1981 in video gaming

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Business[edit | edit source]

Notable Releases[edit | edit source]

Arcade Games[edit | edit source]

Computer Games[edit | edit source]

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Video game releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
005 December 1, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Amidar 1981 Video Game North America Arcade, Atari 2600
Astro Fantasia March, 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Black Hole 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Blast Droids 1981 Video Game North America Bally Astrocade
Boxing (1981) 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Bridge (1981) 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Castle Wolfenstein 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Cosmic Avenger 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Defender February, 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Defender 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Donkey Kong July 31, 1981 Video Game Arcade
Donkey Kong July 9, 1981 Video Game Japan Arcade
Fairchild Channel F Videocart 22 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart 26 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-20 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-21 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-23 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-24 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F Videocart-25 1981 Video Game North America Fairchild Channel F
Fantasy 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Frogger 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Galaga December, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Galaga September, 1981 Video Game Japan Arcade
Gun Fight 1981 Video Game North America Atari 8-bit
Haunted House (1981) 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Haunted House (1982) February, 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Ice Hockey (1981) 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
K.C. Munchkin 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Kaboom! 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Kick 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Laser Blast 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Lock 'n' Chase June 19, 1981 Video Game International Arcade
Manhole 1981 Video Game North America Game & Watch
Missile Command 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Ms. Pac-Man 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Music Maker 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New Rally-X 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New RALLY-X 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New Rally-X February, 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
New RALLY-X February, 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Pac-Man 1981 Video Game North America Bally Astrocade
Polaris 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Qix October, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Reversi 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Royal Dealer 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Scramble 1981 Video Game Europe Arcade
Scramble 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Scramble 1981 Video Game Japan Arcade
Shark Attack 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Sky Skipper 1981 Video Game Japan Arcade
Smithereens 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Solar Quest 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Space Cavern 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Space Fury June 17, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade, ColecoVision
Space Invaders 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Spacechase 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Steeplechase (1981) 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Stellar Track 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Strategy X 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Super Breakout 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Super Cobra June 22, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Turtles 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
UFO 1981 Video Game Europe Magnavox Odyssey²
Utopia (1981) 1981 Video Game North America Intellivision
Vanguard 1981 Video Game Europe Arcade
Vanguard October, 1981 Video Game North America Arcade
Vanguard July, 1981 Video Game Japan Arcade
Video Hustler 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Video Life 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Video Pinball 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Video Pinball (Atari 2600) 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
War of Nerves 1981 Video Game Undefined Undefined
Warlords 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600
Yars' Revenge 1981 Video Game North America Atari 2600

Hardware releases[edit | edit source]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
PC-8801 December, 1981 PC Japan