Note: This list only accounts for cartridge releases. For release information about the wide array of type-in and cassette-based software, check out the Tape Programs listing and database FAQ assembled by Mike White on https://ballyalley.com/faqs/faqs.html

1978

JANUARY:

Professional Arcade begins trickling out to buyers who preordered through JS&A catalogs the previous fall at the very end of December and into January following delays related to FCC approval and quality control problems. Reportedly launched with five games, though there appears to have been shipping delays with those as well (Source: Weekly Television Digest, December 19 1977; December 1977 JS&A letter; March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977)

 

280 Zzzap – Source: March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977; Baltimore Sun, November 5 1978

Panzer Attack – Source: March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977; Baltimore Sun, November 5 1978

Sea Wolf – Source: March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977; Baltimore Sun, November 5 1978

 

MAY:

Tornado Baseball/Tennis/Handball/Hockey – Source: March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977; Arcadians, May 29 1978

Elementary Math – Source: March 15 1978 Ernest Sams letter to JS&A; Merchandising, June 1977; Arcadians, May 29 1978

 

OCTOBER:

Bally BASIC – Source: Arcadians, October 10 1978

 

NOVEMBER:

Blackjack/Poker – Source: Baltimore Sun, November 5 1978

Clowns/Brickyard – Source: Baltimore Sun, November 5 1978

 

DECEMBER:

Letter MatchGreen Bay Press, December 11 1978; Letter to Bob Fabris from Brett Bilbrey, December 11 1978; Daily Oklahoman, March 27 1979; Desert Sun, March 17 1979

 

1979

JANUARY: 

Amazing Maze – Source: Arcadian, January 13 1979

Football – Source: Arcadian, January 13 1979; Arcadian, November 6 1978 

 

FEBRUARY:

Star Battle – Source: Arcadian, March 23 1979; Letter to Bob Fabris from Brett Bilbrey, December 11 1978

 

OCTOBER: 

Bally Pin (would be rereleased as Astrocade Pinball) – Source: Arcadian, October 31 1979; Arcadian, January 15 1980

Space Invaders  (would be rereleased as Astro Battle) – Source: Daily Herald Suburban Chicago, December 10 1979; Arcadian, October 31 1979; Arcadian, January 15 1980

1980

Bally seeks to sell off home consumer business to Fidelity Electronics, but the deal falls through. Astrovision(later Astrocade) agrees to the sale in August. (Source: Weekly Television Digest, January 14 1980; Arcadian, March 24 1980; Arcadian, September 17 1980)

OCTOBER:

Dog Patch – Source: Arcadian, November 6 1980

 

1981

AUGUST:

Galaxian (would be rereleased as Galactic Invasion) – Source: Arcadian, August 12 1981

 

SEPTEMBER: 

Astrovision BASIC – Source: Arcadian, August 12 1981Arcadian, October 5 1981

Biorhythm – Source: Arcadian, October 5 1981

Grand Prix/Demolition Derby – Source: Arcadian, October 5 1981

 

OCTOBER:

Space Fortress – Source: Arcadian, October 5 1981

 

NOVEMBER:

Blue RAM Extended BASIC – Source: Arcadian, November 10 1981

 

DECEMBER:

Machine Language Manager – Source: Arcadian, December 7 1981

 

1982

MARCH:

Galactic Invasion (was Galaxian and was sold under this name at least by January’s CES show) – Source: Arcadian, January 22 1982

 

MAY:

Blue RAM 8k Extended BASIC cartridge – Source: Arcadian, May 7 1982

 

JUNE:

ICBM Attack – Source: Arcadian, July 6 1982; Author interview with Brett Bilbrey, December 2019

 

AUGUST:

Incredible Wizard – Source: Computer Entertainer, August 1982

 

SEPTEMBER:

Pirate’s Chase – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982

 

OCTOBER:

Artillery Duel – Source: Computer Entertainer, September 1982; Computer Entertainer, October 1982

 

1983

MARCH:

Muncher (March 6) – Source: Arcadian, March 14 1983

 

APRIL: 

Treasure Cove – Source: Arcadian, April 4 1983; Computer Entertainer, May 1983

 

JULY: 

Blast Droids – Source: Arcadian, July 22 1983

 

AUGUST:

Cosmic Raiders – Source: Arcadian, August 16, 1983; Computer Entertainer, October 1983; Arcadian, October 24 1983

Solar Conqueror – Source: Arcadian, August 16 1983; Computer Entertainer, September 1983; Arcadian, October 24 1983

 

SEPTEMBER:

Ms. Candy Man – Source: Arcadian, September 28 1983

Sneaky Snake  (September 24, at the Astro-Bash event) – Source: Arcadian, November 29 1983; AstroBUGS Newsletter, November 1983

 

DECEMBER:

Sea Devil – Source: Arcadian, December 22 1983

 

1984

MARCH:

Maze Man – Source: Arcadian, March 30 1984

 

1985

MAY:

Life – Source: Arcadian, June 1 1985

 

DECEMBER:

Bowling – Source: Arcadian, December 20 1985

Checkers – Source: Arcadian, December 20 1985

Conan the Barbarian – Source: Arcadian, June 1 1985; Arcadian, December 20 1985

Missile Attack – Source: Arcadian, December 20 1985

Music Maker – Source: Arcadian, June 1 1985; Arcadian, December 20 1985

Soccer – Source: Arcadian, June 1 1985; Arcadian, December 20 1985

Songs by George Moses – Source: Arcadian, December 20 1985

Video Story Book – Source: Arcadian, December 20 1985

1986

AUGUST:

BASICarts (essentially any BASIC program offered on an auto-booting cartridge; 110 were sold to about 25 people with Old Bent Nose and Yahtzee as the most popular) – Source: Arcadian, August 15 1986; Author interview with Mike White, November 2019