The 1001 Project

One day during the beginning of 2013, Kim came across a book that listed the top 1,001 video games released between 1970 and 2010 that everyone should play. And after a conversation in the pub with Phil over a pint one evening, we thought to ourselves: wouldn’t it be kind of cool if we tried to do just that?

Join us as we try to answer the fundamental question: which releases should be included within a list of the greatest 1,001 games in the world?

But it didn’t just stop there. After flicking through 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die (referred to throughout the site as 1001 Video Games), we wondered whether our own list would contain the same titles and so we decided to find out. 1001Up was born and eventually we persuaded Ben to be a part of the project too. Join us as we try to answer the fundamental question: which releases should be included within a list of the greatest 1,001 games in the world?

Below are the titles we’ve reviewed so far and their position within our 1001 list. We’re dedicated to providing independent, interesting, fair and quality information to our readers – along with a healthy dose of nostalgia and a good dollop of humour – and this affirmation forms the basis of the 1001Up philosophy and scoring system.

To find out more about the 1001Up team and what we do, check our ‘about’ page and related sections. And if you’d like to get in touch to contribute, join us for a gaming session or to simply chat, feel free to contact us using any of our social media channels at any time.

1001Up. 1001 video games and beyond.


1001Up Award   |   Buy it now!   |
Worth a look   |   Disappointing   |   Save your money

1001Up Award    (57 to 60 points)

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    Buy it now!    (43 to 56 points)

  • Until Dawn    (51 points)
  • Mortal Kombat X    (50 points)
  • Castle Crashers    (47 points)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered    (46 points)
  • DmC: Devil May Cry    (45 points)
  • Room, The    (45 points)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend    (45 points)
  • STASIS    (44 points)
  • Broken Age    (43 points)
  • Gone Home    (43 points)
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    Worth a look (29 to 42 points)

  • Her Story    (42 points)
  • Monstrum    (42 points)
  • Town of Light, The    (42 points)
  • Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – Director’s Cut    (41 points)
  • Keebles    (41 points)
  • Little Inferno    (41 points)
  • Theme Hospital    (40 points)
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road    (39 points)
  • Silent Age, The    (39 points)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld    (35 points)
  • Emily is Away    (31 points)
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary    (30 points)
  • Samorost    (29 points)
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    Disappointing    (15 to 28 points)

  • Idol Hands    (22 points)
  • Armikrog    (21 points)
  • A Bird Story    (20 points)
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    Save your money    (0 to 14 points)

  • Qora    (14 points)
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