The VIC-20 version was licensed to Creative Software.

Shufflepuck Cafe

Shufflepuck Cafe

Apple IIGS - Unreleased - 1990

Space Quarks

Space Quarks

Apple II - Released - 1981

Space Quarks is a fixed-screen shooter for the home computer. The game is very similar to arcade classics like Space Invaders, Galaxian and Galaga. The player controls a tank, which can move left and right across the bottom of the screen. Fire missiles at the alien invaders flying overhead in a variety of formations and patterns. But watch out... after you start shooting and hitting targets, you can bet those aliens will start firing back! Clearing levels leads to more lives ("tanks"), more points added onto your score, and, of course, even more levels of aliens to clear.

Spelunker

Spelunker

Commodore 64 - March 13, 1984

As far back as I can remember, I was born to explore caves. This is probably the same with all cavers. The prickling in the tummy, even already when you see a cleavage in the rock, can be enormous and if you also have the suspicion that maybe, as in this cave, there could be treasures hidden, one cannot hold oneself back any longer. But be warned, this cave is different from all the others, it has the reputation to devour researchers. At first, it is so dark that you cannot see your own hand in front of you, and it is hot, because steam is shooting out of every crack in the volcanic rock. This...

Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego

Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego

Apple II - February 23, 1989

Where in North Dakota Is Carmen Sandiego? is a 1989 edutainment video game. It is the fourth game in the Carmen Sandiego video game series which includes World, U.S.A., and Europe. Having observed the popularity of the Carmen Sandiego franchise in the education of school children, educators were inspired to develop a North Dakota version to teach North Dakotans about their state's history and geography.

Where In The U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego

Where In The U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego? is a video game that was released by Broderbund in 1986 and is part of the Carmen Sandiego series. The game is a sequel to 1985's Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. A deluxe version with updated graphics and interface was released in 1992 and a remade version was released in 1996. The goal of the game is to track Carmen Sandiego's henchmen across the United States, arrest them, and ultimately arrest Carmen Sandiego. The game received generally positive reviews but some critics compared it unfavorably with its predecessor game, which had a global...

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is an educational video game released by Broderbund in 1985. It is the first product in the Carmen Sandiego franchise. The game was distributed with The World Almanac and Book of Facts, published by Pharos Books. An enhanced version of the game was released in 1989, which did not have the almanac copy protection but disk based copy protection. A deluxe version was released in 1992, and featured additional animation and a reworked interface from the original version. Some of the bonus features include: "digitized photos from National Geographic, over 3200...

Zoombinis: Logical Journey

Zoombinis: Logical Journey

Windows - September 3, 2001

Logical Journey of the Zoombinis is an educational game designed to promote logical thinking in children of all ages. When the Zoombinis home, Zoombini Isle, is taken over by creatures called Bloats, they decide to escape to a new home. But they can only 16 at a time, and they must cross many obstacles that require logic to get past. It's up to you to get past all the puzzles to get all of the Zoombinis to their new home.

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