Although Wrights first commercial title, Raid On Bungeling Bay was an enormously ambitious creation.What initially appears to be a polished, but typically single-minded eight-way scrolling shoot-em-up, is actually something rather more subtle and devious, with players flying over enemy islands where the urban sprawl actually evolves, grows factories and dispatches ever-more-deadly military technology.
One side effect of the somewhat cheeky title is that many gamers of a certain age still have trouble correctly naming a certain 1960 TV spy show (and the associated Tom Cruise blockbusters).
Along with Space Invaders, Asteroids, Centipede and Galaxians, Scramble is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic first generation videogames, helping to play a crucial role in the rise of the coin-op in arcades and bars throughout the USA and Europe.
Scrambles USP was sideways scrolling, with players piloting a craft over mountainous landscapes, through tunnels, and over cities replete with alien craft, missile silos and fuel dumps.
In addition to Konamis own semi-sequel Super Cobra, its a formula that also went on to influence games like Vanguard and R-Type.
But not one of us not one single person involved agrees with every game on this list, or thinks its in exactly the right order, or does not harbour at least one game they really think should be on this list.
Not even me, and Ive spent the last three months working on this, not to mention the last 30 years playing games or writing about them.
Released at a time when other games might offer ten, twenty, or gasp even a hundred locations to explore, Lords Of Midnights canny ability to somehow squeeze almost 4,000 into a mere 48K of memory was nothing short of incredible, and the ability to view each of these from multiple angles **and** in 3D pretty much revolutionary.
Somewhat shockingly, Lords Of Midnight creator Mike Singleton also appreciated that size isnt everything, and so the vast, Tolkien-indebted game world merely served as the backdrop for a mammoth turns-based blend of role-playing, wargaming and strategy.
Lifting the speeder bike sequence wholesale from Return Of The Jedi, 3D Deathchase seemed almost comically single-minded even in an era of simple pleasures.