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This is the Games 100 for 1985, as published in the November 1985 issue of Games Magazine.

For this year of the Games 100, the games were merely listed by category with no named game of the year or category selections. As with other years of the games 100, the list included items that were not necessarily produced in that year (e.g. Sleuth had been in print for 18 years by the time of the 1985 games 100, and had already passed from 3M to Avalon Hill). Additionally, games were not limited to a single appearance on the Games 100; for example, this is the sixth appearances for Grass.

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

#
Game
Publisher
(Designer)

Life of the Party


1
The Charade Game
Pressman
Uncredited
2
Murder to Go
Ideal
David Landau
3
The Coffeehouse Murder
Just Games
Jamie Swise
4
Crosstalk
Powar Company
Uncredited
5
Spy Ring
TSR
Uncredited

What's the Good Word?


6
Big Boggle
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
7
Duplicate Scrabble Brand Crossword Game
Selchow & Righter
Uncredited
8
Zig-Zag
Xanadu Leisure
Joli Quentin Kansil
9
Bali
Avalon Hill
Uncredited
10
Upwords
Milton Bradley
Elliot Rudell

Up, Up, and Away


11
The Rippa (right-handed [11A] or left-handed [11B] model)
The Kite Site
Unknown
12
Aviar [12A]; Aero [12B]
Innova Championship Discs
Unknown
13
Aerobie
Superflight
Unknown

Mostly Murder


14
Clue VCR Mystery Game
Parker Brothers
Uncredited
15
Sleuth
Avalon Hill
Sid Sackson
16
Orient Express Mystery Detective Game
Just Games
Jeff Smets
17
Gumshoe
Sleuth Publications
Gary Grady
18
221B Baker Street
John Hansen
Uncredited
19
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective [19A]; Mansion Murders [19B] and Queen's Park Affair [19C] expansions
Sleuth Publications
Gary Grady/Raymond Edwards/Suzanne Goldberg

Classic Strategy


20
Adi
Worldwide Games
Uncredited
21
Shogi
The Shogi Association
Uncredited
22
Fanorona
International Fanorona Assoc.
Uncredited
23
Go
Sabaki Go Company
Unknown

Sports Strategy


24
Speed Circuit
Avalon Hill
Uncredited
25
NFL Strategy
Tudor
Uncredited
26
Pursue the Pennant
Pursue the Pennant
Michael Cieslinski
27
Football Fever
Orbus Marketing
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Strange Worlds


28
Talisman
Games Workshop
Robert Harris
29
Beyond the Stellar Empire
Adventures-by-Mail
(Dr. David Bethel/Mica Goldstone)
30
Black Morn Manor
Pacesetter Ltd.
Troy Denning
31
Tales of the Arabian Nights
West End Games
Eric Goldberg
32
Car Wars
Steve Jackson Games
Chad Irby/Steve Jackson (I)
33
Dune
Avalon Hill
Bill Eberle/Jack Kittredge/Peter Olotka
34
Wabbit Wampage
Pacesetter, Ltd.
Mark Acres
35
Cosmic Encounter
West End Games
Eberle/Norton/Kittredge/Olotka
36
Illuminati [36A]; expansion sets 1 [36A] and 2 [36B]
Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson (I)

Blood, Sweat & Tears


37
A House Divided
Game Designers' Workshop
Frank Chadwick
38
The Third World War
Game Designers' Workshop
Frank Chadwick
39
Conquest of the Empire
Milton Bradley
Larry Harris, Jr.
40
Quebec 1759
Columbia Games
Lance Gutteridge/Steve Brewster/Tom Dalgliesh
41
Hitler's War
Avalon Hill
Keith Gross
42
The Royal Navy
Quarterdeck Games
Jack Greene
43
Pax Britannica
Victory Games
Greg Costikyan
44
Axis & Allies
Milton Bradley
Larry Harris, Jr.
45
Ace of Aces (Handy Rotary [45A], Powerhouse [45B], Flying Machines [45C], and Balloon Busters [45D])
Nova Game Designs
Alfred Leonardi/(with Hal McKinney for Ace of Aces: Balloon Busters)

