1985 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Behind The Music: Launched on British home computers, this offbeat adventure saw you playing mini-games, solving murders and otherwise attempting to escape life as a boring, nondescript sod on Liverpool’s streets. Admittance to the fabled Pleasuredome – your ultimate goal – came at a price though: Specifcally, having to boost your sex, war, love and religion attributes, each statistic inspired by ciphers on the dance-pop staple’s album covers.
Why It Rocks: Hailed as a classic across the pond, it helped break down barriers for independent game makers and was among the first titles to dabble with symbolism (a prelude to later offerings like Peter Gabriel’s EVE and Devo’s Adventures Of The Smart Patrol).
Did You Know… The original ZX Spectrum version of the game came packaged with an extra cassette featuring a live version of the hit single "Relax." Frankie says, “Hell yeah!”