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1981 Games 100

This is the Games 100 List from 1981.

To do:
  • Obtain a copy of magazine article and recheck all information.

It is worthwhile to note that for this 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 19 years by the time of the 1981 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. Master Frisbee, etc.).

Senet was originally listed as Passing Through The Netherworld.

Public Domain games such as Go, Passing Through The Netherworld, and Shogi 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
(Designer)
(BGG Categories)
1
221B Baker Street
John N. Hansen Co., Inc.
Uncredited
Deduction
2
3-D Grand Prix
Entex
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
3
4000 A.D.
Waddington's Games, Inc.
Uncredited
Science Fiction
4
Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series
Nova Game Designs
Alfred Leonardi
Wargame - WWI
5
Acquire
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Sid Sackson
Economic
6
Air Traffic Controller
Bandai
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
7
Bally Professional Arcade
Astrovision
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
8
Baseball 3
Entex
(Tony Clowes)
Uncategorized game/toy
9
Big Boggle
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
Word Game
10
Big Trak
Milton Bradley
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
11
Black Box
Parker Brothers
Eric Solomon
Abstract - Modern
12
Boffers
New Games Foundation
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
13
Bridge Challenger
Fidelity Electronics
(Timothy R. Scanlan)
Uncategorized game/toy
14
Can't Stop
Parker Brothers
Sid Sackson
Abstract - Dice
15
Capsela 700 Series
Play-Jour
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
16
Careers
Parker Brothers
James Cooke Brown
Roll-and-Move
17
Clue
Parker Brothers
Anthony E. Pratt
Deduction
18
Compulsion
Edventure
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
19
Conquest
Self-published
Donald Benge
Wargame - Ancients
20
Cosmic Encounter
Eon
Eberle/Norton/Kittredge/Olotka
Science Fiction
21
Counterstrike
Essex Game Co.
Uncredited
Abstract - Dice
22
Creature That Ate Sheboygan
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Greg Costikyan
Wargame - Sci-Fi
23
Dallas
Mattel
Uncredited
Economic
24
Dark Tower
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
Fantasy
25
Diplomacy
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Allan B. Calhamer
Wargame - Classic
26
3 Or More
Great Games, Inc.
Kenneth Rand
Abstract - Modern
27
Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules
TSR
Gary Gygax/Tom Moldvay
Uncategorized game/toy
28
Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game
Mattel
Uncredited
Fantasy
29
Electronic Detective
Ideal
Phil Orbanes Sr.
Deduction
30
Escape 1000 Mazes
Entex
(Mike Hennig)
Uncategorized game/toy
31
Feudal
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Fred Buestchler
Abstract - Combat
32
Football II
Mattel
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
33
Football Strategy
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Thomas N. Shaw
Sports Game
34
Fore Par Table Golf
World Wide Games, Inc.
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
35
Frisbee
WHAM-O
(Walter Fredrick Morrison)
Uncategorized game/toy
36
Galaxian 2
Entex
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
37
Game of the Generals
Ideal
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Abstract - Combat
38
Go
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
39
Grass
Eurogames
Jeff London
Card Game
40
Great Game Machine
Applied Concepts
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
41
Hexagony
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Ken Hodkinson
Abstract - Combat
42
Hex-Meister
John N. Hansen Co., Inc.
Edward L. Helvey/William M. Helvey
Abstract - Modern
43
Ibex
Ibex International
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
44
Imperium
GDW Games
Frank Chadwick/John Harshman/Marc W. Miller
Wargame - Sci-Fi
45
Impuzzables
Lakeside
(Robert Beck)
Uncategorized game/toy
46
Inner Circle
Milton Bradley
Virginia Charves
Abstract - Modern
47
Intellivision Master Component
Mattel
(Mattel Electronics)