Abstract Strategy


46
Quintillions; Superquintillions supplement
Kadon Enterprises
Kate Jones
47
Megiddo
Global Games
Uncredited
48
Chase
Blue Dolphin Games
Tom Kruszewski
49
Pente
Parker Brothers
Gary Gabrel/Tom Braunlich
50
Inside Moves
Parker Brothers
George S. Parker
51
Upper Hand
Orda Industries
Uncredited
52
Quantum (all-plastic edition [52A]; wooden-frame edition [52B])
Quantum Game Company
Uncredited

Role Playing


53
Toon
Steve Jackson Games
(Greg Costikyan/Warren Spector)
54
James Bond 007
Victory Games
Unknown
55
Runequest
Avalon Hill
(Steve Perrin/Ray Turney/Steve Henderson/Warren James/Greg Stafford)
56
Paranoia
West End Games
(Greg Costikyan/Dan Gelber/Eric Goldberg)
57
DC Heroes
Mayfair Games
(Greg Gorden/Ray Winninger)
58
Star Trek, The Role-Playing Game
FASA Corporation
(Guy W. McLimore, Jr./Greg Poehlein/David F. Tepool)
59
Sandman: Map of Halaal
Pacesetter
(Mark Acres/Andria Hayday)

Trivia Games


60
Stage II
Milton Bradley
Uncredited
61
Trivial Pursuit (Master Genus Edition [61A] and Young Players Edition [61B]; Genus II [61C], Silver Screen [61D], All-Star Sports [61E], Baby Boomer [61F], and RPM [61G] supplements)
Selchow & Righter
Chris Haney/Scott Abbott
62
Top 40 Trivia
The Earls of Esoterica
Uncredited

Making Ends Meet


63
Octiles
Kadon Enterprises
Dale Walton
64
Kaliko
Future Classics
Charles Titus/Ea Ea
65
Trax
Excalibre Games
David Smith

Decks and Dice


66
Kwa-Do
Renroc
Uncredited
67
Bridgette
Xanadu Leisure
Joli Quentin Kansil
68
Cosmic Wimpout
Cosmic Wimpout
Uncredited
69
Mhing
Selchow & Righter
Uncredited
70
High Hand
Milton Bradley
Robert Abbott
71
Grass
Euro-Commerce
Jeff London
72
Marrakesh
Xanadu Leisure
Joli Quentin Kansil
73
Venture
Avalon Hill
Sid Sackson
74
Super Rack-O
Milton Bradley
Uncredited

Jack Be Nimble


75
Skittles
World Wide Games
Uncredited
76
Blockhead
Pressman
Uncredited
77
No Jive Yo-Yo
Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yos
(Dr. Tom Kuhn)
78
Nerf Pool
Parker Brothers
Unknown

The Race is On


79
Hare & Tortoise
Ravensburger
David Parlett
80
Privateer
First Edition Graphic Art Studios
Unknown
81
Travel
The Games Guild
Garry A. Hislip
82
Yellowstone
Avalon Hill
Rick Shipley/Ellsworth Boyd/Cathy Boyd

Alone At Last


83
Novag Super-Constellation
Novag
(Dave Kittinger)
84
Autobridge
Grimaud
Charles H. Goren
85
Ambush!
Victory Games
Eric Lee Smith/John H. Butterfield

Power Plays


86
Spanish Main
Hartland Trefoil
Francis Tresham
87
Supremacy
Supremacy Games
Robert J. Simpson
88
Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggarman, Thief
Daven Company
Uncredited
89
Oil Power
Antfamco
Uncredited
90
Civilization
Avalon Hill
Francis Tresham
91
Discretion
Princeton Enterprises
Uncredited
92
British Rails
Mayfair Games
Barb Roznai/Elaine Henninger/Jim Griffin/Joe Roznai
93
1829 (with the Southern Board [93A] or Northern Board [93B])
Hartland Trefoil Ltd.
Francis Tresham

Games of Conflict


94
4000 A.D.
Waddington's
Uncredited
95
Conquest+ (with plastic pieces [95A]; with metal pieces [95B])
Conquest, Inc.
Donald Benge
96
Borderlands
Eon/West End Games
Bill Eberle/Jack Kittredge/Peter Olotka
97
Battle
Yaquinto
S. Craig Taylor

Etcetera


98
Mental Blocks: The Block Party
N/A
Jacklyn Lambert/Jeffrey Samborski
99
Hidden Pictures
Great American Puzzle Factory
Unknown
100
Artdeck
Aristoplay
Uncredited
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