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The title screen to Godzilla!
Developer Randall Lockwood
Publisher The Code Works
Platforms Commodore PET
Languages English
Genre Strategy

— Message on the start screen

Godzilla! is an unlicensed 1980 strategy video game developed by Randall Lockwood for the Commodore PET. It was bundled with several other games and programs as part of issue 19 of CURSOR magazine and holds the distinction of being the first known video game to feature Godzilla. The same basic concept would be used three years later for another unlicensed game, Godzilla, for the Commodore 64.


Godzilla, the King of the Monsters is about to attack Tokyo! You control troops, a navy, an air force as well as ten missiles and a single atomic bomb. When Godzilla goes on a rampage, he inflicts serious casualties to innocent civilians. Repeated attacks tend to wear him down, but he has a remarkable ability to recover! You lose if more than 20 million people die. (The residents of Tokyo probably won't vote you "Most Likely to Succeed", either.) The map on your screen has 25 sectors, identified by row and column, with no space in between. For example, 02 refers to row zero, column two. Where moves are required, you type four numbers, with no space in between. Example: 1213 moves you from sector 12 to sector 13. The commands are:
I   Information. Shows the status of a sector, such as troop strength, population, ships and planes.
TM   Troop movement. This is how you move your land forces. Troops must stay on the land, and sailors at sea!
TA   Troop Attack. As Commander in Chief, you may attack Godzilla with your infantry.
SM   Ship Movement. Moves one ship between sectors.
SA   Ship Attack. Causes all ships in Godzilla's sector to attack him. Naturally, the more ships in that sector, the more powerful the attack.
M   Missile. Launches one of your ten missiles at Godzilla. Unfortunately, missiles also harm a lot of civilians, as well as your own troops.
AR   Air Raid. Launches a given number of planes from a specific sector, (if they are within range). Planes don't inflict damage on troops or civilians. (Who said this game was realistic?)
AB   Atomic Bomb. An extremely dangerous weapon that must be used with extreme caution, if at all. You can disable the bomb by deleting line 760 of the program.
Q   Quit. Does just that. Use Q to leave the game so that the sound registers get rearranged correctly.

CURSOR #19, p. 2[1]



Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • Humans
  • Ships
  • Planes
  • Missiles
  • Atomic bomb



This is a list of references for Godzilla!. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. CURSOR #19. The Code Works. p. 2. April 1980.


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