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Start OrderGameReleasePlatform PlayedStartedFinishedHoursWon?RatingGame WorldCharactersNPCsEncountersMagic/ CombatEquipmentEconomyQuestsGraphics/ SoundGameplayBonusNotes
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1Akalabeth: World of Doom1979DOS10/10/200910/11/20096Yes152202212112Notable as the origin of the Ultima series, and very innovative for its time.
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2Rogue: The Adventure Game1980DOS10/15/20092/14/201090Yes241103350254Has an ineffable addictive quality that the ranking doesn't fully convey
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3Temple of Apshai Trilogy1979DOS2/15/20102/15/20106N/A285114431045Printed manual with room descriptions is unique and nice touch
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4Ultima1981DOS2/16/20102/18/20108Yes343223234546Not great combat or questing but moves along a decent clip
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5Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord1981DOS2/19/20103/5/201040Yes374315644235Almost punishingly difficult but combat tactics are excellent
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6Telengard1982DOS3/5/20103/6/20106N/A251215435022Goofily difficult and pointless but definitely rewards you for progress
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7Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress1982DOS3/6/20103/6/20108Yes211131134223Larger game world that Ultima I but dumber in almost everything
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8Exodus: Ultima III1983DOS3/7/20103/10/201010Yes516435547467Great backstory, cool places to explore, things to discover
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9Alternate Reality: The City1985DOS3/11/20102/26/201618N/A303322346034Weird game in unfinished series; curiously purposeless
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10AutoDuel1985DOS3/12/20103/11/201615Yes374314265435Original post-apocalyptic title based on "Car Wars" board game. Interesting but too action-oriented.
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11The Bard's Tale1985DOS3/14/20104/9/201045Yes372315556244Nice build on Wizardry's basic engine
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12Oubliette1977PLATO/DOS/iPhone7/22/201010/6/20136No311533454024Great early RPG/MUD that is a clear ancestor of Wizardry
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13Wizardry: Scenario #2 - The Knight of Diamonds1982DOS4/9/20103/24/201426Yes322405661233Second scenario has same engine as the first. Smaller, less interesting story.
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14Wizardry: Scenario #3 - The Legacy of Llylgamyn1983DOS4/10/20101/3/201534Yes363415653234Nice conclusion to the early trilogy with better pacing and leveling than II. Equal to I in quality.
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15Phantasie1985DOS4/13/20104/19/201012Yes396445452324Fun game with unique gameplay features
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16Ultima IV1985DOS4/25/20106/12/201036Yes538476326845Utterly unique and fascinating quest and NPC interaction; sometimes mediocre gameplay
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17Wizard's Crown1985DOS6/13/20106/18/201010No322513554322Innovative. Nice tactical combat system but otherwise boring and difficult
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18Bard's Tale II1986DOS6/19/20106/29/201010No31231556243Essentially the same game as The Bard's Tale but longer and more boring
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19Might & Magic I1986DOS7/3/20107/20/201050Yes606546577848Innovative and vast; an excellent early game.
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20Moebius1985DOS7/28/20107/13/201318Yes243432220233Silly, odd game with some eastern trappings but ultimately not a good RPG
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21Larn1986DOS8/12/20108/12/20106No272014352325Very similar to Rogue but with some added features
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22Rings of Zilfin1986DOS8/16/20108/28/201016Yes265233221332More an adventure game than a CRPG. Too easy and too linear.
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23Shard of Spring1986DOS8/28/20109/3/201014Yes332513734224Banal little game that, if nothing else, anticipates later SSI offerings
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24Starflight1986DOS9/4/20109/12/201024Yes539288156536Fun, innovative sci-fi game with great back story but iffy on its CRPG creds.
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25Swords of Glass1986DOS9/14/20109/16/20108No271302455115Derivative of Wizardry and yet innovative in some areas.
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26Tera: La Cité des Crânes1986DOS10/8/20103/16/201722Yes335243234235Odd but original French RPG
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27The Return of Werdna: The Fourth Wizardry Scenario1987DOS10/9/201010/13/201014No305223542223Extremely difficult and ultimately unrewarding to me
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282400 A.D.1987DOS10/14/201010/22/20108Yes346453243232Quick, minor game with some interesting sci-fi elements but ultimately forgettable
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29Adventure Construction Set: Rivers of Light1984DOS10/27/20109/6/201513Yes347434232324One module in a construction engine. Interesting setting but lackluster play
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30Alien Fires: 2199 A.D.1987DOS11/2/20104/12/201711Yes233332121242Weird, short, difficult cyberpunk RPG. Nice graphics, disappointing gameplay.
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31Braminar1987DOS11/8/20105/28/20174Yes91112112112Manic "Boolean interactive fiction" that gives you hardly any inputs
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32Beyond Zork1987DOS11/4/201011/12/201018Yes465478363235Not really a CRPG, but still a lot of fun. Challenging without being infuriating.
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33Dungeon Master1987DOS11/9/201012/6/201032Yes476707831366Landmark real-time 3D action RPG.
