Are there any classic TRS-80 Model I/III/IV games of historical significance? I remember classroom TRS-80’s as having a lot of fun games, like Taipan, Crazy Painter (much better than the other versions, like the bad TRS-80 CoCo Color Computer version), Thirteen Ghosts, Outhouse, Sea Dragon, Rear Guard, Super Star Trek …
But most of the TRS-80 games I remember were clones of popular arcade games, while the weird but great games (13 Ghosts, Crazy Painter, Outhouse) seem to have been forgotten and not really had a big impact.
I remember Taipan being a big deal, although I remember the Apple ][ port being more popular. Did Taipan originate or popularize the trading game genre? If so, then this counts!
I think Temple of Apshai may have originated on the TRS-80, but it seems to have been developed for the PET at the same time? Temple of Apshai is a significant game in developing the CRPG genre, and also historically significant in its role establishing Epyx (which was a big deal in videogames for some time). But if this was simultaneously developed for the PET, this is a half credit.
In contrast, I think there is nothing so significant on the VIC-20. AFAIK, the VIC-20 did not originate any genres or significant gaming innovations. I think its only really significant game is Jeff Minter’s Gridrunner, but Gridrunner was basically a Centipede clone.
In the other direction, there are tons of really significant computer games that originated on the Apple ][, Atari 8-bits, Commodore 64. I’m not sure about the Commodore PET, or TRS-80 CoCo. Speaking of which, for some reason I just don’t like the CoCo the way I like the classic TRS-80 Model I/III. Maybe it’s the CPU. Anyway, whatever. Just a personal hangup.
Any ideas about TRS-80 Model I/III significance to videogames? Thanks!
Also - same question but Commodore PET.
I’m really not familiar with the PET/CBM; I’ve never seen one, much less seen any games for it (other than some really obvious PET BASIC games which happened to also run on C64).
I think the PET/CBM never had a lot of games, unlike the classic TRS-80, so it’s not surprising if there aren’t many significant PET/CBM games.
That said, the PET does have at least one really important game to its credit - Telengard. This game was actually developed on the PET in the 1970s but it wouldn’t be until 1982 that Avalon Hill discovered it at a convention and then brought it to the masses. The most popular version would be the C64 version.
And Temple of Apshai, I already mentioned above.
Thanks for any ideas!