Uncategorized game/toy
48
Isolation
Lakeside
Bernd Kienitz
Abstract - Modern
49
Junta
Creative Wargames Workshop
Ben Grossman/Eric Goldberg/Vincent Tsao
Wargame - Modern
50
Kangaroo: The Jumping Game
Great Games
John Flagg
Abstract - Modern
51
Kingmaker
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Andrew McNeil/Don Turnbull/Mick (Mike) Uhl
Wargame - Medieval
52
Leverage
Star Game Co.
Jack B. Slimp, Jr.
Abstract - Modern
53
Light Fight
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
Action/Dexterity
54
Marrakesh
Xanadu Leisure, Ltd.
Joli Quentin Kansil
Abstract - Modern
55
Master Frisbee
WHAM-O
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
56
Mastermind
Invicta Games
Mordecai Meirowitz
Abstract - Modern
57
Microvision (Hand-held Console)
Milton Bradley
(Jay Smith)
Uncategorized game/toy
58
Mille Bornes
Parker Brothers
Edmond Dujardin
Card Game
59
Missing Link
Ideal
Steven P. Hanson/Jeffrey D. Breslow
Uncategorized game/toy
60
Monopoly
Parker Brothers
Charles Darrow/Elizabeth J. Magie (Phillips)/George S. Parker
Economic
61
No Jive Yo-Yo
Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yos
(Dr. Tom Kuhn)
Uncategorized game/toy
62
Nuclear War
Flying Buffalo, Inc. (FBI)
Douglas Malewicki
Abstract - Combat
63
Odyssey 2
Magnavox
Ralph Baer
Uncategorized game/toy
64
Oh-Wah-Ree
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Alex Randolph
Abstract - Modern
65
Oregon Trail
Fantasy Games Unlimited
Leonard H. Kanterman
Exploration
66
Othello
Gabriel
John W. Mollett/Lewis Waterman
Abstract - Classic
67
Passing Through The Netherworld
The Kirk Game Company Inc
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
68
Pente
Pente Games
Gary Gabrel/Tom Braunlich
Abstract - Modern
69
Quintessence
Pentagames, Inc.
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
70
Quintillions
Kadon Enterprises
Kate Jones
Abstract - Modern
71
Quirks
Eon
Bill Eberle/Jack Kittredge/Peter Olotka
Prehistoric
72
Reactrac
Just Games (I)
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
73
Remote Control Video Computer System
Atari
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
74
Reversi Challenger
Fidelity Electronics
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
75
Risk
Parker Brothers
Albert Lamorisse/Michael I. Levin
Wargame - Classic
76
Roaring 20's
Yaquinto
Uncredited
Economic
77
Rubik's Cube
Ideal
Erno Rubik
Uncategorized game/toy
78
Scrabble
Selchow & Righter
Alfred Mosher Butts
Word Game
79
Select-A-Game Machine
Entex
(Tony Clowes)
Uncategorized game/toy
80
Shogi
The Shogi Association
Uncredited
Abstract - Classic
81
Shuffle Shot
The Survance Company
Unknown
Uncategorized game/toy
82
Skyro
Parker Brothers
(Alan Adler)
Uncategorized game/toy
83
Sorry!
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
Roll-and-Move
84
Source of the Nile
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Dave Wesely/Ross Maker
Exploration
85
Speed Circuit
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Uncredited
Sports Game
86
Spies!
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
John Prados/Lenny Glynn
Negotiation
87
Star Web
Flying Buffalo, Inc. (FBI)
Rick Loomis
Uncategorized game/toy
88
Sudden Death!
Gabriel
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
89
Super Simon
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
Memory Game
90
Total Control 4
Coleco Industries, Inc.
(Eric Bromley)
Uncategorized game/toy
91
Tournament Stadium Checkers
Schaper
Uncredited
Abstract - Modern
92
Traveller, Deluxe
GDW Games
Miller/Wiseman/Chadwick/Harshman
Uncategorized game/toy
93
Trippples
The Avalon Hill Game Co
William T. Powers
Abstract - Modern
94
Twister
Milton Bradley
Reyn Guyer
Action/Dexterity
95
Twixt
The Avalon Hill Game Co
Alex Randolph
Abstract - Modern
96
War of the Ring
SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Howard Barasch/Richard H. Berg
Wargame - Fantasy
97
Waterworks
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
Card Game
98
Wildfire
Parker Brothers
Robert Doyle
Uncategorized game/toy
99
Word Rummy
Gabriel
Uncredited
Card Game
100
Yahtzee
Milton Bradley
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Abstract - Dice
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