National Game Registry: Apple ][

United States Library of Congress

Apple II
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Apple II
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Apple IIc
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Apple IIe Platinum
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This article features the best games released for the Apple II as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Apple II
Manufacturer: Apple
Debut: 1977
Nation of origin: United States

The Apple II was part of the first wave of affordable, mass-marketed home computers. The other members of this wave, the Commodore PET and the TRS-80 Model I, were replaced in a few years but the Apple II lived on for over a decade with only incremental updates, the Apple IIc and Apple IIe, along the way. The system attracted many developers and was home to many famous franchises. Apple heavily marketed itself to schools, making the Apple IIe the de facto computer of American education in the 1980s, with releases like Oregon Trail and Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. The system was also home to hardcore games, including the first entry in the John Madden Football series. Apple eventually replaced the original II series with the completely overhauled Apple IIGS in the late 1980s. Inducted Apple II games include:

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns


Emulation: National Game Registry recommends AppleWin for Apple II emulation on home computers.

Manuals: Many Apple II games are less than self-explanatory. A collection of manuals may be viewed at Replacement Docs

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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