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34Faery Tale Adventure1987DOS12/8/201012/23/201012No274222132362Attractive but huge, empty, and boring.
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35Legacy of the Ancients1987DOS12/25/201012/29/201016Yes376333246244A little plain and boring but interesting sci-fi framing and fairly quick
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36Mission: Mainframe1987DOS12/31/20101/2/201110Yes252204234152Maddeningly difficult roguelike set in goofy environment
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37Le Maitre des Ames1987DOS12/24/20101/4/20118NoInteresting French game with detailed dialog. Ultimately a little tiresome.
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38Phantasie III1987DOS1/7/20111/17/201120Yes394444652334Retread of original game but with good tactical combat
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39NetHack [2.3e]1987DOS1/3/201111/27/201362Yes361415574225Beautifully challenging roguelike with a surprising number of innovations
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40Pirates!1987DOS1/21/20111/22/20118Yes489134507649Not a CRPG, probably, but enormously fun, addicting, and role-playable.
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41Seven Spirits of Ra1987DOS1/23/20111/24/20116No193212110234Odd Atari-ish/platformish game; not really a CRPG
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42Sorcerian1987DOS1/24/20111/25/20116N/A282323145422Console-ish action CRPG with very dated graphics, limited gameplay
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43Star Saga: One - Beyond the Boundary1988DOS1/25/20111/26/20116No317235233411More a gamebook than a CRPG
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44Wizard Warz1987DOS1/26/20111/27/20116No172102230322More a straight action game than a CRPG. Short, slight, and ugly.
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45The Ancient Land of Ys1987DOS1/27/20111/29/201116Yes354354233245Okay console port, redeemed primarily by challenge of many boss fights
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46Zeliard1987DOS1/29/20111/30/20118No375244355252CRPG/Platformer cross with a console feel; lots of jumping puzzles.
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47The Bard's Tale III1988DOS2/1/20113/4/201242No334523453331Long, boring, over-leveled sequel. Interface and gameplay got worse.
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48Demon's Winter1988DOS2/23/20113/14/201113Yes455535447525Sequel to Shard of Spring has better gameplay and story
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49Evets: The Ultimate Adventure1988DOS3/16/20113/18/201110N/A271402456032Interesting shareware roguelike that supports multiple characters
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50War in Middle Earth1988DOS3/19/20113/19/20114No214112220432Mostly not a CRPG, cumbersome interface, screws with plot
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51Journey: the Quest Begins1989DOS3/20/20113/22/20119No233222420341Completely linear adventure game with merciless puzzles
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52Mike's Adventure Game (MAG)1988DOS3/23/20113/25/20118Yes261103350256Has an ineffable addictive quality that the ranking doesn't fully convey
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53Might & Magic II1988DOS3/26/20115/18/201165Yes586536576857Similar to MM1 but with better graphics, good story, good gameplay
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54Moraff's Revenge1988DOS5/19/20115/20/20116No201302224114Decent roguelike with some good innovations, but boring overall
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55Paladin1988DOS5/22/20115/24/20116N/A211212410334An early fantasy strategy game with CRPG elements
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56Omega1988DOS5/21/20115/30/201124Yes535736588515Awesome roguelike with large game world, plot, and high replayability
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57Pool of Radiance1988DOS5/31/20116/11/201130Yes658668853768Superb launch of the D&D CRPG franchise and "Gold Box" series
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58Questron II1988DOS6/12/20116/18/20117Yes263221135252Short, silly sequel that is way outdated by 1988.
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59Scavengers of the Mutant World1988DOS6/20/20116/24/20119No2643033403132Annoying post-apocalyptic board game in CRPG form
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60Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic1988DOS7/3/20115/15/201222Yes365453337233-2Silly sci-fi entry with some interesting elements but ultimately falls apart
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61Star Command1988DOS7/10/20115/25/201212Yes434643555434Interesting sci-fi game with tactical ship and melee combat. Difficulty frustrating in variability.
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62Times of Lore1988DOS8/9/20118/13/20118No183042111222Unmemorable "action CRPG" with no development; too hard on the PC.
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63Ultima V1988DOS8/15/20119/12/201148Yes698487678768Fantastic entry in the series with open-ended world, plenty of innovations.
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64Visions of the Aftermath: The Boomtown1988DOS9/15/20119/30/20116Yes265242151222A simulator rather than a CRPG. Mighty intentions but blah execution.
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65Wasteland1988DOS10/2/201111/15/201133Yes536755354657Very innovative post-apocalyptic game; spiritual predecessor of Fallout.
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66Wizard Wars1988DOS10/18/201110/23/20118No243232340322Easy, odd, introductory game. Unplayable without manual, which I couldn't find.
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67Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom1988DOS11/24/20116/18/201280Yes373455544232Long sequel that makes scant improvements on gameplay from seven years prior
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68The Dungeon/PEDIT51975PLATO12/28/201112/29/20116No111101101222First CRPG. Groundbreaking in its innovations, which helped define CRPGs for a decade.
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69The Game of Dungeons/dnd1975PLATO2/20/20122/24/20126No151202211222Early CRPG, progenitor of long DND line
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70BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception1988DOS3/11/20123/19/20128Yes375233548261-2Baffling game that has some promising elements but is far too easy and short.
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71NetHack [3.0.9]1989DOS6/24/20126/12/2013262Yes441626794225Remains excellent in combat and equipment and gameplay elements but still very long, hard, and frustrating
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72Galdregon's Domain1988DOS6/28/20126/29/20126Yes183121122222Easy, quick game with very basic quest, limited options
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73B.A.T.1989DOS7/6/20127/10/201211Yes2962431212431Disappointing adventure/CRPG hybrid that's mostly adventure. Interesting cyberpunk setting.
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74Bloodwych1989DOS7/29/20128/31/201221No2733333332112Inferior Dungeon Master knock-off that's too large and long, but interesting mutiplayer.
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75The Magic Candle1989DOS9/2/201210/12/201270Yes5276645444453Intriguing, large game in the style of the Ultimas with good story and many unique features.
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76The Dark Heart of Uukrul1989DOS10/17/201211/15/201229Yes617647678655Excellent but little-known dungeon-crawler with interesting puzzles, combat, dungeon layout
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77Hero's Quest: So You Want to Be a Hero1989DOS11/20/201211/24/201212Yes537765324658Fun, witty CRPG/adventure hybrid that launched the Quest for Glory series
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78Don't Go Alone1989DOS12/3/201212/6/201210Yes182202230241Boring quasi-horror CRPG from companies and developers with no CRPG experience
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79Beneath Apple Manor1978DOS, Apple II12/7/201212/7/20124Yes170101124224First commercial CRPG is a pre-Rogue roguelike with some interesting elements.
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80Drakkhen1989DOS12/12/20121/4/201324Yes355354153352-1Odd game with excellent graphics and real-time movement but frustrating gameplay
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81Space1978Apple II12/23/201212/23/20124N/A192203202224Early quasi-RPG, all text-based, with interesting character creation process
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82Curse of the Azure Bonds1989DOS12/25/20121/7/201321Yes608667752667Satisfying sequel to POR and good entry in the Gold Box series
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83Dungeon Campaign1978Apple II1/15/20131/15/20136Yes1512021012141Interesting early dungeon-crawler with unique features
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84Dungeon Master: Chaos Strikes Back1989Windows1/17/20132/13/201338Yes454607742267Challenging game that uses DM engine to introduce tough puzzles. Great game; not great CRPG.
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85Dungeon1979Commodore PET2/3/20132/3/20134No60101001012Early pre-rogue quasi-roguelike for the Commodore PET
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86Dungeon of Death1979Commodore PET2/4/20132/4/20135N/A101201110112Ugly, buggy DND variant for Commodore PET
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87Wilderness Campaign1979Apple II2/9/20132/9/20135Yes242303233215Short, fun "wilderness crawler" with interesting combat and logistics.
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88Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower/Datestones of Ryn1979Apple II2/17/20132/17/20134Yes154002220212Dumbed-down versions of Temple of Apshai using same engine but without good features of original
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89Tangled Tales1989DOS2/20/20132/23/201315Yes385374424243RPG/Adventure hybrid that gets increasingly absurd as the game goes along. Some good elements.
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90The Wizard's Castle1980DOS2/24/20132/24/20133Yes191302223114Father of a small line of quasi-roguelikes. Brief and fun.
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91Hillsfar1989DOS2/27/20132/28/20138Yes3132422233532Odd action-based misfire between the "Gold Box" games. Mostly mini-games with no combat.
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92Starflight II: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989DOS3/4/20133/18/201322Yes538277267437Sequel doesn't change much from SF1. Open game world, great plot, bad combat and interface.
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93Eamon1980Apple II3/22/20133/22/20136Yes211322232213Early hybrid of text adventures and CRPGs, not a game by itself but a construction set supporting many adventures
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94Knights of Legend1989DOS3/24/20135/20/201396Yes435554854323-1Strategy/RPG hybrid with original, interesting combat system but long, frustrating overall gameplay
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95Maces & Magic: Stone of Sisyphus1980Apple II4/2/20134/2/20136N/A140203231102Another early text/CRPG hybrid, one of a trilogy very hard to find today. Interesting elements but slow and difficult.
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96Fracas1980Apple II4/8/20134/8/20136Yes1613022011132Stuart Smith's first game supports up to 8 players in cooperative or competitive mode. Unique in that all enemies are NPCs.
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97Prophecy I: The Fall of Trinadon1988DOS4/14/20134/15/20137Yes395244362454Fun, quick action RPG with some good elements
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98Legends of Murder: Volume I - Stonedale Castle1989DOS5/6/20135/6/20134Yes244232230332Quick, easy murder-mystery RPG in a fantasy setting.
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99Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure1980Apple II5/8/20135/9/20136Yes213204133212Follow up to Wilderness Campaign adds some new innovations but they're mostly frustrating
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